will join the Department of Humanities at Michigan Tech as Assistant Professor of Communication this fall. His work is situated at the nexus of media studies, science and technology studies (STS), and sensory studies, with emphasis on human machine communication and haptics. He holds a PhD in Communication from the Department of Communication at the University of Illinois at Chicago after completing his dissertation, A Superior Touch: A Sociotechnical Study of Humans, Robotic Surgical Assistants, and Touch in the year of our Covid-19, 2021.
He received a Top Student Paper Award at the International Communication Association 2022 conference for his paper, Imagining Haptics and Robotic Surgical Assistant Futures. His chapter Haptics, Human Augmentics, and Human-Machine Communication will be published in the forthcoming Sage Handbook of Human-Machine Communication in 2022. Jason co-edited the Special Issue: Haptic Media in New Media and Society, along with co-authoring the editor’s introduction, Haptic media studies, and a manuscript, Making analog: A manifesto on the prospects and perils of a haptic media studies. His touch-oriented work has been presented at CHI, 4S, AoIR, NCA, SLSA, and SCMS.