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Faculty and Staff Profile

David Scott

Associate Professor
Director of Graduate Studies

Office: 402 Strode
Phone: (864) 656-1567
Fax: 864 656 0599
Personal Website:

 Educational Background

PhD Communication
University of Southern California 2010

MCDM Digital Media
University of Washington 2005

BFA Writing & Performance
School of the Art Institute of Chicago 1991

 Courses Taught

• COMM1070 Media Representations of Science and Technology
• COMM3070 Public Communication of Science and Technology
• COMM3060 Critical/Cultural Communication Research Methods
• COMM3150 Critical/Cultural Communication Research Theory
• COMM3660 Special Topics: Trends in New Media
• COMM3990 Critical Inquiry: Site-Specific Messaging: Communicating Food, Identity, and Culture
• COMM4550 Gender Communication
• COMM4950 Senior Capstone Experience: Cultures of New Media
• COMM4950 Senior Capstone Experience: Advertising and Society
• COMM4950 Senior Capstone Experience: Farms, Markets & Communication
• COMM8030 Survey of Communication Technologies
• COMM8020 Communication Theory II (Qualitative and Critical/Cultural)
• COMM8060 Health, Communication, and Culture


I like to say that I owe my life to the study of communication, as my parents met in communication classes at Baylor University in Waco, Texas. I was born there and grew up in cities across the state, where I explored communication through creative writing, filmmaking, and theater. I left Texas to attend college in Chicago, where I studied communication through the media of film, video, sound, performance, and writing. I went on to publish two novels and a short story collection, and perform across the United States. Professionally, I working in the advertising industry as a copywriter and brand strategist. This work led me to Portland, OR and Seattle, WA, where I left advertising to study digital media communication at the University of Washington, then to my PhD studies in Los Angeles at the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism at USC. Since then I have been happy to incorporate these diverse personal and professional experiences to my work at Clemson. I currently live in nearby Greenville, with my partner, Mike McGirr, a food systems activist, and two cats who double as research assistants.

 Research Interests

The communication of identity is the unifying inquiry across my active, interdisciplinary research program. Subjective processes of identity management as well as social processes of identification are the core of my scholarship, with emphases on gender/sexuality, health, and an innovative conception of technology users as an identity category, deploying a critical/cultural approach of combining qualitative, interpretive, and historiographic methods. As an interdisciplinary scholar, my research trajectory engages in conversations carried out in and across various academic fields. While maintaining a focus on communication, I respond to and work with scholars in cultural studies, American studies, history, feminist, gender, and sexuality studies; and other areas.

 Research Publications

Scott, D. T. (2018). Pathology and Technology: Killer Apps and Sick Users. New York: Peter Lang.
Scott, D. T. and A. Shaw (Eds.) (2018). Interventions: 2017 Theme Book of the International Communication Association. New York: Peter Lang.
Scott, D.T. (2018). “Coming out of the closet”—Examining a metaphor. Annals of the International Communication Association, 1-10.
Scott, D.T. (2016). Reconciling Hall with discourse, written in the shadows of ‘Confederate’ and rainbow flags. Critical Studies in Media Communication (National Communication Association). Reprinted in L. Grossberg and J. Slack (Eds.) (2017). Stuart Hall Lives: Cultural Studies in an Age of Digital Media. New York: Routledge.
Scott, D.T. (2016). LGBT studies. Entry for The International Encyclopedia of Communication Theory and Philosophy. Klaus Bruhn Jensen, Gen. Ed., Robert T. Craig, Jeff Pooley, Eric Rothenbuhler, Assoc. Eds.
Scott, D.T. and S. Hambright-Belue. (2016). Pedagogies of spatial perception: Collaborative insights from rural food systems. Journal of Space/Place and Communication.
Scott, DT. (2016). Participation, Pain, and World-Making: Affective Political Economies of Irish Traveller Fight Videos. Television and New Media.
Scott, D. T. (2015). Productive passions: Masculinity, repro- duction, and territorializations in techno-horror. Angelaki: Journal of the Theoretical Humanities, 20, 1 10.
Scott, D. T. (2014). The empathetic meme: Situating Chris Crocker within the media history of LGBT equality struggles. Journal of Communication Inquiry, 38, 4, 308-324.
Scott, D. T. (2014). “Music to Moog By”: Gendering in Early Analog Synthesizers in the United States. Technoculture.
Scott, D. T. and D. Powers. (Eds.). (2013). Critical Communication History. Special section of International Journal of Communication 7, 1912-2044.
Scott, D. T. (2013). Refining 'resonance' as sympathetic intertextual relations: Pet Shop Boys score Battleship Potemkin. Music, Sound and the Moving Image 7, 1, 53-82.
Scott, D. T. (2012, Aug. 20) Listening to #Occupy in the classroom. Sounding Out!, scholarly sound studies online publication.
Scott, D. T. (2011). Intimate threats and intersubjective users: Telephone training films, 1927-1962. American Quar- terly, 63, 2, 487-507.
Scott, D. T. (2011). Contested kicks: Sneakers and gay masculinity, 1964-2008. Communication and Critical/Cultur- al Studies 8, 2, 146-164.
Scott, D. T. (2011). Sound studies for historians of new me- dia. In D. Park, S. Jones, and N. Jankowski (Eds.), The Long History of New Media: Technology, Historiography, and Newness in Context (pp. 75-88). New York: Peter Lang.
Scott, D. T. (2011). Imagining a faggotty web. In Mattilda B. Sycamore, (Ed.), Why are faggots so afraid of
faggots?: Flaming challenges to masculinity, objectification, and the desire to conform (pp. 5-10). Oakland, CA: AK Press.
Scott, D. T. (2011). Free speech inside and outside of civil rights movements. Communication Currents, Sept.
Scott, D. T. (2010). The postfeminist user: Feminism and media theory in two interactive media properties. Feminist Media Studies, 10, 4, 457-475.
Scott, D. T. (2009). Bubble 2.0: Organized, online critique of “Web 2.0.” Rocky Mt. Communication Review, 6, 1, 32-39.
Scott, D. T. (2008). Tempests of the blogosphere: Presiden- tial campaign stories that failed to ignite mainstream media. In M. Boler (Ed.), Digital Media and Democracy: Tactics in Hard Times (pp. 271-300). Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press.


My book, Pathology & Technology: Killer Apps and Sick users
I direct our MA in Communication, Technology and Society