Grant Bollmer

Assistant Professor


Grant Bollmer studies the history and theory of digital media, with a particular focus on social media platforms, infrastructure, and software. He is the author of the book Inhuman Networks: Social Media and the Archaeology of Connection, which examines the history of connectivity in Western culture as it crosses the development of technological, biological, financial, and social networks. He is currently completing a book titled Theorizing Digital Cultures, which is an overview of different theoretical approaches for the study of digital media and culture. His most recent research examines empathy and affect, both in the history of psychological research and in a range of digital media, from virtual reality and videogames to facial recognition software and social media.

Teaching and Research Interests

  • Digital Media
  • Media Archaeology
  • Materiality and Infrastructure
  • Critical and Cultural Theory
  • Affect and Emotion
  • Continental Philosophy (specifically, Poststructuralism, Phenomenology, Marxism, and Psychoanalysis)



Grant Bollmer. 2016. Inhuman Networks: Social Media and the Archaeology of Connection. New York: Bloomsbury. 

Journal Articles

Grant Bollmer and Katherine Guinness. 2017. “Phenomenology for the Selfie,” Cultural Politics 13:2.

Grant Bollmer. 2016. “Infrastructural Temporalities: Facebook and The Differential Time of Data Management,” Continuum: Journal of Media and Cultural Studies 30:1, 20 – 31.

Grant Bollmer. 2015. “Technological Materiality and Assumptions About ‘Active’ Human Agency,” Digital Culture & Society 1:1, 95 – 110.

Grant Bollmer. 2015. “Fragile Storage, Archival Futures,” Journal of Contemporary Archaeology 2:1, 66 – 72.

Katherine Guinness and Grant Bollmer. 2015. “Marina Abramović Doesn’t Feel Like You,” Feral Feminisms 3, 40 – 55.

Grant Bollmer. 2014. “Pathologies of Affect: The ‘New Wounded’ and the Politics of Ontology,” Cultural Studies 28:2, 298 – 326.

Grant Bollmer. 2013. “Millions Now Living Will Never Die: Cultural Anxieties About the Afterlife of Information,” The Information Society 29:3, 142 – 151.

Grant Bollmer. 2012. “Demanding Connectivity: The Performance of ‘True’ Identity and the Politics of Social Media,” JOMEC Journal 1, article 3.

Grant Bollmer. 2011. “Community as a Financial Network: Mortgages, Citizenship, and Connectivity,” Democratic Communiqué 24, 39 – 56.

Grant Bollmer. 2011. “Virtuality in Systems of Memory: Toward an Ontology of Collective Memory, Ritual, and the Technological,” Memory Studies 4:4, 450 – 464.

Book Chapters

Grant Bollmer and Chris Rodley. 2017. “Scattered Speculations on the ‘Sociality’ of Socialbots,” Socialbots and their Friends: Digital Media and the Automation of Sociality, Robert W. Gehl and Maria P. Bakardjieva, editors. New York: Routledge, 147 - 163.

Grant Bollmer. 2015. “Technobiological Traffic: Networks, Bodies, and the Management of Vitality,” Traffic: Media as Infrastructures and Cultural Practices, Marion Näser-Lather and Christoph Neubert, editors. Leiden: Brill, 117 – 135. 

Reviews and Review Essays

Grant Bollmer. 2014. “Big Data, Small Media” (Review of Polity’s Digital Media and Society Series), Cultural Studies Review 20:2, 266 – 277.

Grant Bollmer. 2013. A review of McKenzie Wark’s Telesthesia: Communication, Culture & Class, Media International Australia 147, 177.

Grant Bollmer. 2010. “Review Essay: Not Understanding the Network? A Review of Four Contemporary Works” (Review of Phillip Armstrong’s Reticulations, Yochai Benkler’s The Wealth of Networks, Alexander R. Galloway and Eugene Thacker’s The Exploit, and Brian Rotman’s Becoming Beside Ourselves), The Communication Review 13:3, 243 – 260. 

Encyclopedia Articles

Grant Bollmer. 2014. “Avatars” and “Second Life,” Encyclopedia of Social Media and Politics, Kerric Harvey, editor. Los Angeles: SAGE, 96 – 98, 1114 – 1115.

Popular Writing

Grant Bollmer. 2014. “Who is to Blame When iCloud is ‘Hacked’—You or Apple?” The Conversation (AU), 3 September. 


  • Ph.D. in Communication Studies (Media and Cultural Studies) from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2011
  • MA in Communication from Wake Forest University, 2006
  • BA in History from Wake Forest University, 2004