Emma Bedor Hiland
Emma's academic interest in media began during her undergraduate career, culminating in a publication on celebrity mothers' postpartum weight-loss narratives. Her Master's thesis examined the Christian film industry, particularly the multi-platform opportunities afforded to anti-choice activist groups who disseminate their propaganda through seemingly mainstream films. Her current work examines the intersections of culture, medicalization, pharmaceuticalization, mental health and illness, and what bodies and mental states are considered "normal" or "sick." Her forthcoming publications critique the ways that pharmaceutical interventions are used as technologies and techniques of self-care under neoliberalism, and how changes in technologies of surveillance, discipline and control have shifted the ways that self-care and governmentality are practiced.