successfully defended his dissertation, A Superior Touch: A Sociotechnical Study of Humans, Robotics Surgical Assistants, and Touch in December 2020 and will hold a PhD in Spring 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 touch-oriented media environment. He 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 joined the department of Communication at the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2011 because of its focus on communication and technology with an emphasis on fostering collaboration between students, faculty, and other departments. He collaborates with students and faculty in Computer Science, Engineering, and Communication Disorders and Sciences to design and research the effects, perceptions, and consequences of emerging technologies in augmenting humans. His collaborative human augmentics research has been published in the proceeding of Interspeech and Acoustical Society of America.
Jason was formally the editorial assistant for New Media and Society. 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. He has also held departmental research assistant positions, guided by Steve Jones and Andrew Rojecki.