Assistant Professor of Communication
Jessa Lingel is an assistant professor at the Annenberg School for Communication, where she studies digital culture, looking for the ways that relationships to technology can show us gaps in power or possibilities for social change. Previously, she was a post-doctoral research fellow at Microsoft Research New England, working with the Social Media Collective. She received her Ph.D. in Communication and Information from Rutgers University. She has an MLIS from Pratt Institute and an M.A. from New York University.
Lingel's research focuses on three key areas: Alterity and appropriation, and investigations of how information and technology is altered, tinkered with, subverted and articulated by marginalized groups; Politics of infrastructure, where systems of categorization, organization and design can reveal underlying ideologies and logics; and technological activism as a way of exploring how socio-technical practices can contribute to projects of social justice.
In her activist work, Lingel concentrates on prison reform and abolition, libraries as vehicles for DIY education, and ending voter suppression.