Project Description

Josef Nguyen

Assistant Professor

Dr. Josef Nguyen’s research media studies, science and technology studies, and feminist and queer theory in the study of technological labor and design in contemporary digital culture. His forthcoming book, The Digital Is Kid Stuff: Making Creative Laborers for a Precarious Economy (University of Minnesota Press, December 2021), examines how contemporary debates concerning creative digital youth negotiate ambivalences and contradictions of creative economy discourses. He is working on a second book project investigating consent and digital technological design. He has published work in Lateral, Configurations, Cultural Politics, and Transformative Works and Cultures.

In his teaching, Nguyen foregrounds critically and politically-oriented approaches to the study and production of digital media and culture. He has taught courses including “Experimental Game Design,” “Political Economy of Digital Media,” and “Critical Game Studies.”

Along with Dr. Hong-An Wu, Nguyen co-directs The Studio for Mediating Play, which integrates critical research and creative practices with intersectional feminist theory to address pressing social and material issues through engagements with and about play.

Nguyen previously earned a PhD in English from the University of California, Davis as well as an MS in Information and Computer Science from the University of California, Irvine.

Focus:
Animation & Games, Communication & Culture, Critical Media Studies, Emerging Media Art

Specialization:
Critical Theory, Media Studies, Intersectional Identities, Cultural Studies, Race, Class, Gender, Sexuality, Disability Studies, Labor Studies, Game Studies, Experimental Games, Science and Technology Studies, Fan Studies

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