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Marina Levina

Marina Levina
Assistant Professor

Degrees Held

Ph.D., Communication, 2006, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

M.A.,  Communication, 2000, University of Pennsylvania

B.S., Psychology and B.A., Political Science, 1997, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Academic Summary

Marina Levina is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Communication at the University of Memphis. She has received a PhD in Communication from the Institute of Communication Research at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her research focuses on critical cultural studies of science, technology and medicine, visual culture, and media studies.  She has published work on health information technology, personal genomics, networks and globalization, and visual culture’s engagement with scientific and medical research. She is an avid fan of monster and horror narratives and has written on critical meaning of monsters, and especially their connection to scientific and medical cultural anxieties. She has also repeatedly taught a course on monster films. Currently, she is working on a book manuscript titled Pandemics in the Media (under contract with Peter Lang Press); an edited collection Monstrous Culture in the 21st Century (first editor with Diem-my Bui); a book chapter on biocapital and biotechnology in the film Splice, and articles on anticipation and affect in health information technology; biocitizenship and network subjectivity in personal genomics, and autoethnographic study of identity in personal genomics.  She can be found at

Courses Taught

Rhetoric of Popular Culture
Television and Culture
Bodies and Technologies
Seminar in Media Theory
Critical Studies of Science, Medicine and Technology
Monster Films

Major Publications

“Our Bodies, Our Selves: Health, Genes and Feminism in Cyberspace” forthcoming in Where have all Cyberfeminists Gone? Radhika Gajjala (Ed.), Peter Lang Publications, 2012

“Blood Bites: Zombie Outbreaks and Cultural Narratives of Blood” in Academics on Zombies, Robert Smith (Ed.), University of Ottawa Press, 2011

Everyday Life in Post-Global Network (first editor, co-edited with Grant Kien), Digital Formations series, Ed. Steve Jones. Peter Lang Publications, 2010.

“Health 2.0 and Managing “Dividual” Care in the Network”, in Everyday Life in Post-Global Network, Peter Lang Publications, 2010

“Googling Your Genes: Personal Genomics and the Discourse of Citizen Bioscience in the Network Age” in Journal of Science Communication, 9(1), 2010.

"Exploring Epistemic Boundaries between Scientific and Popular Cultures” in Spontaneous Generations: History and Philosophy of Science and Technology, 3(1), 2009

“Regulation and Discipline in the Genomic Age: A consideration of differences between genetic engineering and genomics,” in A Foucault for the 21st Century: Governmentality, Biopolitics and Discipline in the New Millennium, Eds. Sam Binkley and Jorge Capetillo. Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2009.

“Cracking the Code: Genomics in Documented Fantasies and Fantastic Documentaries,” Joys of SF: Essays in Science and Technology Studies, Ed. Margret Grebowicz. Open Court Press, 2007.

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