Gotkin's research lies at the intersection of disability studies and media studies. He is currently at work on his dissertation that explores American rituals of endurance and able-bodiedness. Specifically, he examines marathons as forms of civic participation, from the telethon to the danceathon, walkathon, and hackathon. His analysis of the -thon suffix reveals American values of strength and stamina that transform collective physical activity into moral imperatives about health and wellbeing. His previous research has been published in Disability Studies Quarterly, IEEE Annals of the History of Computing, Journal of Video Ethnography, and Porn Studies.
Kevin Gotkin is a doctoral student at the Annenberg School for Communication.