Theresa Senft


Clinical Assistant Professor of Liberal Studies

Ph.D. New York University- Performance Studies

Areas of Interest: Media studies; Digital media cultures; Theories of race and gender; Postcolonial and transnational politics; Ethnographic and auto-ethnographic research methods; Performance and performativity; Theories of ethics and aesthetics; Experimental non-fiction

Course(s) Taught: Cultural Foundations III: Revolutions and the Sublime: The Modern and its Discontents; Writing I: Writing New York City in a Global Context; Writing II: Researching Digital Media Cultures; Writing II: Researching Popular Music

Teaching Statement:

I like to think of myself as someone who loves working with all sorts of students, but who has a special place in her heart for adventurous types. Maybe that's because I'm a bit adventurous myself.

I am just recently back in the States, having spent the last five years as a lecturer in the Media Studies at the University of East London in the U.K. Before that, I worked in the Communications department at the University of the Virgin Islands, and prior to that, I spent a bit of time in Accra, Ghana. In case you couldn't figure it out, I love to move around.

That said, I am over the moon to be back in New York and at NYU. In the past, I did my Ph.D. here in Performance Studies, I've done academic advisement at the Gallatin School, and I've taught classes at Tisch School of the Arts, in both undergraduate Theatre Studies and the graduate Interactive Telecommunication Program. This is a quick way of letting you know that whatever NYU-related questions you have, I may not know the answers, but I certainly will have some thoughts about where we can start looking!

As a teacher, I've taught all sorts of classes: writing; research methods; aesthetics; critical theory and philosophy; media production; public speaking; sociology, etc. I find rotating my teaching responsibilities keeps me humble, or at least makes every day feel like every day is Final Jeopardy.

As an academic writer I tend to primarily focus my work around internet studies, which means I spend a lot of time talking to my students about what they do online. These days, I study social networking on sites like Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, and so forth. I'm particularly is interested in how the Internet has been changing our notions of the public, the private, the pornographic, and the pedagogic in contemporary society. If that's of interest to you, let's talk and exchange reading lists.

I'm also interested in helping students learn how to "walk their talk"--that is, craft research methodologies that work for them, that are ethically constructed, and that are cutting edge. For my last book, on camgirls, I ran a webcam out of my own home for a year. I have some new plans for the new book, but to hear those, you'll have to stop by the office and say hello.

I can't imagine you having anything but a terrific time at NYU. I know I did when I was a student here. I'm looking forward to meeting you, hearing about your interests, and talking about how I can help you get the most at of your time in New York, and perhaps even beyond it.


  • "Micro-celebrity." In The Blackwell Handbook of Social Media.London: Blackwell. 2012.
  • "Sex,spectatorship, and the 'Neda' video: a Biopsy." In New Visualities, New Technologies. London: Blackwell, 2012.
  • "Four Rooms." In VOICE: Vocal Aesthetics in Digital Art and Media. MIT Press, 2010.
  • Routledge Handbook of Social Media. Co-editor with Jeremy Hunsinger. New York: Routledge. 2012.
  • Camgirls: Celebrity & Community in the Age of Social Networks. Single author. New York: Peter Lang. 2008
  • History of the Internet, A Chronology,1843-Present. Co-authored. New York: ABC-Clio. 2000

Twitter: @terrisenft
Updated on 02/22/2016