David SerlinDavid Serlin

Associate Professor, Department of Communication

Affiliated Faculty in Science Studies, Critical Gender Studies, and the Interdisciplinary Group in Cognitive Science

dserlin@ucsd.edu

Education

Ph.D. in American Studies, New York University (1999)

Research

Historical and cultural approaches to disability, technology, and the politics of design; architecture, urbanism, and the built environment; material culture and museum studies; scientific and aesthetic histories of the senses, especially tactility and cognition; feminist, crip, and queer theories of embodiment and subjectivity

Publications

Books

The Routledge History of American Sexuality. Edited by Kevin P. Murphy, Jason Ruiz, and David Serlin. New York: Routledge. Forthcoming.

Window Shopping with Helen Keller: Architecture and Disability in Modern Culture. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press. Forthcoming.

Keywords for Disability Studies. Edited by Rachel Adams, Benjamin Reiss, and David Serlin. New York: New York University Press. 2015.

Imagining Illness: Public Health and Visual Culture. Edited by David Serlin. Minneapolis: The University of Minnesota Press. 2010.

Replaceable You: Engineering the Body in Postwar America. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press. 2004. 2005 Alan Bray Memorial Book Award from the Modern Language Association. 2006 Choice Outstanding Academic Title.

Artificial Parts, Practical Lives: Modern Histories of Prosthetics. Edited by Katherine Ott, Stephen Mihm, and David Serlin. New York: New York University Press. 2002.

Policing Public Sex: Queer Politics and the Future of AIDS Activism. Edited by the Dangerous Bedfellows. Boston: South End Press. 1996. Winner of the 1997 Gustavus Myers Center Award for an Outstanding Book on the Subject of Human Rights in North America.

Edited Journals 

Co-editor (with Kelly Fritsch, Aimi Hamraie, and Mara Mills), special issue on "Crip Technoscience," Catalyst (forthcoming)

Co-editor (with Simon Schaffer and Jennifer Tucker), special issue on “Political Histories of Technoscience,” Radical History Review 127 (January 2017).

Co-editor (with Amy Chazkel), special issue on “New Approaches to Enclosures,” Radical History Review 109 (Winter 2011).

Co-editor (with Amy Chazkel), special issue on “Enclosures: Fences, Walls, and Contested Spaces,” Radical History Review 108 (Fall 2010).

Co-editor (with Kevin Murphy and Jason Ruiz), special issue on “Queer Futures,” Radical History Review 100 (Winter 2008).

Co-editor (with Teresa Meade), special issue on “Disability and History,” Radical History Review 94 (Winter 2006).

Co-editor (with Kavita Philip and Eliza Jane Reilly), special issue on "Homeland Securities," Radical History Review 93 (Fall 2005).

Research Articles, Critical Essays, and Book Chapters

“Cripping the WPA: Designing for Disability in New Deal America,” In Making Disability Modern: Design Histories, eds. Elizabeth Guffey and Bess Williamson. New York and London: Bloomsbury. Forthcoming.

“Unfixed: Materializing Disability and Queerness in Three Objects” (with Kate Clark). In Turning Archival, eds. Kevin Murphy, Daniel Marshall, and Zeb Tortorici. Durham, NC: Duke University Press. Forthcoming.

“Toward a Crip Methodology for Critical Disability Studies” (with Louise Hickman). In Interdisciplinary Approaches to Disability: Looking Toward the Future, eds. Mike Kent, Katie Ellis, Rachel Robertson, Rosemarie- Thomson.New York and London: Routledge. Forthcoming.

“Bodies.” In The Routledge History of Queer America, ed. Don Romesburg. New York: Routledge. Forthcoming.

“Introduction.” In Phallacies: Historical Intersections of Disability and Masculinity, eds. Kathleen Brian and James Trent. New York: Oxford University Press, 2017. 1-24.

“The Queer Art of James ‘Son Ford’ Thomas.” In James ‘Son Ford’ Thomas: The Devil and His Blues, ed. Jonathan Berger and Jessica Iannuzzi Garcia. New York: Karma, 2017. 113-120.

“Science and the Senses: Deviation.” In Correspondences, Cultural Anthropology (February 17, 2017), https://culanth.org/fieldsights/1070-science-and-the-senses-deviation

“Confronting African Histories of Technology: A Conversation with Keith Breckenridge and Gabrielle Hecht.” Radical History Review 127 (January 2017). 86-102.

“Disability” (with Rachel Adams and Benjamin Reiss). In Keywords for Disability Studies, ed. Rachel Adams, Benjamin Reiss, and David Serlin. New York: New York University Press, 2015. 5-11.

“The Marshall Nirenberg Charts: The ‘First Summary.’” Exhibition and App curated for the National Institutes of Health on the fiftieth anniversary of Nirenberg’s discovery of the genetic code, https://ceb.nlm.nih.gov/proj/ttp/books.htm (March 2015). 

“Constructing Autonomy: Smart Homes for Disabled Veterans and the Politics of Normative Citizenship.” Critical Military Studies 1:1 (February 2015). 38-46.

“Proliferating Cripistemologies.” Journal of Literary and Cultural Disability Studies 8:2 (2014). 149-169.

“Reshaping History: The Intersection of Radical and Women’s History.” Journal of Women’s History 25:4 (Winter 2013). 13-45.

“The Broken Circuit” (with Lauren Berlant and Sina Najafi). In Reading/Feeling, ed. Tanja Baudoin, Frédérique Bergholtz, and Vivian Ziherl (Amsterdam: Idea Books, 2013). 375-383.

“Members Only.” The Feminist Wire, http://thefeministwire.com/2013/03/members-only (March 2013).

“How to Be Yourself in Public.” In Zoe Wool, ed., “Soldier Exposures in Technical Publics,” a collaborative visual essay published on Public Books, media website for Public Culture, http://publicbooks.org/artmedia/soldier-exposures-and-technical-publics (February 2013).

“On Walkers and Wheelchairs: Disabling the Narratives of Urban Modernity.” Radical History Review 114 (Fall 2012). 19-28.

“Carney Landis and the Psychosexual Landscape of Touch in Mid-Twentieth-Century America.” History of Psychology 15:3 (August 2012). 209-216. Honorable Mention for Outstanding Article from the Disability History Association (2013).

“Architecture and Social Justice: Independent Living on Campus.” Boom: A Journal of California 2:1 (Spring 2012). 53-54.

“Touching Histories: Personality, Disability, and Sex in the 1930s.” In Robert McRuer and Anna Mollow, eds., Sex and Disability (Durham: Duke University Press, 2012), 145-162.

“Pissing Without Pity: Disability, Gender, and the Public Toilet.” In Harvey Molotch and Laura Norén, eds., Toilet: Public Restrooms and the Politics of Sharing (New York: New York University Press, 2010), 167-185.

“Toward a Visual Culture of Public Health: From Broadside to YouTube.” In David Serlin, ed., Imagining Illness: Public Health and Visual Culture (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2010), xi-xxxvii.

“Performing Live Surgery on Television and the Internet Since 1945.” In David Serlin, ed., Imagining Illness: Public Health and Visual Culture (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2010), 223-244.

“Endocrinology” and “Prosthetics.” Entries in Susan Burch and Katherine Ott, eds., The Encyclopedia of American Disability History (New York: Facts on File, 2009).

“The Other Arms Race.” In Lennard J. Davis, ed., The Disability Studies Reader, 2nd ed. (New York: Routledge, 2006), 49-65.

“Disabling the Flâneur.” Journal of Visual Culture 5:2 (August 2006), 193-208.

“Making Disability Public.” Radical History Review 94 (Winter 2006), 197-211.

“Disability, Masculinity, and the Prosthetics of War, 1945 to 2005.” In Marquard Smith and Joanne Morra, eds., The Prosthetic Impulse: From a Posthuman Present to a Biocultural Future (Cambridge: MIT Press, 2006), 155-183.

“Can a Building Be Jewish?” Architecture 93:7 (July 2004), 23-26.

“Bathhouses,” “Gladys Bentley,” “Christine Jorgensen,” and “John Money and Anke Ehrhardt.” Entries in Marc Stein, ed., The Encyclopedia of American Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender History in America (New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 2004).

“Crippling Masculinity: Queerness and Disability in U.S. Military Culture, 1800-1945.” GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies 9:1/2 (Winter/Spring 2003), 149-179.

“Rethinking the Corporate Biosphere: The Social Ecology of Sustainable Architecture.” In David Gissen, ed., Big and Green: Sustainable Urban Architecture for the 21st Century (Princeton: Princeton Architectural Press, 2003), 136-145.

“Engineering Masculinity: Veterans and Prosthetics After World War Two.” In Katherine Ott, David Serlin, and Stephen Mihm, eds., Artificial Parts, Practical Lives: Modern Histories of Prosthetics (New York: NYU Press, 2002), 45-74.

“From Sesame Street to Schoolhouse Rock: Urban Pedagogy and Soul Iconography During the 1970s.” In Richard Green and Monique Guillory, eds., Soul: Black Power, Politics, and Pleasure  (New York: NYU Press, 1998), 105-20.

“Weegee and the Jewish Question” (with Jesse Lerner). Wide Angle 19:4 (Fall 1997), 94-108

“The Twilight (Zone) of Commercial Sex.” In Dangerous Bedfellows, eds., Policing Public Sex: Queer Politics and the Future of AIDS Activism (Boston: South End Press, 1996), 45-52.

“Christine Jorgensen and the Cold War Closet.” Radical History Review 62 (Spring 1995), 136-165. [Reprinted in Kathy Peiss, ed., Major Problems in the History of American Sexuality (New York: Houghton Mifflin, 2002), 384-393.

“The Dialogue of Gender in Melville's The Paradise of Bachelors and the Tartarus of Maids.” Modern Language Studies 25:2 (Spring 1995), 80-87.

Recent Fellowships, Awards, and Honors

  • Visiting Research Professor, Department of Social and Cultural Analysis, NYU (2014-2015)
  • Research Fellowship, National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, 2013
  • Research Award, Science, Technology, and Society Program, National Science Foundation, 2011
  • Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Fellowship, American Philosophical Society, 2009-2010
  • Residential Fellowship in Architectural Criticism, The MacDowell Colony, 2009

Courses

  • Advanced Approaches to Science Studies
  • American Television in the 1970s
  • Architecture as Communication
  • Designing for Disability
  • Historical Methods in Communication Research
  • Introduction to LGBTQ Studies
  • Media Archaeology
  • Museum Studies
  • The Politics of Bodies
  • Touch as Communication