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Eric Scott Jenkins

Title: Assistant Professor
Office: 144-A McMicken Hall
Tel: 513-556-6232
Email: eric.jenkins@uc.edu

Eric Jenkins, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor in Communication at the University of Cincinnati. He studies the connection between media technology and consumerism, with a particular focus on visual media. His theoretical perspectives include cultural studies, media ecology, affect theory, and critical theory. He has published articles in Critical Inquiry, Quarterly Review of Film & Video, Critical Studies in Media Communication, Games & Culture, Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies, Quarterly Journal of Speech and Visual Communication Quarterly, among others, as well as presenting over 40 papers at national and international conferences. His book Special Affects: Cinema, Animation, and the Translation of Consumer Culture (Edinburgh University Press: 2014) has been nominated for multiple awards and is coming out in paperback soon. Eric teaches undergraduate and graduate classes in cultural studies, popular culture, digital media, visual rhetoric, postmodern media theory, and communication technology.

Education

  • Ph.D., University of Georgia, Athens, GA, 2009 (Speech Communication).
  • M.A., University of Texas, Austin, TX, 2000 (Speech Communication).
  • B.A., University of Missouri-Kansas City, Kansas City, MO, 1997 (Political Science).

Research Information

Research Interests

Eric studies the connection between media technology and consumerism, with a particular focus on visual media. His theoretical perspectives include cultural studies, media ecology, and critical theory. He has published articles in Critical Inquiry, Quarterly Review of Film & Video, Critical Studies in Media Communication, and Visual Communication Quarterly, as well as presenting over 30 papers at national and international conferences. He currently has a book manuscript entitled Consumer Modes: Animation, Affect, and the American Dream under review with the University of Nebraska Press. Eric teaches undergraduate and graduate classes in cultural studies, popular culture, digital media, visual rhetoric, postmodern media theory, and communication technology.

Publications

Peer Reviewed Publications

  • Eric S. Jenkins (2008). My iPod, My iCon: How and Why Images Become Icons. Critical Studies in Media Communication, 25(5), 466-489.
  • Eric S. Jenkins (2007). Seeing Katrina: Perspectives of Judgment in a Cultural/Natural Disaster. Visual Communication Quarterly, 14(Spring), 90.
  • "Seeing Life in Disney's Mutual-Affection Images." Quarterly Review of Film and Video. Vol. 30, 3. May 2013. PP. 421-434.
  • "Another Punctum: Animation, Affect, and Ideology." Critical Inquiry. V. 39, 3. Spring 2013. P. 575-591
  • “The Modes of Visual Rhetoric: Circulating Memes as Expressions.” Quarterly Journal of Speech. Vol. 100, 4, November 2014. P. 442-466
  • "Death by PowerPoint? A Media Ecology Examination of the Debates Over Slideware." Explorations in Media Ecology. Vol. 10, 3-4. July 2010. p. 225-246
  • "The Affections of the American Pickers: Commodity Fetishism in Control Society." Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies. 12:4, 347-366, DOI: 10.1080/14791420.2015.1068430
  • "Rhetoric and this Crazy Little 'Thing' Called Love." Written with Josue Cisneros. Review of Communication. Vol. 13, 2, April 2013. PP. 85-107.
  • "The Message is the Mode: Modes in Digital Media and Media Theory."  Explorations in Media Ecology. Vol 12., 1 & 2. PP 23-39.
  • "Updating Narcissus, the ur-Myth of Media, for the Digital Age." Games and Culture. Forthcoming
  • “Deleuze the Media Ecologist? Extensions of and Advances on McLuhan.” Co-author Peter Zhang. Explorations in Media Ecology. Forthcoming. This article is coming out very soon but I do not have the information yet.

Books

  • Jenkins, Eric S. Special Affects: Cinema, Animation, and the Translation of Consumer Culture. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2014. 224 pages.

Book Chapter

  • "Argumentation." In Persuasion in Your Life. Shawn T. Wahl (ed). Boston, MA: Pearson, 2012.
  • "Persuasive Presentation." In Persuasion in Your Life. Shawn T. Wahl, ed. Boston, MA: Pearson, 2012.
  • "Smooth Space." In Demystifying Deleuze: An Introductory Assemblage of Crucial Concepts. Mickey Valle, ed. Ottawa, ON: Red Quill Books. Expected Publication Date 2012.
  • "Striated Space." In Demystifying Deleuze: An Introductory Assemblage of Crucial Concepts. Mickey Valle, ed. Ottawa, ON: Red Quill Books. Expected Publication Date 2012.
  • "The War Machine." In Demystifying Deleuze: An Introductory Assemblage of Crucial Concepts. Mickey Valle, ed. Ottawa, ON: Red Quill Books. Expected Publication Date 2012.
  • "Of Memes, Modes, Minor Audiences, and Formal Cause." in McLuhan and Formal Cause: A Collection of Comments. Eds: Robert Logan, Corey Anton and Lance Strate.

Other Publications

  • "Bindings and Becomings: Korzbyski, Deleuze, and Ecological Thinking." Written with Peter Zhang. et Cetera, V. 69, 4, October 2012. P. 459-473

Work in Progress

  • “From the Attraction to Tracking: Wall-E as Media Ecological Allegory.” Planned to Submit to Critical Studies in Media Communication.
  • “The Art of Jujitsu in the Age of Digital Megamachines, or, How to Fight Facebook.” With Co-Author Peter Zhang. Planned to Submit to Media, Culture & Society or Continuum.
  • “Affect, Rhetoric, and the Sublime: Presencing the Past(s) of Rhetorical Theory.” With Co-Author Josue Cisneros. Planned to submit to Philosophy & Rhetoric.

Presentations & Lectures

Invited Presentations

  • Eric S. Jenkins (04/20/2012). Mediated Minds: The Undergraduate Experience TUC, University of Cincinnati.
  • Eric Jenkins (03/18/2013). Homo Modus: Digital Media, Mode Switching, and the Ethics of Conversation James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA.
  • Eric Jenkins (06/28/2012). Interview with Figure/Ground N/A, N/A.

Paper Presentations

  • Eric Jenkins (05/17/2011). Of Mice and Mimesis: Disney and the Commodity Fetish. 9th Annual International Conference on Communication and Mass Media, Athens Institute for Educational Research, Athens, Greece.
  • Eric Jenkins (04/08/2011). Disney Live-Action Movies as Cheesy Cliches of Consumerism. Pop Praxis Conference, Cincinnati, OH.
  • Eric Jenkins (06/24/2011). Animation's Other Punctum. The Twelfth Annual Convention of the Media Ecology Association, Alberta. Edmonton, Canada.
  • Eric S. Jenkins (06/08/2012). “The Message is the Mode: Modes in Digital Media and Media Theory.” . The 13th Annual Media Ecology Association Convention., Riverdale, NY.
  • Eric S. Jenkins (06/08/2012). Updating Narcissus, the ur-Myth of Media, for the Digital Age. The 13th Annual Media Ecology Association Convention., Riverdale, NY.
  • Eric S. Jenkins and J. David Cisneros (05/26/2012). Love and Rhetoric: A Dear Josh Letter. Rhetoric Society of America Biannual Convention, Philadelphia, PA.
  • Eric S. Jenkins (11/19/2012). Life and Death of the American Pickers: Commodity Fetishism, Made for T.V.. National Communication Association Annual Conference, New Orleans, LA.
  • Eric Jenkins, Peter Zhang (06/20/2013). "Deleuze the Media Ecologist? Extensions of and Advances on McLuhan". Media Ecology Association Annual Convention, Grand Rapids, MI.
  • Eric Jenkins (06/20/2013). Of Extensions and Folds. Media Ecology Association Annual Convention, Grand Rapids, MI.
  • Eric S. Jenkins (11/22/2013). The Modes of VIsual Rhetoric. National Communication Association, Washington, DC.
  • Eric S. Jenkins (06/20/2014). From the Attraction to Tracking: Wall-E as Media Ecology Allegory. Media Ecology Association, Toronto, Canada.
  • Eric S. Jenkins (06/20/2014). On Creases, Splits, and Fusions: Media, Affect, and the "Postmodern" Subject. Media Ecology Association, Toronto, Canada.
  • Eric Jenkins (06-2015). Lewis Mumford: From Media Ecology to Machinic Ecology. Media Ecology Annual Convention, Denver, CO.
  • Eric Jenkins and Peter Zhang (06-2015). The Art of Jujitsu in the Age of Digital Megamachines, or, How to Fight Facebook. Media Ecology Association Annual Convention, Denver, CO.
  • Eric Jenkins (09/05/2015). The Affective Turn to Modes. University of Utah Affect Conference, Salt Lake City.
  • Eric Jenkins (10/10/2015). Addictions and Subscriptions: On the Waxing and Waning of Affect in Contemporary Capitalism. Affect WTF Conference, Millersville University.
  • Eric Jenkins, Josue Cisneros (11/21/2015). The Affective Dimension of Identification. National Communication Association, Las Vegas.
  • Eric Jenkins, Josue Cisneros (11/21/2015). The Affective Dimension of Identification. National Communication Association, Las Vegas.
  • Eric Jenkins (11/21/2015). Race, Social Media, and Affect. National Communication Association, Las Vegas.

Colloquia

  • Eric S. Jenkins (01/20/2012). The Modes of Visual Rhetoric. Department of Communication Colloquium Series, McMicken Hall.

Lectures

  • (11/23/2010). Digital Media and Media Ecology. Guest Lecturer for Tayo Banjo's Class, 620 Swift Hall.

Honors & Awards

  • The 2011 MEA Convention Top Paper Award, Media Ecology Association, 06/23/2011 to 06/26/2011. I received the Top Paper Award for the 2011 Media Ecology Association Annual Convention for my paper entitled "Another Punctum." The paper was blind-reviewed and competitively selected from amongst over 100 papers presented..
  • Top 3 Papers in the Critical-Cultural Studies Division, National Communication Association, 11-2012 to 11-2012. I received a Top 3 Paper award for my paper entitled "Life and Death of the American Pickers: Commodity Fetishism, Made for T.V." This was one of the top three papers in a division that received 189 submissions..
  • The Top Paper Award for the 2012 Media Ecology Association Convention, Media Ecology Association, 06/07/2012 to 06/09/2012. This was the single top paper award from over 200 presenters. This is the first time the award has been presented to the same person, and I won the award in back to back years. For the paper entitled "Updating Narcissus, the ur-myth of Media, for the Digital Age.".
  • Top Paper in Visual Communication at the National Communication Association Conference, 11/22/2013 to 11/22/2013. For "The Modes of Visual Rhetoric".
  • The Marshall McLuhan Award for Outstanding Book in the Field of Media Ecology, Media Ecology Association, 06-2014 to 06-2015. Semifinalist for my book Special Affects, The Media Ecology Association, 2014-2015..
  • The Lewis Mumford Award for Outstanding Scholarship in the Ecology of Technics, Media Ecology Association, 06-2014 to 06-2015. Semifinalist for my book, Special Affects..

Experience & Service

Work Experience

  • 08/01/2002 to 06/01/2005, RTA Lecturer, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA.
  • 08/01/2005 to 06/01/2009, Graduate Teaching Assistant, University of Georgia, Athens, GA.
  • 08/01/2009 to 06/01/2010, Assistant Professor of Communication, Angelo State University, San Angelo, TX.
  • 09/01/2010 to Present, Assistant Professor of Communication, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH.

Events Organized

  • Conference. Mediated Minds: Undergraduate Student Research Conference (04/20/2012 to 04/20/2012) , University of Cincinnati.

Service

  • Committee Member, Department of Communication Graduate Admissions Committee, 10/01/2010 to 08/31/2011
  • Reviewer, Media Ecology Association 10/01/2010 to 01/01/2011
  • Reviewer, Management Communication Quarterly 02/01/2011 to 03/01/2011
  • Reviewer, American Behavioral Scientist 02/01/2011 to 03/01/2011
  • Member, Media Communication Committee, 09/01/2010 to 01/01/2011
  • Member, Critical Visions Certificate Critical Visions Certificate Committee, 10/01/2010 to 02/01/2011
  • Other, Graduate Recruitment Weekend, 03/05/2011 to 03/05/2011
  • Other, McMicken Monthly 11/17/2010 to 11/17/2010
  • Other, 02/01/2011 to 03/01/2011
  • Member, Core Semester Conversion for COMM 371, 04/01/2011 to 06/01/2011
  • Committee Member, Graduate Program Admissions Committee, 09-2011 to 04-2012
  • Director, Department of Communication Colloquium and Brown Bag Series, 09-2011 to 06-2012
  • Faculty Sponsor, Orange Band 09/01/2012 to 05/01/2013
  • Member, Graduate Program Admissions Committee, 09/01/2012 to 05/01/2013
  • Member, Research Group,
  • Reviewer, Rhetoric Society Quarterly
  • Reviewer, Western Journal of Communication
  • Director, Colloquium and Brown Bag Series, 09/01/2012 to 05/01/2013
  • Member, Pilot Program for Teaching/ Research Portfolios,
  • Director, Colloquium and Brown Bag Series 09/01/2013 to 05/01/2014
  • Committee Member, Department of Journalism Search Committtee for Assistant Professor, 10/01/2013 to 03/01/2014
  • Faculty Sponsor, The Orange Band Initiative 09/01/2013 to 05/01/2014
  • Director, Brown Bag and Colloquium Series 09-2014 to 05-2015
  • Committee Member, Graduate Admissions, 09-2014 to 05-2015
  • President-Elect, National Communication Association Visual Communication Division, 11-2014 to 11-2017
  • Reviewer, National Communication Association Visual Communication Division, 03-2015 to 03-2015
  • Reviewer, National Communication Association Critical/Cultural Division, 03-2015 to 04-2015
  • Reviewer, Communication Design Quarterly 09-2014 to 09-2014
  • Reviewer, Exploration in Media Ecology 09-2014 to 05-2015
  • Reviewer, Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies 02-2015 to 03-2015
  • Conference Organizer, Colloquium and Brown Bag Series, 09/01/2015 to 05/01/2016
  • Member, Graduate Student Admissions Committee, 09/01/2015 to 05/01/2016
  • Vice-Chair, National Communication Association Visual Communication Division, 09/01/2015 to 05/01/2016

Other Experience and Professional Memberships

  • 09/01/2005 to Present ,Member, National Communication Association
  • 04/01/2011 to Present ,Member, Media Ecology Association
  • 10/01/2012, Society for Cinema and Media Studies,

Courses Taught

  • 15-COMM-437 TOPICS IN COMMUNIC
    Digital Media
    Level: Undergraduate
    Term: 10A
    Comments: 4.5 Overall Mean on Student Evaluations.
  • 15-COMM-228 COMM & POPULAR CULT
    Level: Undergraduate
    Term: 10A
    Comments: 4.3 Overall Mean on Student Evaluations
  • 15-COMM-429 COMM & TECHNOLOGY
    Level: Undergraduate
    Term: 11W
    Comments: 4.2 overall mean on student evaluations
  • 15-COMM-228 COMM & POPULAR CULT
    Level: Undergraduate
    Term: 11S

  • Communication Technology
    Communication Technology
    Level: Undergraduate
    Term: 11A

  • Communication and Popular Culture
    Communication and Popular Culture
    Level: Undergraduate
    Term: 11A

  • Communication Technology
    Communication Technology
    Level: Graduate
    Term: 12W

  • Communication Technology
    Communication Technology
    Level: Undergraduate
    Term: 12S

  • 15-COMM-429 COMM & TECHNOLOGY
    Level: Undergraduate
    Term: 12FS

  • Visual Culture and Visual Rhetoric
    Visual Culture and Visual Rhetoric
    Level: Graduate
    Term: 12FS

  • 15-COMM-228 COMM & POPULAR CULT
    Level: Undergraduate
    Term: 13SS

  • Communicating Images: Rhetoric, Design, and Culture
    Communicating Images: Rhetoric, Design, and Culture
    Level: Undergraduate
    Term: 13SS

  • -COMM-2028 COMM & POP CULTURE
    Level: Undergraduate
    Term: 13FS

  • Visual Rhetoric and Visual Culture
    Visual Rhetoric and Visual Culture
    Level: Undergraduate
    Term: 13FS

  • Media and Technology
    Media and Technology
    Level: Undergraduate
    Term: 14SS

  • Advanced Rhetorical Theory
    Advanced Rhetorical Theory
    Level: Graduate
    Term: 14SS

  • -COMM-2028 COMM & POP CULTURE
    Level: Undergraduate

  • Media and Technology
    Media and Technology
    Level: Undergraduate

  • Visual Culture and Visual Rhetoric
    Visual Culture and Visual Rhetoric
    Level: Undergraduate

  • 15-CLAS-335 CELTIC NORSE MYTH
    Visual Rhetoric
    Level: Graduate

  • -COMM-2028 COMM & POP CULTURE
    Level: Undergraduate
    Term: 15FS

  • Visual Rhetoric and Visual Culture
    Visual Rhetoric and Visual Culture
    Level: Undergraduate
    Term: 15FS

  • Media and Technology
    Media and Technology
    Level: Undergraduate
    Term: 16SS

  • Advanced Rhetorical Theory
    Advanced Rhetorical Theory
    Level: Graduate
    Term: 16SS