Wendy Sung’s research centers on histories of racial formation, emerging media, and spectatorship and memory practices. Her current book project, Sights of Racial Violence: New Media Technologies and Acts of Watching, Memory, and Legitimation, examines the relationship between race, technology, and media cultures through the phenomenon of watching racial violence in 20th and 21st century American culture.
Excavating a visual history of spectacular anti-Black violence across new forms of media, the book argues that racial violence is instrumentalized as a type of cultural and social beta-testing for emerging media’s value and “newness.” Through these case studies, her research illuminates how this hidden relationship created new racial formations and modes of witnessing integral to the concepts of freedom, technological advancement, and racial progress.
Wendy is an alumna of the UC President’s Postdoctoral Fellowship Program and her most recent work appears in Global Asian America: Transnational Media and Migration (NYU Press). Currently an Assistant Professor of Critical Media Studies in the School of Arts, Technology, and Emerging Communication, Wendy holds a PhD in American Culture from The University of Michigan and an MA from USC’s Critical Studies in the School of Cinematic Arts.
Communication & Culture, Critical Media Studies
Critical Race Studies, Cultural Studies, Digital Media Studies, Cultural Memory and Spectatorship, Comparative Ethnic Studies
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