wangcynt [at] usc [dot] edu
Cynthia received her B.S. from Northwestern University, majoring in Radio/TV/Film and Biological Sciences, and minoring in Asian American Studies. Upon graduating, she produced indie films while also working at COPE Health Solutions, a non-profit health care organization, managing their health workforce development division, implementing and overseeing program operations at multiple partner hospitals in Southern California. In 2010, Cynthia received her M.A. in Media, Culture, and Communication at New York University. Her Masters thesis explored the idea of “high” art/culture and the role of the “expert” on the Internet, looking specifically at the comments sections of live classical music performances on YouTube. Previous research has included examinations of Asian American art and identity, dynamics of power in digital media and mobile technologies, and online fan communities. Her current research focuses on the ways in which our conceptualizations of time communicate certain forms of power within society and across cultures. She is interested in time as a form of capital, and how temporal capital intersects with other forms of capital (economic, social, cultural), especially in the current digital age.