Laura Beltz Imaoka is a learning practitioner in the digital humanities. She supports practice-based learning that complements traditional forms of assessment. Her research interests engage the areas of visual studies, film and media studies, and critical geography with a particular interest in geospatial technology, ecomedia, and the spatial imagination of disasters. Laura has published in the edited collection, Extreme Weather and Global Media (Routledge, 2015), as well as collaboratively in Environmental and Planning A and The Canadian Geographer. Currently, Laura is a Senior Lecturer for the Schools of the Arts, Technology, and Emerging Communication at the University of Texas at Dallas where she teaches courses in Critical Media Studies. She received her Ph.D. in Visual Studies from the University of California, Irvine, and her M.A. in Anthropology from California State University, Northridge.