Plotnick, Rachel

Plotnick, Rachel
Assistant Professor
Colvard 5010


Rachel A. Plotnick (Ph.D., Northwestern University) is an Assistant Professor of Communication at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She takes an historical approach to the study of information, communication, and media technologies, with a particular interest in human-machine relationships and user interfaces. She investigates how surfaces -- from computer screens to keyboards to buttons -- play a role in the technological and social aspects of daily life.

Dr. Plotnick has published in Critical Studies in Media Communication, Technology and Culture, Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology (JASIST), and Media, Culture and Society.



B.A., Engish, Indiana University - Bloomington

M.A., Communication, Culture & Technology, Georgetown University

Ph.D., Media, Technology and Society, Northwestern University


Areas of Interest

  • User Interfaces
  • Human-Machine Relationships
  • Technology and the Senses/Sensory Experiences
  • Media Studies
  • Science, Technology and Society



Introduction to Communication and Mass/”New” Media