Areas of Specializationmedia studies; gender, disability, and race in digital media and in digital health; health humanities; medicine, psychiatry, and media; feminist, queer, and crip theory; algorithmic culture
Olivia Banner is an Assistant Professor of Critical Media Studies in the School of Arts, Technology, and Emerging Communication. Her research considers the intersections of medicine, new media, and health and illness, with a focus on how race, gender, and disability are refracted within those intersections. Her book, Communicative Biocapitalism: The Voice of the Patient in Digital Health and the Health Humanities (University of Michigan Press, 2017), examines how 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. With educators at the Texas Medical Center's McGovern Center for Humanities and Ethics, she is co-editing the collection Teaching Health Humanities (under contract, Oxford University Press). She has co-edited a special issue of Discourse: Journal for Theoretical Studies in Media and Culture on science and animation and has published articles in Signs, Discourse, Literature and Medicine, and the edited collections Identity Technologies: Constructing the Self Online and Endemic: Essays in Contagion Theory. She is working on two book projects: one on the role of screen media in the construction of madness and treatable populations, titled Screening Madness, 1945-2015; the second on the dark side of accessibility in digital environments. With xtine burrough and Dr. Kim Knight, she co-directs SPACE media lab, and she serves on the Advisory Boards of the Feminist Research Collective and the Center for Values in Medicine, Science, and Technology.