Department of Telecommunications
seschenc 'at' indiana 'dot' edu
I have a background in visual media communications and literature, so I am interested in both the practical application and theory of telecommunications and media arts and finding ways to bridge the two. I received my BA in Communications from American University in 2008, and my BA in Literature in 2010.
From a production standpoint, I am particularly interested in producing, directing, and screenwriting. I have taught summer high school screenwriting and film production courses at my undergraduate institution. From a research perspective, I am interested in participatory fan cultures, narrative, and sex/gender/sexuality in media and mediated experiences. I am currently simultaneously completing my MS in Telecommunications and working towards my Ph.D. in Human Computer Interaction Design with the IU School of Informatics & Computing. Through this program I hope to continue exploring theory, cultural studies, and apply my background in experience in creating and designing narratives and mediated experiences to better understand fan behaviors, particularly how such behaviors construct a sense of individual and collective identity.
I am originally from NJ, although I completed high school in Syracuse, NY and lived in Washington, DC for seven years before moving to Bloomington. I am married to an IU Telecomm alum, and we have a toddler and two small dogs, Appa and Ood Sigma. In my free time, I love to read web comics and comic books, draw, write, play video games, cook, and do yoga.