Doctoral student Kate Miltner
Doctoral student Kate Miltner

Meet Kate Miltner

Name: Kate Miltner

Year: Third

Hometown: Greenwich, CT

Undergraduate/Graduate Institutions: Barnard College, Columbia University, London School of Economics and Political Science

Research Areas: Impact of identity and structural inequality on online participation; critical approaches to participatory culture

Dissertation Topic: Understanding how the culture and values of Silicon Valley produce and reproduce structural inequality

Peer Reviewed Journal Articles & Book Chapters:

Miltner, K. (2017). ‘The Shade of It All’: Affect, Resistance, and the RuPaul’s Drag Race Keyboard App. In: Morris, J.W. and Murray, S. Appified. University of Michigan Press.

Miltner, K. (2017). Memes. In: Burgess, J, Marwick, A, and Poell, T. (Eds). Sage Handbook of Social Media. Sage.

Banet-Weiser, S., & Miltner, K. M. (2015). # MasculinitySoFragile: culture, structure, and networked misogynyFeminist Media Studies, 1-4.

Shepherd, T., Harvey, A., Jordan, T., Srauy, S., & Miltner, K. (2015). Histories of Hating. Social Media + Society, 1(2).

Conference Presentations:

“Playing With The Rules”. IR16: Internet Rules. Berlin, Germany. October, 2016.

“Interrogating the Reaction GIF: Making Meaning By Repurposing Repetition”. International Conference on Social Media and Society 2016. London, UK. July, 2016.

“Watch, Rinse, Repeat, Repeat, Repeat: Discussing the GIF Economy”. Communicating With Power: International Communication Association, 66th Annual Conference. Fukuoka, Japan. June, 2016.

“‘The Shade of It All’: Affect, Resistance, and the RuPaul’s Drag Race Keyboard App”. Communicating With Power: International Communication Association, 66th Annual Conference. Fukuoka, Japan. June, 2016.

“‘One part politics, one part technology, one part history’: The Construction of Race in the Unicode 7.0 Emoji Set”. National Communication Association 101st Annual Convention. Las Vegas, NV. November, 2015. (Best Student Paper Award)

It's Really About Ethics in Games Research: Reflections on #GamerGate. IR16: Digital Imaginaries. Phoenix, AZ. October, 2015.

“I Know It When I See It: Internet Culture as Structure of Feeling”. Communication Across the Life Span: International Communication Association, 65th Annual Conference. San Juan, Puerto Rico. May 2015

“‘The Selfie of the Year of the Selfie’: Reflections on a Media Scandal”. Society for Cinema and Media Studies 2015. Montreal, Canada. March, 2015. 

Student Research Groups/Extracurricular Involvement: I'm a member of IDEA and Civic Paths, and I also am a Writing Consultant at the USC Writing Center.

Website / Twitter: / @katemiltner

Favorite thing about USC Annenberg: The people are by far the best thing about Annenberg. Not only are the faculty world-class, but the PhD students are brilliant, interesting, and great fun to be around.