Joelle Renstrom

Senior Lecturer, Rhetoric

Research Interests

The intersection of science fiction and science/technology; cultural and social effects of technology; space exploration; evolution; transhumanism; travelogues; robots and artificial intelligence

Teaching Interests

Communication; rhetoric; writing; science fiction; technology; artificial intelligence; and space exploration

Selected Publications


Closing the Book: Travels in Life, Loss, and Literature (Pelekinesis, 2015)


Joelle Renstrom maintains an award-winning blog, Could This Happen, about the relationship between science and science fiction. She’s the robot columnist for the Daily Beast and a staff writer for Panorama: The Journal of Intelligent Travel. Her essays have appeared in SlateAeon,The Guardian, and others.

Other Professional Activity and/or Awards

TED talk (Science Fiction as a Looking Glass: Teaching Students to Save the World, TEDxWaltham 2017)

Writers’ Room of Boston Non-fiction Fellowship, 2013.

Somerville Arts Council Fellowship Grant, 2012.

Wesleyan Writers’ Conference Scholarship, 2011.