Research Interests20th-Century American Fiction; Science Fiction Literature & Film; Postmodernism; Electronic Media/Hypertext Theory; Nonfiction Writing
The ways in which people interact with science and technology seem to be at the heart of my scholarship, my teaching, and my service to the Department and the University. My last two books have explored constructions, representations, and implications of science and technology in science fiction film and in science fiction literature. Most of my classes either focus on various literary responses to technology or ways in which American culture has made technology, usually constructed as progress, one of its central concerns. Most of my classes also employ learning technologies, study electronic textuality, and require multimedia writing. And I've been deeply committed to helping the Iowa English Department figure out how technology will revolutionize the way we do business in the twenty-first century. In short, I'm fascinated by what comes next.