My name is Carrie Andersen and I research the culture and politics of emerging security technologies and practices.
I received my Ph.D. in American Studies at the University of Texas at Austin in 2017, where I focused on the intersections of technology, media, and emotion. My dissertation on military drone technology in American culture was awarded the 2017 Michael H. Granof Award from the University Coop and Office of Graduate Studies, which recognizes the top dissertation at UT out of any field.
My research and teaching interests span a variety of fields:
- technology and culture
- security landscapes in America
- war and culture
- media studies (emphasis on game studies/new media)
- American political and cultural history
- gender, media, and technology
- public scholarship
- digital humanities
Beyond my research, I am committed to public scholarship and outreach beyond the academy. For five years, I was a digital communications strategist and administrator for the Department of American Studies, responsible for managing our digital media platforms developing outreach strategies to communicate department research and teaching with a broad public audience. In this role, I also gained skills in digital writing and editing, web design, content management systems, press relations, and collaboration with faculty, students, and staff members on design and editorial initiatives. Along similar lines, in my spare time, I volunteer as an activity leader with Girlstart, a nonprofit that encourages girls to pursue interests and careers in STEM fields through informal science education programs in order to promote gender equity.