Jessa Lingel, Ph.D.
- Associate Professor of Communication
- Core Faculty in Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies
- Affiliate Faculty in Cinema and Media Studies
Jessa Lingel’s research focuses on digital culture and technological distributions of power. She uses qualitative and interpretive methods to understand relationships between people and technologies.
Jessa Lingel is an associate 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 M.L.I.S. 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 abolition, libraries as vehicles for DIY education, and local access to mental health resources.
- B.A., University of California, San Diego, 2004
- M.A., New York University, 2005
- M.S., Pratt Institute, 2008
- Ph.D., Rutgers University, 2013
- COMM 123 Critical Approaches to Popular Culture
- COMM 243 Ethnography and Media for Social Justice
- COMM 299 We are the 99%: Media and Memory of the Occupy Movement
- COMM 523 Qualitative Ways of Knowing
- COMM 722 Theories and Methods in Qualitative Research
- COMM 814 Doing Internet Studies
- COMM 869 Ethnography and the Internet
- COMM 870 Advanced Qualitative Research
Incarcerated writers who choose to participate in the program are paired up with a Penn undergraduate student who corresponds with them about their work.