Curriculum Vitae

Melina A. Sherman

PhD Candidate

1649 Appian Way, #207, Santa Monica, CA, 90401

213.326.4772

melinash@usc.edu

EDUCATION

PhD Candidate in Communication Studies

  • University of Southern California, Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism

Bachelor of Arts in Communication, Magna Cum Laude

  • Northwestern University [June 2013]

 

RESEARCH AREAS

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

 

CURRENT RESEARCH FOCUS

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.

 

PUBLICATIONS

Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles:

Sherman, M. (2017a). Opiates for the Masses: Constructing a Market for Prescription (Pain)killers. Journal of Cultural Economy, 1-13. https://doi.org/10.1080/17530350.2017.1352010

Sherman, M. (2017b). How to Train Your Opioid Consumer: Branding Painkillers in the Opioid Epidemic. In review by Communication, Culture and Critique.

Sherman, M. (2015). The Cultural Production of a Pharmaceutical Market: The Making of ADHD. International Journal of Communication, 9, 1-20. doi:1932-8036/20150005

Book Reviews:

Sherman, M. (2017). Review of Addicted. Pregnant. Poor., by Kelly Knight. Medicine, Anthropology, Theory. Available at http://www.medanthrotheory.org/read/7243/addicted.pregnant.poor

Sherman, M. (2014). Review of Venture Labor: Work and the Burden of Risk in Innovative Industries, by Gina Neff. International Journal of Communication, 8, pp. 8-10.

Sherman, M. (2015). Review of Chronic Youth: Disability, Sexuality, and U.S. Media Cultures of Rehabilitation by Julie Passanante Elman. International Journal of Communication, 9, pp. 8-10.

 Magazine/online journal contributions:

Glabau, D., Fiereck, K., & Sherman, M. (2017 February 27). Biofinance: Speculation, Risk, Debt, and Value from Bios: A conference report. Somatosphere. Available at http://somatosphere.net/2017/02/biofinance-speculation-risk-debt-and-value-from-bios-a-conference-report.html

Conference Proceedings:

Sherman, M.A. (2017). Understanding the Opioid Epidemic: A Genealogical Analysis of Pain Management. Society for the Social Study of Science (4S). Boston, MA.

Sherman, M.A. (2016). When a Cure Becomes a Poison: Discourses of Consumption in the U.S. Opioid Epidemic. Society for Applied Anthropology. Santa Fe, NM.

Sherman, M.A. (2016). Biofinancial Investments and Disinvestments: Examining the U.S. Opioid Epidemic. American Anthropological Association. Minneapolis, MN.

Sherman, M.A. (2015). Mother’s Little Helper: On the Cultural Production of a Market for Anti-Depressants. National Communication Association. Las Vegas, NV.

Sherman, M.A. (2015). Methylphenidate Moms: The Problem with Speed. Society for the Social Study of Science (4S). Denver, CO.

Sherman, M.A. (2015). The Cultural Production of a Pharmaceutical Market. Cultural Studies Association. Riverside, CA.

Sherman, M.A. (2015). The Cultural Production of a Pharmaceutical Market: The Making of ADHD. Popular Culture Association Conference. New Orleans, LA.

Sherman, M.A. (2013). Dancing Alone, Together: Agency and Remediation inside a ‘Music Scene for Bros’. Graduate Communication Forum Conference. Pennsylvania State University, PA.

Sherman, M.A. (2013). Dancing Alone, Together: A Gendered and Sexual Politics of Visibility inside a ‘Music Scene for Bros’. Cultural Studies Association Conference. Chicago, IL.

 

TEACHING

Instructor:

Communication, Technology, and Culture [COMM 339]

  • University of Southern California [Fall 2017]

Teaching Assistant:

Communication and Culture. [COMM 206]

  • University of Southern California [Spring 2017]

Sound Clash: Communication and Popular Music [COMM 307]

  • University of Southern California [Fall 2016]

Communication and Technology [COMM 202]

  • University of Southern California [Spring 2016]

Sports, Communication and & Culture [COMM 383]

  • University of Southern California [Fall 2015]

Communication and Culture [COMM 206]

  • University of Southern California [Fall 2014]

 

CAREER DEVELOPMENT

Spanish language intensive course

  • Universitat de Barcelona  [Summer 2016]

English 33000, Professional Writing Seminar

  • University of Chicago [Summer 2013]

Writing for Publication Seminar

  • University of Southern California [Spring 2014]

Annenberg Summer Inter-School Seminars in digital ethnography and discourse analysis

  • University of Southern California [Summer 2014]

 

ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICE

Vice-President, Annenberg School of Communication Graduate Association [2014-2015 Term]

 

AWARDS AND HONORS

Magna Cum Laude, Northwestern University

Departmental Excellence in Communication Studies, Northwestern University

Lambda Pi Eta, Northwestern University

 

LANGUAGE SKILLS

English: Native language

Spanish: Fluent (speaking); proficient (reading, writing)

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