Meet Francesca M. Romeo
Visiting Assistant Teaching Professor, Communication
Phone: (813) 257-4012
Address: 401 W. Kennedy Blvd. Tampa, FL 33606
1996, UC Berkeley, BA English
2005, Pratt Institute, MA Art History / MFA Photograph
2021, UC Santa Cruz, PhD Film and Digital Media
Digital Communication and Society
Francesca Romeo's scholarship examines the nexus of digital media and political violence. Drawing upon visual studies and political theory to interrogate the nature of information and advocacy in the digital age, she is particularly invested in how networked resistance proliferates in a global context through the production and circulation of images.
Francesca's dissertation “Towards a Theory of Digital Necropolitics" elucidates the intersection of technology, human rights, aesthetics, and testimony through representations of the dead, dying, disappeared, or wounded body. Digital necropolitics explores how virtual forums and digital reconstructions extend biological death, transforming it into a productive "after-life" that can reanimate the corpse and harness mourning, testimony, affect, and identification as constituent elements of social identities and political movements. Her recent publication "Networked Testimony as Necroresistance" in the journal Women and Performance conducts a close reading of Diamond Reynolds' live stream video to examine how necropolitical "selfies" harbor an anticipatory logic and provide a forum for public mourning via digital circulation. Francesca also studies the history, theory, and practice of open-source investigations and how user-generated content and digital forensics can produce novel forms of human rights advocacy. Alongside her scholarship, Francesca has also been active in critical mentoring programs and sexual violence awareness campaigns.
UCSC Chancellor's Dissertation Year Fellowship
National Humanities Center Fellowship
Florence French Fellowship
Feminist Media Histories Grant
American Photography Institute Fellowship