AWARDS / FELLOWSHIPS / CERTIFICATES
2021-2022, Graduate Fellowship for Teaching Excellence, University of Pennsylvania
Teaching certificate, 2020, Center for Teaching and Learning, University of Pennsylvania
Recipient of the 2019 James D. Wood award for outstanding graduate assistant teaching
INSTRUCTOR OF RECORD
COMM 130: Media Industries and Society (Summer II, 2019)
The aim of this course is to prepare you to work in the media business as well as to be an informed citizen by acquainting you with the work and language of media practitioners. The class also investigates the exciting, and (to some employed there) scary changes taking place in the news industry, internet industry, advertising industry, television industry, movie industry, magazine industry, and several other areas of the media system. In doing that, the course ranges over economic, political, legal, historical, and cultural considerations that shape what we see when we go online, use social media, watch TV, read books, play video games, and more. This course fulfills one of the two introductory core survey courses required of Communication majors or prospective majors.
COMM 226: Introduction to Political Communication (Fall 2020)
Instructor: Kathleen Hall Jamieson
This course is an introduction to the field of political communication and conceptual approaches to analyzing communication in various forms, including advertising, speech making, campaign debates, and candidates' and office-holders' uses of social media and efforts to frame news. The focus of this course is on the interplay in the U.S. between media and politics. The course includes a history of campaign practices from the 1952 presidential contest through the election of 2020.
COMM 130: Media Industries and Society (Spring 2019)
Instructor: Lee McGuigan
Description as above.
COMM 220: Media, Culture, and Society in China (Fall 2018)
Instructor: Guobin Yang
This course covers contemporary Chinese media, culture, and society (1976- present). China today is a
profoundly different world from when its economic reform was launched at the end of the 1970s. We will survey some of the major changes that have taken place and analyze the causes and consequences of change, with some emphasis on media.In our analysis, we will make use of concepts and theories from sociology, communication, and other fields. In understanding the processes of social change, we attach importance to a historical perspective. At the same time, we will deveop a balanced view of social change as the outcomes of the interplay of multiple forces, both endogenous and exogenous. We will analyze the constraints of structural and institutions forces as well as the agency of the people. Narratives about China a re of ten contested and multiple. We embrace pluralism and openness in our discussions. This course will help you develop a more nuanced and sophisticated understanding of important issues in contemporary China. The theoretical approaches we will cover will be applicable to the study of media and social change more broadly.
COMM100 Course: The Surveillance Society
Is my smart speaker listening to me? Does the camera on my computer record me when I’m not looking? Have you ever had the feeling that your devices are spying on you? We live in a society of ubiquitous surveillance where all of our online actions (and many of our offline activities) are meticulously tracked, catalogued, and even predicted to determine what we might do next. Oftentimes, we are sold the benefits of new technologies for their convenience and ease of use with the simple caveat that we will hand over the keys to our most personal information and allow companies to watch what we do online. But at what cost? And how do these surveillance tools affect what ads we see, what information we consume, and what news we might be exposed to?
In this course, we will learn about the history of digital surveillance (from the introduction of credit and financial tracking, digital cookies, spam, to the recent development in identity resolution). We’ll critically reflect on the different types of surveillances that we are exposed to—in the workplace, in schools and education settings, in urban and suburban spaces (like your doorbell!), on platforms and social media, and other more banal forms of surveillance like the census or your water bill. You’ll learn about the different stakes of surveillance, the effects of racialized, gendered, class-based, and other discriminatory forms of surveillance, and why we should take our privacy seriously. You’ll also learn some tools and resistive strategies to avert, avoid, and mitigate surveillance of our everyday lives. In addition to scholarly writing on the topic, we will watch documentaries, news segments, listen to podcasts, and read popular press articles to help us make sense of the issues surrounding surveillance today. We will explore the ways that everyday surveillance is normalized in our social world and how it affects both politics and culture. For final projects, students will choose to write an opinion piece destined for a popular audience, devise an abstract and outline for a scholarly paper, record a short podcast, or develop an educational video on an important topic around surveillance.
COMM100 Course: Digital Imaginaries: Myths, Metaphors, and Narratives about our digital worlds
Early internet imaginaries relied on spatial and transport metaphors such as the internet superhighway, internet chat rooms, and cyberspace. Now we understand our digital worlds in terms of clouds, streaming, and data as natural resource waiting to be extracted, scraped, harvested and sold as a commodity to advertisers. But what do these metaphors, myths, and narratives reveal about our relationship to our digital worlds and what do they obscure? This module will explore the language and symbols we use to construct our digital imaginaries drawing from contemporary examples such as artificial intelligence, cloud computing, virtual reality, and the promise of blockchain. Together, we will analyze a range of materials from popular culture (such as memes, manifestos, video clips, news articles, and advertisements) to understand how the stories we tell about technology shape our relationship to the tools, devices, and platforms we all use to communicate. Students will be introduced to readings from critical data studies, science and technology studies, and rhetorical criticism to gain an understanding of the promises and pitfalls of these digital imaginaries. By the end of this module, students will be able to identify the persuasive techniques used by marketers and tech enthusiasts and we will collectively imagine alternative futures!
COMM200 Course: Data Justice
Data justice is a movement that recognizes how data can be used to reinforce, exacerbate, and, in some cases, produce new inequalities and social harms. In this course we will learn about the ways that data are never ‘raw’ but are ‘cooked’ and emerge through political, social, and economic processes. We will reflect on how data is representative and can be used to render some people visible, while overlooking others. We will think about how data is discussed in metaphors like ‘the cloud’, ‘streaming’, and ‘lakes’, how it travels in undersea cables, and how it is stored in ‘cages’, ‘centers’, and ‘bunkers’. We will also look at the environmental impact of data centers and think about how data’s role in the future of our planet. Students will come prepared to each session having read the materials and answered questions that will be discussed in class. The class will culminate in a final group workshop where we will brainstorm ideas using a digital whiteboard and collectively devise a set of questions for the future of critical data studies. This course takes an anti-oppression, intersectional, and participatory approach where students will learn how to discuss, critique, and grapple with new ideas at a college level.
COMM200 Course: Feminist Infrastructure Studies