Benjamin H. Bratton is a theorist and strategist whose work spans Philosophy, Art and Design. At UCSD, he is Associate Professor ofVisual Arts and faculty coordinator of the MFA program, and is also Director of The Center for Design and Geopolitics and the Design Theory and Research Platform. Starting in Summer 2014, he is also Professor of Digital Design at The European Graduate School in Saas-Fee, Switzerland.
Before coming to UCSD, he taught Architectural and Design Theory at SCI_Arc (The Southern California Institute of Architecture) for 10 years and at UCLA Department of Design | Media Arts for 5 years. He is a frequent consultant to private and public organizations and was the Director of the Advanced Strategies Group at Yahoo! (where he collaborated on many very interesting projects eventually launched properly by Google.)
His research is situated at the intersections of contemporary social and political theory, computational media & infrastructure, architectural & urban design problems, and the politics of synthetic ecologies and biologies. Current work focuses on the political geography of cloud computing and the practical philosophy of everyday robotics.
His next book, The Stack: On Software and Sovereignty, is forthcoming from MIT Press.