Kevin Gotkin

Picture of doctoral student Kevin Gotkin at Annenberg School for Communication ASC UPenn
Doctoral Student

Gotkin's research interest lies at the intersection of disability studies, history of science/technology, and communication. He thinks a lot about amateurs, brilliance, technical expertise, the history of personal computing, the body, the mind, and mediation. He's interested in the geniuses behind our gadgetry. His research investigates the culture and politics of hacking through rubrics of creativity, beauty, and pleasure in the history of technical expertise. How, for example, can we define hacking in terms of obsessive tinkering and ludic ritual as a break from the tabloid sense of the lone wolf and asocial teenager? What does the seemingly high prevalence of autism spectrum disorders in hacking communities explain about the relationship between disability and technical brilliance? Does hacking, as a historical subject, demand that we rethink methodological and disciplinary imperatives? In broad strokes, his research pairs communication with science/technology studies, but he also works in disability studies, history of science/technology/computing, and visual culture.


Uploaded on Tuesday, January 7, 2014 - 3:25pm
Doctoral student Kevin Gotkin talks about his research, why he is studying to become a Ph.D., and why he selected Annenberg.

Kevin Gotkin is a doctoral student at the Annenberg School for Communication.


Gotkin's Network

  • Culture and Communication
  • Media and Communication Effects
  • Visual Communication
  • Kevin Gotkin's personal website
  • Kevin Gotkin's documentary "The Rupture Sometimes"