Professor, School of Literature, Media, and Communication, Georgia Institute of Technology
- Ph.D. English, University of Wisconsin-Madison, August 1999
- M.A. English, University of Wisconsin-Madison, August 1992
- B.A. English, Magna cum Laude, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, May 1991
SELECT HONORS, AWARDS, AND EXECUTIVE TRAINING
- Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association Susan Koppelman Award for Best Anthology, Multi-authored, or Edited Book in Feminist Studies, 2017
- Class of 1940 Teaching Effectiveness Award, 2016
- Ivan Allen College Curricular Innovation Grant, 2015
- HERS Bryn Mawr Summer Institute for Women in Higher Education, 2014
- Ivan Allen Jr. Legacy Award for Research, Teaching and Service, 2013
- National Science Foundation Science and Society Research Grant, 2007
- Science Fiction Research Association Pioneer Award for Scholarship, 2005
- National Endownment for the Humanities Summer Stipend Award, 2004
- The Future is Female: Early Classics of Women’s Science Fiction from the Pulp Era to the New Wave. New York: Library of America, in press.
- Sisters of Tomorrow: The First Women of Science Fiction. Co-authored and co-edited with Patrick Sharp. Middletown, CT: Wesleyan University Press, 2016.
- Galactic Suburbia: Recovering Women’s Science Fiction. Columbus, OH: Ohio State University Press, 2008.
- The Self Wired: Technology and Subjectivity in Contemporary Narrative. New York and Oxford: Routledge, 2002. Re-released in paperback and e-book formats, 2014.
- “The Constructed Human: Reimagining Gender in Science Fiction.” Science Fiction: A Journey into the Unknown. Ed. Patrick Gyger. Exhibition Catalog. London: Barbican Center, 2017. 136–42.
- “Posthumanism and Science Fiction.” Co-authored with Jason Ellis. The Cambridge Companion to Posthumanism. Eds. Bruce C. Clark and Manuella Rossini. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2016. 71-83.
- “The Bannekerade: Genius, Madness and Magic in Black Science Fiction.” Black and Brown Planets: The Politics of Race in Science Fiction. Ed. Isiah Lavender III. Jackson, MS: University of Mississippi Press, 2014. 15-31.
- “Narrative, Archive, Database: The Digital Humanities and Science Fiction Scholarship.” Eaton Journal of Archival Research in Science Fiction 1:1 (Spring 2013): 8-13. (Simultaneously printed in SFRA Review 303 [(Winter 2013): 6-9] by invitation of and special arrangement with the editors of both publications.)
- “Teaching Golden Age Science Fiction.” Teaching Science Fiction. Eds. Andy Sawyer and Peter Wright. Hampshire, UK: Palgrave Macmillan, 2011. 103-15.
- “Cultural History.” The Routledge Companion to Science Fiction. Eds. Andrew Butler, Mark Bould, Adam Roberts and Sherryl Vint. New York and Oxford: Routledge Press, 2009. 194-203.
- “Domestic Satire as Social Commentary in Mid-century Women’s Media Landscape SF.” Foundation: The International Review of Science Fiction 95 (2005): 29-39.
- “‘I’ll be a postfeminist in a postpatriarchy,” Or, Can We Really Imagine Life after Feminism?” electronic book review (spring 2005): http://www.electronicbookreview.com/v3/servlet/ebr?command=view_essay&essay_id=yaszekwp.
- “The Women History Doesn’t See: Recovering Midcentury Women’s SF as a Literature of Social Critique.” Extrapolation 45.1 (spring 2004): 34-51.
SELECT GRANTS AND CONTRACTS
- Early Classics of Women’s Science Fiction. Awarded $1500 by Georgia Tech’s Center for the Study of Women, Science and Technology to support a student research assistant, December 2017.
- Early Classics of Women’s Science Fiction. Awarded $1500 by Georgia Tech’s Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program to support a student research assistant, August 2017.
- Artificial Intelligence and Science Fiction. Co-PI: Brian Magerko, Georgia Tech. Awarded $3000 by Georgia Tech’s Ivan Allen College for the Liberal Arts to develop a new cross-disciplinary class with a multimedia research library and a weekly online lecture series, April 2015.
- Women’s Work in Early Science Fiction. Awarded $1500 by Georgia Tech’s Center for the Study of Women, Science and Technology to support a student research assistant, August 2013.
- Women’s Work in Early Science Fiction. Awarded $20,000 by Georgia Tech’s Ivan Allen College for
the Liberal Arts to support activities related to book publication, March 2012.
- “Representations of Active Nanostructures across Scientific, Popular and Policy Realms of Discourse.” Co-PIs: Richard Barke, Alan Porter and William Ready, Georgia Institute of Technology. Awarded $85,000.00 by the National Science Foundation, September 2007.
- Galactic Suburbia: Housewife Heroines, Lady Scientists and Midcentury Women’s Science Fiction. Awarded $5000.00 by the National Endowment for the Humanities, May 2004.
SELECT INVITED TALKS AND INTERVIEWS
- James Cameron’s Story of Science Fiction. Left/Right Productions. Forthcoming on American Movie Classics, April 30, 2018.
- “Why Smart Sci Fi Struggles to Find Its Audience in a ‘Star Wars’ World.” USA Today, February 20, 2018. https://www.usatoday.com/story/life/movies/2018/02/20/why-smart-sci-fi-struggles-find-its-audience-star-wars-world/351380002/.
- “Why Spice is a Staple of Science Fiction. Food and Wine Magazine, December 28, 2017. http://www.foodandwine.com/news/spice-science-fiction.
- “Why Do We Want Robots to Destroy Us So Badly?” IO9: We Come from the Future, May 24, 2017. http://io9.gizmodo.com/why-do-we-want-robots-to-destroy-us-so-badly-1795502565.
- Aliens as Immigrants: How Arrival Became the Latest Political Sci-Fi Film.” The Washington Post, February 24, 2017. https://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/aliens-as-immigrants-how-arrival-became-the-latest-political-sci-fi-film/2017/02/23/b9975f08-f83e-11e6-bf01-d47f8cf9b643_story.html?utm_term=.806ef4ab694d.
- “Imagining the Technological Singularity.” Singularity: A Future Reality Sound Experience, Atlanta, GA, January 28, 2017.
- “Tech+knowledge+y: The Secret Language of Science Fiction.” Georgia Tech Amplifier: Georgia Tech Experts on Current Issues, December 14, 2016. http://amplifier.gatech.edu/articles/2016/12/techknowledgey-secret-language-science-fiction.
- “Sisters of Tomorrow: The First Women of Science Fiction.” Indiana University, February 26, 2016.
- “SciFi@Tech.” The Campbell Conference and Awards, June 2015.
- “The Many Other Futures of Black Science Fiction.” Writing Another Future: Science Fiction, the Arts.
and the Humanities. University of Illinois, September 26, 2013.
- “Archive, Narrative, Database: Digital Humanities and Science Fiction Studies.” University of California-Riverside, May 17, 2012.
- “Digital Games, Higher Education and the Humanities in the New Millennium.” Brock University,
March 1, 2012.
- “Why We Love Sci-Fi: It Boldly Goes Where Other Stories Can’t.” Space.com, January 3, 2011.
- “Black Realities, Black Fantasies: Afrofuturism.” Against The Grain, Pacifica Radio, February 2007.
Available at http://www.kpfa.org/archives/index.php?arch=18891.
- “Postmodernism and Popular Culture.” Aqua Teen Hunger Force, Vol. 4, Director’s Commentary. Atlanta: Turner Home Entertainment, April 2005.
SELECT COURSES TAUGHT
Full, Associate and Assistant Professor. School of Literature, Media and Communication, Georgia Institute of Technology. 2000-present.
- LMC 8910: Special Problems: Representing Race in Visual Narrative
- LMC 6215/4813/3202: Artificial Intelligence and Science Fiction
- LMC 4699: Undergraduate Research in the Science Fiction Lab
- LMC 4100: Senior Seminar on Nanotechnology in Science, Fiction and Public Policy
- LMC 3833: Science, Technology and Race in Science Fiction
- LMC 3225: Gender Studies in the Disciplines
- LMC 3214: Science Fiction
- LMC 2218: Literary and Cultural Postmodernism
- Eugie Foster Award for Short Fiction Committee, 2016-present
- John W. Campbell Award Committee, 2015-present
- President, Science Fiction Research Association, 2009-10
- Grant Reviewer, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, 2009-10
- Editor, Extrapolation, 2007-09
- Advisory Board Member, AboutSF, 2009-present
- Editorial Board Member, European Journal of American Studies, 2006-present
Campus Contributions: Georgia Tech
- Associate Chair, School of Literature, Media, and Communication, 2015-present
- Director of Undergraduate Studies, School of Literature, Media, and Communication, 2009-2015
- Provost’s Review, Promotion and Tenure Guideline Committee, 2013
- IAC Promotion and Tenure Committee, 2012-13
- Institute Undergraduate Curriculum Committee, 2011-present
- The Sci Fi Lab Radio Show Faculty Advisor, 2007-present
- The Science Fiction Research Laboratory Faculty Advisor, 2004-present
- President’s Undergraduate Research Award Faculty Mentor, 2003-present