about rachel plotnick

Rachel Plotnick is an Assistant Professor of Cinema and Media Studies in The Media School at Indiana University Bloomington.

Prior to this position, she served as an assistant professor at UNC Charlotte. Rachel received her PhD in Media, Technology and Society from the School of Communication at Northwestern University. She also completed an MA in Communication, Culture and Technology at Georgetown University, and completed her BA in English and Journalism at Indiana University - Bloomington. Rachel's master's thesis looked at emerging forms of self-expression about illness on the Internet.

Rachel's book, Power Button: A History of Pleasure, Panic and the Politics of Pushing is published with The MIT Press. Read an excerpt here.

Rachel's work is also published in a number of academic journals and Gnovis.

Outside of academia, Rachel worked for the National Sleep Foundation as Director of Internet and Publications from 2005-2007 and for Discovery Communications as an interactive producer of digital media content from 2007-2008.