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Carrie O'Connell

Doctoral Candidate


Carrie O’Connell is a Ph.D. student and ESP-IGERT fellow in the Department of Communication at The University of Illinois--Chicago. Originally from San Diego, California, Carrie holds an MA in Mass Communication and Media Studies from San Diego State University, and an MA in Literature from Chapman University. Carrie’s research is grounded in Science and Technology Studies (STS) with a specific focus on the extension of the self through media tools. At UIC, she has presented research on the hauntological implications of new technologies as mediators of the posthuman self, and the ethics and agentic value of robots in the posthuman era. Her dissertation will focus on the influence of epochal shifts in the advancement of technology on the socio-cultural practices for memorializing the dead.


MA Mass Communication and Media Studies (2014)
MA Literature, Chapman University (2002)
BA English Literature, Chapman University (1999)