Tell me about yourself.
My name is Teddy Pozo, and I am currently a Visiting Assistant Professor of Modern Culture and Media at Brown University. I am a scholar of feminist, queer, and transgender theory, digital media, videogames, and sexuality, interested in the place of touch and physicality in technology culture. I graduated from UC Santa Barbara with a PhD in Film and Media Studies and a doctoral emphasis in Feminist Studies.
This Spring 2019, I am teaching two classes I am very excited about: Critical Video Game Studies, an introduction to video game studies from an interdisciplinary humanities perspective with a focus on writing, and TRANS/MEDIA, an advanced seminar about making connections between trans studies and the area of “transmedia” in Film and Media Studies. In Fall 2018, I taught Digital Media, one of two introductory courses in Modern Culture and Media at Brown, and an advanced seminar about Queerness & Games.
My goal as a scholar and educator is to extend the projects of feminist, queer, and trans theory to engage with media production and consumption in the fields of videogames, user interfaces, and technology industry labor. By studying the history and theory of touch in film, Internet culture, video games, and virtual reality, I center the experiences of marginalized media producers, consumers, and fans, whose presence is never fully coded as disembodied in digital culture. I also examine the fantasy of disembodiment through media, particularly as it applies to straight, white, cisgender masculinity, and trace its limitations.
Why are there two names on your CV?
I identify as a genderqueer transmasculine person, meaning I define my gender as somewhere between male and female, but I am transitioning from female to a more masculine gender presentation and identity. I use the personal pronouns they, them, theirs and themself. Genderqueer identity is more than the understanding that all people have masculine and feminine traits. Though not all genderqueer and nonbinary people identify as trans, I understand being genderqueer is part of my transgender experience. This includes changing my name and pronouns to fit my gender identity. While I want to be open about my transition and the names and pronouns I have used throughout my career, it is also important to me to be addressed by my current preferred name and pronouns.
If you have any questions about my gender, name, pronouns, or my experience with genderqueer, nonbinary, or transmasculine identity, please do not hesitate to ask! I welcome the chance to discuss these issues with you.