MCC's Jacob Gaboury Awarded Social Science Research Council Fellowship

NYU Steinhardt Department of Media, Culture, and Communication doctoral candidate Jacob Gaboury was awarded a fellowship by the Social Science Research Council (SSRC) for their Dissertation Proposal Development Fellowship (DPDF), in the Virtual Worlds Research program. Jacob was awarded funding for summer research, travel, and participation in two workshops led by Tom Boellstorff (UC Irvine, Anthropology) and Douglas Thomas (USC, Communication).

The DPDF Program assists graduate students in preparing dissertation and funding proposals for research that will contribute to the development of interdisciplinary fields in the humanities and social sciences. The program sponsors training workshops and summer research on fields that are selected through annual competitions. Pairs of senior faculty propose the fields and design the spring and fall training workshops. Students apply to participate in the workshops and carry out related summer research. Now in its fourth year, the program annually offers training in five fields to 60 graduate students. This is a very competitive and prestigious award!

Jacob's research interests are generally in the field of new media, but particularly relating to internet culture, hacker/graffiti culture, and gaming theory. His background is in cinema and moving image studies, so he is also focused on issues of visual engagement with media objects, as well as the larger legal and political issues that surround net culture such as privacy, transparency, and control. His work is largely theory based, but he also has an interest in production, specifically net art and coding languages.