Curriculum Vitae

 

 

Teaching and Research Interests

Critical cultural studies of television and new media; digital cultural production and labor; gender and sexuality studies; consumer and promotional culture; qualitative research methods

Education

Ph.D.   Communication (ABD - expected 2020)
            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
New York University, School of Professional Studies
* MEST1-UC6032.200: Reality Television, Online Undergraduate Seminar (Fall 2018 + Fall 2019)
* MEST1-UC6060.200: Video Games and Culture, Online Undergraduate Seminar (Summer 2018)

Affiliated Faculty
Emerson College, Department of Visual and Media Arts
* VM200: Media Theory & Criticism, Undergraduate Seminar (Spring 2017, Fall 2017, Spring 2018, Fall 2018)
* VM303: Digital Media and Culture, Undergraduate Seminar (Spring 2017)

Graduate Instructor
University of Massachusetts-Amherst, Department of Communication
* COMM191: First Year Seminar, Residential Academic Programs (Fall 2016)
* COMM226: Social Impact of Mass Media, Undergraduate Seminar (Spring 2015, Fall 2015)
* COMM336: Consumer Culture, Online Undergraduate Seminar (Summer 2014)
* COMM375: Writing as Communication, Undergraduate Seminar (Fall 2013, Spring 2014)

Guest Lecturer
University of Massachusetts-Amherst, Department of Communication
* COMM337: Media Audiences, Undergraduate Seminar (Fall 2016)
* COMM 121: Introduction to Media and Culture (Fall 2014)

Section Instructor
University of Massachusetts-Amherst, Department of Communication

* COMM394: Communication Inquiry, Undergraduate Seminar (Spring 2013)

Teaching Assistant
University of Massachusetts-Amherst, Department of Communication
* COMM121: Introduction to Media and Culture, Undergraduate Lecture Course (Fall 2014)
* COMM310: Social Influence and Persuasion, Undergraduate Seminar (Fall 2014)
* COMM334: Media History and Communication Policy, Undergraduate Lecture Course (Fall 2012)

Research Experience

Researcher and Instructor, Media Literacy Project (Spring 2013)
University of Massachusetts-Amherst, Department of Communication
Prepared and delivered media and digital literacy curricula to 6th grade students at local elementary school, which included multimedia presentations, group and individual activities, and assignments
— Collected and analyzed data for publication of findings on students’ understandings of media production, representation, and consumption

Research Assistant (Fall 2012)
University of Massachusetts-Amherst, Department of Communication
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
Designed, conducted, and analyzed focus group research for the launch of a monthly giving campaign

Publications

refereed 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 Articles:

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 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.

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 Service

Reviewer (2019)
Journal Article
Poetics

Interim 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

Conference Moderator (2012)
Graduate Research Forum, School of Communications and Theater, Temple University

Professional Experience

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

— Led focus group discussions with college undergraduates on U.S. immigration policy and reform
— Trained in dialogue facilitation as a method of creating productive and solution-oriented conversations about sensitive topics

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}