Creative Writing Professors

Lightman is the author of five novels, two collections of essays, a book-length narrative poem, and several books on science.

His writing has appeared in (2018), which investigates the creativity born from allowing our minds to freely roam. from Harvard University (History of Science; 1970, 1971, and 1974). His first major work was a study of nineteenth-century mathematics.

His research focuses on the relationship between imaginative cognition and computation.

He founded and directs the MIT Imagination, Computation, and Expression Laboratory (ICE Lab) to develop new forms of computational narrative, gaming, social media, and related digital media based in computer science, cognitive science, and digital media arts. In 2010, the National Science Foundation recognized Harrell with an NSF CAREER Award for his project “Computing for Advanced Identity Representation.” In 2014-2015, he was awarded a Fellowship at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences (CASBS) at Stanford University and was recipient of the Lenore Annenberg and Wallis Annenberg Fellowship in Communication.

His films include "Taxi-vala/Auto-biography," (1994) which explored the lives, struggles, and activism of New York City taxi drivers from India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh, and "Mutiny: Asians Storm British Music" (2003) a hybrid music documentary/social documentary about South Asian youth, music, and anti-racist politics in 1970s-90s Britain. The project consists of the Bengali Harlem book as well as a documentary film, “In Search of Bengali Harlem,” (currently in production), and a digital oral history website in development at

Heather Hendershot studies conservative media and political movements, film and television genres, and American film history.

She has held fellowships at Vassar College, New York University, and Princeton University, and she has also been a Guggenheim fellow.

Hendershot is particularly interested in the complicated relationship between “extremist” and “mainstream” conservatism and in how that relationship is negotiated by conservative media.

Her courses emphasize the interplay between industrial, economic, and regulatory concerns and how those concerns affect what we see on the screen (big or little).

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