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Rachel Plotnick is an Assistant Professor of Commmunication Studies at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She received her PhD from the Media, Technology and Society program in the School of Communication at Northwestern University. Her research and teaching focus on information, communication and media technologies from an historical and critical/cultural perspective.

Specifically, Rachel's research agenda examines human-machine relations, particularly as they relate to interfaces. She investigates how these surfaces play a role in the technological and social aspects of daily life.

Her work asks how one interface, the push button, functions as a social object related to communication and control. It asks: what is a button, and how does it transform in different historical moments, cultural milieus, and social spaces?

Rachel's research is published in Technology and Culture, the Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology (JASIST), Media, Culture and Society and others. Her multimedia project has been featured in Gnovis.

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