Melina A. Sherman
1649 Appian Way, #207, Santa Monica, CA, 90401
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]
- 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.
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
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
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.
Communication, Technology, and Culture [COMM 339]
- University of Southern California [Fall 2017]
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]
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]
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
English: Native language
Spanish: Fluent (speaking); proficient (reading, writing)