Josef Nguyen

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Josef
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Nguyen
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Josef Nguyen (he/him/his) is an assistant professor of Arts, Technology, and Emerging Communication at The University of Texas at Dallas. His current work investigates contemporary debates regarding youth, creative labor, and digital culture. He is also interested in digital technologies and the politics of consent. He has published work in Configurations, Cultural Politics, Lateral, Transformative Works and Cultures, Journal of Cinema and Media Studies, and American Literature.

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Josef Nguyen (he/him/his) is an assistant professor of critical media studies at The University of Texas at Dallas in the School of Arts, Technology, and Emerging Communication. He received a Ph.D. in English from the University of California, Davis and an M.S. in Information and Computer Sciences from the University of California, Irvine. His research engages science and technology studies as well as media studies, with particular interest in the politics of play, toys, and games in contemporary digital culture.

His book The Digital Is Kid Stuff: Making Creative Laborers for a Precarious Economy (University of Minnesota Press, Dec 2021) argues that debates over creative digital youth operate to assuage profound anxieties about—and to defuse valid critiques of—both emerging digital technologies and the precarity of employment for “creative laborers” in twenty-first-century neoliberal America: https://z.umn.edu/kidstuff.

He is also working on a second book, tentatively titled Technologies of Consenting Subjects in Contemporary American Digital Culture, which examines how approaches to consent in digital technological design construct and differentiate subjects in an increasingly informatic world.

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