holds a PhD in Communication after successfully defending his dissertation, A Superior Touch: A Sociotechnical Study of Humans, Robotic Surgical Assistants, and Touch. 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’s research also intersects with human-machine communication and issues of privacy and security. As an NSF Fellow in Electronic Privacy and Security, Jason has collaborated with students and faculty in Computer Science, Engineering, and Communication Disorders and Sciences to design and research the 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.