M.E.S., York University; Ph.D., University of Wisconsin. Media and Technology Studies. Dr. Hillis’ research focuses on the politics of information technologies, with an emphasis on electronically mediated communication, the technologization of the “public sphere”, the relationship between identity and information, and minority body politics and social change.
Current Research: I am Professor of Media and Technology Studies in the Department of Communication Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. My first book, Digital Sensations: Space, Identity and Embodiment in Virtual Reality (1999) is published by University of Minnesota Press and in 2004 was translated into Portuguese (Sensações Digitais: Espaço, Identidade e Corporificações. Unisinos, Brazil). In 2003 Digital Sensations won UNC’s Hettleman Prize for Outstanding Scholarly Achievement by a Young Faculty member. I am also the principal editor ofEveryday eBay: Culture, Collecting and Desire (Routledge 2006) and in 2009 published Online a Lot of the Time (Duke).
My current book project is Google and the Culture of Search, under contract with Routledge (2012). I have also started research for a monograph, Informational Mobility, which will link issues of mobility and mobility studies to issues of information and the increasing acceptance of the idea that we are constituted through and in information.