Martin J Irvine


Founding Director & Associate Professor


Communication, Culture, and Technology (CCT)
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Martin Irvine is the Founding Director of the graduate program in Communication, Culture & Technology (CCT) and Associate Professor in CCT. He has also served as Associate Vice President for Technology Strategy in the Office of the Vice President and CIO at Georgetown. He has a B.A. from the State University of New York at Buffalo and an M.A. and Ph.D. from Harvard University, where he also learned computing while writing his dissertation.

Professor Irvine has an extensive multidisciplinary background that includes ancient and modern languages and literature, intellectual history, semiotics and linguistics, media and communication studies, computation, Internet and Web technologies, digital media, technology theory, art history, cultural theory, and the study of remix culture.

Dr. Irvine has been a professor at Georgetown since 1988, and he has also taught at Harvard, Wayne State University, and the University of Virginia. He has been involved in the Internet and higher education since 1991, and set up Georgetown’s first Website, The Labyrinth, in 1993. He has published extensively on literature, literary theory and semiotics, the Internet in higher education, and more recently on semiotics, media theory, and remix culture.

Professor Irvine’s recent research and teaching interests include an interdisciplinary view of media and symbolic systems that includes research in linguistics, cognitive science, information theory, computation, and semiotics. He also works in visual culture and remix studies, which involves the multidisciplinary study of contemporary media, music, visual art, and digital media platforms. He teaches courses on media and technology theory, dialogic and remix culture, and cognitive science research in linguistics, communication, media technology, and symbolic systems.

He is currently working on two book projects in media theory, semiotics, and technology. The research in his book chapters on street art and the city, "Work on the Street: Street Art and Visual Culture" and ""Remix and the Dialogic Engine of Culture: A Model for Generative Combinatoriality" will be expanded into a longer book-length study.

Professor Irvine has also maintained the first and longest-running faculty Website at Georgetown. You can find his course syllabuses, lectures, research projects, and work in progress from his home

Dr. Irvine is also involved in the contemporary art and music communities, and is active with several museums and non-profit arts organizations. He founded an art gallery in Washington, D.C., Irvine Contemporary, and in 2008, he arranged the acquisition of Shepard Fairey's iconic "Obama HOPE" portrait by the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC.

Drawing on his many years of experience in technology and education, Dr. Irvine is currently developing online for-credit courses in the Graduate School, CCT, and the University. The first for-credit online course, CCTP-798: Key Concepts in Technology and How to Use Them, will launch in Fall 2014. The course is open to any qualified graduate student in North America as well as to Georgetown students.


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  • Ph.D. (1982) Harvard University, English Literature
  • M.A. (1980) Harvard University, English Literature
  • B.A. (1975) State University of New York, Buffalo, Literature, Philosophy, Classics


  • English, Middle (1100-1500) ()
  • English, Old (ca. 450-1100) ()
  • French (read)
  • German ()
  • Greek, Ancient (to 1453) (read)
  • Latin ()