As a student who graduated from the University of Central Arkansas with a B.S. in Biological Physics and a double minor in Interdisciplinary Studies and Creative Writing, Brandon has always taken a “left-brain/right-brain” approach to his studies. However, it wasn’t until he enrolled in a literature and medicine course that he realized how the humanities could shape his research interests on science, technology, and medicine. At UNC, Brandon is part of the first cohort in the Literature, Medicine and Culture concentration who's interested in critical making processes and virtual reality.
Additionally, Brandon is the Community Resources Manager for HHIVE and organizes volunteers, coordinates outreach events, and connects with scholars in neighboring programs at Duke University and North Carolina State University. His recent research looks at critical making processes and the sociopolitcal charges behind video game healing systems. When he’s not glued to his PS4, you can find him running half marathons and practicing studio art. Currently, he’s looking at master’s programs in neuro-engineering and electrical engineering, as well as PhD programs in communication and STS. He aspires to go into either academia or industry, but ideally both.
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill | Chapel Hill, NC, 2017
M.A. in English (Concentration in Literature, Medicine, and Culture)
University of Central Arkansas | Conway, AR 2015
B.S. in Biological Physics
Thesis: Wrestling with the Stranger: A Literary Interpretation and Narrative Analysis of Stories in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam
Advisor: Mr. Garry Craig Powell, Writing
Committee: Mr. Phillip Spivey, Philosophy and Religion