UC Berkeley Department of Film and Media

Department of Film & Media UC Berkeley

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Student Profile

Current Student

Jennifer Blaylock

African and postcolonial studies, new media and technology studies, nonfiction and nontheatrical media



Jennifer Blaylock is a PhD candidate in Film & Media. Her dissertation, "Media Machines: A Postcolonial Archaeology of New Media and Africa," analyzes the history of media technology in anglophone Africa from the early 1900s to the present. Each chapter describes a different technology—gramophones, cinema, radio, television, and mobile phones—when they were new, in order to identify continuities and ruptures across the discursive history of new media. Jennifer holds an MA in Moving Image Archiving and Preservation from New York University and a BA in Anthropology from University of California, Berkeley.