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Sharif Mowlabocus

Sharif mowlabocus


Martino Hall, Room 717


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Twitter: @creativemess


MA 1999 (English Literature)

PhD 2006 (Media & Cultural Studies) - University of Sussex, UK

Biography and Research Interests

Since 2001, Dr Mowlabocus has been engaged in research located at the intersection of sexuality studies and media studies. His first book, Gaydar Culture, was published in 2010 and represents one of the first substantive analyses of how sexual minorities use digital media resources to negotiate issue of sexual identity, community, practice and health. Dr Mowlabocus has worked extensively with NGOs and commercial companies to deliver research designed to promote positive change in the health and wellbeing of marginalized communities, often utilizing digital tools to do so. He recently co-edited a new collection entitled Queer Sites in Global Contexts and he is also engaged in a new book project that explores the politics of gay male culture in the era of marraige equality. He is also working with Facebook as part of an expert circle tied to actor-behavior initiatives. Dr Mowlabocus grew up and attended university in the UK before moving to New York to join the Department of Communication and Media Studies at Fordham University in 2019. He has previously taught in Guangzhou, China and has held visiting scholar positions at Microsoft Research New England and Stanford University.

Selected Publications

Gaydar Culture (Ashgate / Routledge, 2010)

Ramos, R & Mowlabocus, S (2020) Queer Sites in Global Contexts: Technologies, Spaces and Otherness. London, Routledge.

Mowlabocus, S (2019) ‘“What a Skewed Sense of Values”: Discussing PreP in the British Public Sphere’ in Sexualities.

Mowlabocus, S (2019) ‘‘No politics … We’re a Mardi Gras now’: Telling the story of the LGSM in 21st century Britain.’ In Grant, C. & Kelliher, D. (eds.) Pride Revisited – Open Library of Humanities Journal. 5 (1):63. DOI:

Mowlabocus, S (2018) ‘“Let’s get this thing open”: Unboxing videos as cultural practice’ in European Journal of Cultural Studies. DOI:

Mowlabocus, S. & Medhurst, A. (2017) ‘Six propositions on the sonics of pornography’ in Porn Studies

Mowlabocus, S. (2016) ‘The mastery of the swipe: smartphones, transitional objects and interstitial time’ in First Monday. 21 (10) DOI:

Mowlabocus, S., Haslop, C. & Dasgupta, R. (2016) ‘From scene to screen: the challenges and opportunities of commercial digital platforms for HIV community outreach programmes – a case study’ in Social Media & Society.
DOI: 10.1177/2056305116672886

Courses Taught

COMC 1101: Communication & Culture: History, Theory & Methods
COMC 3232: Class, Taste and  Mass Culture
DTEM 4480: Digital Media and Public Responsibility
DTEM 3447: Race, Gender and Digital Media
DTEM 1401: Introduction to Digital Technology & Emerging Media
DTEM 1402: Digital Cultures