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Melissa Monique Littlefield


Research Interests

Literature and science, science & technology studies, critical neuroscience, forensic science, science fiction, disciplinarity


Ph.D. English and Women's Studies, Penn State University, 2005

Courses Taught

Science and Technology Studies, literature and science, science fiction, body studies, feminist/science studies


  • Engl 120: Science Fiction
  • Engl 221: Speculative Futures
  • Engl 300: Writing about Literature
  • Engl 475: Literature and Other Disciplines
  • Kines 442: Body, Culture, Society
  • Engl 582: Topics--Writing Bodies of Knowledge
  • Kines 594: Representing Bodies

Additional Campus Affiliations

Professor, English

Highlighted Publications

Littlefield, M. M. (2018). Instrumental Intimacy: EEG Wearables and Neuroscientific Control. Johns Hopkins University Press.

Littlefield, M. M. (2011). The Lying Brain: Lie Detection in Science and Science Fiction. University of Michigan Press.

Littlefield, M. M., & Johnson, J. M. (Eds.) (2012). The Neuroscientific Turn: Transdisciplinarity in the Age of the Brain. University of Michigan Press.

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Recent Publications

Littlefield, M. M., & Sudan, R. (2023). Configurations: A Thirty-Year Retrospective. Configurations, 31(4), 287-289.

Ferguson, R., Littlefield, M. M., & Purdon, J. (Eds.) (2021). The Art of Identification: Forensics, Surveillance, Identity. (AnthropoScene: The SLSA Book Series; Vol. 9). Penn State University Press.,

Littlefield, M. M. (2021). ‘Vital signs’: EEG wearables and the nervous system of the city: EEG wearables and the nervous system of the city. Studia Neophilologica, 93(2), 190-205.

Urban, T., Littlefield, M., & Sudan, R. (2021). Special issue: Science, technology, and literature during plague and pandemics. Configurations, 29(4), 365-373.

Littlefield, M. M. (2020). Electrical Potential: Mind Reading as Collaborative Action. In L. Schlicht, C. Seemann, & C. Kassung (Eds.), Palgrave Studies in Science and Popular Culture (pp. 19-42). (Palgrave Studies in Science and Popular Culture; Vol. Part F2180). Palgrave Macmillan.

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