Teaching and Research Interests

Cultural production; gender and sexuality; consumer culture; digital media; audience research; ethnographic methods

Education

Ph.D.   Communication {ABD - expected 2019}
            University of Massachusetts-Amherst, Amherst, MA
            Committee: Lisa Henderson (chair), Emily West, and Amy Schalet (Sociology)
            Dissertation: Productive Women: Gender, Sex, and Labor in the Digital Cultural Economy

M.A.    Broadcasting, Telecommunications, and Mass Media {2012}
            Temple University, Philadelphia, PA
            Committee: Nancy Morris (chair), Carolyn Kitch, and Laura Levitt (Gender, Sexuality & Women's Studies)
            Thesis: Reclaiming a Fallen Empire: Myth and Memory in the Battle over Detroit’s Ruins
            *Graduate certificate in women's studies

B.A.     Communication Studies {2007}
            University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

Teaching Experience

Adjunct Instructor {Fall 2018}
MEST1-UC6032.200: Reality Television, Online Undergraduate Seminar, 15 students enrolled
Division of Applied Undergraduate Studies, NYU School of Professional Studies

Affiliated Faculty {Fall 2018}
VM200-5: Media Theory & Criticism, Undergraduate Seminar, 25 students enrolled
Department of Visual and Media Arts, Emerson College

Adjunct Instructor {Summer 2018}
MEST1-UC6060.200: Video Games and Culture, Online Undergraduate Seminar, 13 students enrolled
Division of Applied Undergraduate Studies, NYU School of Professional Studies

Affiliated Faculty {Spring 2018}
VM200-4: Media Theory & Criticism, Undergraduate Seminar, 25 students enrolled
Department of Visual and Media Arts, Emerson College

Affiliated Faculty {Fall 2017}
VM200-5: Media Theory & Criticism, Undergraduate Seminar, 22 students enrolled
Department of Visual and Media Arts, Emerson College

Affiliated Faculty {Fall 2017}
VM200-6: Media Theory & Criticism, Undergraduate Seminar, 18 students enrolled 
Department of Visual and Media Arts, Emerson College

Affiliated Faculty {Spring 2017}
VM303: Digital Media and Culture, Undergraduate Seminar, 26 students enrolled
Department of Visual and Media Arts, Emerson College

Affiliated Faculty {Spring 2017}
VM200-4: Media Theory & Criticism, Undergraduate Seminar, 25 students enrolled
Department of Visual and Media Arts, Emerson College

Affiliated Faculty {Spring 2017}
VM200-2: Media Theory & Criticism, Undergraduate Seminar, 25 students enrolled
Department of Visual and Media Arts, Emerson College

Dialogues on Immigration Moderator {Fall 2016}
Center for Community Deliberation, University of Massachusetts-Amherst

Guest Lecturer {Fall 2016}
COMM337: Media Audiences, Undergraduate Seminar, 35 students enrolled
Department of Communication, University of Massachusetts-Amherst

Graduate Instructor {Fall 2016}
COMM101 & COMM191: First Year Seminar, 42 students enrolled across 3 sections
Residential Academic Programs, Department of Communication, University of Massachusetts-Amherst

Graduate Instructor {Fall & Spring 2015}
COMM226: Social Impact of Mass Media, Undergraduate Seminar, ~30 students enrolled
Department of Communication, University of Massachusetts-Amherst

Graduate Instructor {Summer 2014}
COMM336: Consumer Culture, Online Undergraduate Seminar, 16 students enrolled
Department of Communication, University of Massachusetts-Amherst

Graduate Instructor {Fall 2013 & Winter 2014}
COMM375: Writing as Communication, Junior-Level Undergraduate Seminar, ~20 students enrolled
Department of Communication, University of Massachusetts-Amherst

Section Instructor {Spring 2013}
COMM394: Communication Inquiry, Undergraduate Seminar, 25 students enrolled in section
Department of Communication, University of Massachusetts-Amherst, Supervisor: Emily West

Guest Lecturer {Fall 2014}
COMM 121: Introduction to Media and Culture, Undergraduate Lecture Course, 207 students enrolled
Department of Communication, University of Massachusetts-Amherst

Teaching Assistant {Fall 2014}
COMM121: Introduction to Media and Culture, Undergraduate Lecture Course, 207 students enrolled
Department of Communication, University of Massachusetts-Amherst, Supervisor: Lisa Henderson

Teaching Assistant {Fall 2014}
COMM310: Social Influence and Persuasion, Undergraduate Seminar, 43 students enrolled
Department of Communication, University of Massachusetts-Amherst, Supervisor: Soo Young Bae

Teaching Assistant {Fall 2012}
COMM334: Media History and Communication Policy, Undergraduate Lecture Course, 153 students enrolled
Department of Communication, University of Massachusetts-Amherst, Supervisor: Jarice Hanson

Research Experience

Media Literacy Project {Spring 2013}
Department of Communication, University of Massachusetts-Amherst, Supervisor: Erica Scharrer
*Prepared and delivered both media and digital literacy curricula to 6th grade students at local elementary school as part of a research team composed of four graduate students.
*Collected and analyzed data for developing media and digital literacy curricula that emphasizes structures and practices of media industries and their relationships to consumers and issues of diversity and inclusion

Research Assistant {Fall 2012}
Department of Communication, University of Massachusetts-Amherst, Supervisor: Lisa Henderson
*Researched and evaluated federal agency grants provided to communication departments at peer institutions and drafted reference report for department chair on prospective funding for department

Summer Development Associate {Summer 2011}
Community Legal Services of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA, Supervisor: Kevin Peter
Designed, conducted, and analyzed focus group research for the launch of a monthly giving campaign

Publications

Book Chapter:

Akhtar, S., & Nayar, K. I. (2011). The cell phone/Internet lexicon: Overview and implications. In S. Akhtar (Ed.), The electrified mind: Development, psychopathology, and treatment in the era of cell phones and the Internet. Lanham, MD: Jason Aronson, Inc.

Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles:

Nayar, K. I. (2017). Working It: The Professionalization of Amateurism in Digital Adult Entertainment. Feminist Media Studies, 17 (3), 473-488. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14680777.2017.1303622

Nayar, K. I. (2017). Sweetening the Deal: Dating for Compensation in the Digital Age. Journal of Gender Studies, 26 (3), 335-346. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09589236.2016.1273101

Sekarasih, L., Nayar, K. I., O'Malley, D., Olson, C., & Scharrer, E. (2016). Entertaining Audiences, Ensuring Inclusivity, and Considering Media Influence: Sixth-Graders' Understanding of Media Producers' Responsibility. The Communication Review, 19(2), 128-152.

Invited Journal Article:

Nayar, K. I. (2015). You Did(n’t) Build That: Dichotomous Fan Reactions to a Television Star’s Transformation from a ‘Real Housewife’ to a Real Brand. Journal of Popular Culture, 48(1), 3-16.

Book Reviews:

Nayar, K. I. (2014). [Review of the book Dishing Dirt in the Digital Age: Celebrity Gossip Blogs and Participatory Media Culture, by E. A. Meyers]. Journal of Broadcasting & Electronic Media, 58(4), 698-700.

Nayar, K. I. (2011). [Review of the book Fifth Avenue, 5 a.m.: Audrey Hepburn, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, and the Dawn of the Modern Woman, by S. Wasson]. The American Journal of Psychoanalysis, 71(2), 174-178.

Nayar, K. I. (2010). [Review of the book Generation Digital: Politics, Commerce and Childhood in the Age of the Internet, by K. C. Montgomery]. International Journal of Applied Psychoanalytic Studies, 7(1), 94-98.

Film Reviews:

Nayar, K. I. (2018). [Review of the film December Boys, directed by Rod Hardy]. Institutionalised Children: Explorations and Beyond, 5(1), 93-96.

Nayar, K. I. (2018). [Review of the film Voices Beyond the Wall: Twelve Love Poems from the Murder Capital of the World]

Conference Presentations

Nayar, K. I. (November, 2015). Aspirational Sex: Exploring the Logics of "Mutually Beneficial Arrangements." National Communication Association, Las Vegas, Nevada.

Nayar, K. I. (March, 2015). Working It: Adult Webcam Modeling and the Cultural Production of Post-Feminist Subjectivities? Society for Cinema and Media Studies, Montreal, Canada.

Nayar, K. I. (November, 2014). Sweetening the Deal: Discussions of Intimate Labor in an Online “Sugar” Community. National Communication Association, Chicago, IL.

Olson, C., O'Malley, D., Sekarasih, L., & Nayar, K. I. (May, 2014). "Sign Up Today For Free!": Sixth Graders' Perceptions of the Internet. International Communication Association, Seattle, WA.

Sekarasih, L., Nayar, K. I., O'Malley, D., & Olson, C. (May, 2014). Entertaining Audiences, Ensuring Inclusivity, and Considering Media Influence: Sixth-Graders' Understanding of Media Producers' Responsibility. International Communication Association, Seattle, WA.

Nayar, K. I. (April, 2014). You Did(n’t) Build That: Dichotomous Fan Reactions to a Television Star’s Transformation from a ‘Real Housewife’ to a Real Brand. Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association National Conference, Chicago, IL.
*First Place in Paper Competition

Nayar, K. I. (November, 2012). Reclaiming a Fallen Empire: Myth and Memory in the Battle over Detroit’s Ruins. National Communication Association, Orlando, FL.
*Top Paper – American Studies Division

Nayar, K. I. (April, 2012). Reclaiming a Fallen Empire: Myth and Memory in the Battle over Detroit’s Ruins. Urban Affairs Association, Pittsburgh, PA.

Nayar, K. I. (March, 2012). Reclaiming a Fallen Empire: Myth and Memory in the Battle over Detroit’s Ruins. Graduate Research Forum, Temple University School of Communications and Theater, Philadelphia, PA.
*First Place in Paper Competition

Nayar, K. I. (October, 2011). The Embodiment of Female Power: Vaseline’s Interactive Advertising and the Transnational Commodification of Skin Color in African-American and Indian Women. Global Fusion Conference, Philadelphia, PA.
*First Place in Graduate Student Paper Competition

Nayar, K. I. (March, 2011). What is the Relationship between Social Media Usage and Body Dissatisfaction in Adolescent Girls? A Review of the Literature. Graduate Research Forum, Temple University School of Communications and Theater, Philadelphia, PA.
*First Place in Paper Competition

Honors and Awards

Graduate School Dissertation Fieldwork Grant {2016}
University of Massachusetts-Amherst

Graduate School Dissertation Research Grant {2015}
University of Massachusetts-Amherst

NCA Caucus Student Travel Grant {2014}
National Communication Association, Chicago, IL

Admitted into the Annenberg Summer Institute on Diversity and Media {2014}
University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA

William E. Brigman Award for the Outstanding Graduate Student Paper {2014}
Journal of Popular Culture, Awarded at the Popular Culture Association National Conference, Chicago, IL

Schoenecke Award {2014}
Travel Grant, Popular Culture Association, Chicago, IL

Tuition Waiver And Assistantship {2012-Present}
Department of Communication, University of Massachusetts-Amherst

Top Paper {2012}
American Studies Division, National Communication Association, Orlando, FL

First Place Paper {2012}
Graduate Research Forum, School of Communications and Theater, Temple University

First Place Graduate Student Paper {2011}
Global Fusion Conference, Philadelphia, PA

First Place Paper {2011}
Graduate Research Forum, School of Communications and Theater, Temple University

Graduate Studies Merit Scholarship 2010
School of Communications and Theater, Temple University

Academic and Community Service

Film Review Editor (2018)
Institutionalised Children: Explorations and Beyond Journal

Reviewer (2017)
Journal Article
Feminist Media Studies

Reviewer (Spring 2017)
Dissertation Fieldwork Grant
Graduate School, University of Massachusetts-Amherst

Reviewer (2017)
Journal Article
Cultural Studies

Roundtable Moderator {2014}
“Investigating Intersections in Political Economy and Cultural Studies Scholarship”
Department of Communication, University of Massachusetts-Amherst
Panelists: Dr. Lisa Henderson, Dr. Henry Geddes, and Dr. Martha Fuentes-Bautista

Judge {2014}
Research Category, Undergraduate Communication Majors Awards and Showcase
Department of Communication, University of Massachusetts-Amherst

Co-Chair {2013-2015}
Communication Graduate Student Association, University of Massachusetts-Amherst

Reviewer {2013}
National Communication Association Annual Convention, American Studies Division

Volunteer Fundraiser {2013}
Accelerate Brain Cancer Cure, Arizona Rock ‘N’ Roll Marathon

Conference Moderator {2012}
Graduate Research Forum, School of Communications and Theater, Temple University

Volunteer Fundraiser {2011}
American Cancer Society, Philadelphia Marathon

Steering Committee Member {2010}
Community Legal Services of Philadelphia, Justice For All 5K

Volunteer Fundraiser {2010}
Mighty Writers’ Tutor Tribute, Philadelphia, PA

Professional Experience

Educational Assistant {Summer 2013}
Department of Academic Services, University of Massachusetts-Amherst

  • Worked one-on-one with “at risk” student athletes to aid in completion of summer courses

  • Provided specialized instruction and a structured program to facilitate learning

  • Taught time management, organization, and academic skills

  • Monitored student progress and coordinated services with academic counselors

Development Associate {September 2008- October 2010}
Community Legal Services of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA

  • Implemented corporate giving campaign by researching donor prospects, generating marketing materials, organizing annual fundraising event, and supervising gift processing and acknowledgements.

  • Researched foundation funders and wrote grant proposals and reports.

  • Produced and managed electronic communication tools, including company website and social networking sites.

  • Prepared publicity materials, including press releases, mailings, fundraising appeals, and award nominations.

  • Maintained donor relations systems and databases.

  • Developed technical expertise in Raiser’s Edge.

  • Planned and coordinated fundraising and other special events.

Professional Memberships

International Communication Association
National Communication Association
Society for Cinema and Media Studies
Association of Internet Researchers

Skills and Expertise

Data Management and Analysis:

  • NVivo qualitative analysis software

  • SPSS statistical analysis software

  • Academic Analytics database

  • Raiser’s Edge donor database

Language Skills:

  • English {fluent}

  • French {good}