I spend much of my time thinking about the sociocultural dimensions of new media, popular culture, and the identity work that happens on/through digital mediums. To that end, I am a PhD student at the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism where I am also pursuing a graduate certificate in Science and Technology Studies, a graduate student affiliate with the Center for Critical Race and Digital Studies, and a collaborator on the LGBTQ Video Game Archive.
Alongside my academic work, I have experience doing research and expert consulting services for tech companies, media and creative firms, and nonprofit organizations.
Before graduate school, I was a research assistant to the Social Media Collective at Microsoft Research New England. I received my BA in Sociology, French, and LGBT Studies from Temple University. As an undergraduate research fellow through The Leadership Alliance, I spent summers at Harvard University in the Department of Sociology and the Department of the History of Science. In a past life, I was an e-sports writer, community moderator, and graphic designer in the competitive Super Smash Brothers scene.
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Christopher J. Persaud is a PhD student at the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism. Broadly, his work explores how media and communication technologies are entangled with identity and popular culture. His research has three (often overlapping) streams: 1) queer media and cultural production, 2) video games and gaming cultures, and 3) online communities and subcultures. He is also a graduate student affiliate with the Center for Critical Race and Digital Studies at NYU.
Christopher's research has been presented at the annual meetings of the Association of Internet Researchers, International Communication Association, and Queerness and Games Conference, among others. His scholarly writing has been published in the International Journal of Communication, Social Media + Society, New Media & Society, and First Monday.
Prior to graduate school, Christopher worked as a research assistant for the Social Media Collective at Microsoft Research New England, held undergraduate summer research fellowships at Harvard University in the Sociology and History of Science departments, and worked on the LGBTQ Video Game Archive project. He received his BA in Sociology and French with a minor in LGBT Studies from Temple University.
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