Kathleen P.J. Brennan

PhD

Kathleen received her PhD from the Department of Political Science at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa.  She is now a Postdoctoral Research Associate in Interdisciplinary Studies at SUNY Polytechnic Institute.  Her research stems from the intersection of political theory, media studies, popular culture, and international relations, with a focus on the ways in which the interactions of online and offline worlds impact events and individuals.  Her dissertation examined online and offline worlds as horizontal spaces separated by porous borders.  Both her doctoral and postdoctoral work focuses on digital nonhuman actors like memes, hashtags, and algorithms.

Her research takes advantage of a wide variety of texts: science fiction novels, short stories, Medieval Welsh tales (in the original Welsh and in translation), blogs, web forums, and traditional philosophical and theoretical pieces. These texts all grapple with the porosity of multiple, overlapping worlds, and so allow her to theorize the ways in which issues not only become viral online, but are also affective offline.