Patrick is a feminist and queer media and technology scholar. He is Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Information at the University of Toronto and the Bonham Centre for Sexual Diversity Studies there. His primary teaching and research field is digital studies, with a particular focus on visual culture, pornography, new media art, metadata and database logic, database cinema, critical theory, and theories of gender, sexuality, and race. His monograph project, provisionally titled Database Desire, engages the question of how our engagements with labyrinthine qualities of database design and algorithmic logic mediate aesthetic objects, create new cinematic techniques, and structure sexual desire in ways that abound with expressive possibilities and new narrative and temporal structures. He has also written about embodiment and technology, the history of information retrieval, design and experience, and gender and technology. He holds a PhD in Information Studies with a concentration in Women’s Studies (now Gender Studies) from the University of California, Los Angeles.
In 2014-15, Patrick organized an excellent year long series at the University of Toronto, Feminist and Queer Approaches to Technoscience. He is also co-editor of Feminist and Queer Information Studies Reader (2013).