Scott Selisker

About Scott Selisker

Scott Selisker's research and teaching focus on post-WWII U.S. literature, with emphases on science and technology studies and the digital humanities. He received his PhD in English at the University of Virginia in 2010 and taught at Macalester College and UCSB (as an ACLS New Faculty Fellow) before coming to the University of Arizona in 2013. His first book, Human Programming: Brainwashing, Automatons, and American Unfreedom, was published in August 2016 by the University of Minnesota Press. That project explores how ideas about freedom and unfreedom, democracy and its enemies, have been exchanged between literature, film, psychology, cybernetics, political theory, and news media in the U.S., from World War II to the War on Terror. His current project, also in the literature and science subfield, examines how contemporary fiction represents and reflects on social networks, from depictions of grassroots political movements to plots that raise questions about the nature of privacy. More on his research and teaching can be found on his UA website.

Selected Publications

“The Novel and WikiLeaks: Transparency and the Social Life of Privacy,” American Literary History, 2018
“Social Networks,” in American Literature in Transition, 2000-2010 (Cambridge, 2017)
“Digital Humanities Knowledge: Reflections on the Introductory Graduate Syllabus,” in Debates in the Digital Humanities 2016 (Minnesota, 2016)
“The Bechdel Test and the Social Form of Character Networks” New Literary History, 2015 (Ralph Cohen Prize)
”‘Stutter-Stop Flash-Bulb Strange’: GMOs and the Aesthetics of Scale in Paolo Bacigalupi’s The Windup Girl,” Science Fiction Studies, 2015 (SFRA Pioneer Award)
“The Topos of the Cult in David Mitchell’s Global Novels,” Novel, 2014
“Simply by Reacting?: The Sociology of Race and Invisible Man’s Automata,” American Literature, 2010 (Norman Foerster Prize)
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Contact Information

Scott Selisker
Associate Professor
Office: 470 Modern Languages Bldg
Office Hours: Tuesdays 2:00-3:00pm or by appointment
College of Social and Behavioral Sciences