Christopher J. Persaud is a PhD student at the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, where he is also pursuing a graduate certificate in Science and Technology Studies. Broadly, his work explores how media and communication technologies are entangled with identity and popular culture. His research has three (often overlapping) streams: 1) queer media and cultural production, 2) video games and gaming cultures, and 3) online communities and subcultures. He is also a graduate student affiliate with the Center for Critical Race and Digital Studies at NYU.
Christopher's research has been presented at the annual meetings of the Association of Internet Researchers, International Communication Association, and Queerness and Games Conference, among others. His writing has been published in the International Journal of Communication, Social Media + Society, New Media & Society, and First Monday.
Prior to graduate school, Christopher worked as a research assistant for the Social Media Collective at Microsoft Research New England, held undergraduate summer research fellowships at Harvard University in the Sociology and History of Science departments, and worked on the LGBTQ Video Game Archive project. He received his BA in Sociology and French with a minor in LGBT Studies from Temple University.