Jessa Lingel, Ph.D.

Portrait of Jessa Lingel in a library
Associate Professor of Communication
Core Faculty in Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies; Affiliate Faculty in Cinema and Media Studies

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.

Selected Publications


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Undergraduates in Professor Jessa Lingel's Urban Ethnography class immersed themselves in several non-profit groups in Philadelphia, including Rebel...
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Professor Jessa Lingel presents her research at TEDx Bend Salon.


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Courses Taught

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

Jessa Lingel’s research focuses on digital culture and technological distributions of power. She uses qualitative and interpretive methods to understand relationships between people and technologies.
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Lingel's Network

  • Activism, Communication, and Social Justice
  • Culture and Communication
  • Digital Media and Social Networks
  • Media Institutions and Systems
  • Center for Media at Risk
  • Center on Digital Culture and Society
  • Media Activism Research Collective
  • Media, Inequality, and Change Center