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Lisa Han

Lisa Han

Assistant Professor of Film and Media Studies, Department of English, College of LIberal Arts and Sciences

Department of English
Arizona State University
PO Box 871401
Tempe, AZ 85287-1401


  • Senior Global Futures Scientist, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Futures Laboratory
  • Assistant Professor of Film and Media Studies, Department of English, College of LIberal Arts and Sciences


Lisa Yin Han is a critical media studies scholar working across the realms of environmental media studies, the blue humanities, and science and technology studies. Her research investigates the intersections between digital media, media infrastructures, and the environment, with a particular focus on ocean media. Her current project examines the material and semiotic remaking of the seafloor through industrial, state, and scientific production of underwater media infrastructure. This includes explorations of visual media, sensor networks, and sound-based media, and the history of their operations in particular social and environmental milieus. Lisa has also published work on fetal ultrasound, abortion media, and internet freedom.


  • PhD, Film and Media Studies, University of California-Santa Barbara, 2020
  • MA, Film and Media Studies, University of California-Santa Barbara, 2016
  • BA, English, Princeton University, 2013


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Journal Articles

In Press

Han, L. Y. Sonic pipelines: The technicity of offshore prospecting. Media + Environment


Han, L., E. R. Boniface, L. Y. Han, J. Albright, N. Doty and B. G. Darney. 2020. The abortion web ecosystem: Cross-sectional analysis of trustworthiness and bias. Journal of Medical Internet Research 22(10):e20619. DOI: 10.2196/20619. (link )

Han, L. Y. 2020. The coral aquarium: A review of Coral Empire by Ann Elias. Journal of Environmental Media 1(2):265-268. DOI: 10.1386/jem_00020_5. (link )


Brodie, P., L. Y. Han and W. Pan. 2019. Becoming environmental: Media, logistics, and ecological change. Synopotique 8(1):(Individuals are editors of this volume). (link )

Han, L. 2019. The blue frontier: Temporalities of salvage and extraction at the seabed. Configurations 27(4):463-481. DOI: 10.1353/con.2019.0031. (link )


Han, L., L. Han, B. G. Darney and M. I. Rodriguez. 2017. Tweeting PP: An analysis of the 2015-2016 Planned Parenthood controversy on Twitter. Contraception 96(6):388-394. DOI: 10.1016/j.contraception.2017.08.011. (link )

Han, L. 2017. Screening the pre-infant: Ultrasound imaging and its realisms. Spectator 37(1):11-18. (link )

Parks, L., H. Goodwin and L. Han. 2017. "I have the government in my pocket...": Social media users in Turkey, transmit-trap dynamics, and struggles over internet freedom. Communication, Culture and Critique 10(4):574-592. DOI: 10.1111/cccr.12173. (link )


Grinberg, D. and L. Han. 2016. Introduction: Surveying the field. Media Fields Journal (11):1-5. (link )

Book Chapters

In Press

Han, L. Precipitates of the deep sea: Seismic surveys and sonic saturation. In: Jue, M. and R. Ruiz eds., Saturation: An Elemental Politics. Duke University Press.

Han, L. Transparency of depth: Dark mediation of the deep seabed. Pp. Chapter 12 In: Redrobe, K. and J. Scheible eds., Deep Mediations: Thinking Space in CInema and Digital Cultures. University of Minnesota Press. ISBN: 978-1-5179-0890-4.