American Studies
American Studies

Andrew Bahna

Doctoral Student


Intimacy, affect, technology, gaming, social media, digital cultures, digital humanities, Vietnam and Cold War, Native American history, Latin American history, and pedagogy.


Drew Bahna is a graduate student in American Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. His primary focus is on the relationship between intimacy and technology and the way they affect face-to-face interactions. In 2014 he received his BA in both History and American Studies from California State University Fullerton and continued on to receive an MA in American Studies from the same institution.

Drew has presented some of his research at the Popular Culture Association National Conference in 2016. The work was related to a graduate research essay that looked at the various ways in which contemporary America has turned to social media to grieve and mourn the loss of friends, family, and acquaintances. He applied an overarching cultural question, “What facets of intimacy that are traditionally interacted through face-to face- exchange are being affected by the use of technology in an over-saturated technological world;” to the world of online mourning.

Drew hopes to continue his research on intimacy and technology at the University of Texas at Austin and is looking forward to working closely with both the faculty and students there to cultivate rich, new avenues in which he can apply his research

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