Germaine R. Halegoua, PhD

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences - School of the Arts - Film and Media Studies
Associate Professor
Primary office:
Summerfield Hall
Room 118F
University of Kansas
1300 Sunnyside Ave, Suite 230
Lawrence, KS 66045


Germaine Halegoua is an Associate Professor in the Department of Film and Media Studies. She received her MA and PhD from the Media & Cultural Studies program in the Department of Communication Arts at the University of Wisconsin –Madison. Her research interests focus on the relationships between people, place, and digital media. In particular, she’s interested in how visions of digital media by public officials and urban planners often conflict with vernacular imaginations and actual uses of digital technologies. Her more recent projects investigate digital placemaking; smart cities; experiences and cultural geographies of digital infrastructure and access; social media in neighborhood contexts; and social productions of place and identity online. Her research and writing have been published in several anthologies, journals, and online venues. She is the author of The Digital City (NYU Press, 2020) and Smart Cities (MIT Press Essential Knowledge Series, 2020) and co-editor of Locating Emerging Media (Routledge, 2016).

She has experience working within a variety of media industries including magazine, TV, and video production. Before coming to KU, Germaine spent a summer with the Social Media Collective at Microsoft Research New England working on projects related to location-based social media and mobile media. She currently teaches classes about digital media and society; digital storytelling; qualitative methods for digital media research; and media, space, and place.

Teaching Interests

  • Digital media
  • Digital storytelling
  • Television studies
  • Qualitative research methods
  • Professional development

Research Interests

  • Digital media studies
  • Digital placemaking
  • Social media and location
  • Mobile media
  • Urban geography and planning
  • Urban and rural informatics
  • Experiences of emerging media
  • Cultural geography of media

Selected Publications


Halegoua, G. R. (May 2020). Smart Cities. Essential Knowledge Series. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.

Halegoua, G. R. (January 2020). The Digital City: Media and the Social Production of Place. New York, NY: NYU Press.

Edited Collections & Special Issues

Halegoua, G. R., & Aslinger, B. (Eds.). (2016). Locating Emerging Media. New York, NY: Routledge.

Journal Articles

Halegoua, G. R. & Johnson, B. (May 2020). Seeing Like a Neighbor: Rethinking Neighborhoods as Service-oriented Communities. Urban Affairs Review.

Halegoua, G. R., & Lingel, J. (2018). Lit up and left dark: Failures of imagination in urban broadband networks. New Media & Society.

Halegoua, G. R., Leavitt, A., & Gray, M. L. (2016). Jumping for Fun?: Negotiating Mobility and the Geopolitics of Foursquare. Social Media + Society, 1-12.

Johnson, B., & Halegoua, G. R. (2015). Can Social Media Save a Neighborhood Organization? Planning Practice & Research.

Johnson, B., & Halegoua, G. (2014). Potential and Challenges for Social Media in the Neighborhood Context. Journal of Urban Technology, 21(4), 51-75.

Schwartz, R., & Halegoua, G. R. (2014). The Spatial Self: Performing Location-based Identity on Social Media. New Media and Society.

Halegoua, G. R. (2014). Calling All Fiberhoods: Google Fiber and the Politics of Visibility. International Journal of Cultural Studies.

Book Chapters

Halegoua, G. (2019). Class Distinctions in Urban Broadband Networks. In E. Polson, L. Schofield Clark, & R. Gajjala (Eds.), Routledge Companion to Media and Class. New York, NY: Routledge.

Halegoua, G. (2018). Foursquare: Checking In and Checking Out. In J. W. Morris & S. Murray, Appified: Culture in the Age of Apps. Ann Arbor, MI: University of Michigan Press.

Reed, M., Duncan, P., & Halegoua, G. (2017). Our Student Partners: Experiential Learning through Exploratory Research. In M. K. Hensley & S. Davis-Kahl, Undergraduate research and the academic librarian: Case studies & best practices. Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL).

Halegoua, G. R. (2016). Cultivating Digital Media Capitals: Place, Policy, and Ubiquitous Cities. In Halegoua, G. R., & Aslinger, B. (Eds.), Locating Emerging Media. Routledge.

Halegoua, G. R. (2011). The Policy and Export of Ubiquitous Place: Investigating South Korean U-cities. In M. Foth, L. Forlano, M. Gibbs, & C. Satchell (Eds.), From Social Butterfly to Engaged Citizen: Urban Informatics, Social Media, Ubiquitous Computing, and Mobile Technology to Support Citizen Engagement. MIT Press.

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