Dorothy R. Santos is a writer, editor, and curator whose research areas and interests include new media and digital art, programming, the internet, augmented reality, online performance, gaming, open source culture, and political aesthetics. Born and raised in San Francisco, California, she holds Bachelor’s degrees in Philosophy and Psychology from the University of San Francisco, and received her Master's degree in Visual and Critical Studies at the California College of the Arts.
She currently serves as an editor for the new asterisk magazine, Hyphen, and The Civic Beat. Her work appears in art21, Art Practical, Daily Serving, Hyperallergic, and Public Art Dialogue. She has lectured and spoken at the de Young museum, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, School of Visual Arts, and San Francisco Art Institute. She currently serves as executive staff for the Bay Area Society for Art & Activism and as a board member for the SOMArts Cultural Center.
Her thesis Narratives of Marginalized Bodies: Exploring Third Space in Contemporary New Media and Digital Art (2014) focused on new media and digital artists who interrogate the body as the site of interaction in relationship to architecture, augmented and virtual spaces. Through her investigation of the body’s mediation through haptic technologies and gamification, she argued that the unorthodox applications of mass media technologies reveal critical narratives of obscured and marginalized people.