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The Digital Studies Institute is a robust intellectual community where faculty and students work across interdisciplinary lines.

Our 80 governing and affiliate faculty members, hail from 28 of the University of Michigan’s  departments and professional schools. Our faculty’s research and creative praxis asks questions regarding technology, digital culture, and social justice through a number of fields of study.

The Institute also serves as a faculty research incubator and accelerator and is home to several working groups, labs, and the multi-campus DISCO Network Research Initiative.


Research Incubator Grants

During the academic year 2023, the DSI dispersed research incubator grant funds to establish the following working groups:

The Urban Tech Collective

A Cyberfeminist Worldbuilding Lab: A Practice & Research Think Tank


Research Labs

We currently house the following labs at the Institute:

The Digital Accessible Futures Lab

The Digital Inequality Lab

The Just XR Futures Lab


Research Initiatives

The DSI is also home to the Mellon-funded DISCO Network Research Initiative a multi-campus research network with labs at Georgia Tech University, Purdue University, University of Maryland-College Park, and Stony Brook University.