Melina is a Ph.D. Candidate in Communication at USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism.

Melina’s Dissertation…

My dissertation develops a cultural analysis of addiction through the lens of the ongoing U.S. opioid epidemic. In particular, this project is focused on unpacking the historical, cultural and institutional conditions underlying the epidemic and examining the ways in which the management of pain becomes both a potential source of profit and an object of moral and medical intervention.

Research Areas of Interest

  • Communication studies
  • Science, technology, & society [STS]
  • Cultural studies
  • Political economy
  • Feminist theory
  • Risk and biopolitics
  • Cultural economics/economic cultures
  • Youth culture, subcultural politics