Anna Greenspan

Anna Greenspan
Associate Professor of Contemporary Global Media, NYU Shanghai; Global Network Associate Professor, Department of Media, Culture, and Communication, Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development, NYU

Anna Greenspan is an Associate Professor of Contemporary Global Media at NYU Shanghai and a Global Network Associate Professor in the Department of Media, Culture, and Communication at the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development at NYU. She is also a Co-Director of NYU Shanghai's Center of AI and Culture. Her research focuses on urban futures and emerging media. Anna holds a PhD in Continental Philosophy from Warwick University, UK. While at Warwick, Anna was a founding member of the Cybernetic Culture Research Unit (ccru). Anna was the co-founder of the Shanghai Studies Society as well as the research hub Hacked Matter. She also ran a digital humanities project, Moveable Feasts, that maps Shanghai’s street food. Anna’s book Shanghai Future: Modernity Remade was published by Oxford University Press in 2014. Her latest monograph China and the Wireless Undertow: Media as Wave Philosophy was published in the Technicites series with Edinburgh University Press in 2023. Together with Bogna Konior and Benjamin Bratton, she is the editor of Machine Decision is not Final: China, and the History and Future of AI (Urbanomic, 2024). She maintains a personal website at


  • PhD, Philosophy
    University of Warwick
  • MA, Continental Philosophy
    University of Warwick

Research Interests

  • The Nature of Artifice
  • Philosophy
  • Urban Futures
  • Emerging Media

Courses Taught

  • Global Perspective on Society
  • What is New Media
  • The Cultivated City
  • Philosophy of Technology
  • Capstone Studio - Interactive Media Arts
  • Street Life & Street Food in the 21st Century City
  • Chinese Cyberculture
  • Shanghai: Global Connections
  • Internship Seminar and Fieldwork