About Annalee

Currently, I am the lead editor for science fiction and science blog io9 -- it went live in January 2008, and in 2010, over 2 million people read it every month. I am also a freelance writer, contributing work to Wired, Popular Science, New Scientist, and other excellent publications. During 2004 and most of 2005, I was the policy analyst at the Electronic Frontier Foundation. In 2006 I published a book based on my doctoral research. It's called Pretend We're Dead, and it was published by Duke University Press. In early 2007, Seal Press published a collection of essays I co-edited called She's Such a Geek -- yes, it's about female nerds.

My work has also appeared in magazines and papers such as: The Washington Post, New York Magazine, Technology Review, Hilobrow, The San Francisco Chronicle, 2600, The Believer, Nerve, The Utne Reader Online, Alternative Press Review, New York Press, The San Francisco Bay Guardian, The Silicon Valley Metro, and several academic journals and anthologies.

From 1999 to 2008, I wrote a weekly syndicated column called Techsploitation, which was about the ways that media mutates and reiterates the problems of everyday life.

Formerly, I was the culture editor at The San Francisco Bay Guardian and in 2002 I was awarded a Knight Science Journalism Fellowship, which allowed me to spend the 2002-2003 academic year as a research fellow at MIT.

I was born just after the New Left died and shortly before abortion was legalized. Growing up in the planned suburban community of Irvine, California, I was exposed at a young age to the clash between Information Era techno-utopianism and the disturbing realities of middle-class greed, cynicism, and sexual repression.

When I moved to Berkeley, California, I began what became a ten-year odyssey through the land of academia. During that time, I founded a webzine, Bad Subjects, which is still going strong; I published two books, White Trash: Race and Class in America (Routledge, 1997) and The Bad Subjects Anthology (NYU Press, 1998); and in 1998 I graduated from UC Berkeley with a Ph.D. in English and American Studies. I wrote my dissertation on images of monsters, psychopaths, and capitalism in 20th Century American pop culture. After working for a year as an adjunct professor, I decided to pursue the career I loved most: writing.

I had been freelancing since 1996, mostly for alternative weeklies and on-line magazines, and in early 1999, I began to write for a living full-time. Having spent so many years studying pop culture and media in academia, I was naturally interested in writing about these topics as a journalist. And that's what I've been doing for a decade now.

Want me to be your writer, pundit, lecturer, or word-wrangler? Need a complicated dose of didacticism or a tasty little soundbyte? Drop me a line at annalee AT techsploitation.com.

For anthropological laughs, check out my ancient, out-of-date website.