Jennifer Malkowski

Assistant Professor of Film & Media Studies

Jennifer Malkowski

Contact & Office Hours

Tuesday, 4:30-5:30 p.m.
Wednesday, 10:45-11:45 a.m.

Wright Hall 118

413-585-3304

Education

Ph.D., M.A., University of California, Berkeley

B.A., Oberlin College

Biography

Jennifer Malkowski writes and teaches about digital media (especially video games, Internet video, digital cinema and social media); documentary; death and dying; and race, gender and sexuality in media. She is particularly interested in the links between “old” and new media and the way new technologies reshape—or fail to reshape—social and political power.

Her book, Dying in Full Detail: Mortality and Digital Documentary, analyzes how documentarians have captured death from mid-19th-century mourning photographs to #BlackLivesMatter YouTube videos. It illustrates the ways technological developments have drastically altered that practice and asks: When these two elements combine, what does death as a subject reveal about the digital, and what do digital technologies reveal about death? Her work has also been published in Jump Cut, Film Quarterly, the collection Queers in American Popular Culture, and the collection she has co-edited, Gaming Representation: Race, Gender and Sexuality in Video Games.


Selected Publications

Dying in Full Detail: Mortality and Digital Documentary. Duke University Press, 2017.

Gaming Representation: Race, Gender, and Sexuality in Video Games (co-edited with TreaAndrea M. Russworm). Indiana University Press, 2017.

Streaming Death: The Politics of Dying on YouTube.” Jump Cut, 2012.

“When Straight America Starts ‘Queering’: Brokeback Mountain and Its YouTube Parodies.” Queers in American Popular Culture. Praeger, 2010.