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Research Interests

Professor Slack takes a cultural studies approach to understanding communication, technology, and the environment. Her work refines and pushes the boundaries of what it means to do cultural studies. In so doing, it challenges us to think in new ways about communication, the digital environment, and the natural environment.

Her current research addresses theories of new media. In particular, she aspires to remap the new media environment from a cultural studies perspective. As part of that project she is co-authoring (with J. Macgregor Wise) a 2nd edition of their award-winning book, Culture and Technology: A Primer.  The 2nd edition will more fully address contemporary culture and the digital environment.

Below, find a list of select publications. For a complete listing, please see her Curriculum Vita (pdf).


culture and Technology at

Culture and Technology—
A Primer.

New York: Peter Lang, 2005.
(With J. Macgregor Wise) *

animations of deleuze and guattari at

Animations (of Deleuze and Guattari)
New York: Peter Lang, 2003. (Editor)

ideology of the information age at

The Ideology of the Information Age.
Norwood, NJ: Ablex, 1987. (Edited with Fred Fejes)

communication technology and society at

Communication Technologies and Society: Conceptions of Causality and the Politics of Technological Intervention.
Norwood, NJ: Ablex, 1984.

* Best Book of the Year, National Communication Association, Critical and Cultural Studies Division, 2006.

Select Book Chapters and Articles

‘Beyond Transmission, Modes, and Media’
In Communication Matters: Materialist Approaches to Media, Mobility and Networks, edited by Jeremy Packer and Stephen B. Crofts WIley. New York: Routledge, 2012. pp. 143-158.

‘Resisting Ecocultural Studies’
Cultural Studies 22:3 (2008), 477-497. (Outstanding Article Award Winner, National Communication Association, Critical and Cultural Studies Division, 2008)

‘Cultural Studies and Communication Technology’
In The Handbook of New Media: Updated Student Edition, edited by Leah A. Lievrouw and Sonia Livingstone. London: Sage, 2006. pp. 141-162. (With J. Macgregor Wise)

‘Communication as Articulation’
In Communication As...Perspectives on Theory, edited by Gregory J. Shepard, Jeffrey St. John and Ted Striphas. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage, 2005. pp.223-231.

‘Logic of Sensation’
In Gilles Deleuze: Key Concepts, edited Charles J. Stivale. Bucks, UK: Acumen, 2005. pp. 131-140.

In New Keywords: A Revised Vocabulary of Culture and Society, edited by Tony Bennett, Lawrence Grossberg and Meaghan Morris. Oxford, England: Blackwell, 2005. pp. 106-109.

‘Hope for the Future: Cultural Studies in the Enclave’
The Communication Review 8:4 (2005), 393-404.

‘The Technical Communicator as Author: Meaning, Power, Authority’
The Journal of Business and Technical Communication 7:1 (1993), 12-36. (With David James Miller and Jeffrey Doak)

‘The Technical Communicator as Author? A Critical Postscript’
In Power and Legitimacy in Technical Communication: Volume I: The Historical and Contemporary Struggle for Professional Status, edited by Gerald Savage and Teresa Kynell. Amityville, NY: Baywood Publishing, 2003. pp. 193-207.

‘Everyday Matrix: Becoming Adolescence’
In Animations (of Deleuze and Guattari), edited by Jennifer Daryl Slack. New York: Peter Lang, 2003. pp. 9-29.

‘The Politics of the Sokal Affair’
In Wild Science: Feminism, Medicine and the Media, edited by Janine Marchessault and Kim Sawchuk. London and New York: Routledge, 2000. pp. 215-241. (With M. Mehdi Semati)

‘The Theory and Method of Articulation in Cultural Studies’
In Stuart Hall: Critical Dialogues in Cultural Studies, edited by David Morley and Kuan-Hsing Chen. London and New York: Routledge, 1996. pp. 112-127.

‘Ethics and Cultural Studies’
In Cultural Studies, edited by Lawrence Grossberg, Cary Nelson, and Paula A. Treichler. New York: Routledge, 1992. pp. 571-592. (With Laurie Anne Whitt)

‘Contextualizing Technology’
In Rethinking Communication, Volume 2: Paradigm Exemplars, edited by Brenda Dervin, Lawrence Grossberg, Barbara J. O'Keefe, and Ellen Wartella. Newbury Park, CA: Sage Publications, 1989. pp. 329-345.

‘The Politics of the Pristine’
Topia: A Canadian Journal of Cultural Studies 2 (1998), 67-90.

‘Intellectual and Political Hygiene: The 'Sokal Affair'’
Critical Studies in Mass Communication Research 14:3 (1997), 201-227. (With M. Mehdi Semati)