I am an Assistant Professor at the Department of Communication at the University of Memphis and an Affiliated Faculty at the Center for Research on Women. I received a PhD in Communication in 2006 from the Institute of Communication Research at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Prior to UofM, I was a faculty at the Media Studies program at the University of California, Berkeley and an Affiliated Faculty at the Berkeley Center for New Media. I was a UCB faculty expert in new media during 2008 election. I also consulted for Bay Area companies on new media's impact on various social and cultural practices.
My research focuses on cultural studies of science, technology and medicine, critical/cultural theory, and media studies. I published work on health information technology, personal genomics, networks and globalization, and visual culture’s engagement with scientific and medical research. I am an avid fan of monster and horror media and I regularly teach a course on monster films. Recently I co-edited a collection titled Monstrous Culture in the 21st Century: A Reader. Currently I am working on a book manuscript titled Pandemics in the Media (under contract with Peter Lang ). My other current projects include article-length works on biotechnology and capitalism in the film Splice and autoethnographic study of identity in personal genomics.
In October 2012 I was a Bright Ideas Fellow-in-Residency at the Genomics Forum at the University of Edinburgh. While there, I gave talks on pandemics, citizenship, and digital technology at Lancaster University, the University of Exeter, and the University of Edinburgh.