D. Fox Harrell

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  • Position: Professor
  • Office: 14N-207, E15-326
  • Phone: +1 (617) 324-4278
  • Email: fox@csail.mit.edu
  • Areas of Study: Computational (interactive and generative) narrative; artificial intelligence (AI) and the arts, philosophy of AI, computer gaming, cognitive semantics, computational and cognitive approaches to social identity
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  • Last Update: June 18, 2017
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Fox Harrell is a researcher exploring the relationship between imaginative cognition and computation. His research involves developing new forms of computational narrative, gaming, social media, and related digital media based in computer science, cognitive science, and digital media arts. The National Science Foundation has recognized Harrell with an NSF CAREER Award for his project “Computing for Advanced Identity Representation.” Harrell holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science and Cognitive Science from the University of California, San Diego. His other degrees include a Master's degree in Interactive Telecommunication from New York University, and a B.F.A. in Art, B.S. in Logic and Computation (each with highest honors), and minor in Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University. He has worked as an interactive television producer and as a game designer. His recent book is Phantasmal Media: An Approach to Imagination, Computation, and Expression (MIT Press, 2013).


  • Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford: Fellowship (2014)
  • Annenberg Foundation: Leonore Annenberg and Wallis Annenberg Fellowship in Communicati (2014)
  • National Science Foundation: CAREER award (2010)