Marco Deseriis

Boston, MA

Marco Deseriis is Assistant Professor of Media and Screen Studies. His research is concerned with the social, political, and aesthetic uses of digitally media. More specifically, his writings explore cultural and political dimensions of Internet-based activism, the relationship between networked media and collective identities, and the rise of distributed forms of authorship. Dr. Deseriis’ book Improper Names: Collective Pseudonyms from the Luddites to Anonymous (University of Minnesota Press, 2015) brings together some of these threads by examining the contentious politics and the struggles for control of a shared alias from the early nineteenth century to the age of networks.

Dr. Deseriis’ new research project focuses on the rise of participatory techno-politics in countries like Italy, Spain, and Germany and on a comparative analysis of the political values that are embedded in decision-making software such as LiquidFeedback, AdHocracy, Loomio, and DemocracyOS. Dr. Deseriis’ writings have appeared in the Journal of Communication InquiryTheory & EventRadical History ReviewCulture MachineMute, and Subjectivity.

At Northeastern, Dr. Deseriis has taught classes such as Media and Democracy, Digital Media Culture, Media and Identity, and Media, Culture and Society

Dr. Deseriis received his PhD from New York University in 2011.