David Serlin 

David Serlin

Associate Professor of Communication and Science Studies

University of California, San Diego
Department of Communication, 0503
9500 Gilman Drive
La Jolla, CA 92093-0503


Email: dserlin@ucsd.edu

Department of Communication website

Education

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

Research interests

Nineteenth and twentieth century cultural studies of medicine and health; gender/sexuality studies and queer theory; disability studies; architecture, urbanism, and the built environment; histories of the senses

Books

  • Imagining Illness: Public Health and Visual Culture (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2010). Editor.
  • http://upress.umn.edu/Books/S/serlin_imagining.html
  • Replaceable You: Engineering the Body in Postwar America (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2004). Winner of the 2005 Alan Bray Memorial Book Award from the Modern Language Association.
  • Artificial Parts, Practical Lives: Modern Histories of Prosthetics (New York: NYU Press, 2002). Co-Editor.
  • Policing Public Sex: Queer Politics and the Future of AIDS Activism (South End Press, 1996). Co-Editor. Winner of the 1997 Gustav Meyers Center Award for a Book on the Subject of Human Rights in North America.

Selected Articles and Book Chapters

  • "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.
  • "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: NYU Press, 2010), 167-185.
  • "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.
  • “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.
  • “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.

Recent Fellowships, Awards, and Honors

  • Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Fellow, American Philosophical Society, 2009-2010 
  • Residential Fellow in Architectural Criticism, The MacDowell Colony, 2009

Recent Courses

  • Advanced Approaches to Science Studies
  • Architecture as Communication
  • Conceptualizing Gender: Theories and Methods
  • Historical Methods in Communication Research
  • The Politics of Bodies
  • Smell, Touch, Taste: Communication and the Senses