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. 

 

Kathleen P.J. Brennan

Curriculum Vitae

August 2017

 

 

SUNY Polytechnic Institute

College of Arts and Sciences

Donovan Hall

Utica, NY 13502

 kpjbrennan@gmail.com

www.kpjbrennan.com


ACADEMIC QUALIFICATIONS

2017-   Postdoctoral Research Associate, Interdisciplinary Studies, SUNY Poly

2017    Managing Editor, Encounters in Theory and History of Education

2016    Affiliate Researcher, Hawaii Research Center for Futures Studies

             Department of Political Science, University of Hawai’i at Mānoa

2016    Visiting Graduate Researcher, The Institute for Pure and Applied Mathematics

              Culture Analytics Long Program, University of California Los Angeles

2010 - 2016 Ph.D., Political Science, University of Hawai’i at Mānoa (UHM), 4.0 GPA

 Specializations: Political Theory, Media Studies, International Relations

 Dissertation Title: Overlapping Online and Offline Spacetimes: Heterotopia, Memes, and Hashtags

 Dissertation Advisor: Prof. Michael J. Shapiro

2008 - 2009  M.Sc., International Relations Theory, London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), with Merit

Thesis Title: A Poststructural Analysis of the Role of Technology in International Relations  through Science Fiction: Community Formation and Information Technology in the Sprawl

2003 - 2008  B.S., International Affairs, Georgia Institute of Technology (GT), with Highest Honors


PUBLICATIONS

Book Chapters

2016    “Human/Nonhuman Assemblages in STAIR: Understanding Distributed Agency in International Relations.” Science, Technology, Art and International Relations. Ed. by J.P. Singh, Renée Marlin-Bennett and Madeline Carr. Routledge.

2015    “MemeLife.” Making Things International, Vol. 1. Ed. by Mark Salter. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 243-254.

Manuscripts in Submission

2015    “High speed financial trading algorithms and human manipulations: Agency and accountability in complex financial markets.” Security Dialogue. Under Review.

Manuscripts in Preparation

“#BlackLivesMatter: Complexity Theory, Spacetimes, and Overlaps,” will be submitted in 2017.

Overlapping Online and Offline Spacetimes: Heterotopia, Memes, and Hashtags, Book Manuscript.

Algorithmic Speed, or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bots, Book Manuscript


AWARDS AND HONORS

2015    Norman Meller Award, University of Hawai’i at Mānoa

2015    International Studies Association Travel Grant Award

2014    Jorge Fernandes Memorial Award for Dissertation Completion, University of Hawai’i at Mānoa

2014    International Studies Association Travel Grant Award

2014    American Political Science Association Travel Grant Award

2013    Department of Political Science Travel Grant Award, University of Hawai’i at Mānoa

2013    Graduate Student Organization Travel Award, University of Hawai’i at Mānoa

2011    Department of Political Science Travel Grant Award, University of Hawai’i at Mānoa


GRANTS AND FELLOWSHIPS

2012-2013    Graduate Teaching Assistantship, Department of Political Science, University of Hawai’i at Mānoa

2011-2012    Graduate Teaching Assistantship, Department of Political Science, University of Hawai’i at Mānoa

2010-2011    Teaching Apprenticeship, Department of Political Science, University of Hawai’i at Mānoa


CONFERENCE ACTIVITY

Panels Organized

2017    Co-organized with Rex Troumbley, “Insurrectionary Machines: The Disruptive Politics of Anarchist Printers, Algorithms, and Artilects.” Western Political Science Association Annual Meeting, April 14. Vancouver, BC, CA.

2016    “You Can’t Be Serious: Understanding Politics through Comedy and Laughter.” American Political Science Association Annual Meeting, September 1-4. Philadelphia, PA.

2016    “The Politics of Digital Nonhumans: Algorithms, Systems, Environment, and Agency.” International Studies Association Annual Convention, March 16-19. Atlanta, GA.

2015     Co-Organized with Rex Troumbley, “Digital Politics and the Networked Eye.” International Studies Association Annual Convention, February 18-21. New Orleans, LA.

Papers Presented

2017    “Ghost in the Machine: Algorithms as Political Agents.” Western Political Science Association Annual Meeting, April 14. Vancouver, BC, CA.

2017    Roundtable, “Understanding Science Diplomacy and its Global Challenge: Mediating the Social and the Natural.” International Studies Association Annual Convention, February 22. Baltimore, MD.

2017    “Algorithmic Agency: Twitter-bots, Attention, and Politics.” International Studies Association Annual Convention, February 24. Baltimore, MD.

2016    “High Speed Trading Algorithms and Human Manipulations—Agency and Accountability in Complex Financial Markets.” Association of Internet Researchers Annual Conference, October 5-8. Berlin, Germany.

2016    “The Political Life of Twitter-Bots: Campaigns, Conversations, and Comedy.” American Political Science Association Annual Meeting, September 1-4. Philadelphia, PA.

2016    “Memes and Hashtags—Visualizing Politics through Humor on Social Media.” Western Political Science Association Annual Meeting, March 24-26.     San Diego, CA.

2016    “Algorithms as Actors: Aesthetic Subjects and Aunties in William Gibson’s The Peripheral.” International Studies Association Annual Convention, March 16-19. Atlanta, GA.

2016    “High Speed Trading Algorithms and Human Manipulations—Agency and Accountability in Complex Financial Markets.” International Studies Association Annual Convention, March 16-19. Atlanta, GA.

2015    “Hashtags as Weavers: #BlackLivesMatter, Attention, and Spacetimes in the work of Michel Serres and William Gibson.” Popular Culture and Worlds Politics 8, November 20-21. London, UK.

2015    “Internet Memes and Complexity Theory: I Can Haz Your Attenshun Plz?” Association for Political Theory Annual Meeting, October 22-24. Boulder, CO.

2015     “Why does the caged algorithm sing?” 9th Pan-European Conference on International Relations, September 23-26. Giardini-Naxos, Sicily, Italy.

2015    “Popular Culture and Language: #1984.” 9th Pan-European Conference on International Relations, September 23-26. Giardini-Naxos, Sicily, Italy.

2015    “#Multiplicity—Complexity Theory, Spacetimes, and the Transversal Overlaps of Online/Offline Realms.” International Political Sociology Doctoral Workshop, July 2-3. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

2015    “Internet Memes and Visibility: I Can Haz Your Attenshun Plz?” International Studies Association Annual Meeting, February 18-21. New Orleans, LA.

2014    “William Gibson’s Footage:Fetish:Forum and Ted Chiang’s Digients as Precursor: A study of online community formation, mediation, and disruption.” Popular Culture and World Politics 7, November 21-22. Ottawa, Ontario, CA.

2014    “Post-Arab Spring Countries and the Harlem Shake: Internet Memes and the Authoritarian Responses They Provoke.” American Political Science Association Annual Meeting, August 28-31. Washington, D.C.

2014    “The Mound and the Fountain: The role of Human/Nonhuman Assemblages in Medieval Welsh Stories.” International Congress on Medieval Studies, May 8-11. Kalamazoo, MI.

2014    “Signals in the Noise? Hashtags and Memes on Twitter.” Western Political Science Association Conference, April 16-19. Seattle, WA.

2014    “The DarkNet Rises: Cyber Villains and the Otherwise Glorious Internet.” International Studies Association Annual Convention, March 26-29. Toronto, Ontario, CA.

2014    “The Internet as a Space: Heterotopias in Melville, Mieville, and Medieval Welsh Tales.” International Studies Association Annual Convention, March 26-29. Toronto, Ontario, CA.

2012    “MemeLife: Global Assemblages for the LOLs.” Millennium Journal of International Studies Conference, October 20-22. London, UK.

2012    “The Internet Wants You! Creating Change through Techno-Nomadic Moments.” International Studies Association - South Regional Conference, October 12-14. Atlanta, GA.

2011    “Techno-Nomadic Deterritorializations: Wikileaks, Anonymous, and the State.” International Political Sociology Doctoral Workshop, October 5-6. London, UK.

Working Groups

2017    Invited Participant, Science Diplomacy and Global Change Baltimore Workshop, First meeting of the Science Diplomacy Working Group. February 21. Baltimore, MD.

2015    Invited Participant, Science, Technology, Art and International Relations (STAIR), International Studies Association Annual Convention, February 17. New Orleans, LA.


CAMPUS TALKS

2014    “The DarkNet Rises: Cybervillians and the Otherwise Glorious Internet.” Department of Political Science Colloquium, PhD Candidate Panel, University of Hawai’i at Mānoa, February 21.

2012    “Technological Zombies,” part of a University-Wide Panel “The Zombie Renaissance: Hidden Meanings of Pop-Culture Texts,” November 10.

2012    “MemeLife: Global Assemblages for the LoLs,” Department of Political Science Colloquium, Graduate Student Panel, September 28.


TEACHING EXPERIENCE

SUNY Poly

Foundations of Global Studies (Fall 2017)

University of Hawai’i at Mānoa

Global Politics/Comparative (Summer 2013 [Online], Spring 2012)

History of Political Thought (Spring 2013, Fall 2012, Spring 2011 [TA for Prof. Kathy Ferguson])

Introduction to Political Science (Fall 2011)

Law, Politics, and Society (Fall 2010 [TA for Prof. Jonathan Goldberg-Hiller])

Georgia Institute of Technology

Finite Mathematics (Fall 2007 - Spring 2008 [TA])


SERVICE TO PROFESSION

Reviewer for International Political Sociology

International Studies Association—Theory Section, Communications Chair, 2015 - 2017

International Political Sociology Doctoral Workshop Assistant, August 2013


DEPARTMENTAL SERVICE

Teaching Liaison Committee, Department of Political Science, University of Hawai’i at Mānoa, 2012 - 2013

Hiring Committee, Department of Political Science, University of Hawai'i at Mānoa, 2011 - 2012

Search Committee, Department of Political Science, University of Hawai’i at Mānoa, 2011

Admissions Committee, Department of Political Science, University of Hawai’i at Mānoa, 2010 - 2011


RELATED PROFESSIONAL SKILLS

Geographical Information Systems (GIS) software, ArcGIS

R and RStudio

Microsoft Office Suite

WordPress

SquareSpace


NONACADEMIC WORK

2016 - 2017  Research and Consulting for Media Productions    

2013 - 2014  Assistant to the Chair of the Department of Political Science, University of Hawai’i at Mānoa

2013     Project Assistant for the Asia Pacific Higher Education Research Partnership

2008 - 2009  Book Review Editor for the Millennium Journal of International Studies


RESEARCH AREAS AND INTERESTS

Popular Culture and World Politics

Digital Media

Political Theory

International Relations

International Relations Theory


TEACHING AREAS

Political Theory

Media Studies

Cultural Studies

Introduction to Political Science

International Relations

International Relations Theory


LANGUAGES

English — Native

Medieval Welsh — Can read with dictionary


PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

American Political Science Association (2014-present)

International Studies Association (2012-present)

Association for Political Theory (2015-present)

European International Studies Association (2015)

Western Political Science Association (2014-present)

Association of Internet Researchers (2014-present)

Medieval Academy of America (2014-present)


REFERENCES

Available on request.