Curry Chandler

Curry Chandler is a writer, researcher, and independent scholar working in the field of communication and media studies. His writing on media theory and policy has been published in the popular press as well as academic journals. Curry approaches the study of communication from a distinctly critical perspective, and with a commitment to addressing inequality in power relations. The scope of his research activity includes media ecology, political economy, and the critique of ideology.

Curry is a graduate student in the Communication Department at the University of Pittsburgh, having previously earned degrees from Pepperdine University and the University of Central Florida.

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R. CURRY CHANDLER

CURRICULUM VITAE

4200 Fifth Avenue                                                                      curry.chandler@gmail.com

1433 Cathedral of Learning                                                                            (310) 923-4447

Pittsburgh, PA 15260                                                                     www.currychandler.com

EDUCATION

Ph.D.               Communication, University of Pittsburgh (expected 2019)

M.A.               Communication, University of Central Florida, 2013

B.A.                Journalism, Pepperdine University, 2008

PUBLICATIONS

Refereed journal articles

2017                Malin, B.J. & Chandler, C. (2017). Free to work anxiously: Splintering precarity among drivers for Uber and Lyft. Communication, Culture, and Critique, 10(2), 382-400.

2014                Kinnally, W., Burkett, R.P., Chandler, C., & Burkett, B. (2014). Exemplars can affect readers' judgment about news story. Newspaper Research Journal35(2), 134-145.

2012                Chandler, C. (2012). Marshall Arts: An inventory of common criticisms of McLuhan’s media studies. Explorations in Media Ecology, 10, 3+4, pp. 275-289.

RESEARCH GRANTS AND FELLOWSHIPS

2018                Finalist – Andrew Mellon Predoctoral Fellowship

                        Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences, University of Pittsburgh

                        Predoctoral fellowship to support dissertation research. Finalist proposal

based on research into impact of smart city programs on urban citizenship.

2016                Korea Studies Pre-dissertation Grant

                        Asian Studies Center, University of Pittsburgh

                        $600 award to support international travel to Seoul, South Korea for

research on smart city initiatives.

Arts & Sciences Summer Research Fellowship

                        Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences, University of Pittsburgh

                        $3000 award to support research on community engagement and

neighborhood redevelopment during 2016 summer term.

Finalist – Stanley Prostrednik Scholarship

Nationality Rooms Program, University of Pittsburgh

$3000 scholarship to support international research during 2016

summer term. Finalist proposal outlined preliminary research program studying smart city projects in South Korea and Japan.

AWARDS AND HONORS

2018                Nominee – Elizabeth Baranger Excellence in Teaching Award

                        Arts & Sciences Graduate Student Organization, University of Pittsburgh

                        $250 award to acknowledge outstanding teaching by graduate students.

                        Nominations require multiple undergraduate student recommendations.

2012                Top paper in News division

Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication

Age, ethnicity, and the exemplification of hunger.

(with W. Kinnally, R. Burkett, & B. Burkett)

CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS

Refereed panel papers

2017                “Visualizing Urban Displacement through a Lefebvrian Lens: Aesthetic Spatial Practice and Mediated Differential Space.”

                        National Communication Association 103rd Annual Convention

                        Dallas, TX, November 16

“Baseball Fields of Care: Black Sport History and the Gentrification of Commemorative Urban Space.”

Urban Communication Foundation NCA Pre-conference

Dallas, TX, November 15

“Visualizing Urban Change and Differential Space in Chris Ivey’s East of Liberty series: Gentrification, Community Activism, and Documentary Film as Aesthetic Spatial Practice.”

                        BIMI-PITT Research Workshop on Urban Change and the Moving Image

                        London, England, UK, May 10

2016                “Free to work anxiously: Ambivalent precarity among drivers for Uber and Lyft.”

                        National Communication Association 102nd Annual Convention

                        Philadelphia, PA, November 12

“Visualizing displacement: Space, place, and race in the images of Teenie Harris and Chris Ivey.”

                        Urban Communication Foundation NCA Pre-conference

                        Philadelphia, PA, November 9

“The city is a cool medium: Urban studies and the Toronto School.”

University of Toronto international conference: “The Toronto School: Then-Now-Next.”

Toronto, Ontario, Canada, October 14

“Community and connection in the smart city era: Urban anxiety and disorderly communities in development policies.”

                        Yonsei University and Urban Communication Foundation international conference: “Communication and the City: The Role of the Community”

                        Seoul, South Korea, June 5

“The rhetoric of neighborhood change: Discourses of decline and renewal in Pittsburgh’s East Liberty.”

                        17th Biennial Rhetoric Society of America Conference

                        Atlanta, GA, May 29

2015                “Driving the digital economy: Ambivalent precarity among drivers for Uber and Lyft.”

                        National Communication Association 101st Annual Convention

                        Las Vegas, NV, November 20.

                        “Networks and nodes of smart urbanization: Collaborative projects in post-industrial Pittsburgh.”

                        Urban Communication Foundation NCA Pre-conference

                        Las Vegas, NV, November 18.

                        “The city is a poem: Urban semiotics and discourses of post-industrial Pittsburgh.”

                        Semiotic Society of America 40th Annual Meeting

                        Pittsburgh, PA, October 3.

                        “Cities are media: Information, infrastructure, and interfaces.”

                        ECREA Media & the City 2015 Conference

                        Zagreb, Croatia, EU, September 24.

                        “Cities as media: Information, infrastructure, and interfaces.”

                        Sixteenth Annual Convention of the Media Ecology Association

                        Denver, CO, June 14.

                        “Urban media ecologies: Information, infrastructure, and interfaces.”

                        2nd Biennial Philosophy of Communication Conference

                        Pittsburgh, PA, June 4.

2012                “Marshall artist: Probing common criticisms of McLuhan’s media studies.” Thirteenth Annual Convention of the Media Ecology Association

                        Riverdale, NY, June 8.

2011                “Marshall arts: Retrieving McLuhan for communication scholars.”

                        Institute of General Semantics Annual Symposium

                        New York, NY, October 28.

Invited panel participation

2016                “Jane Jacobs at 100: Civic activist and theorist of urban studies and

communication.”

National Communication Association 102nd Convention

Philadelphia, PA, November 11

Panel participation

2017                “Rhetoric of Changing Urban Landscapes”

                        National Communication Association 103rd Annual Convention

                        Dallas, TX, November 16

Departmental presentations

2017                “Visualizing Urban Displacement through a Lefebvrian Lens: Aesthetic Spatial Practice and Mediated Differential Space.”

                        Agora speaker series, Dept. of Communication, University of Pittsburgh

                        Pittsburgh, PA, November 10

“’Don’t be mad at me because I don’t trust you’: Community engagement

in neighborhood redevelopment.”

Agora speaker series, Dept. of Communication, University of Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh, PA, February 24

Poster presentations

2012                “Marshall arts: Retrieving McLuhan for communication scholars.”

                        Annual Graduate Research Forum, University of Central Florida

                        Orlando, FL, April 3.

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

University of Pittsburgh

Argument                                                        (Spring 2016)

Communication Process                                 (Spring 2018)

Interpersonal Communication                                    (Fall 2017)

Mass Communication Process                       (Spring 2018)

Mass Communication Process (recitations)   (Fall 2015, Spring 2016)

Public Speaking                                               (Fall 2014, Spring 2015, Summer 2017)

Rhetorical Process (recitations)                      (Fall 2016)

University of Central Florida

Fundamentals of Technical Presentation        (Fall 2011, Spring 2012, Fall 2012, Spring

2013)

SERVICE TO PROFESSION

2018                Ad Hoc Reviewer, Visual Communication

2017                Co-Chair, Urban Communication Foundation NCA Pre-conference

Reviewer, Communication & Sport Division, NCA 2017

2012                Ad Hoc Reviewer, New Media & Society

DEPARTMENTAL/UNIVERSITY SERVICE

2015-2018       Competition Judge, Annual Oratory Competition, Department of Communication, University of Pittsburgh

2016-2017       Liaison to Carnegie Mellon chapter, Rhetoric Society of America student

chapter, Department of Communication, University of Pittsburgh

2015                Undergraduate Curriculum Committee Representative,

Graduate Student Organization, Department of Communication, University of Pittsburgh                 

LANGUAGES

English: Native speaker

Italian: Intermediate speaking, intermediate reading, intermediate writing

Spanish: Elementary speaking

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS/AFFILIATIONS

Delta Epsilon Iota

National Communication Association

Rhetoric Society of America