Hey there! I am an assistant professor of communication and media studies at the University of New Hampshire. I graduated from the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, University of Southern California, with a PhD in Communication, and MA from NYU’s Department of Media, Culture and Communication.
I take a critical approach toward innovation and study information capitalism and intersectionality with a focus on China/East Asia in the global context and in spaces of transnational encounter. I conceptualize technologies through the specificities of global capitalism to emphasize not only my approach of analyzing digital technologies as thoroughly embedded in the mutual imbrication of economy, culture, and politics, but also to highlight the historical continuities and ruptures of digital capitalism as an uneven world system. In my research I ask how global capitalist norms both reinvents and are shaped by locally specific, historical and cultural practices in transforming subjectivities and governance. How individuals who are variously positioned along intersecting axes of multiple identities engage, appropriate, challenge, and ultimately, come to shape digital capitalism. Adopting anthropological, sociological, historical, and critical cultural perspectives, I combine a variety of methods in my research, such as ethnographic participant observation, interview, historical/archival research, textual/discourse analysis, and survey.
Currently, I am pursuing two inter-related and interdisciplinary lines of research and teaching, one revolves around platform capitalism and social justice with a focus on digital labor and institutional transformations from a comparative perspective, and the other concerns issues of innovation and racialized transnational knowledge work in relation to global equity and geopolitics.
I also write about visual culture, video games, online spoofing culture, and debates on race in cyberspace. You could find my work in the Journal of Consumer Culture, New Media and Society, Economic and Labor Relations Review, International Journal of Cultural Studies, International Journal of Communication, Feminist Media Studies, Inter-Asia Cultural Studies, and China Information etc. I also write (occasionally) for non-academic audience. You could find some of my writings here https://zhanglin-1858.medium.com/
You can reach me via email at Lin.zhang [at] unh [dot] edu.