Dissertation Research


HASTAC, Scholar Classes 2009, 2010, 2012

HASTAC (“haystack”) is a network of individuals and institutions inspired by the possibilities that new technologies offer us for shaping how we learn, teach, communicate, create, and organize our local and global communities.  We are motivated by the conviction that the digital era provides rich opportunities for informal and formal learning and for collaborative, networked research that extends across traditional disciplines, across the boundaries of academe and community, across the “two cultures” of humanism and technology, across the divide of thinking versus making, and across social strata and national borders.

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Awards | Fellowships | Honors

USC Dissertation Completion Fellowship (2011 – 2012)

The Vectors-IML-UCHRI Summer Institute 
Fellowship: Broadening the Digital Humanities (Summer 2010)

USC Annenberg Graduate Fellowship (2007 – 2011)

HASTAC Scholar (Class of 2009, 2010, 2012)

New Directions Fellowship, research grant from Center for Feminist Research (2008 – 2009)

Seminar in Experimental Critical Theory V. “Creative Societies/ Cultural Industries/ New Humanities?” University of California Human Research Institute (UCHRI), Irvine, CA (2008)

Seminar in Experimental Critical Theory III. “technoSpheres/ FutureS of Thinking,” (Participant and Workshop Leader), University of California Human Research Institute (UCHRI), Irvine, CA (2006)



Conference Organizing

Co-Organizer, “Translating Media,” Critical Studies & Media Arts and Practice (iMAP) Graduate Student Conference, USC, Los Angeles, CA. 2009

Co-Organizer, “Deaths of Cinema,” Critical Studies Graduate Student Conference, USC, Los Angeles, CA. 2007

Event Coordinator, “TransFormations,” series of four events sponsored by USC’s Visions and Voices: Arts & Humanities Initiative, USC, Los Angeles, CA. 2006 – 2007



Screenings + Exhibitions

“El Pachuco as Downtown LA’s Inscrutable Chicano Presence,” iMAPPENING: iMAP’s Annual Exhibition, University of Southern California, May 2012.

“Broadway as Background HTML5 Trailer,” iMAPPENING: iMAP’s Annual Exhibition, University of Southern California, May 2011. Link

“Cuerpo y Luz,” Screening at Annenberg Annual Research and Creative Project Symposium, University of Southern California, April 2009.




Past Conference Presentations

“Multimodal Survivals: Vernacular Preservations and Media Design,” iMAPPENING, University of Southern California, May 2012.  Link to video

“Forgotten Material Histories of Repurposed Movie Theaters,” Network Archaeology Conference, Miami University, Oxford, Ohio, April 2012.

“Broadway as Background: Interactive Cinemas of Walking,” Society of Cinema and Media Studies Conference, Boston, Massachusetts, March 2012.

“Los Angeles of My Broken Heart: Pocha Mobility in México de mi corazón and Del otro lado del puente,” Thinking Gender 22 Conference, University of California, Los Angeles, LA, California, February 2012. Link to video

“Marquee Survivals: Inhabiting Cinema/ Transforming South Broadway,” Visible Evidence 18 Conference, New York University, August 2011.

“The Multimodal Dissertation” panel, Critical Themes in Media Studies Graduate Student Conference, The New School, New York City, NY, April 2011.

“The Future of Scholarship,“ Adobe-sponsored Design| Theory| Practice series, virtual presentation hosted on Adobe’s website, May 11, 2008.

“The Chinese Gold Farmer in World of Warcraft,” Society of Cinema and Media Studies Conference, Chicago, Illinois, March 2007.




“Editor’s Introduction, Translating Media: Annual Critical Studies Graduate Student Conference Issue” in Spectator: The University of Southern California Journal of Film and Television 30.1 (Spring 2010): 5- 10. With Patty Ahn and Kelly Wolf.

“Deaths of Cinema: First Annual Critical Studies Graduate Conference Issue” in Spectator: The University of Southern California Journal of Film and Television 27 (2007): 5-8. With Brian Jacobson and Christopher Hanson.

To download these papers, visit my Academia profile.


Collaborative Projects

Meet the Middletons (aka The Middletons Break Loose) is an interactive, multiplayer storytelling game. During the game, players collectively build a story. At their turn, a player selects a small movie clip and word, the word is accompanied by a soundtrack; with these audio-visual assets, the player contributes her own unique unit of the story, while reciting contributions from the other players that preceded their own part of the story. For this prototype, the experimental tale focused on an American family attending the New York’s World Fair in 1939. The game was a collaborative final project created by Lauren Fenton, Susana Ruiz, and myself – it was designed for Tracy Fullerton’s Design for Interactive Media course (CTIN 541). The game explores group play, narrative and interactive storytelling. Link for more info
Team: Lauren Fenton, Veronica Paredes, Susana Ruiz, Hidefumi Yasuda and Sean Bouchard | December 2008

CUERPO Y LUZ is a cinematic / immersive/ interactive dance installation that incorporates high-definition video production, music composition, choreography and interactivity to explore ruptures in femininity, movement, identity and performance. CUERPO Y LUZ was a collaborative project between Interactive Media (IMD) alumna, Andrea Rodriguez, created in Mike Patterson’s Experimental Animation course (CTIN 495). The piece used the exhibition space of the 14-screened Zemeckis Media Lab to provide players with a different kind of audio-visual experience. Questioning the comfortable consumption of female bodies in visual technologies, the piece incited uneasiness in its viewers/ users, coupling experimental, enigmatic dance movements with imagery of performed elegance and grace. Our ultimate goal was to have our audience members, young and old, experience new movement through the vividly personal, yet public, space of the interactive installation. Link for more info
Team: Veronica Paredes, Andrea Rodriguez, Perry Hoberman | May 2008


Teaching Experience

Workshop Series taught for Multimedia Across the College (Institute for Multimedia Literacy, University of Southern California)


AMST 274: Exploring Ethnicity Through Film, taught by Ruth Wilson Gilmore
CLAS 375: Alexander the Great: Leadership, Personality and World Conquest, taught by Vincent Farenga
FREN 352: Modern French Cultures, taught by Danielle Mihram
SWMS 301: Introduction to Feminist Theory and the Women’s and Men’s Movement, taught by Sheila Briggs
MDA 599: The Sociology of the Image: Locating Visual Culture in Time and Space, taught by Judith Halberstam and Macarena Gomez Barris

FALL 2009

COLT 357: The Avant-Garde, taught by Gloria Orenstein
ITAL 446: Italian Cinema and Society, taught by Karen Pinkus
REL 335: Gender, Religion, and Sexuality, taught by Sheila Briggs


AMST 449: Asian American Literature, taught by Jane Iwamura
CORE 104: Change and the Future: Thematic Option Honors Program, taught by Vanessa Schwartz
CTCS 412: Gender, Sexuality and Media, taught by Tara McPherson
EALC 428: Nature and the Environment in Japanese Literature and Culture, taught by David Bialock
SWMS 225: Sex Similarities and Differences: A Multidisciplinary Approach, taught by Nancy Lutkehaus
WRIT 340: Advanced Writing for Arts and Humanities: Writing in the Community, taught by Stephanie Bower and John Murray

Class taught for Multimedia in the Core Program (Institute for Multimedia Literacy, University of Southern California)

FALL 2008

Co-taught with Todd Honma, MDA 140: Practicum in Multimedia Authorship in conjunction with ANTH 235: The Changing Pacific: Culture, History and Politics in the New South Seas, taught by Nancy Lutkehaus




Kuuki’s e. Menura Superba

Interesting exhibit currently at the State Library of Queensland:

Queensland-based art, design and media studio Kuuki is currently showing Lumia: art/light/motion at the State Library of Queensland. The exhibition features a series of new media sculptures that lie squarely at the intersection of art, science and technology, a veritable menagerie of interactive critters or, more broadly, organic forms. (via Core77)


Video: Jessy Bulbo, “La Cruda Moral”

Pero la culpa de todo se la echo a mi familia / Yo sé de sicolología pues fui a la universidá…Uy la cruda moral/ Pero eso sí, siempre estoy lista para criticar

Here’s a new video from Jessy Bulbo of Mexico City. I’ve had the new album Telememe playing on repeat since the beginning of the year.

La Cruda Moral
Jessy Bulbo
Dir. Azul Violeta Bermejo