Curriculum Vitae

Cynthia Wang

(805) 908-5060




PhD 2016 University of Southern California, Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism

Dissertation Title: “Temporal Dynamics in the Lives of Health Practitioners”

Committee: Larry Gross (Chair), Manuel Castells, Mike Ananny

Master of Arts 2010 New York University, Department of Media, Culture, and Communication

Thesis: “Negotiating the Expert: Classical Music on YouTube.”

Advisor: Martin Scherzinger

Bachelor of Science 2004 Northwestern University, School of Communication.

Majors: Radio/TV/Film & Biological Sciences (physiology)

Minor: Asian American Studies

Study Abroad 2009 (summer) American University of Paris, Department of Global Communication



Academic Appointments


California State University, Los Angeles Assistant Professor of Communication Studies Fall 2016-Present
California State University, Northridge – Tseng College Instructor Fall 2015
USC Annenberg School of Communication Graduate Assistant, Instructor Fall 2010-Summer 2016
New York University Teaching Assistant Spring 2010
Northwestern University Teaching Assistant Summer 2004



Peer Reviewed Publications


(Forthcoming) Wang. C. (2017). Health Practitioners’ Use of Communication Technologies. Studies in Media and Communication. Volume 14: e-Health: Current Evidence, Promises, Perils, and Future Directions. Emerald Publishing.


Wang, C. (2016). The Promise of Kickstarter: Extents to which Social Networks Enable Alternate Avenues of Economic Viability for Independent Musicians through Crowdfunding. Social Media + Society. Online publication. doi: 10.1177/2056305116662394


Chen, N.-T. N., Ognyanova, K., Zhang, C., Wang, C., Ball-Rokeach, S. J., & Parks, M. (2015). Causing ripples in local power relations: The meso-level influence of a hyperlocal news website. Journalism Studies. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/1461670X.2015.1078738


Wang, C. (2013). “A Slice of Time: An Exploration of Temporal Capital and its Relationships to Economics, Culture, and Society in a Technological and Digital Age.” Gnovis Journal of Communication, Culture, and Technology. 13(2). Accessible at


Wang, C. (2012). “Tinkering with the iPhone: Subversion and Re-appropriation of Power in Apple’s World.” Journal for International Digital Media Arts Association. 8(2): pp. 31-41.



Book Chapters


(Forthcoming) Close, S. & Wang, C. (2017).  Erotic Imaginaries of Power in Fan Fiction Tropes. In Sex, Subversion and Bodily Boundaries: The Darker Side of Slash Fiction. McFarland.



Book Reviews


(Under revision) Wang, C. (2017). [Review of the book Geomedia: Networked Cities and the Future of Public Space, by Scott McQuire.] Global Media and Communication.


Wang, C. (2017). [Review of the book Global Asian American Popular Cultures, by S. Davé, L. Nishime, & T. Oren]. International Journal of Communication.


Submitted Articles Under Review


Ruiz-Mesa, K. & Wang, C. (under initial review). From Shadows to Social Media: Exploring the Imagery and Representations of Undocumented DACA Students in the United States. Submitted to International Journal of the Image.


Wang, C. (under initial review). Temporal Dynamics in the Daily Lives of Health Practitioners. Submitted to Time and Society Journal.


Wang, C. (under initial review). “I’ve Changed”: Conversion Therapy, Medical Discourse, and the Gay Rights Movement. Submitted to Studies in Gender and Sexuality.



Refereed Conference Presentations


National Communication Association (NCA) (accepted) “Health Practitioners’ Use of Communication Technologies” (paper) & “Prison to School Pipeline: Creating and Maintaining a Model BA Program in Communication Studies for Prisoners” (panel) Dallas, TX November 2017
Eighth International Conference on the Image (accepted) From Shadows to Social Media: Exploring the Imagery and Representations of Undocumented DACA Students in the United States. Venice, Italy October 2017
Crossroads in Cultural Studies Conference “Asian American Musicians and Digital Transnationalism” Sydney, Australia December 2016
National Communication Association (NCA) “Making Digital Space: Asian Americans in the Age of the Internet” & “The Promise of Kickstarter” Philadelphia, PA November 2016
Extending Play Conference (Rutgers University) “Destroyed Time” (co-authored with Aaron Trammell) New Brunswick, NJ October 2016
International Communication Association (ICA) “A Day in the Life” Fukuoka, Japan June 2016
International Communication Association (ICA) “Utilizing Temporal Capital as a Conceptual Framework.” (Awarded conference waiver for excellent student paper) San Juan, Puerto Rico May 2015
International Conference on Business, Information, and Cultural Creative Industries (ICBIC)  “Temporal Capital, Interstitiality, and Mobile” & “GlobaltraQs: An International LGBTQ Storytelling App” Taipei, Taiwan July 2014
International Communications Association (ICA) Mobile Pre-conference “On Mobility, Time, and Waiting” Seattle, WA May 2014
Genders, Bodies, and Technology (GBT) “’I’ve Changed.’ The Authority of Medical Discourse in the Debate between Conversion Therapy and the Gay Rights Movement” Blacksburg, VA May 2014
Inter-Asia Cultural Studies Society Conference (IACS) “Out and Around Asian LGBT Diasporic Networks” & “ Asian American Musicians Renegotiating Identity in a Transnational Context” Singapore July 2013
International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR) “Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Evil Twin: Sherlock and Moriarty as Opposite Sides of Capitalism” (co-authored with John Kephart III) Dublin, Ireland June 2013
International Communications Association (ICA) “Slices of Time: Temporal Capital and Temporally-Bound Mediums in the Age of Digital Media and the Internet” London, UK June 2013
International Association for the Study of Popular Music (IASPM) “Asian American Musicians, Digital Media, Transnational Networks, and Economic Viability” Austin, TX March 2013
National Association of Ethnic Studies (NAES) “Making Space, Negotiating Identities, Being Seen: Asian American Musicians in the Age of Digital Media and the Internet” Los Angeles, CA November 2011
National Communication Association (NCA) “Making Space, Negotiating Identities, Being Seen: Asian American Musicians in the Age of Digital Media and the Internet” New Orleans, LA November 2011
New York State Communications Association (NYSCA) “Negotiating the Expert: Classical Music and YouTube” New York, NY October 2010



Conference Planning Activities


National Communication Association (NCA) (panel accepted) Panel: “Rejection Happens: Reducing Stigma and Increasing the Transparency and Normalcy of Rejection in Academia” (Co-organizer) Dallas, TX November 2017
International Communication Association (ICA) Mobile Pre-conference Panel on Mobile/Mobilities, Civic Engagement, and the Trump Administration (Co-organizer) San Diego, CA May 2017
International Communication Association (ICA) Blue Sky Workshop on Media and Migration (Co-organizer) Fukuoka, Japan June 2016



Selected Guest Lectures and Invited Talks


September 7, 2017 California State University Los Angeles (Los Angeles, CA) “Interrogating Civility: Its Uses and Limits”
April 11, 2017 California State University Los Angeles (Los Angeles, CA) “Technologies of Truth and Critical Theory in a ‘Post-Truth’ Era”
September 29, 2016 University of Southern California, Annenberg Innovation Lab Ideation Huddle “Banksy on Every Corner” (Guest Provocateur)
April 22, 2016 California State University Channel Islands, Careers in Health Communication Panel, Professors Nancy Chen & Tracylee Clarke “Opportunities in Health Communication”
October 13, 2015 University of Southern California, Gender and Sexuality Class, Professor Chris Freeman “GlobaltraQs: Mapping LGBTQ Stories Around the World”
October 1, 2015 California State University Channel Islands, Health Communication Class, Professor Nancy Chen (Oxnard, CA) “Temporal Dynamics in the Practice of Health Care”
September 30, 2015 ONE Gay and Lesbian Archives, University of Southern California (Los Angeles, CA) “Mapping Queer Terrains: Telling Stories from the Local to the Global” (panel discussion)
September 24, 2015 Sounding Out! Podcast ( “Ruptures in the Soundscape of Disneyland”
February 3, 2015 University of Southern California, Master of Social Work class, Professor Bianca Harper (Los Angeles, CA) “LGBTQ 101: Sexuality and Society”
November 17, 2014 Scripps College, Ally Month Event (Claremont, CA) “Experiences of an Asian, female, queer academic”
November 15, 2014 Japanese American National Museum, Okaeri 2014 Event (Los Angeles, CA) “LGBTQ 101 Workshop and API Equality”
September 17, 2013 Uppsala University (Sweden) “Slices of Time: Temporal Capital, Technology, and Society”
September 25, 2013 Peninsula High School (Palos Verdes, CA) “Critical Race Theory’s Use in Debate”



Courses Taught


Comm 2890: Introduction to Intercultural Communication (Undergraduate) California State University, Los Angeles Fall 2017 (at California State Prison in Lancaster)
Comm 4340: Technology and Human Interaction (Undergraduate Upper Division) California State University, Los Angeles Fall 2017
Comm 5800: Theories of Communication, Humanities (Graduate Seminar) California State University, Los Angeles Spring 2017
Comm 3200: Theories of Communication, Humanities (Undergraduate Major Requirement) California State University, Los Angeles Fall 2016, Fall 2017
Comm 5150: Cultural Studies (Graduate Seminar) California State University, Los Angeles Fall 2016
Comm 450: Visual Culture and Communication University of Southern California Summer 2016
Comm 339 & Comm 454: Communication Technologies University of Southern California and California State University, Northridge Summer 2015, Fall 2015
Comm 204: Public Speaking University of Southern California Fall 2014, Spring 2015



Fellowships and Awards


California State University, Los Angeles CETL and ACUE Course Redesign for Student Success Program Spring 2017
USC Endowed Fellowship “Temporal Dynamics in the Lives of Health Practitioners” 2015-2016
Annenberg Summer Research Fellowship “Health Practitioners’ Use of Communication Technologies” Summer 2015
Diploma in Innovation Grant GlobaltraQs: An LGBTQ Storytelling Map ( 2013-2014
Annenberg Graduate Fellowship Doctoral Fellowship 2010-2015



Service to California State University, Los Angeles


University Level Panel for New Faculty Orientation Fall 2017
College Level (Arts & Letters) ISAC (Curriculum Committee) Spring 2017
Department Level (Communication Studies) Student Affairs Committee 2016-2017
Fiscal Affairs Committee 2016-2019
Assessment & Student Success Committee 2017-2020
Website Committee 2017-2020



Research Groups and Associations


USC Annenberg School of Communication Annenberg Innovation Lab Research Assistant Spring 2014
Alhambra Project Research Group, Metamorphosis (Advisor: Dr. Sandra Ball-Rokeach) Research Assistant Fall 2012 to August 2016
Games and Culture Journal (Editor: Dr. Douglas Thomas) Editorial Assistant, Research Assistant Fall 2012 to Fall 2013
Economics and Culture Research with Dr. Christopher Smith Research Assistant Fall 2011 to Spring 2012
Civic Paths Research Group (Advisor: Dr. Henry Jenkins) Research Assistant Fall 2010 to Spring 2011



Community Work


Restorative Education Project Co-organizer May 2017 – Present
COPE Health Solutions (Los Angeles, CA) Alumni Advisory Board Member March 2012 – Present
API Equality LA (Los Angeles, CA) Committee Member (Public Education, Outreach and Recruitment, Pioneers Documentation Project), Volunteer, Speaker, Trainer, Videographer October 2010 – Present
Northwestern University Alumni Admissions Council Member, Interviewer January 2005 – Present
USC’s LGBT Resource Center Speaker’s Bureau (Los Angeles, CA) Speaker/Lecturer September 2011 – August 2016
Eleos Music School (Los Angeles, CA) Board of Advisors Member June 2013 – June 2014
NewFest: The New York LGBT Film Festival (New York, NY) General Volunteer: Assisted with general office duties and festival coordination/operations Summer 2010 & Summer 2011
America Reads (New York, NY) Tutor at University Neighborhood High School: Worked with socio-economically diverse and oftentimes disadvantaged high school students on math (algebra), humanities, arts September 2008 – June 2009



Professional Experience


January 2014 – Present GlobaltraQs – Los Angeles, CA


  • Responsible for ongoing conceptualization and design of digital LGBTQ storytelling website
  • Obtained seed funding ($5,000) from USC’s Diploma in Innovation grant
  • Oversee all operations of site development, maintenance, and content
  • Manage budget, personnel, and organizational partnerships
November 2004 – August 2008; April 2015 – April 2016 COPE Health Solutions – Los Angeles, CA

Regional Director/Manager, Health Workforce Programs (2004-2008)

·       Implemented and managed all hospital operation aspects of a comprehensive health workforce development program, including an experiential hospital-based internship for over 500 students in four partner hospitals throughout Southern California

·       Oversaw operations for health professions school expansion programs, and maintained relationships between hospital executives and community partners to solve workforce challenges facing the health care industry

·       Involved with business development and strategic planning of COPE as a member of the Executive Management Team. Prepared grants that awarded funding of $2 million toward program operations.

·       Recruited, hired, and trained staff members (Managers) to oversee program operations for each partner hospital location in a supervisory capacity

·       Produced two short documentaries for the 2007 Larry King Cardiac Foundation annual King of Hearts Gala Event

·       Named Distinguished Team Member of 2006


Director, International Health Scholar Programs (2015-2016)

  • Develop structure and parameters for international training and education program for health professionals
  • Oversee program curriculum development
  • Conduct evaluative research on ongoing organizational programs
  • Teach classes and seminars
December 2007 – June 2008 The World Scholar’s Cup

Staff Member/Competition Coordinator

·       Involved with organizing regional meets in the United States

·       Involved with organizing the World Finals, a 2-day international academic competition in Seoul, Korea involving over 160 middle school and high school students from 9 countries

·       Coordinated on-site housing assignments for the World Finals and other logistics during the competitions

·       Assisted in fundraising efforts

·       Corresponded with individual teams in preparation for competition

·       Presented the program at a teacher’s conference in Sydney, Australia (June 2008)

October 2004 – August 2006 Gothic Pictures – Newbury Park, CA

Producer – Twixter

·       Oversaw all aspects of pre-production, production, and post-production of the feature-length film

·       Managed production budget and contracts with cast and crew members

April 2001 – September 2004 Northwestern University – Evanston, IL

Campus Tour Guide and Member of the Student Admissions Association

·       Conducted tours of Northwestern’s Evanston campus

·       Coordinated over 800 accepted students to the university for a weekend visit as the Co-chair of “Day at Northwestern” in Spring 2002

Summer 2003 Scott Rudin Productions (Paramount Studios) – Hollywood, CA

Production Office Intern

Summer 2001 & Summer 2002 Medical Office of Dr. Green Hsueh – Northridge, CA

Intern and Translator

·       Assisted with general office duties and coverage

·       Translated English/Chinese (Mandarin) during medical missions to Nanning, Guangxi (2001) and Hufei, Anhui (2005) in China



Additional Experiences


Northwestern University Entertainment Alliance (Los Angeles, CA) Board Member for Music Events 2005 – 2006
Various Independent Films (Los Angeles, CA) Producer, Unit Production Manager, 1st and 2nd Assistant Director, Director, Screenwriter 2004 – 2008
WASABI: Northwestern’s Asian American Student Improvisation Troupe Co-Founder 2002
Foundation of Asian American Independent Media (FAAIM) Senior Volunteer

◦      Coordinated and recruited volunteers for film festival from Northwestern

◦      Coordinated the Justin Lin film, “Better Luck Tomorrow” street team

2001 – 2002



Other Skills


  • Fluent in Mandarin Chinese
  • Classically trained in performance of piano, oboe, and saxophone
  • “Drum Majoring”, which consists spinning a 5-foot long, blunt object (a type of baton known as a “mace”) at very high speeds very close to my head while leading a marching band during parades, and conducting during field show performances.
  • Performing and recording singer/songwriter/guitarist/pianist (
  • Finding creative and usually viable solutions to unexpected problems (a useful life skill I picked up in the world of independent filmmaking and honed during my time in the industry/corporate sector)

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