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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 received a PhD in Communication from the Institute of Communication Research at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her research areas are critical cultural studies of science, technology and medicine, visual culture, and media studies. She has written on the topics of social media and health information technologies, personal genomics, materiality in digital media, and visual culture's engagement with scientific and medical difference. She is an avid fan of monster and horror narratives and has written on critical meaning of monsters, and especially their connection to current scientific discourse. She is 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, 2013). Recently she authored a book titled Pandemics in the Media (forthcoming from Peter Lang Press), which looks at non-fictional and fictional media pandemic narratives as a site for discursive management and classification of global disease crises. Currently, she is working on an article which theorizes a pre-symptomatic patient bill of rights in the context of social media health tracking technologies and an analysis of science fiction narratives of biocapital and privatized ownership and creation of life itself. She is also starting to co-edit a new collection on biocitizenship. Marina can be found at

Courses Taught

Rhetoric of Popular Culture
Television and Culture
Bodies and Technologies
Monster Films
Women and Film
Graduate Seminar in Media Theory
Graduate Seminar in Biopolitics
Graduate Seminar in Affect Theory
Graduate Seminar in New Media Studies

Major Publications


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

Monster Culture in the 21st Century: A Reader (first editor, co-edited with Diem-my Bui), Bloomsbury Academic Press, 2013

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 and Communication Review)

Articles and Book Chapters

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

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

"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

"From Symptomatic to Pre-Symptomatic Patient: The Tide of Personal Genomics" (first author, with Roswell Quinn), a special commentary in Journal of Science Communication, 2011

"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

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