University of Wisconsin–Madison

Nick Lally

Graduate student (Ph.D.)


MFA, Digital Arts and New Media, University of California, Santa Cruz
BS, Art and Sociology, University of Oregon

Research Areas

Software studies, social movements, visual studies, social and spatial theory, critical GIS

Current Research

I am a geographer, artist, and computer programmer with research interests in software studies, social movements, social and spatial theory, science and technology studies, and visual studies. My academic work describes the role of software in constructing the world through its material entanglements with social, political, and economic systems, while my artwork manipulates these entanglements to produce new forms and experiences. My current projects focus on climate resilience software, algorithmic surveillance practices, computational infrastructures, and speculative cartographies.


Robert F. & Jean E. Holtz Center for Science & Technology Studies

Recent Publications


Lally, Nick. 2017. “Crowdsourced Surveillance and Networked Data.” Security Dialogue 48 (1): 63–77.  [Published version (paywall) || Accepted manuscript version (free)]

Thatcher, Jim, Luke Bergmann, Britta Ricker, Reuben Rose-Redwood, David O’Sullivan, Trevor J. Barnes, Luke R. Barnesmoore, Laura Beltz Imaoka, Ryan Burns, Jonathan Cinnamon, Craig Dalton, Clinton Davis, Stuart Dunn, Francis Harvey, Jin-Kyu Jung, Ellen Kersten, LaDona Knigge, Nick Lally, Wen Lin, Dillon Mahmoudi, Michael Martin, Will Payne, Amir Sheikh, Taylor Shelton, Eric Sheppard, Chris W. Strother, Alexander Tarr, Matthew W. Wilson, and Jason C. Young. 2016. “Revisiting Critical GIS.” Environment and Planning A 48 (5): 815–824. [Published version (paywall) || Accepted manuscript version (free)]


Lally, Nick, and Ryan Burns. 2017. “Toward a Geographical Software Studies.” Computational Culture: a journal of software studies, no. 6. [Published version (free) || PDF (free)]

Lally, Nick. 2017. Review of Understanding Spatial Media by Rob Kitchin, Tracey P. Lauriault, and Matthew W. Wilson, eds. Environment and Planning B: Urban Analytics and City Science. [Published version (paywall) || Accepted manuscript version (free)]

Lally, Nick. 2017. “Cloud Vision.” Places Journal. Featured Reading List.

Contact Information


Mailing Address:

University of Wisconsin-Madison
Department of Geography
550 N. Park Street Box #55
Madison, WI 53706