- Doctoral Student
Azsaneé Truss studies critical media production and Black radical imagination. Her work seeks to understand the ways in which radical imagination acts as the driving force behind various forms of activism, and how media can portray critical understandings of our present as a basis for imagining and building more equitable futures.
As a multimodal scholar, Truss uses collage, movement practices, podcasting, photography and other media, in addition to more traditional forms of scholarship, in her work. In accordance with Black feminist approaches to research, she seeks to disrupt hegemonic ideas about what constitutes legitimate forms of knowledge production through these practices, and by multimodally analyzing various forms of art and media created by others.
Prior to joining Annenberg, Truss earned her M.A. in Instructional Technology & Media from Teachers College, Columbia University (TC). Here, she studied the ways in which media production can be used to both teach youth critical media literacy skills and teach us about the world they hope to create. In coordination with her work as a fellow in the Media & Social Change Lab at TC, Truss’s thesis was a multimodal magazine focused on using documentary film-making to facilitate youth participatory action research projects with the Educational Video Center. Her work has been published in the Harvard Kennedy School Misinformation Review and Critical Studies in Media Communication, and she was profiled as a featured graduate for her critical media literacy work at Teachers College.
- B.S., University of Maryland, 2015
- M.A., Columbia University, 2020