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. 

 

Outside of the classroom and away from my desk I love to travel and make things with my hands.  If you run into me at a conference then you will likely find me with a new, custom-made batch of caramels for the occasion. I also love to make baked goods for my friends and family, and I am particularly proud of my sourdough breads. In addition to all of the cooking, I've taken up knitting and paper-crafting to expand my repertoire. 


 Rose Cake - Funfetti cake, Strawberry Swiss Meringue buttercream, and modeling chocolate

Rose Cake - Funfetti cake, Strawberry Swiss Meringue buttercream, and modeling chocolate

 Tutti-Frutti caramels

Tutti-Frutti caramels

 Hand knit socks

Hand knit socks

 Cheddar and bacon sourdough bread

Cheddar and bacon sourdough bread

 Chocolate whoopie pies with marshmallow cream

Chocolate whoopie pies with marshmallow cream

 Christmas caramels

Christmas caramels

 Mini-Chocolate Gingerbread Houses, decorated with royal icing

Mini-Chocolate Gingerbread Houses, decorated with royal icing

 Vanilla cupcakes with lilikoi butter

Vanilla cupcakes with lilikoi butter

 Same cupcakes as above with a Vanilla Swiss Meringue buttercream

Same cupcakes as above with a Vanilla Swiss Meringue buttercream

 Hand embroidered forget-me-not wreath for my grandmother, in a box I made from scrapbooking paper

Hand embroidered forget-me-not wreath for my grandmother, in a box I made from scrapbooking paper

 Christmas ornament macarons, filled with Swiss Meringue buttercream

Christmas ornament macarons, filled with Swiss Meringue buttercream

 Pumpkin spice macarons, hand painted, and filled with a pumpkin buttercream 

Pumpkin spice macarons, hand painted, and filled with a pumpkin buttercream 

 Vegan, pomegranate and pistachio truffles

Vegan, pomegranate and pistachio truffles

 Newsprint cowl

Newsprint cowl

 Cranberry curd bars

Cranberry curd bars

 Boxes made from scrapbooking paper, decorated with hand cut stamps

Boxes made from scrapbooking paper, decorated with hand cut stamps

 Blueberry lilikoi shortbread bars with tangerine zest

Blueberry lilikoi shortbread bars with tangerine zest

 Arnold Palmer flavored jellies

Arnold Palmer flavored jellies

 Cheddar sourdough bread

Cheddar sourdough bread

 Extra-flaky biscuits

Extra-flaky biscuits

 Vegan and gluten free chocolate cupcakes, with candied pistachios and tofutti cream cheese frosting

Vegan and gluten free chocolate cupcakes, with candied pistachios and tofutti cream cheese frosting

 Vegan lilikoi caramels with various puffed grains for texture

Vegan lilikoi caramels with various puffed grains for texture

 Assorted pastries using laminated dough: classic croissants, chocolate croissants, danish with cheese and jam

Assorted pastries using laminated dough: classic croissants, chocolate croissants, danish with cheese and jam

 Black tea and tangerine caramels

Black tea and tangerine caramels

 My sourdough starter, which I grew from the wild yeast in my mom's kitchen in 2014 and it's still going strong

My sourdough starter, which I grew from the wild yeast in my mom's kitchen in 2014 and it's still going strong

 Homemade funfetti cake batter - the inside of the rose cake at the top of the page.

Homemade funfetti cake batter - the inside of the rose cake at the top of the page.

 Mango caramels. One bag has plain mango caramels, and the other has ones spiced with schichimi togarashi.

Mango caramels. One bag has plain mango caramels, and the other has ones spiced with schichimi togarashi.

 From a solo road trip through Europe. This is at a good friend's house in Croatia, with a mug from IPAM which hosted the program where we met.

From a solo road trip through Europe. This is at a good friend's house in Croatia, with a mug from IPAM which hosted the program where we met.

 One of my train rides to or from London while studying at LSE

One of my train rides to or from London while studying at LSE

 One of the many sunsets I got to enjoy on Kaimana beach while completing my PhD in Hawai'i

One of the many sunsets I got to enjoy on Kaimana beach while completing my PhD in Hawai'i