Zach Horton

Zach Horton
Doctoral Student, English
CNS Affiliation
Social Science Graduate Fellow (Former)
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Zach Horton has been a CNS graduate fellow since 2011. He is a Ph.D. student in English at the University of California, Santa Barbara, as well as an independent filmmaker. His research interests include human-computer interface, translation and modeling between the analog and the digital, theories and representation of information, 19th century geology, medieval alchemy, nanotechnology, creativity and innovation, autopoietic conceptions of life, complexity, and trans-scalar encounters.


He earned an MFA in Film Directing from the American Film Institute Conservatory, studied Philosophy and Creative Writing at Oxford University, and earned his BA in both Media Arts and Philosophy at the University of California, San Diego. He was the 2002 recipient of the national Cary Grant Film Award for his short film work.


Zach directs the Collaborative Media Commons, a cross-disciplinary project that links faculty members, graduate students, undergraduates, and professionals from the wider community to collaborate on creative media projects driven by philosophy, cultural theory, and literature.