iarzuman [at] usc [dot] edu
Inna Arzumanova is a sixth-year doctoral candidate in Communication and Annenberg Fellow. She is currently a USC Graduate Dissertation Fellow. Prior to joining the doctoral program at USC, she completed her B.A. in Communication and Writing at the University of California, San Diego. After graduating from UCSD, she worked as a media planner at a San Francisco advertising media agency. She also worked with KQED EdNet’s Digital Storytelling Initiative. At Annenberg, Inna's dissertation work focuses on performativity, narratives of passing, mimicry and masquerade as well as pop cultural dialogues that reflect racial and gendered performances. Emphasizing movement and the transformation of subjectivities, she looks to dance, film, fashion as well as other pop cultural formations, to examine the ways in which racialized and gendered masquerade operates on transnational scales and the work it performs in mainstream cultural discourse.