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Marisa Brandt
Marisa Brandt
Academic Specialist

Department: HPS
Address: W-27 Holmes
Phone: (517) 353-2172

A mediatrix is a woman who mediates ideas, translating them across spheres to promote understanding, order, and unity. Mediatrixes have long played a crucial social role as science and technology writers. As a technomediatrix, I investigate sites of scientific and technocultural innovation both ethnographically and textually. My work draws on ideas from feminism, science and technology studies, media and cultural studies, gender studies, cyborg anthropology, critical military studies, and social theories of health and medicine. I’m interested in how ideas about who we are as human beings are bound up in the artifacts we make, how we use them, and the knowledge they allow us to produce.


In Fall 2015, I begin teaching in the History, Philosophy and Sociology of Science at Lyman Briggs College in Michigan State University. I completed my Ph.D. in Communication and Science Studies at UC San Diego in May 2013. Between fall 2013 and spring 2015, I lectured in the Department of Communication and Science, Technology & Society Program at UC San Diego. While at UCSD, I also co-convened Center for the Humanities Comics Studies Research Group, worked in the Culture, Art & Technology Program, and collaborated with the Veterans Affairs Hospital in La Jolla to study innovations in mental health care using digital media. I am also vice chair of the Cultural Studies Association Working Group on Culture and War. I am also a freelance writer, writing coach, editor, comics creator, a DIY-enthusiast, and voracious reader of novels.