Jessa Lingel, Ph.D.

Portrait of Jessa Lingel in a library
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. 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.

Selected Publications


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In this video from CHI 2016, Professor Jessa Lingel gives a lecture entitled "The Poetics of Socio-Technical Space: Evaluating the Internet of Things...
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Annenberg School for Communication Assistant Professor Jessa Lingel extends the concept of “dazzle camouflage” – the practice of painting World War I...
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Hosted by the Internet Society's NYC and DC chapters, Assistant Professor Jessa Lingel participates in a panel on regulating political and news...
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Assistant Professor Jessa Lingel gives a talk on her new book, Digital Countercultures, at the MISC group at the University of Michigan.
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Undergraduates in Professor Jessa Lingel's Urban Ethnography class immersed themselves in several non-profit groups in Philadelphia, including Rebel...


Courses Taught

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

Jessa Lingel studies digital culture, looking for the ways that relationships to technology can show us gaps in power or possibilities for social change.

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Lingel's Network

  • Activism, Communication, and Social Justice
  • Culture and Communication
  • Digital Media and Social Networks
  • Media Institutions and Systems
  • Center for Media at Risk
  • Center on Digital Culture and Society
  • Media Activism Research Collective
  • Media, Inequality, and Change Center
  • Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies Program
  • Penn Forum for Women Faculty