Hannah Zeavin is 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. Zeavin is an Assistant Professor of the History of Science and New Media in the Department of History and The Berkeley Center for New Media at UC Berkeley.
Zeavin’s first book, The Distance Cure: A History of Teletherapy is now out from MIT Press, with a Foreword by John Durham Peters and Mother Media: Reinventing the American Family (MIT Press, expected 2024).She is at work on her third book, All Freud’s Children: A Story of Inheritance (US: Penguin Press; UK: Fern Press).Other academic work has appeared in or is forthcoming from differences: A Journal of Feminist Studies, Technology and Culture, American Imago, Media, Culture, & Society, and elsewhere.
In 2021, Zeavin co-founded The Psychosocial Foundation and is the Founding Editor of Parapraxis, a newmagazine for psychoanalysisShe also serves as an Associate Editor for Psychoanalysis & History, an Editorial Associate for The Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association, on the editorial board of Television and New Media, and a series editor of Palgrave’s Studies in the Psychosocial.
Essays and other public writing have appeared or are forthcoming from Bookforum, Dissent, The Guardian, Harper’s Magazine, n+1, The New York Review of Books, The New Yorker, and beyond. Zeavin was a recipient of a 2022 Works in Progress Grant from the Robert B. Silvers Foundation for an essay about the children of psychoanalysis, “Composite Case.”
Zeavin received her B.A. from Yale University in 2012 and her Ph.D. from the Department of Media, Culture, and Communication at NYU in 2018. Previously, she was an Assistant Professor at Indiana University in the Luddy School of Informatics and was a visiting fellow from 2020-2023 at the Columbia University Center for the Study of Social Difference.