Adrienne Massanari

Assistant Professor

Adrienne Massanari is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Her research interests include new media, gaming, digital cultures, design, platform politics, gender, and ethics. Her recent book, Participatory Culture, Community, and Play: Learning from Reddit (Peter Lang, 2015), considers the culture of Massanari’s work has appeared in New Media & SocietyFeminist Media StudiesFirst MondayJournal of Computer-Mediated Communication, and Journal of Information Technology & Politics. Prior to joining UIC, she was at Loyola University Chicago and served as the Director for the School of Communication’s Center for Digital Ethics and Policy. She also has more than 10 years experience as a user researcher, information architect, usability specialist, and consultant in both corporate and educational settings.

  • PhD, University of Washington, Communication

Select Recent Publications

Massanari, A. L. (2017). “Come for the period comics. Stay for the cultural awareness.”: Reclaiming the troll identity through feminist humor on Reddit’s /r/TrollXChromosomes. Feminist Media Studies.
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Massanari, A. L. (2016). Contested play: The culture and politics of Reddit bots. In R. Gehl and M. Bakardjieva’s (Eds.) Socialbots and their friends: Digital media and the automation of sociality (pp. 110-127). New York: Routledge.

Massanari, A. L. (2016). “Damseling for dollars”: Toxic technocultures and geek masculinity. In R. Lind’s (Ed.) Race and gender in electronic media: Content, Context, Culture (pp. 312-327). New York: Routledge.

Massanari, A. L. (2015). #Gamergate and The Fappening: How Reddit’s algorithm, community, and culture support toxic technocultures. New Media & Society.
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Massanari, A. L. (2015). Participatory culture, community, and play:  Learning from Reddit. Peter Lang.

Massanari, A. L. (2015). Never Alone (Kisima Inŋitchuŋa): Possibilities for participatory game design. Well-Played, 4(3).
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