A warm welcome to Stephen Groening, who joins our faculty this fall.
The child of a mathematician and a diplomat, Stephen Groening grew up an international traveler of Europe and Central America. His upbringing has informed his primary research interest: the intersection of electronic media and mobility. He has published on physical, sensual, and virtual transportation in History and Technology, New Media and Society, Visual Studies, Key Words, Ecranospheres, and The Velvet Light Trap. Additionally his article on cynicism and ideology was published in the book Taking South Park Seriously (SUNY UP), and another article on spectatorship and 1920s training films was published in the book Useful Cinemas (Duke UP). His book on inflight entertainment, Cinema Beyond Territory: Inflight Entertainment and Atmospheres of Globalization will be published by British Film Institute Publications in late 2014. Previous to joining the faculty at UW, Steve was appointed a faculty member of the Department of English at George Mason University and held a Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Modern Culture and Media at Brown University. Steve holds a PhD in Comparative Studies in Discourse and Society from the University of Minnesota and an MA in Cultural Studies from Claremont Graduate University. He currently resides in Pioneer Square with his wife and a cat.