Christopher J. Persaud

Christopher J. Persaud (@blackgaygemini) is a PhD student at the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism. Broadly, his work explores how identity (esp. race, ethnicity, gender, and sexuality), and popular culture are intertwined with the usage and development of various new media technologies. To that end, he tends to pursue projects concerning online communities, video games and gaming culture, and queer media and cultural production.

He received his Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and French with a minor in LGBT Studies from Temple University. His undergraduate work focused on cultural sociology, queer theory, and media representation. Prior to graduate school, Christopher held summer research fellowships at Harvard University in the Sociology and History of Science departments, worked on the LGBTQ Video Game Archive project at Temple University, and was a research assistant for the Social Media Collective at Microsoft Research New England.