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Carrie Andersen


Doctoral Student



Originally from the northwest suburbs of Chicago, Carrie moved to the east coast to attend Harvard University in 2004, where she received her bachelor's degree in Government with minors in Spanish and health policy. The following fall, she crossed the country to Honolulu, Hawaii, to teach English at Punahou School as part of their Mentoring at Punahou program, and enrolled at UT in Fall 2010.  

She is currently a Ph.D. candidate, and her dissertation considers the military drone as a contested symbol and tool of security within the post-9/11 cultural and political milieu. Although state and corporate rhetoric often celebrates the drone as a technology essential for shoring up national security, she considers how the military drone exacerbates lived insecurity within the United States - even among those who will never directly confront the technology. She examines insecurity through the lenses of gender, religious affiliation, political emotions, citizenship and democratic agency, class, and transhumanism. In 2014, she was awarded one of the university's Continuing University Fellowships to support her dissertation research for the 2015-2016 school year. 

Carrie is also a student administrator in the Department of American Studies. Her duties include managing the department's social media presence and blog, researching external grants for departmental multimedia projects, spearheading campaigns to secure donations from graduate and undergraduate alumni, designing graphics and posters to publicize department events, filming and photographing department events, collaborating with the College of Liberal Arts IT Services on a website redesign, and managing the department website (which includes maintaining faculty and graduate student directories, departmental news briefs, and events calendar). For more information, see the department blog, Twitter account, and Facebook page.

In addition, Carrie serves on the editorial board of The End of Austin, a digital humanities project that explores change within the city of Austin. She also designed and maintains the publication's website. Previously, she was a member of the editorial board for the UT Radio-Television-Film department's Flow journal, and served as the publication's Marketing Editor. 

For more information about Carrie's research, teaching, and work experience, see her website.



M.A. American Studies, The University of Texas at Austin, 2012.

A.B. Government cum laude, Harvard University, 2008.



“Games of Drones: The Uneasy Future of the Soldier-Hero in Call of Duty: Black Ops II.” Surveillance and Society 12, no. 3 (July 2014): 360-376.



“‘Why Do They Make It So Extreme?!’ On Videogame Glitches and Joy.” Flow 18, no. 8.

“Comedy and the Social Contract: The Surprisingly Conservative Vision of Louis C.K.” Flow 16, no. 5.




military technology; war, media, and emotion; political theory; American conservatism; digital humanities; media studies; 20th century American history; public scholarship
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