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Aaron Gozum

Doctoral Student

Aaron Gozum (he/siya) is a Filipino American researcher in the Communication Studies program at the University of California, San Diego.

He is also a volunteer English tutor with Refugee and Immigration Transitions (RIT), an active member of the Malaya Movement, and an independent songwriter.

You can read more at his personal website: aarongozum.com.

Aaron received his Master of Arts in Media, Culture and Communication from New York University (NYU) in 2019 and his Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies from San Francisco State University (SFSU) in 2015.

Trained in media and cultural studies, Aaron focuses on activism, human rights and globalization in the context of the digital information age. Through a critical analysis approach, he investigates and exposes systemic power discrepancies that are accepted as common sense with five core questions: (1) what is research? (2) what is knowledge? (3) how we do know what we know? (4) who determines what counts as research and knowledge? (5) how do the distributions and flows of people, ideas, images, money and technology around the world shape the answers to these questions?

Aaron’s current research follows the Malaya Movement, a transnational human rights organization that emerged in response to Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs and terror, a war that has claimed 30,000 lives since he began his six-year-term presidency in 2016. Analyzing the transformations of public culture and human rights today, he is interested in exposing the discursive logics that legitimate police brutality and extrajudicial killings in the Philippines, documenting the global response to these human rights violations, and examining the role of culture, specifically art, in activism and social movements.