Hannah Zeavin

Hannah Zeavin is a Data & Society affiliate, and a scholar, writer, and editor whose work centers on the history of human sciences (psychoanalysis, psychology, and psychiatry), the history of technology and media, feminist science and technology studies, and media theory. Starting in July 2023, Hannah will be an assistant professor of the history of science in the department of history and the Berkeley Center for New Media at UC Berkeley.

Hannah’s first book, The Distance Cure: A History of Teletherapy was published by MIT Press, with a foreword by John Durham Peters. She is at work on her second book, Mother’s Little Helpers: Technology in the American Family (under contract with MIT Press). Other academic work has appeared in or is forthcoming from differences: A Journal of Feminist Cultural Studies, Technology and Culture, American Imago, Media, Culture, & Society, and elsewhere.

In 2021, Hannah co-founded The Psychosocial Foundation and she is the founding editor of Parapraxis, a new magazine for psychoanalysis. She also serves as an editorial associate for the Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association and an associate editor for Psychoanalysis and History.

Essays and other public writing have appeared or are forthcoming from Bookforum, Dissent, The Guardian, Harper’s, n+1, The New York Review of Books, The New Yorker, and beyond. 

Hannah received her BA from Yale University in 2012 and her PhD from NYU’s department of media, culture, and communication in 2018.