Jason E Archer

is a Visiting Lecturer in the department of Communication at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He holds a PhD in Communication 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. His research focuses on the intersections of touch, media, technology, and society. From conceptualizing touch media and media touch to analyzing the consequences of haptic technology in and on multiple contexts of communication, Jason’s work attempts to get a grip on an increasingly haptics infused media environment. He received a Top Student Paper Award at the International Communication Association 2021 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 2021. 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.

Jason’s research intersects with human-machine communication, Human Augmentics and privacy and security. He has collaborated with students and faculty in Computer Science, Engineering, and Communication Disorders and Sciences to design and research the pyschophysical and social effects, perceptions, and consequences of Human Augmentics.

Jason was formally the editorial assistant for New Media and Society. He was an NSF Fellow in Electronic Privacy and Security. He has taught Fundamentals of Communication, Conflict and Communication, Introduction to Interpersonal Communication, and Digital Media Ethics as a graduate instructor at UIC and adjunct faculty at DePaul University.