Alexander R. Galloway

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Alexander R. Galloway (1974) is a writer and computer programer working on issues in philosophy, technology, and theories of mediation. Professor of Media, Culture, and Communication at New York University, he is author of several books on digital media and critical theory, including The Interface Effect (Polity, 2012). His collaboration with Eugene Thacker and McKenzie Wark, Excommunication: Three Inquiries in Media and Mediation, was published by the University of Chicago Press. With Jason E. Smith, Galloway co-translated the Tiqqun book Introduction to Civil War (Semiotext[e], 2010). For ten years he worked with RSG on Carnivore, Kriegspiel and other software projects. Galloway's last book was a monograph on the work of François Laruelle, published in 2014. He is currently finishing a new manuscript on the deep history of computation.

Galloway has given over two hundred talks both across the U.S. and in ten countries around the world. His writings have been translated into eleven languages. He is recipient of a number of grants and awards including a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Berlin Prize, and the Prix Ars Electronica.

A member of the NYU faculty since 2002, Galloway has also held visiting professorships at the University of Pennsylvania (Spring 2012) and Harvard University (Fall 2016). During 2019-2020 he was a member in the School of Social Science at the Institute for Advanced Study. (2020)



  • Protocol: How Control Exists After Decentralization, MIT Press, 2003, ARG.
    • Purotokoru: datsu chūshinka igo no kontorōru wa ikani sadō suru noka [プロトコル : 脫中心化以後のコントロールはいかに作動するのか], trans. Keisuke Kitano, Kyoto: Jinbunshoin, 2017, 421 pp. (Japanese)
  • Gaming: Essays on Algorithmic Culture, University of Minnesota Press, 2006.
    • Teorija video iger: eseji o algoritemski kulturi, trans. Andraž Golc, afterw. Janez Strehovec, Ljubljana: Maska, 2011, 271 pp. (Slovenian)
  • Ausser Betrieb: das müssige Interface, Cologne: Buchhandlung Walther König, 2010, 48 pp. Trans. of the lecture "The Unworkable Interface". (German)
  • French Theory Today: An Introduction to Possible Futures, New York: The Public School New York/Erudio Editions, 2011.
    • Les nouveaux réalistes: philosophie et postfordisme: C. Malabou, B. Stiegler, M. Belhaj Kacem, Q. Meillassoux, F. Laruelle, trans. Clémentine Duzer and Thomas Duzer, Paris: L. Scheer, 2012, 159 pp. (French)


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