Jennifer Malkowski

Assistant Professor of Film & Media Studies

Jennifer Malkowski

Contact & Office Hours

Fall 2019

Monday, 4–5 p.m.
Thursday, 12:15–1:15 p.m.

Wright Hall 118



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

B.A., Oberlin College


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. They are particularly interested in the links between “old” and new media and the way new technologies reshape—or fail to reshape—social and political power.

Their 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? Malkowski is also the co-editor of the book Gaming Representation: Race, Gender and Sexuality in Video Games, and their work has been published in Cinema Journal, Jump CutFilm Quarterly, and the edited collections Queers in American Popular CultureUnwatchable (forthcoming), and A Tumblr Book: Platforms and Cultures (forthcoming).

At Smith, Malkowski is the founder of the college’s Video Game Research Lab, located in Hillyer Hall 326.

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.