Dr. Carrie Anne Platt
Associate Professor, Department of Communication
Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education, College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Ph.D., University of Southern California, 2008
M.A., Wake Forest University, 2004
B.A., Carroll College, 2002
My research program focuses on the cultural impact of emerging technologies. I am particularly interested in how we talk about new technologies, how these ways of talking shape our understanding of technology, and how both of these elements affect the way we integrate technologies into our lives. To address the last two questions, and to better understand how individual users approach emerging technologies, I pair rhetorical analysis with interviews and other social scientific methods. The technologies and social phenomena in my research range from genetic testing to cyberbullying to space tourism. I am currently conducting a long-term study on young adults’ perceptions of Mars colonization initiatives, tracking changes in what they see as the benefits and dangers of advancing aerospace technologies over time.
I teach courses in media studies, pedagogy, and qualitative research methods. I also facilitate the department's freshman seminar (COMM 189), helping students new to our programs take advantage of everything the department has to offer. I believe in creating authentic learning experiences for students, where they can directly apply what they are learning in the course while acquiring skills they will need after graduation. Instead of just reading about how new technologies are changing communication industries, my undergraduate students create infographics, publish blogs, and promote their work through Facebook and Twitter. The graduate students in my college teaching course develop syllabi and assignments they can use to teach future classes, and the students in my research methods courses conduct full-scale research projects that have frequently turned into theses or dissertations.
Email Dr. Platt
Office: Minard 338-B12
Phone: (701) 231-7294