Scott, David Travers
Assistant Professor & Director of Graduate Studies
Office: 409 Strode
D. Travers Scott, Assistant Professor in Communication Studies, holds a PhD from the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism at the University of Southern California. He also holds a Master of Communication in Digital Media from the University of Washington and a Bachelor of Fine Arts (writing and performance emphases) from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
His primary research involves critical-cultural and historic studies of new media and communication technologies, examining their entanglements with social patterns around disease and health, social identities, panics and hyperbole, political uses, and user ideals. A second interest area explores gender and sexuality issues, earning two Top Paper awards at the International Communication Association annual meetings.
A multimodal and interdisciplinary scholar, Dr. Scott draws on feminist and gender theory, poststructuralism, LGBT/queer studies, critical theory, and studies of visual culture, media, sound, and popular culture. His methods include archival research, discourse analysis, focus groups, interviews, historiography, critical listening, and textual analysis.
Scholarly journals publishing his research include Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies, Technoculture, Feminist Media Studies, The International Journal of Communication, Music, Sound and Moving Image; Rocky Mountain Communication Review, Angelaki: A Journal of Theoretical Humanities, and Westminster Papers in Communication and Culture. His book chapters include The Long History of New Media: Technology, Historiography, and Newness in Context (Peter Lang), Digital Media and Democracy: Tactics in Hard Times (The MIT Press), Blogging, Citizenship and the Future of Media (Routledge), and Blogs: Emerging Communication Media (ICFAI University Press).
As a creative writer and artist, he has published three books of fiction and appeared on This American Life and in Harper's magazine. In the private sector, he worked for thirteen years as an advertising executive for technology clients such as Netflix, Microsoft, Boeing, and AT&T Wireless.
He has taught undergraduate and graduate courses in advertising, new media and technology, qualitative theory, medical discourse and gender studies, and advised interdisciplinary undergraduate and graduate research. Currently his book manuscript, Killer Apps—Sick Users: Pathological Technoculture in Old and New Media, is under review with NYU Press.