War, Trauma, & Technologies of the Self: The Making of Virtual Reality Exposure Therapy


2014   “Zapatista Corn: A Case Study in Biocultural Innovation.” Social Studies of Science, 44.6, 874-900

2013 “Cyborg Agency and Individual Trauma: What Ender’s Game Teaches us About Killing in the Age of Drone Warfare” Media/Culture, 16.6

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.

Book Chapter:
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.

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

2013 “Doctored: The Medicine of Photography in 19th-Century America by Tanya Sheehan.” Technology & Culture, 54:3, 666–669.

Selected Presentations:

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   Culture, Power, & Materiality: A Festschrift for Chandra Mukerji, La Jolla, CA
“Reading Impossible Engineering.”

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.”

2014 UCSD Graduate Women in Science and Engineering, La Jolla, CA
Panel on Miss Representation (2011) and women in the media

2013  American Anthropological Association, Chicago, IL
“Imagining a Game-Like Solution: The Promotion of Virtual Reality Therapy for Combat Trauma.”

2013  Society for the Social Studies of Science, San Diego, CA
“Theorizing Virtual Environments as Therapeutic Technologies of the Self”

2013  Governing Technology: Material Politics and Hybrid Agencies; Stanford University Graduate Studies in Science and Technology, Stanford, CA
“Zapatista Corn: Translating Transgenics to Create a Transnational Anti-GM Social Movement.”

2012  Cultural Studies Association, La Jolla, CA
“From the Ultimate Display to the Ultimate Skinner Box: Virtual Reality and the Future of Psychotherapy.”

2011 Society for the Social Studies of Science, Cleveland, OH
“Not a Game: The Boundary-Work of Making Virtual Iraq the Right Tool for Treating Combat-Related PTSD.

2011 Soldiering, the Afterlife of Modern Experience; Annual Interdisciplinary Humanities Graduate Student Conference; Harvard Univ. Humanities Center, Cambridge, MA,
“Militarized Therapy? A Comparison of Virtual Technologies for Addressing Combat PTSD”

2011 Mediating War & Technology, International Communication Associate Communication History Division, Boston, MA
“Militarized Therapy for the Digital Warrior?: Virtual Technologies for Addressing Combat PTSD.”