Wendy Sung

Assistant Professor - Arts Tech And Comm
Tags: Cultural Studies Critical Race Studies Digital Media Studies Cultural Memory and Spectatorship Comparative Ethnic Studies

Professional Preparation

Ph.D. - American Culture
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor - 2016
M.A. - Critical Studies
University of Southern California , Los Angeles, California - 2007
B.A. - Critical Studies
University of Southern California , Los Angeles, California - 2004


Mainstream African American Cinema: The Struggle for Black Images in Hollywood 2017 - Publication
David Choe’s ‘KOREANS GONE BAD:’ The LA Riots, Comparative Racialization, andBranding a Politics of Deviance 2016 - Publication


Assistant Professor
University of Texas at Dallas, Richardson, Texas [2018–Present]
Critical Media Studies
UC Presidential Postdoctoral Fellow
University of California, Riverside, Riverside, CA [2017–2017]
Department of Media and Cultural Studies


American Culture Departmental Nominee - Rackham’s Proquest Distinguished Dissertation Award [2016]
Rackham One-Term Fellowship - University of Michigan [2016]
Rackham Humanities Research Fellowship - University of Michigan [2015]
American Culture Departmental Nominee - Mary Malcomson Raphael Fellowship in the Center for Education of Women [2015]
Summer Mentorship Diversity Grant - [2015]
American Culture Travel Grant - University of Michigan [2015]
Rackham Conference Travel Grant - University of Michigan [2015]
Rackham Merit Fellowship - University of Michigan [2014]
Humanities, Arts, Sciences, and Technology Advanced Collaboratory (HASTAC) Scholar - [2013]
Dissertation Workshop Diversity Grant - University of Michigan [2013]


’Celebrity Rehab,’ Rodney King, and the Visual Economy of Racial Violence
AmericanStudies Association (ASA), Washington D.C., November 24, 2013
When New Media and Racial Violence Collide: The Rodney King Beating Videotape and Civil Rights TV
Society for Cinema and Media Studies (SCMS), Chicago, IL, March 6, 2013
New Media, Rodney King, and the 1992 Riots
Departmental Prospectus Presentation,University of Michigan, April 2012
Rehabilitating Rodney King: ‘Celebrity Rehab,’ Cultural Memory and Reinscription
Societyfor Cinema and Media Studies (SCMS), Boston, MA, March 21, 2012
Investigations of the Asian/American Femme Fatale: Lucy Liu and Film Noir Genre
Association for Asian American Studies (AAAS), New Orleans, LA, May 19, 2011


“Spectacles in the Black Mirror : Racial Violence, Social Media, and #BlackLivesMatter,” TheGraduate Program in Media Studies, Pratt Institute, February 23, 2017


  • American Studies Association (ASA)
  • Association for Asian American Studies (AAAS)

  • Society for Cinema and Media Studies (SCMS)

  • FemTechNet

  • Humanities, Arts, Science, and Technology Alliance and Collaboratory (HASTAC)