Ph.D./Ph.D., Harvard University, 2005
M.A., Stanford University, 1999
B.S., Stanford University, 1999
B.A., Stanford University, 1998
Colin Milburn joined the UC Davis faculty in 2005. His research focuses on the cultural relations between literature, science, and technology. His interests include science fiction, gothic horror, the history of biology, the history of physics, video games, and the digital humanities. He is a member of the Science & Technology Studies Program and the Center for Science and Innovation Studies. He is also affiliated with the programs in Cinema and Technocultural Studies, Cultural Studies, Performance Studies, and Critical Theory, as well as the W. M. Keck Center for Active Visualization in the Earth Sciences (KeckCAVES). Since 2009, he has been serving as the director of the UC Davis Humanities Innovation Lab, an experimental offshoot of the Digital Humanities Initiative.
Selected Articles and Book Chapters:
- "Greener on the Other Side: Science Fiction and the Problem of Green Nanotechnology," Configurations 20 (2012): 53-87. Download
- “Just for Fun: The Playful Image of Nanotechnology,” NanoEthics 5 (2011): 223–232. Download
- "Modifiable Futures: Science Fiction at the Bench," Isis 101 (2010): 560-569. Download
“Everyday Nanowars: Video Games and the Crisis of the Digital Battlefield,” in Nano Meets Macro: Social Perspectives on Nanotechnology, eds. Fern Wickson and Kamilla Kjølberg (London: Pan Stanford Publishing, 2010), pp. 113-141. Link
- "Tactical Atomism," in Art in the Age of Nanotechnology, eds. Vashti Innes-Brown, Chris Malcolm, and Pauline Williams (John Curtin Gallery, 2010), pp. 8-20. Download
- "Atoms and Avatars: Virtual Worlds as Massively-Multiplayer Laboratories," Spontaneous Generations 2, no. 1 (2008): 63-89. Download
- “Science from Hell: Jack the Ripper and Victorian Vivisection,” in Science Images and Popular Images of the Sciences, eds. Bernd Huppauf and Peter Weingart (Routledge, 2007), pp. 125-158. Download
- Translated and updated as “Wissenschaft aus der Hölle: Jack the Ripper und die viktorianische Vivisektion,” trans. Verena Hutter, in Frosch und Frankenstein: Bilder in und über Wissenschaft—Popularisierungen und Mythenbildung, eds. Peter Weingart and Bernd Huppauf (Transcript, 2008).
- “Syphilis in Faerie Land: Edmund Spenser and the Syphilography of Elizabethan England,” Criticism 46 (2004): 396-632. Download
- “Monsters in Eden: Darwin and Derrida,” MLN 118 (2003): 603-621. Download
- “Nanotechnology in the Age of Posthuman Engineering: Science Fiction as Science,” Configurations 10 (2002): 262-295.
Republished in N. Katherine Hayles, ed., Nanoculture: Implications of the New Technoscience (Intellect Books, 2004), pp. 109-129.
Republished in The Cybercultures Reader, 2nd edition, eds. Barbara Kennedy and David Bell (Routledge, 2007), pp. 730-758.