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. I tend to leverage ethnography alongside other qualitative methods in my work, though I enjoy collaborations that integrate computational and quantitative methods to explore interesting questions as well. Alongside my academic work, I have experience doing research and expert consulting services for tech companies, media and creative firms, and nonprofit organizations.
To that end, I am a PhD student at the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism where I am also pursuing graduate certificates in Science and Technology Studies and Visual Studies, a graduate student affiliate with the Center for Critical Race and Digital Studies, and a collaborator on the LGBTQ Video Game Archive. In terms of industry work, I was most recently a PhD research intern with the Sociotechnical Systems group at Intel Labs.
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, where he is also pursuing graduate certificates in Science and Technology Studies and Visual Studies. Broadly, his work explores how media and communication technologies are entangled with identity and popular culture. More specifically, he studies how queer sexual content creators and artists 1) engage in media and cultural production shaped by race, gender, and sexuality and 2) make sense of and respond to content moderation, algorithmic filtering, and other sociotechnical systems that mediate their participation in digital social life. Beyond USC, Christopher is the Student & Early Career Representative (2022-2024) for the LGBTQ Studies Interest Group within the International Communication Association and a graduate student affiliate with the Center for Critical Race and Digital Studies at NYU.
Christopher has presented at the annual meetings of the Association of Internet Researchers, International Communication Association, American Sociological Association, and Queerness and Games Conference, among others. His work has been published in the International Journal of Communication, Social Media + Society, New Media & Society, and First Monday, among other venues. He is also currently co-editing a book on live streaming culture for MIT Press.
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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