Laura Beltz Imaoka

Laura Beltz Imaoka

Associate Professor of Instruction - ATEC
 
972-883-7597
ATC 2.509
Tags: Critical Media Studies critical GIS studies film studies media studies environmental media

Professional Preparation

Ph.D. - Visual Studies
University of California, Irvine
M.A. - Anthropology
California State University, Northridge
B.A. - Anthropology; Art History
University of California, Santa Barbara

Research Areas

Areas of Specialization
Film and Media studies, Critical GIS Studies, Environmental Film and Media, Visual Studies
Courses Taught
  • Critical Media Research Foundations
  • Writing for ATEC
  • Reading Media Critically
  • Critical Media Theories
  • Mediated Textuality
  • Digital Content Design
  • Writing on Environmental Film and Media
  • Disaster Cinema

Publications

"Branding the Geospatial Industry." Communication, Culture and Critique, vol. 14, no. 1, 2021, pp. 109–126. 2021 - Publication
co-author Thatcher. "The Poverty of GIS Theory: Continuing the Debates Around the Political Economy of GISystems.” The Canadian Geographer/Le Geographe Canadien, vol. 62, no. 1, pp. 27-34. 2018 - Publication
co-author Thatcher et al. "Revisiting Critical GIS." Environment and Planning A, vol. 48 no. 5, pp. 815-824. 2016 - Publication
“Rain with a Chance of Radiation: Forecasting Local and Global Risk after Fukushima,” in Extreme Weather and Global Media, edited by Diane Negra and Julia Leyda, 191-214. New York and London: Routledge, 2015. 2015 - Publication

Appointments

Associate Dean of Academic Affairs
UTD [2021–Present]
Associate Professor of Instruction
UTD [2022–Present]
Assistant Dean of Academic Affairs
UTD [2021–2022]
Assistant Professor of Instruction
UTD [2017–2022]
Research Associate
UC Irvine [2016–2017]
Teaching Assistant
UC Irvine [2011–2016]

Presentations

Selective CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS
2021
  • The Spatial Re-Imagination of Disaster: Fukushima in the Disaster Capitalist Context - Society of Cinema & Media Studies Annual Conference
2016
  • Platform Capitalism: The Speculative Value of ArcGIS - Association of American Geographers Annual Meeting
2014
  • Mapping Drama with Information: Risk Communication Following Fukushima - Association of American Geographers Annual Conference
2013
  • Mediated Maps: Geographic Interoperability Issues Following Global Disasters - Society for the Social Studies of Science (4S) Annual Conference
Selective PANELS
2015
  • #CritGIS: The Political Economy of Geospatial Technologies - Association of American Geographers Annual Meeting
Selective WORKSHOPS
2019
  • Using the Japan Disasters Digital Archive in the Classroom: A Workshop on Teaching about Japan and Disaster Digital Research - Harvard University’s Edwin O. Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies
2016
  • Institute for Pure and Applied Mathematics, Cultural Analytics Program  - UC Los Angeles
2014
  • Revisiting Critical GIS Meeting - Friday Harbor Laboratories, Washington
2013
  • Science and Technology Studies Forum on the 2011 Fukushima/East Japan Disaster - UC Berkeley  
PODCAST
2020
  • The Weather After Fukushima - The Global Media Cultures Podcast 

Affiliations

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS
  • Society for Cinema and Media Studies
  • Association of American Geographers