Jessa Lingel, Ph.D.
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. 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 local access to mental health resources.
COMM 243:Ethnography and Media for Social Justice
COMM 294: Chicks and Cyborgs: Gender, Technology and Culture
COMM 815: Community, Network, and Crowd: Critical Perspectives on Forms of Human Togetherness (with Guobin Yang)
COMM 822: Theories and Methods in Qualitative Research
COMM 869: Ethnography and the Internet
Activism, Communication, and Social Justice
Culture and Communication
Digital Media and Social Networks
Media Institutions and Systems
Center for Media at Risk
Media Activism Research Collective
Media, Inequality, and Change Center
Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies Program
Penn Forum for Women Faculty