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Ben Pettis

Curriculum Vitae

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PhD - Media and Cultural Studies - (In Progress)

University of Wisconsin-Madison

M.A. - Communication Studies - May 2020

Colorado State University
Thesis: The Tumblr Porn Ban: The Platform Triad and the Shaping of Online Spaces

B.A. - Media Studies - June 2018
B.A. - Cinema Studies - June 2018

University of Oregon
Thesis: Pepe the Frog: A Case Study of the Internet Meme and Its Potential Subversive Power to Challenge Cultural Hegemonies


Teaching Assistant

University of Wisconsin-Madison, Department of Communication Arts
Fall 2020-Fall 2022

Project Assistant

University of Wisconsin-Madison, Department of Communication Arts
Summer 2021-Summer 2022
Assistant to Dr. Eric Hoyt. Front-end database development and UX design for PodcastRE, Media History Digital Library, and the Wisconsin Center for Film and Television Research

Research Assistant

Colorado State University, Department of Communication Studies
Summer 2019
Assistant to Dr. Evan Elkins. Conducted primary and secondary research on U.S. internet infrastructure.

Teaching Assistant

Colorado State University, Department of Communication Studies
Fall 2018-Spring 2020


Pettis, Ben T., 2021. Know Your Meme and the Homogenization of Web History. Internet Histories.

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"Capturing reCAPTCHA: Preserving Ephemeral Web Interactions." DH Unbound. May 2022.

“The Next Generation of Podcasting Has [Not] Arrived: The Potential and Failure of the Video Podcast.” Society for Cinema and Media Studies Annual Conference. March 2022.

“Know your Meme and the Homogenization of Web History.” Association of Internet Researchers Annual Conference. October 2021.

“From Deep-Fried Memes to ‘It Needs more JPEG’: Image Degradation and the Material Traces of Copying.” Society for Cinema and Media Studies Annual Conference. March 2021.

“‘A Better, More Positive Tumblr:’ Regulating Obscenity and Defining Community Standards on Social Media Platforms.” Society for Cinema and Media Studies Annual Conference. Denver, CO. April 2020. (Conference cancelled due to COVID-19)

“Finstas, Young Adults, and Stardom: The Construction and Presentation of Identities on Instagram.” National Communication Association Annual Convention. Baltimore, MA. November 2019. Top Paper Award, Master’s Education Section

“The Tumblr Porn Ban: Power Imbalances of Corporate Personhood.” Poster presented at: 2019 CSU Graduate Student Showcase. Fort Collins, CO. November 2019.

“Pepe the Frog and Drake Approves: Variances in the Exploitability of Meme Genres.” Society for Cinema and Media Studies Annual Conference. Seattle, WA. March 2019.

“Pepe the Frog: A Case Study in ‘Meme Magic.’” What is Universe? Communication, Complexity, Coherence. University of Oregon, Portland, OR. April 2018.


Pettis, Ben T., 2022. The New Laws of Love: Online Dating and the Privatization of Intimacy by Marie Bergström. Internet Histories.

Pettis, Ben T., 2020. The Costs of Connection: How Data is Colonizing Human Life and Appropriating It for Capitalism by Nick Couldry and Ulises Ali Mejias. Critical Studies in Media Communication.


University of Wisconsin-Madison
Intro to Digital Media Production (CA 155)
Fall 2021, Spring 2022, Fall 2022
  • Teaching Assistant
  • Organized separate lab sections and provided guidance and instruction on photography, print design, website coding, audio, and video projects.
Survey of Contemporary Media (CA 250)
Fall 2020, Spring 2021
  • Teaching Assistant
  • Taught as an online course with asynchronous lecture and synchronous discussion sections
Colorado State University
Public Speaking (SPCM 200)
Fall 2018, Spring 2019, Fall 2019, Spring 2020
  • Instructor of Record
INTO Pathways (SPCM 200)
Fall 2019, Spring 2020
  • Instructor of Record
  • Taught multiple sections of SPCM 200 with seats reserved for students enrolled in CSU’s INTO Pathways program. This program provides opportunities for undergraduate and graduate level international students to improve their English and academic performance during their first semesters at an American university.


Helen K. Herman Memorial Fund Scholarship
University of Wisconsin-Madison - Department of Communication Arts
Spring 2021
Top Paper Award
National Communication Association - Master's Education Section
November 2019
Gordon F. Hostettler Award
Colorado State University - Department of Communication Studies
Fall 2019
Outstanding Media Studies Student Award
University of Oregon - School of Journalism and Communication
2017, 2018


ACT Human Rights Film Festival - Programming Committee
Colorado State University - Department of Communication Studies
  • Screened and recommended films for the annual ACT Human Rights Film Festival.


Sustainable Cities Year Program - Report Coordinator
University of Oregon - Sustainable Cities Institute
  • Organized the work of student report writers for the Sustainable Cities Year Program (SCYP)
  • Communicated with UO Faculty, Students, SCI Staff, and Partner Community representatives to organize and facilitate the SCYP report process.
  • Reviewed drafts of student reports, and performed edits for organization, clarity, and overall SCI style guidelines.
  • Ensured that student work was completed and delivered to the partner communities by appropriate deadlines.
Camp Director
Denver Area Council, Boy Scouts of America
  • Planned and developed a summer camp progam including hiring staff, communication with unit leaders, and coordination with other council employees.
  • Trained camp staff and provided resources and guidance to support the educational goals of the summer camp program.
  • Supervised daily operation of the camp, equipment safety, and facility usage.
  • Directed staff in enforcing camp and council policies and procedures.


Professional Development
Fall 2020
  • Trauma-informed Pedagogy, University of Wisconsin Delta Program
Fall 2019
  • Graduate Teaching Certificate, CSU Institute for Learning and Teaching (TILT)
Fall 2018
  • Inclusive Pedagogy and Praxis Workshop, CSU College of Liberal Arts
Digital Media Skills
  • Digital Photography and Videography
  • Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, and Premiere
  • HTML, CSS, and PHP
  • Ruby, Ruby on Rails
  • Python