I’m a scholar working in media studies, disability studies, and digital culture, recently hired as Assistant Professor in the Emerging Media and Communication Program, University of Texas at Dallas. My forthcoming book, Biomediations: Identities after the Genome Projects (University of Michigan Press), focuses on how people are making use of new technologies for the body — mobile biosensors, genetic testing, patient-networking sites — and how these disruptive technologies can be used to address some of the major challenges facing healthcare today. What has happened in the shift from the identity discourse of the late twentieth century, when we categorized people according to race, sex, sexuality, and disability, and the emerging discourse that we are post-identity? What happens after the Genome Projects, with their definite evidence that we are all fundamentally the same — is this borne out in how these technologies are used? Do familiar hierarchies become reinscribed in new technologies, and, if so, what should we consider in order to design technologies that are free of bias? Finally, will these tools trouble the key operating principles in the humanities and medicine fields? I contend that they will, and I propose revisions to interpretive frameworks that these fields will need to consider if they are to be equipped for teaching physicians-in-training as we shift into an era of digital health.
In my teaching, I’m interested in implementing new technologies to get students excited about learning and about the future of education. To this end I’ve developed an online exhibit around the history of medical records, which students can use to explore the changing nature of doctor/patient interactions, to think about how best to represent data about the body — both for doctors’ purposes as well as for patient satisfaction — and to learn the history of medicine itself.
I’m also a member of Medical Futures Lab, a group of innovative scholars, artists, hackers, and physicians engaged in disrupting medical education. I blog for them; you can read a few posts here and here.