Abigail De Kosnik

Associate Professor

Performance and Technology, New Media

  • 15M Dwinelle Hall
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Abigail De Kosnik is an Associate Professor in the Berkeley Center for New Media and the Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies, and is an affiliated faculty member of Gender & Women’s Studies. She researches popular media, particularly digital media, film and television, and fan studies. She is particularly interested in how issues of feminism, queerness, ethnicity, and transnationalism intersect with new media studies and performance studies. Her book Rogue Archives: Digital Cultural Memory and Media Fandom, was published by MIT Press in 2016. She has published articles on media fandom, popular digital culture, and performance studies in Cinema Journal, The International Journal of Communication, Modern Drama, Transformative Works and Cultures, Verge: Studies in Global Asias, Performance Research, and elsewhere. She is the co-editor, with Sam Ford and C. Lee Harrington, of the edited essay collection The Survival of Soap Opera: Transformations for a New Media Era (University Press of Mississippi, 2011). Her courses include: History and Theory of New Media (one of the core required seminars for the Designated Emphasis in New Media), Performance and Technology, and Performance, Television, and Social Media. She is currently writing a book on artists, politicians, journalists, and “regular” media users who self-identify as media pirates, tentatively titled Performing Piracy. De Kosnik is one of the faculty co-organizers of The Color of New Media, a working group sponsored by the Center for Race and Gender that focuses on intersections of critical race theory, gender and women’s studies, and transnational studies with new media studies. De Kosnik is Filipina American.

De Kosnik has been awarded an IAS Benjamin Meaker Visiting Professor fellowship from the University of Bristol’s Institute of Advanced Study.  She will be in residence at the IAS from August 23 to September 22, 2018, conducting a research project called Understanding Performer and Audience Interactions in a Multi-Person Virtual Reality, hosted by Dr. David Glowacki.


De Kosnik-CV (pdf)