Joseph DeLeon

Title: Visiting Assistant Professor of Communication and Cultural Studies
Degrees: PhD in Film, Television, and Media – University of Michigan; MA in Media, Culture, and Communication – New York University; BA in French and Comparative Cultures and Politics – Michigan State University.

Email: jdeleon@allegheny.edu
Phone: 814-332-2903
Office Location: VCCA 302

Spring 2022 Office HoursTuesday 12:00-1:30pm; Thursday 12:00-1:30pm & 3:00-4:00pm or by appointment

 

Joseph DeLeon is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Communication and Cultural Studies with a Ph.D. in Film, Television, and Media from the University of Michigan, an M.A. in Media, Culture, and Communication from New York University, and a B.A. in French and Comparative Cultures and Politics from Michigan State University.

His teaching spans courses in digital media theory, digital media and identity, documentary film studies, environmental media studies, queer media history, and media studies methods. His classes provide students with media literacy skills to understand how power is distributed and enacted along the critical intersections of race, class, gender, sexuality, and ability. He guides students to learn from understudied archives and to find ways to build community participation for social justice into contemporary media use.

His current book project, Social Media Before Social Media: Community Platforms Before the Web, argues that understanding alternative histories of social media requires learning from the marginalized archives of subcultural and queer media production from the 1970s to the 1990s and the “community information formats” that they built.