Al Valentín

Student, Educator, and Academic in Brooklyn, New York

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I'm a third year PhD student and Teaching Assistant in Women's and Gender Studies at Rutgers University. During my time as an undergraduate at Brooklyn College, I majored in Women's and Gender Studies and double minored in LGBTQ Studies and Political Science and became interested in feminist media studies. Because my research is dedicated to understanding how pop culture works to simultaneously reflect and shape our world, as well as how the media functions on a deeply affective level to these aims, I believe that media analysis is a useful pedagogical tool and am dedicated to utilizing it in the classroom. As an avid gamer, my current work examines both the possibly progressive potential and the political limits of video games through an analysis of the complex ways affect is deployed and received in games and gaming communities. I've presented my work at Brooklyn College, Ithaca College, Rutgers University and USC Annenberg. Feel free to contact me with requests for speaking engagements or consultation work.

  • Work
    • Rutgers Unviersity
  • Education
    • Rutgers University
    • Brooklyn College