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Olivia Banner

Olivia Banner

Associate Professor

Professional Preparation

University of California, Los Angeles - 2010
M.A. - Film, Literature, and Cultural Studies
University of Southern California - 1998
University of Southern California - 1996

Research Areas

Personal Statement
Dr. Banner's research and scholarship addresses questions of disability justice, health inequities, and cultures of disability in relation to media, technology, popular culture, and literature. Her first book, Communicative Biocapitalism: The Voice of the Patient in Digital Health and the Health Humanities (University of Michigan Press, 2017), argues that digital health’s commodification of the patient voice reproduces medicine’s racializing, heteropatriarchal, and ableist projects. The book interrogates how the interpretive and pedagogical practices of medical humanities and narrative medicine, developed to “honor the patient voice,” advance, rather than undermine, technocapitalist health care, medical misogyny and misogynoir, health inequities, and structural racism in medicine. Her second monograph, titled Screening Madness, 1933–2020, is under advance contract with Duke University Press. She co-edited a collection (Teaching Health Humanities, co-editors Nathan Carlin and Thomas Cole [Oxford UP, 2019) that illuminates emerging pedagogies for health humanities, and has co-edited special issues on Media Histories of Care (co-edited Hannah Zeavin, Feminist Media Histories, forthcoming) and Science/Animation (co-edited Kirsten Ostherr, Discourse). She is on numerous editorial boards, including for Journal of Cinema and Media Studies.

Dr. Banner teaches courses in disability media/technology studies, feminist approaches to media/technology, surveillance studies, and others. She advises graduate students in these fields and others, including cinema studies, gender studies, and global disability studies.


Screening Madness, 1933–2020 (under advance contract, Duke University Press) - Book
Communicative Biocapitalism: The Voice of the Patient in Digital Health and the Health Humanities (University of Michigan Press, 2017) - Book
Teaching Health Humanities, ed. Olivia Banner, Nathan Carlin, and Thomas Cole (Oxford University Press, 2019) - Book
Special issue on Media Histories of Care, Feminist Media Histories, ed. Olivia Banner and Hannah Zeavin, forthcoming 2023 - Journal Issue
"Live-Streamed Surgeries, Medicine’s Racial and Gender Logics, and Patient Agency against Misogynoir,” in Live-Streaming Culture, eds. Bonnie Ruberg and Johanna Brewer (MIT Press, forthcoming 2023) - Chapter
“Digital Health and Capitalism,” in Routledge Handbook of the Political Economy of Health and Health Care, eds. David Primrose, Robin Chang, and Rodney Loeppky (Routledge, in press) - Chapter
“Black Sites in the Matrix: Digital Psychiatric Power and Racialized Technologies,” in Routledge Handbook of Health and Media, eds. Les Friedman and Tess Jones, 382–89 (Routledge, 2022) - Chapter
Ilona Kickbusch, Dario Piselli, Anurag Agarwal, Ron Balicer, Olivia Banner, Michael Adelhardt, Emanuele Capobianco, Christopher Fabian, Amandeep Singh Gill, Deborah Lupton, Rohinton Medhora, Njide Ndili, Andrez Rys, Nanjira Sambuli, Dykki Settle, Soumya Swaminathan, Jeanette Vega Morales, Miranda Wolpert, Brian Li Han Wong, “Governing Health Futures 2030: Growing Up in a Digital World,” Lancet 398, n. 10312 (2021) - Article


Inclusive Excellence and Intercultural Teaching Award - Office of Diversity and Community Engagement, UT Dallas [2019]
Two year Andrew Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship - Humanities Center, Rice University [2010]


Associate Professor
University of Texas at Dallas, Richardson, Texas [2020–Present]
Critical Media Studies and Networked Cultures
Assistant Professor
University of Texas at Dallas, Richardson, Texas [2014–2020]
Critical Media Studies and Networked Cultures


Social Practice & Community Engagement Media. "Campus Carry Doorbell Wreaths."
In Disobedient Electronics, ed. Garnet Hertz, 41-42.


Selected Invited Talks
  • "Disability Activism, Data Cultures, and Crip Sitveillance," Northeastern University, for "Culture, Technology, and the Future of Healthcare," Health, Humanities, and Society Program (2022)
  • Respondent for Ally Day's book, The Political Economy of Stigma: HIV, Memoir, Medicine, and Crip Positionalities, University of Toledo, Disability Studies Program (2021)
  • “Technopsyence and Afro-Surrealism’s Cripistemologies,” Digital Culture and Media Initiative, Pennsylvania State University (2019)
  • “Disability Studies and Wikipedia,” Diversity and Inclusion on Wikipedia, Open Access Week, University of Texas at Arlington (2018)
  •  “Transforming Canons, Hermeneutics, and Pedagogies,” Future Trends in Health Humanities Publishing and Pedagogy, Health Humanities Lab, John Hope Franklin Center, Duke University (2018)
  • “The Voice of the Psychiatric Patient in Communicative Biocapitalism,” Bodies of Knowledge Working Group, Princeton University (2018)

Additional Information

Editorial Board Member
Dr. Banner is an Editorial Board Member of:

  • Journal of Cinema and Media Studies, 2023-2027
  • Environment, Health, and Well-Being book series, Michigan State Press
  • Screen Bodies: The Journal of Embodiment, Media Arts, and Technology
  • Studies in Health Humanities book series, Lehigh University Press 

News Articles

Professor, Group Urge Healthier Oversight of Patients’ Digital Data
UTD Creates Two New Minors


  • Co-directs SP&CE Media with Kim Knight and xtine burrough
  • Serves as an Advisory Board Member of the Feminist Research Collective
  • Regularly presents at national conferences of Society for Cinema and Media Studies, American Studies Association, Health Humanities Conference, 4S, and MLA