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.
He has published articles on Ralph Ellison and sociology in American Literature (Norman Foerster Prize); on cults, David Mitchell, and Haruki Murakami in Novel: A Forum on Fiction; on Paolo Bacigalupi and the problem of representing GMOs in Science Fiction Studies (SFRA Pioneer Award); on the Bechdel test and network theory in New Literary History (Ralph Cohen Prize). He has also published short pieces and reviews in African American Review, Contemporary Literature, the Los Angeles Review of Books, and Debates in the Digital Humanities 2016. More on his research and teaching can be found on his UA website.