I spend much of my time thinking about the sociocultural dimensions of new media technologies, 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. I am also a graduate student affiliate with the Center for Critical Race and Digital Studies.
Before graduate school, I was a research assistant to the Social Media Collective at Microsoft Research New England. I hold a 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. I also worked on the LGBTQ Video Game Archive Project during my undergraduate studies and now remain an active collaborator.
Some of my other work includes digital media projects for Ideas on Fire (an academic publishing and consulting agency), developmental research for editorial and video campaigns, and writing for various print and digital outlets. In a past life, I was an e-sports writer, community moderator, and graphic designer in the competitive Super Smash Brothers scene.
Feel free to send an email to christopherjpersaud at gmail.com and/or get in touch with me on Twitter if you’d like to talk about anything mentioned above. If you just want to say hi, that’s perfectly fine too.