Scott Selisker received his PhD in English at the University of Virginia in 2010 and taught at Macalester College and University of California, Santa Barbara (as an ACLS New Faculty Fellow) before joining the University of Arizona as an Assistant Professor of English in 2013. His first book, "Human Programming: Brainwashing, Automatons, and American Unfreedom" (2016), explores how ideas about freedom and unfreedom, democracy and its enemies, have been exchanged between literature, film, psychology, cybernetics, political theory, and news media in the U.S., from World War II to the War on Terror. His second project, also in the literature and science sub-field, examines how contemporary fiction represents and reflects on social networks, from depictions of grassroots political movements to plots that raise questions about the nature of privacy.
Scott's research and teaching focus on post-WWII U.S. literature, with emphases on science and technology studies and the digital humanities. He has published articles on a wide variety of topics, including: on Ralph Ellison and sociology in American Literature (winner of the Norman Foerster Prize); on cults, David Mitchell, and Haruki Murakami in Novel: A Forum on Fiction; on Paolo Bacigalupi and the problem of representing GMOs in Science Fiction Studies(winner of the SFRA Pioneer Award); and on the Bechdel test and network theory in New Literary History (winner of the Ralph Cohen Prize). He has also published in African American Review, Contemporary Literature, the Los Angeles Review of Books and Debates in the Digital Humanities 2016.