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 Fall 2018, I am teaching Digital Media, one of two intro courses in Modern Culture and Media at Brown, and an advanced seminar about Queerness & Games. In Spring, I will be teaching an intermediate course on Video Game Studies, and an advanced seminar on Transgender issues and Transmedia Studies.
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 do you use two names?
I am genderqueer, meaning I identify as a transgender person of nonbinary gender. I use the personal pronouns they, them, theirs and themself. My gender identity is neither male nor female, and my gender presentation combines elements traditionally associated with masculinity and femininity. Genderqueer identity is more than the understanding that all people have masculine and feminine traits.For me, genderqueer is a transgender identity. It is important for me to be open about my name and pronouns as part of my social transition from female to genderqueer.
If you have any questions about my gender, name, or pronouns, or about my experience with genderqueer identity and being transgender, please do not hesitate to ask! I welcome the chance to discuss these issues with you.