Scott Selberg

Appointment: 2014 to 2017
Communication Studies

Scott Selberg’s research interests lie at the intersection of media, history, and bioethics. He recently earned his Ph.D. with distinction in Media, Culture, and Communication from New York University. He also holds an MA in Communication Studies from UNC Chapel Hill and a BA in Art History from Williams College. At NYU he was a recipient of the Founders Fellowship for Doctoral Study and the Humanities Initiative Graduate Fellowship, and his dissertation was awarded NYU Steinhardt’s 2013 Outstanding Dissertation Award. He has also taught broadly in media, film, and cultural studies. At Michigan, he teaches in the Department of Communication Studies.

His current book project explores the visual culture of Alzheimer’s disease in the United States. It describes how certain techniques and technologies of representation articulate popular knowledge and values of cognition, aging, and personhood. It thus investigates the history of how the disease has been represented in popular and scientific culture, such as movies, medical imagery, and pharmaceutical marketing. But it also argues that the ethics and aesthetics of representation itself are essential to understanding the social life of dementia. Ultimately, the book describes the historical subject of Alzheimer’s, a subjectivity organized not just through symptom and diagnosis, but also through the visual culture of time, nation, and love.