Banner, Olivia

Assistant Professor

Office:  ATC 4.903

Web Site: http://oliviabanner.org/

Olivia Banner is Assistant Professor in the Emerging Media and Communication Program. Her research at its broadest level considers the intersections of medicine, new media, and health and illness, with a specific focus on how race, gender, and disability are refracted within these intersections. Her book, Communicative Biocapitalism: Mediating the Voice of the Patient in Digital Health (forthcoming, University of Michigan Press), considers how emerging digital technologies shape the articulation of illness and health online, and the ramifications of this shaping for a politics of health and for the health humanities fields. She is currently co-editing a special issue of Discourse: Journal for Theoretical Studies in Media and Culture on science and animation and has published articles in Signs, Discourse, and the edited collection Identity Technologies: Constructing the Self Online. Another ongoing project is a teaching resource for the health humanities fields: a visual history of medical records, from the nineteenth, twentieth, and twenty-first centuries, intended to help students consider how the visual ordering of information both reflects and impacts medical practice and the institutions in which it occurs.

Prior to coming to UT Dallas, Dr. Banner held an Andrew Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Humanities Research Center, Rice University, in Houston, where she was also a member of Medical Futures Lab; the group brings together scholars, students, technology designers, and medical professionals to create innovate approaches to problems in health care and medical education. She completed her Ph.D. in UCLA’s English department and was a Graduate Fellow at UCLA’s Center for Society and Genetics. She has taught widely, with courses on digital culture, cultural representations of technoscience, independent film and film history, zombie media, and literature and medicine. She also taught a service learning course in which students worked in community organizations for people with disabilities.