New media theory, social movement studies, affect theory, biopolitics, gender and sexuality studies, concentrating on feminism(s), queer theory
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 MA in English with a concentration in Film Theory from North Carolina State University; her thesis considered ways in which director Leni Riefenstahl's representation and work subverted patriarchic powers in post-war WWII Europe. Riley's areas of research interests include New Media, Social Movement Studies, Biopolitics, Affect Theory and Gender and Sexuality studies, concentrating on Feminism(s) and Queer Theory. She has co-founded and co-directed a media literacy nonprofit based out of New York City, working specifically with at-risk and LGBTQA 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 affective dimensions of women-centric activist efforts in new media environs. She currently lives in Washington, DC.