is a PhD candidate focused 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, AoIR, NCA, 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 is currently 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 at DePaul University. Jason has also held interdepartmental research assistant positions, guided by Steve Jones and Andy Rojecki, focused on the role of mobile technology to assist smoking cessation, the culture of vapors (electronic cigarette users) in Reddit communities, and media representations of race in the 2012 Presidential election.