October Montoya



October Montoya is a PhD student in the Communications and Science Studies Departments. They hold a BA in Ethnic Studies, and a BA in Feminist Studies from University of California at Santa Cruz where their graduate thesis, "Digital Activism in the Land of Abundant Failure: Silicon Valley and the Radical Re-Making of the Borders between Place and Space" explored the relationship between geography, technology, displacement, and change-making in their hometown of San Jose, California. Prior to attending graduate school, October engaged in various grassroots and coalitional forms of community organizing in the Bay Area, and this continues to influence their research interests, projects, and goals.

Research Insterests

Transgressive change-making methodologies, new media, digital and corporeal activisms, surveillance studies, queer and trans poetry/poetics, feminist science and technology studies, social movements, resistance labor(s), and visual culture.