Lyndsey Beutin studies the memory of slavery, systems of redress for racial injustice, and the visual and rhetorical culture of social movements. She is currently researching the use of the metaphor of slavery in contemporary organizing. Her other scholarly projects include the intersection of art and communication, and museological reflexivity in the display of African collections.
Nicholas Gilewicz researches the history of journalism, how journalists construct the social meaning of their work through journalism products, and how to theorize new frameworks with which to analyze texts and communities produced by digital communication. His major historical project uses the final editions of failed U.S. newspapers to construct a cultural history thereof, arguing that such editions indicate news is produced by a faith-based ontology and that news culture is in fact a faith culture. His major theoretical project, in collaboration with Francois Allard-Huver, interpolates Foucault’s articulation of parrhesia into both a model for understanding digital communication phenomena and a method that both scholars and non-academics can use for analyzing digital speech. In 2012, Nick brought home a top student paper prize from the International Communication Association, and a little girl named Zoe.
Kevin Gotkin works at the intersection of disability studies and the history of technology. He’s currently writing about the queer and crip analytics of Alan Turing, a father of contemporary computer science.
Sun-ha Hong is currently working on: (1) everyday discourse as a creative experience, wherein subjects navigate the intersubjective constitution of their being through creative and tactical games of polyphonic discourse; (2) an analytics of the axiological assumptions that ground such games in the field of new media, such as transparency, cynicism, the Real and body/embodiment. He focuses on scenes of cultural practice including new media, popular music, video games and sport.
Yoel Roth studies technology, sexuality, and bears. (The gay men, not the forest creatures.) In particular, he’s interested in the construction and mediation of queer masculinity and communities of men, both historically and through digital media. Lately, he’s been working on issues of surveillance and the policing of images of the gay body in queer social media.
jasmine salters studies the intersection of race, gender, and class (as well as other power relations) in sex work, identity politics, representation, black cultural production, and visual culture. her current research examines the experiences of black women sex workers and looks at the sex industry as a microcosm of larger American society.
Alexandra Sastre‘s research interests include the representation of race and gender in popular culture, reality television and contemporary celebrity, and the changing landscape of the fashion industry in the digital age. Prior to attending Annenberg, she worked as a project manager for an interactive design firm specializing in digital interactive museum installations. Her current research examines the commodification of ethnicity on reality television in light of historic minstrel performance.
Aaron Shapiro studies cities, intellectual technologies of urban revitalization, and commodity aesthetics. In particular, he is interested in the transformations of New Orleans in the wake of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, the city’s shifting demographics, the mobilization and engagement of new residents in shaping the city’s developmental direction, and the quantification of the region’s cultural economic assets and social entrepreneurial endeavors as evaluative techniques of government.