Doctoral Student, Communication and Science Studies (admitted 2011)
I am a doctoral student at the University of California, San Diego in the Communication department and Science Studies program. My research is on gender and labor in contemporary cultural/media industries. I focus specifically on the daily lives and professional practices of freelance English-language content writers working across publication spaces including Internet “content farm” platforms such as Demand Media Studios, professional blogging and social media use, and writing for glossy consumer-interest magazines.
My work brings into conversation feminist media studies, science and technology studies, and feminist labor studies to understand and conceptualize changes in the configurations of labor in media industries. I consider the mediated media workplace a site of cultural production and employ ethnographic and historical research methods to unpack how particular practices, histories, and discourses are shaping this field and shape social values. My six years of experiences a freelance writer, editor, graphic designer, copywriter, advertising spaces salesperson, and online community curator serve as a backdrop informing my research.
I am also a Graduate Assistant for the UC Feminism and Technology network (PI Lisa Cartwright) and I co-organized Feminist Infrastructures and Technocultures, a UC-wide symposium on feminism and technology.
Education and pedagogy are concomitant interests for me. I have completed teacher-training courses in ESL, higher education pedagogy, and have made conference presentations about experiential learning, feminist pedagogy, and multi-modal project-based educational models in addition to my work as a teaching assistant and instructor.
m sengul at ucsd dot edu
204 Sequoyah Hall
University of California, San Diego
La Jolla, CA 92037