I am an Associate Professor of Communication at the University of Memphis. 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 also consulted for Bay Area companies on new media's impact on various social and cultural practices.
My scholarship centers on cultural studies of science, technology and medicine (SMT) and critical media studies. Using textual analysis as my main methodology, I analyze various media texts as a part of mediated cultural landscape which constructs science, medicine and technology as a political, social, and economic discourse. My scholarship is concerned with bodies, subjectivities and citizenships produced through various relationships and configurations between media and SMT. I have written on the topics of health information technologies, personal genomics, and digital materiality – this work appeared in Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies, Fibreculture, Journal of Science Communication as well as numerous other journals and edited collections. An avid fan of monster and science fiction genres, I have written on cultural meanings of monstrosity and their relationship to current scientific and technological advances. My book, Pandemics in the Media (Peter Lang, 2014) examines exactly what it means to live, love, and govern in the time of a pandemic in a global environment where flows of commerce, politics, and scientific knowledge are essential to distribution of resources according to previously established principles of difference and otherness. I am the first editor of Monster Culture in the 21st Century: A Reader (with Diem-my Bui, Bloomsbury Academic Press, 2013) and Post-Global Network and Everyday Life (with Grant Kien, Peter Lang, 2010). I am a contributor to an anthology Keywords in Media Studies (edited by Jonathan Gray and Laurie Ouellette, forthcoming 2017 NYU Press) in which I authored an entry on network.
Currently, I am co-editing (with Kelly Happe and Jenell Johnson) a book volume on biocitizenship (forthcoming from NYU Press) and a special journal issue of Television and New Media titled The Silicon Valley Ethos: Tech Industry Products, Discourses, and Practices (co-edited with Amy Hasinoff). The special journal issue features my essay Disrupt or Die: Mobile Health and Disruptive Innovation as Body Politic.
My next book project is titled Health in the Age of New Media and it will examine how mobile and digital technologies have changed we understand and manage disease and health.