Julie Russo

Adjunct Assistant Professor (2011-2012)
Modern Culture & Media
Phone: 401-863-3990

website: http://j-l-r.org

I research and teach in the areas of media convergence, television, digital media, online fandom, remix culture, sexuality and queer studies.

My dissertation, "Indiscrete Media: Television/Digital Convergence and Economies of Online Lesbian Fan Communities," analyzes how the convergence of television and the internet is transforming the relationship between the media industry and its consumers. Taking women's production of fan music videos, fiction, critique, and community as an exemplar of economic, regulatory, and technological struggles emerging today, I undertake three case studies of online lesbian fan formations around three television series. Through these artifacts, and drawing from political economy, media studies, queer and feminist theory, and cultural studies, I argue that fan engagement is a contested axis of immaterial labor in late capitalism. By framing convergence's technologies, discourses, and subjectivities as queer, I offer a schema for mapping its challenges to systems of ownership, circulation, and value. My work uniquely synthesizes media studies, fan studies, and industry studies, and makes critical contributions to scholarship on television, digital media, and lesbian representation.

I am currently working on a related book project. Meanwhile, I continue to develop my interest and engagement in digital media and learning.

After finishing my doctorate in MCM, I served for two years as Acting Assistant Professor in the Film & Media Studies Program at Stanford University. I have presented on such topics as fan production, queer spectatorship, and cybersexuality at numerous conferences, and my work has appeared in publications including Cinema Journal and Camera Obscura. I served for a year on the founding editorial team of the open access, international, peer-reviewed online journal Transformative Works and Cultures, and I'm currently co-editing a special issue of this journal on remix video. I have been invited to present on fan and remix video practice at venues such as CSU Northridge, California College of the Arts, and the Open Video Conference.

PhD 2010, Modern Culture & Media, Brown University
BA 2001, English Literature, Swarthmore College

Society for Cinema and Media Studies

Introduction to Digital Media (Fall 2010)
Introduction to Television (Spring 2011)