Prof Levina

Marina Levina


Art & Communication Bldg 227
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About Dr. Levina

My scholarship centers on cultural studies of science, technology and medicine (SMT) and critical media studies. Using textual analysis as my main methodology, I analyze various media texts as a part of mediated cultural landscape which constructs science, medicine and technology as a political, social, and economic discourse. My scholarship is concerned with bodies, subjectivities and citizenships produced through various relationships and configurations between media and SMT. I have written on the topics of health information technologies, personal genomics, and digital materiality – this work appeared in Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies, Fibreculture, Journal of Science Communication as well as numerous other journals and edited collections. An avid fan of monster and science fiction genres, I have written on cultural meanings of monstrosity and their relationship to current scientific and technological advances. My book, Pandemics in the Media (Peter Lang, 2014) examines exactly what it means to live, love, and govern in the time of a pandemic in a global environment where flows of commerce, politics, and scientific knowledge are essential to distribution of resources according to previously established principles of difference and otherness. I am the first editor of Monster Culture in the 21st Century: A Reader (with Diem-my Bui, Bloomsbury Academic Press, 2013) and Post-Global Network and Everyday Life (with Grant Kien, Peter Lang, 2010).

I frequently teach Monster Films, Women and Films and Rhetoric of Pop Culture at the undergraduate level as well as graduate courses in media and technologies studies.


PhD, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
MA, University of Pennsylvania
BA/BS, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign



Associate Professor, Department of Communication, University of Memphis, 2015-present
Assistant Professor, Department of Communication, University of Memphis, 2010-2015
Lecturer, Media Studies Program, University of California, Berkeley, 2006-2010

Research and Scholarly Activities

Research Interests

Cultural Studies of Science, Technology and Medicine
Critical Media Studies
Monster Studies

Recent Publications


Pandemics and the Media, in Global Crises and the Media series, Ed. Simon Cottle. Peter Lang Publications, 2014

Monster Culture in the 21st Century: A Reader (first editor, co-edited with Diem-my Bui), Bloomsbury Academic Press, 2013. (Reviewed in Choices, CINEJ: Cinema Journal; Information, Culture, and Society)

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

Journal Articles

"From Feminism without Bodies, to Bleeding Bodies in Virtual Spaces", a FORUM commentary in Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies, June 2014

"Healthymagination: Anticipating Health of our Future Selves" in Fibreculture Journal, 20, 2012

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

Book Chapters

"Our Data, Ourselves: Feminist Narratives of Empowerment in Health 2.0 Discourse" in Cyberfeminism 2.0 Radhika Gajjala and Yeon Ju Oh (Eds.), Peter Lang Publications, 2012

"Cultural Narratives of Blood" in Braaaiiinnnsss!: From Academics to Zombies Robert Smith (Ed.), University of Ottawa Press, 2011

"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.

Grants and Fellowships

University of Edinburgh, Genomics Forum, Bright Ideas Visiting Fellow, October 2012
University of Memphis Faculty Research Grant 2012
University of Memphis College of Communication and Fine Arts New Faculty Research Grant 2011

Current Graduate Students

Carolyn Block
Jon Paul Bushnell
Kyle Christensen
Andre Favors