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Sasha Kurlenkova

PHD Candidate

Media, Culture, and Communication

Sasha (Aleksandra) Kurlenkova is a social scientist interested in body, technologies, and disability. In 2015-2016, Sasha gained a Master’s degree in Sociology from Shaninka (Moscow School of Social and Economic Sciences). She also worked as a researcher at the Institute of Ethnology and Anthropology, Russian Academy of Sciences, studying sensory practices and assistive technologies used by blind and low-vision people, through ethnography and qualitative interviews. Since 2018, Sasha has been a PhD student at the Department of Media, Culture, and Communication where she studies organization of aided / assisted communication using Ethnography and Conversation Analysis. In her PhD dissertation, she is looking at how Russian-speaking families involving children with dysarthria deploy low-tech (gaze, gestures, objects in the environment) and high-tech (a speech-synthesizer, an eye-tracker) resources to build meaning together.


Media, Culture, and Communication

Our media studies programs train agile researchers of a shifting media landscape. Learn to analyze media and technology in its cultural, social, and global contexts.

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