Dr. Wendy Sung’s research and teaching is centered 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.” 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.
Sung 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 in the School of Arts, Technology, and Emerging Communication, she holds a PhD in American Culture from the University of Michigan and a Master’s from USC’s Critical Studies in the School of Cinematic Arts.