New media, hip hop studies, film theory, intersectional studies, and gender and sexuality studies, concentrating on Feminism(s), Queer Theory and drag performance
Christina Riley is currently a PhD student in Cultural Studies and a Teaching Fellow for Women and Gender Studies at George Mason. She has a BA in English, minor in Creative Writing from Oglethorpe University in Atlanta, GA. Following a stint teaching abroad, Riley attained a Masters Degree in English with a concentration in Film Theory from North Carolina State University; her thesis work considered ways in which director Leni Riefenstahl's image and work sought to subvert patriarchic powers in post-war WWII Europe. Riley's areas of research interests include New Media, Hip Hop Studies, Film Theory, Intersectional Studies, and Gender and Sexuality studies, concentrating on Feminism(s), Queer Theory and drag performance. She then co-founded and co-directed a media literacy nonprofit based out of New York City, working specifically with at-risk and LGBTQ and allied high school and college-age students. She was simultaneously employed as a User Services Coordinator, developing educational content for the digital image library, Artstor. For her dissertation focus, she is researching and assessing the effectiveness of women-centric activist efforts in new media environs. She lives in Washington, DC, and is currently attempting to unearth and concretize channels for activism that lie latent within academia. She enjoys most things pickled and dancing in her room, windows open.