Joseph Moreno


Ph.D. Student in Communication, University of California, San Diego, 2019 – Present
M.A. in Women and Gender Studies, Arizona State University, 2018
B.A. in Philosophy, University of California, Davis, 2015


I am a researcher whose work incorporates methodologies and analytics from cultural studies, queer theory, postcolonial studies, philosophy (of language, in particular), feminist theory, and anthropology.  My master’s thesis, “Hope, Possibility, and Cruelty: Porn Consumption and Neoliberalism's Everyday Affective Subjects,” published through JSTOR in 2018, investigates ethnographic data I collected on the porn consumptive practices of young men at Arizona State University—men who greatly vary in their vectors of sexuality, class, race, religion, and gender status (cis/ trans postop/preop). In the work, I develop a much needed, post speech-act, analytic capable of accounting for the myriad of always shifting and fluid ways in which disparate, young American men consume, create, and/or share internet pornography at a time when it is virtually available at any time in any space to any individual with the proper devices.  In other words, my research addresses the following questions: 1) what common and/or unique functions does online pornography enact/fulfill among disparate young men? And, 2), how does it do so? 


My current research interests concern the complex relations between erotic labor, drug use, and urban policy within California.  In a somewhat similar vein as my previous research, this current project focuses on men given their absence in the literature.