Tamara Kneese

Tamara Kneese

Assistant Professor

Program Director • Full-Time Faculty

(415) 422-5871


Prior to her appointment at USF, Tamara Kneese received a PhD from the Department of Media, Culture, and Communication at New York University, an MA in social sciences and anthropology from the University of Chicago, and a BA in anthropology from Kenyon College. Her work has been supported by the Mellon Foundation, the American Council of Learned Societies, the Data & Society Research Institute, the Intel Science & Technology Center for Social Computing, the Consortium for History of Science, Technology, and Medicine, and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council.

In general, she researches, writes, and teaches about the intersection of digital media and material culture. Her work has been published in academic journals such as Social Media + Society, Cultural Studies, and Social Text and in popular outlets including The New Inquiry, Public Books, Slate, and The Atlantic.

Program Director, Gender and Sexualities Studies
Assistant Professor, Media Studies
PhD, New York University
MA, University of Chicago
BA, Kenyon College
Science and technology studies
Feminist theory
Cultural history
Platform labor
Death and mourning rituals
Social media practices
Silicon Valley and startup culture
Selected Publications

Kneese, T. and M. Palm. (2020). “Brick-and-Platform: Listing Labor in the Digital Vintage Economy.” Social Media + Society. Special collection on the “Platformization of Cultural Production.” Edited by Brooke Erin Duffy, David Nieborg, and Thomas Poell.  

Hobart, H. and T. Kneese. (2020). "Radical Care: Survival Strategies for Uncertain Times." Social Text 38 (1 (142)): 1–16. Introduction to special issue on “Radical Care” (co-edited with Hi'ilei Julia Kawehipuaakahaopulani Hobart). 

Kneese, T. (2019). “Death, Disrupted.” Continent 8(1-2). Special issue on Apocryphal Technologies. 

Kneese, T. (2019). “Networked Heirlooms: The Affective and Financial Logics of Digital Estate Planning.” Cultural Studies 33(2).

Kneese, T. (2018). “Mourning the Commons: Circulating Affect in Crowdfunded Funeral Campaigns.” Social Media + Society. Special issue on Mediatization of emotion on social media: forms and norms in digital mourning practices. Edited by Korina Giaxoglou and Katrin Döveling. 

Awards & Distinctions

Contemporary Death Studies in Anthropology, Advanced Seminar at the School for Advanced Research, Santa Fe, NM, organized with Shannon Lee Dawdy, awarded and scheduled for Fall 2018.

Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowship, 2015-2016.

Consortium for the History of Science, Technology and Medicine Research Fellowship, 2015-2016.