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Trust & Technology Initiative


My research is concerned with the digitally mediated practice of creating, sending and receiving private sexual images – an activity that is also known as ‘sexting’. More specifically, I examine (1) how notions of intimacy are expressed in and through adults’ sexting practices, and (2) how sexting creates novel opportunities for the establishment of emotional closeness, as well as a heightened level of social and technological risk, like the risk of being hacked by unknown others or the risk of the non-consensual distribution of one’s private sexual images. In conducting this research, I am particularly interested in exploring how the use of new media and digital technology to perform intimacy informs the ways in which adults understand and experience this concept.

Impact of technology on gender and sexuality
Mediated intimacy
Speech act theory
Teaching Associate, Queens' College

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