Jessa Lingel, Ph.D.
Jessa Lingel is an associate professor at the Annenberg School for Communication, where she studies digital culture, looking for the ways that relationships to technology can show us gaps in power or possibilities for social change. She received her Ph.D. in Communication and Information from Rutgers University. She has an MLIS from Pratt Institute and an M.A. from New York University.
Lingel's research focuses on three key areas: alterity and appropriation, and investigations of how information and technology is altered, tinkered with, subverted, and articulated by marginalized groups; politics of infrastructure, where systems of categorization, organization, and design can reveal underlying ideologies and logics; and technological activism as a way of exploring how socio-technical practices can contribute to projects of social justice.
In her activist work, Lingel concentrates on prison abolition, libraries as vehicles for DIY education, and local access to mental health resources.
COMM 243:Ethnography and Media for Social Justice
COMM 294: Chicks and Cyborgs: Gender, Technology and Culture
COMM 815: Community, Network, and Crowd: Critical Perspectives on Forms of Human Togetherness (with Guobin Yang)
COMM 822: Theories and Methods in Qualitative Research
COMM 869: Ethnography and the Internet