Rita Raley is As­so­ci­ate Pro­fes­sor of Eng­lish, with cour­tesy ap­point­ments in Film and Media Stud­ies, Com­par­a­tive Lit­er­a­ture, and Global Stud­ies, at Uni­ver­sity Cal­i­for­nia, Santa Bar­bara, USA. Her pri­mary re­search in­ter­ests lie at the in­ter­sec­tion of dig­i­tal media and hu­man­ist in­quiry, with a par­tic­u­lar em­pha­sis on cul­tural cri­tique, artis­tic prac­tices, and lan­guage (code­work, ma­chine trans­la­tion, elec­tronic lit­er­a­ture, and elec­tronic Eng­lish). Her book, Tac­ti­cal Media, a study of new media art in re­la­tion to ne­olib­eral glob­al­iza­tion, has been pub­lished by the Uni­ver­sity of Min­nesota Press in its Elec­tronic Me­di­a­tions se­ries.  Her most re­cent pub­li­ca­tions in­clude the co-edited Elec­tronic Lit­er­a­ture Col­lec­tion, Vol­ume 2, as well as ar­ti­cles on po­etic and nar­ra­to­log­i­cal uses of mo­bile and loca­tive media and text-based media arts in­stal­la­tions. In ad­di­tion to on­go­ing re­search on dig­i­tal po­et­ics and in­ter­ven­tion­ist media arts prac­tices, she con­tin­ues work on Global Eng­lish and the Acad­emy, ex­cerpts of which have been pub­lished in The Yale Jour­nal of Crit­i­cism and Di­as­pora. In the Eng­lish de­part­ment at UCSB, she cur­rently di­rects the Tran­scrip­tions Cen­ter (orig­i­nal web­site) and co-di­rects the Lit­er­a­ture and Cul­ture of In­for­ma­tion Spe­cial­iza­tion. She has had fel­low­ship ap­point­ments at the Na­tional Hu­man­i­ties Cen­ter and UCLA, as part of the Mel­lon-funded pro­ject on the Dig­i­tal Hu­man­i­ties, and has taught at Rice and the Uni­ver­sity of Min­nesota.