Kresge Faculty Fellows

Kresge College Fellows are dedicated artists, teachers, and scholars drawn from every field of study at the University.
Soraya E.A. Murray
  • Title
    • Associate Professor
  • Division Arts Division
  • Department
    • Film and Digital Media Department
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  • Email
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  • Website
  • Office Location
    • Communications Building, 109
  • Mail Stop Film and Digital Media
  • Mailing Address
    • 1156 High Street
    • Santa Cruz CA 95064
  • Faculty Areas of Expertise Visual Culture; Video Games, Game Design, Game Studies; Game Studies; Visual Arts; Contemporary Art; Contemporary Cinema; Digital Media; New Media; Critical Theory; Cultural Studies

Summary of Expertise

New media art, theory, and criticism. Visual culture including digital, film, video, and electronic games. Theories of technology and globalization. Media representations of technological and scientific advancement. Representations of otherness, migration, citizenship.

Research Interests

Soraya Murray is an interdisciplinary scholar focusing on contemporary visual culture, with particular interest in new media, cultural studies, and globalization in the arts. Her writings have been published in Art Journal, Nka: Journal of Contemporary African Art, Flash Art, and PAJ: A Journal of Performance and Art. She is also a regular contributor to the international contemporary art journal ExitEXPRESS (Spain). She began teaching at the University of California, Santa Cruz in 2007.

Murray's scholarship seeks to unearth the ways that a global phenomenon of electronic mass media and communications technologies shapes human interactions and interpenetrates contemporary experience. How do race, nation, class, gender, and access affect who may share in this experience? How do the technologies that we have fashioned, in turn, refashion us? In her analysis of photography, film, video, electronics, and the digital, Murray seeks to illuminate these technological expressions within the social, theoretical, and historical contexts from which they arise.

Biography, Education and Training

Ph.D., Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
M.A., Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
M.F.A., University of California, Irvine, CA
B.F.A., Occidental College, Los Angeles, CA

Teaching Interests

Digital Media and Culture; Cultural Studies as they intersect with Visual Representation; Media History and Theory; Contemporary Art; Film Studies; Issues of Cultural Globalization; Constructions of Identity.