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Lisa St. Clair Harvey Faculty Member

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An associate professor in the School of Media and Public Affairs (SMPA) at George Washington University (GW) and Director of the GW Film Studies program, Dr. Kerric Harvey is also a working playwright and multimedia producer who explores the relationships among technology, society, and politics, as well as intercultural conflict in a wide variety of periods and places, including real-world, online and social media landscapes. Dr. Harvey writes about political digital narrative, robotics, artificial intelligence, the anthropology of drones, the tension between cyber-security and citizen rights, privacy and virtual terrorism, electronic voting, and the increasing importance of what she has termed "digital hygiene" in the era of Big Data. In her theatrically-based research she looks at the media arts and cultural archetype in the public imagination, the anthropological effects of new media technologies, digital storytelling as a social control mechanism, and the relationship between new media narratives and political identity. Her signature research involves the development of an entirely new qualitative research methodology that re-positions theatre as an ethnographic method using social media and digital platforms in combination with conventional dramatic performance. She was an early researcher on writing and producing for mobile phone cinema (Very Small Screen cinema), using one of her summer courses to collaborate in a cell phone filmmaking experiment by noted actor and film director Spike Lee that brought global recognition to an SMPA undergraduate participating in that project. Active in Canada's Center for Imaginative Ethnography, the Irish Film Institute, and the Dramatists Guild of America, Dr. Harvey is also a Visiting Researcher at Oxford University under the sponsorship of the Oxford Internet Institute and a Fellow of London’s Royal Anthropological Institute. An award winning professor at GW since 1990, she is also the General Editor of Sage Publications celebrated and award-winning three volume "Encyclopedia of Social Media and Politics," published in 2014. Her current research includes an original ethnographic theatre project that has been awarded partner status through a competitive curatorial process of the Smithsonian Institution's new National Museum of African American History and Culture and two books -- one on the global rise of robot society and the other exploring the changing nature of the American presidency as a cultural representation of American social values.

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