Julia Ticona

Julia Ticona, Ph.D.

Julia Ticona
  • Assistant Professor of Communication
  • Assistant Professor of Sociology, by Courtesy

Ticona’s research investigates digital inequalities in the world of work. She uses the methods of qualitative social science to examine the role of gender, race, and class in technologies of low-wage work, including phones, platforms, and management systems.

Julia Ticona is an assistant professor at the Annenberg School for Communication, where her research investigates the ways that digital technologies shape the meaning of precarious work. She uses qualitative methods to examine the role of tech in the construction of identity and inequality for low-wage workers. Previously, she was a postdoctoral scholar at the Data & Society Research Institute, where she collaborated on an amicus brief on behalf of Data & Society for Carpenter vs. U.S. before the U.S. Supreme Court. She is an Associate Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture. She received her Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Virginia, where she was a member of the Society of Fellows, and her B.A. from Wellesley College. You can find her work in the Journal of Communication, New Media & Society, the International Journal of Communication, and Information, Communication, and Society. She has also published op-eds and essays in Wired, Dissent, FastCompany, and Slate. She has also been called on as an expert by local and national media outlets, including: The New York Times, NPR, The Nation, and The Philadelphia Inquirer.


  • B.A., Wellesley College, 2009
  • M.A., University of Virginia, 2011
  • Ph.D., University of Virginia, 2016

Selected Publications

"Platform Counterpublics: Networked Gossip and Resistance Beyond Platforms." International Journal of Communication, 2023.

"Red Flags, Sob Stories and Scams: The Contested Meaning of Governance of Carework Labor Platforms." New Media & Society, 2022.

"Left to Our Own Devices: Coping with Insecure Work in a Digital Age." Oxford University Press, 2022.