Papers

Articles:

2019 with Lisa Messeri, “Imagining Feminist Futures on the Small Screen: Inclusion and Care in VR Worlds”  NatureCulture. Issue 5. https://www.natcult.net/imagining-feminist-futures-on- the-small-screen/

2019 Laura Cabrera, Marisa Brandt, Rachel McKenzie, and Robyn Bluhm, “Online Comments about Neurosurgery and Psychopharmacological Interventions: Public Perceptions and Concerns.” Social Science and Medicine. Jan, 184-192. doi: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2018.11.021

2018 Laura Cabrera, Marisa Brandt, Rachel McKenzie, and Robyn Bluhm, “Comparison of Philosophical Concerns between Professionals and the Lay Public Regarding Two Psychiatric Treatments.” AJOB Empirical Bioethics. https://doi.org/10.1080/23294515.2018.1512534

2016 “Simulated War: Trauma Therapy without Politics.” Catalyst: Feminism Theory, Technoscience. 2(1), 1-42 http://catalystjournal.org/ojs/index.php/catalyst/article/view/brandt

2014   “Zapatista Corn: A Case Study in Biocultural Innovation.” Social Studies of Science, 44.6, 874-900 http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0306312714540060

2013 “Cyborg Agency and Individual Trauma: What Ender’s Game Teaches us About Killing in the Age of Drone Warfare” Media/Culture, 16.6 http://journal.media-culture.org.au/index.php/mcjournal/article/viewArticle/718/0

2013 with Daniel C. Hallin, Daniel C. and Charles L. Briggs “Biomedicalization and the Public Sphere: Newspaper Coverage of Health and Medicine, 1960s-2000s,” Social Science & Medicine, 96, 121–128. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.socscimed.2013.07.030

 

Book Chapters:

In press with Morgan Kiryakoza and Mitchell Reddan, “Is Virtual Reality the Ultimate Medium for People with Disabilities?” Submitted to Gaming Disability, Mike Kent, Tama Leaver, & Kate Ellis (eds)

2018 with Luke Stark, “Exploring Digital Interventions in Mental Health: A Roadmap” In D. Travers Scott and Adrienne Shaw (eds). Interventions: Communication Theory and Practice. New York: Peter Lang

2013 “From the Ultimate Display to the Ultimate Skinner Box: Virtual Reality and the Future of Psychotherapy.” In Kelly Gates (ed), International Encyclopedia of Media Studies Vol. 6: Media Studies Futures. London: Wiley-Blackwell, pp. 518–539. (Contact me for a copy).

 

Book Reviews:
2014 “Interview with Joy V. Fuqua, Prescription TV: Therapeutic Discourse in the Hospital and the Home.” Books Aren’t Dead. Fembot Collective. http://fembotcollective.org/blog/2014/01/01/books-arent-dead-fuqua/

2013 “Wireless Worlds: Subject/Object Relations in the Twenty-first Century” Science as Culture, 22:3, 414–418. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09505431.2013.768227

2013 “Doctored: The Medicine of Photography in 19th-Century America by Tanya Sheehan.” Technology & Culture, 54:3, 666–669. http://dx.doi.org/10.1353/tech.2013.0110

 

Public Writing:

2017 with Robyn Bluhm and MaryCatherine McDonald “From shell-shock to PTSD, a century of invisible war trauma,” The Conversation. https://theconversation.com/from-shell-shock-to-ptsd-a-century-of- invisible-war-trauma-74911

 

Selected Presentations:

2019 Society for Utopian Studies Conference, East Lansing, MI
“LAURETTA: A Speculative Fiction about AI in Higher Ed” with Zachary Kaiser

2019 Society for the Social Studies of Science, New Orleans, LA
“Reimagining First-Year Writing for STEM Students as Experiential Learning in Science Studies.”

2019 Gender, Bodies, and Technology, Roanoke, VA
“Imagining Feminist Futures on the Small Screen and in the Headset: Techno-Logics of Care and Inclusion in VR SF.”

2018 Techno-Optimism Within and Beyond Silicon Valley, Center for Science, Technology, Medicine, and Society, UC Berkley, Berkeley, CA
“Performing the Coolness of Care: How Innovators and the Media Produce Optimistic Imaginaries of Clinical Virtual Reality for the U.S. Military and the Public” https://cstms.berkeley.edu/current-events/techno-optimism-beyond-silicon-valley/

2018 Medium/Environment, Berkeley Film & Media, UC Berkeley, Berkeley, CA “Expose, Escape, Engage: Design Frameworks in Clinical VR Environments” https://www.mediumenvironment.com/conference-schedule.html

2017 Society for the Social Studies of Science, Boston, MA
“Neuromediatization and Boundary Work: A Comparison of Two ‘Benevolent’ Neurotechnologies in American News.”

2017 International Communication Association, San Diego, CA
“The Coolness of Control and the New Military Technotherapeutic Culture”

2016 Cultural Rhetorics Conference, East Lansing, MI
“Teaching Cultural Rhetoric Through Diversifying Wikipedia’s Scientific Biographies”

2016 Cultural Studies Association, Villanova, PA
“Rewiring Masculinity: VR & the ‘Cool’ Post-Traumatic Fix”

2016 Gender, Bodies, and Technology, Roanoke, VA
“Trauma Exposed (Featuring RoboCop)”

2016 Envisioning American Studies: A Conference in Honor of American Culture’s 80th Year at Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
“The Coolness of Control and the New Military Cybertherapeutic Culture”

2015 Society for the Social Studies of Science, Denver, CO
“Bravemind’s Charisma and the Problem of Making Cool Therapy for Soldier 2.0”

2014    Illness Narratives, Networked Subjects, and Intimate Publics, New York University, Dept of Media, Culture and Communication, New York, NY
“Virtual Reality in the Therapeutic Remediation of Trauma Narratives”

2014  Society for the Social Studies of Science, Buenos Aires, Argentina
“The Ultimate Skinner Box? How Therapists Explain Using Virtual Reality to Treat Military PTSD.”

2014  Comic Arts Conference, San Diego, CA
“Using Comics-Creation as Therapy for Military Post-Traumatic Stress.”

2014   Contours of Algorithmic Life, UC Davis Mellon Research Initiative of Digital Cultures Conference, Davis, CA
“Chatbot Counseling and the Search for a Therapeutic Alliance Algorithm.”