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CURRICULUM VITAE

EDUCATION

 

2015    Ph.D., Anthropology, University of California, Irvine

              Doctoral dissertation title: Acceleration and Information: Managing South Korean Online Gaming Culture.

              Advisors: Keith M. Murphy (chair), Bill Maurer, Tom Boellstorff

           

2005    A.M., Social Sciences, The University of Chicago

              Master's thesis title: Semiotic Weapons: Tracking the Circulation of the Abu Ghraib Photographs.

2003    B.A., Cross-Cultural Relations, Simon's Rock College of Bard            

              Bachelor's thesis title: 'From Tindouf to Colomb-Bechar': Competing Discourses on Self-Determination in the Western Sahara                     Conflict.

 

ACADEMIC APPOINTMENTS

2019-           Research Assistant Professor, Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences Division, Colorado School of Mines

2018-2019    Postdoctoral Scholar, Department of Anthropology, UC-Irvine

 

2017            Lecturer, Department of Communication, UC-San Diego

2015-2017    Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Bucknell University

2014            Teaching Associate, Division of Social Sciences, UC-Irvine

2008-2013    Graduate Teaching Assistant, Division of Social Sciences, UC-Irvine

2008            Adjunct Instructor, College of Arts and Sciences, South University, Montgomery, AL Campus

 

RESEARCH INTERESTS

 

South Korea; digital culture; games studies; science and technology studies; medical anthropology; linguistic anthropology; social studies of finance; financial inclusion.

 

COURSES TAUGHT         

           

Computer Games Studies (COMM 105G); Introduction to Cultural Anthropology (ANTH 109); Medical Anthropology (ANTH 290); Digital Culture & Cybersociality (ANTH 250); Language & Culture (ANTH 204); Introduction to Sociology (SOC 1001)

 

PUBLICATIONS

 

Journal Articles

n.d.      Conaway, Evan, Tania DoCarmo, John Emery, Noopur Raval, and Stephen C. Rea“The Law in Computation: Machine Learning,               Artificial Intelligence, and Big Data in the Age of Algorithmic Governance.

2019     “Chronotopes and Social Types in South Korean Digital Gaming.” Signs and Society (Special Issue: When Time Matters) 7 (1):                     (115-136).

2018    “Calibrating Play: Sociotemporality in South Korean Digital Gaming Culture.” American Anthropologist 120 (3): 500-11.

2016    “Crafting Stars: South Korean e-Sports and the Emergence of a Digital Gaming Culture.” Education About Asia (Special Issue:                     Sports, Culture and Asia) 21 (2): 22-27.

 

2013    Maurer, Bill, Taylor C. Nelms, and Stephen C. Rea. “Bridges to Cash: Channelling Agency in Mobile Money.” Journal of the                          Royal Anthropological Institute 19 (1): 52-74.

 

Chapters in Edited Volumes

 

2017    Rea, Stephen C., Ursula Dalinghaus, Taylor C. Nelms, and Bill Maurer. “Riding the Rails of Mobile Payments: Financial                               Inclusion, Mobile Phones, and Infrastructure.” In The Routledge Companion to Digital Ethnography, Larissa Hjorth, Heather Horst,               Anne Galloway, and Genevieve Bell, eds. Pp. 363-373. New York: Routledge.

 

2017    “Mobilizing Games, Disrupting Culture.” In Mobile Gaming in Asia: Politics, Culture and Emerging Technologies, Dal Yong Jin, ed.               Pp. 73-89. New York: Springer.

Reprints

2018      Maurer, Bill, Taylor C. Nelms, and Stephen C. Rea. “Bridges to Cash: Channelling Agency in Mobile Money.” In Linguistic and      

              Material Intimacies of Cell Phones, Joshua A. Bell and Joel C. Kuipers, eds. Pp. 69-97. New York: Routledge.

Book Reviews

 

2017    “The Sociology of Speed: Digital, Organizational, and Social Temporalities.” Information, Communication & Society 20 (12): 1821-               1823.

 

Online Publications

2018    (August 19). “STS in Practice Ad Hoc Committee Report: Current State of the Field and Recommendations for Future                     

              Development.” Society for the Social Studies of Science. Available online: 

              http://4sonline.org/files/4S_STS_in_Practice_AdHoc_Committee_Report_8_16_2018.pdf.

 

2017    (November 1). “Can Financial Inclusion be Synonymous with Financial Justice and Equity?” IMTFI Blog. Available online:                             http://blog.imtfi.uci.edu/2017/11/can-financial-inclusion-be-synonymous.html.

 

2012    Maurer, Bill, and Stephen Rea. (April 2, 4, 5, and 7). “Toward Cashlessness?”; “Cash: Killing It, or Building Bridges to It?”; “Cash               as Social Infrastructure”; and “Platform, Infrastructure, Utility?” Credit Slips: A Discussion on Credit, Finance, and Bankruptcy.                   Available online: http://www.creditslips.org/creditslips/MaurerReaAuthor.html.      

 

Other Publications

2019    Callahan, Jessica, Mizuko Ito, Stephen Campbell Rea, and Amanda Wortman. “Influences on Occupational Identity in      

             Adolescence: A Review of Research and Programs.” Connected Learning Alliance. 

2019    “Core Processors and Data Integration in the Credit Union System.” Filene Research Institute, Center for Emerging

              Technology.

2018    Nelms, Taylor C. and Stephen C. Rea. The Credit Union of the 21st Century.” Filene Research Institute, Center for Emerging

              Technology.

2017    Rea, Stephen C., and Taylor C. Nelms. “Mobile Money: The First Decade.” IMTFI, Working Paper 2017-1.

 

2014    “Prospects for Digital Financial Inclusion in Nigeria: Savings, Payments, and Regulatory Environment,” Financial Inclusion                           Insights/InterMedia, 2014 FII Open Data Analysis Challenge.      

 

Manuscripts in Preparation

 

n.d.     Rea, Stephen C., and Taylor C. Nelms. “Mobile Money and Development: Insights from a Decade of Qualitative Field Research.”              (article in preparation).

 

n.d.     “‘100’: Alternative Orthographies and Spatiotemporal Signaling in South Korean Online Games” (article in preparation).

 

n.d.     “‘From Heroes to Monsters’: Online Games, Addiction, and Governance in South Korea” (article in preparation).

 

n.d.     Accelerated Play: Speed, Selves, and Digital Games in South Korea (monograph in preparation).

 

Media Contributions

2019    Podcast: “The Credit Union of the 21st Century!” Filene Fill-In (Episode 49). Available online.

2019    Nelms, Taylor, and Stephen Rea. “No Love Lost: What Credit Unions Can Expect From Cores of the Future.” Credit Union        

              Times (February 15). Available online.

2018    Podcast: “Stephen Rea & Taylor Nelms: An Anthropological Conversation about Mobile Money & Financial Technologies,” The                     Human Show (Episode 12). Available online.

 

2013    Video: “[SPL] Interview with anthropology PhD candidate 'Stephen Campbell Rea',” EsportsTV, Seoul, South Korea. Available                       online.

 

FELLOWSHIPS, GRANTS, AND AWARDS

 

2013    Social Computing Graduate Award, Intel Science and Technology Center for Social Computing, UC-Irvine.  

 

2012    Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grant, The National Science Foundation (BCS-1155399), Bodies, Computers, and                   Productivity in South Korea.

        

2012    Field Research Fellowship, The Korea Foundation, Garbage People and Model Workers: Bodies, Computers, and Productivity in                   South Korea.       

2009    PaPR @ UCI research grant presented by Intel, UC-Irvine.

 

OTHER RESEARCH EXPERIENCE

 

2017-2019      Researcher, Filene Research Institute, Madison, WI.

2018              Consultant, Digital Media Learning Hub, UC-Irvine.

2017-2018      Assistant Researcher, Institute for Money, Technology and Financial Inclusion, UC-Irvine.

2017-2018      Consultant, National Academy of Sciences, Washington, D.C.

 

2010-2015      Graduate Student Researcher/Research Associate, Institute for Money, Technology and Financial Inclusion, UC-Irvine.

 

2013-2014      Social Computing Graduate Researcher, Intel Science and Technology Center, UC-Irvine.

 

CONFERENCES

 

Panels Organized and Chaired

 

2016    “Infrastructure And/As Ethics, Part II.” Panel chair at the 115th Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association,                       Minneapolis, MN.

        

2014    “On Things Immaterial: Data, Users, and Participation in Digital Technologies.” Panel chair and co-organizer (with Elizabeth A.                     Rodwell) for the 113th Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association, Washington, D.C.

Papers and Posters Presented

2017    “Of Chronotopes and Calibration: Playful Sociotemporalities in/around South Korean Digital Gaming.” Paper presented at the                     116th Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association, Washington, D.C.

 

2016    “Calibrating Play: Speed, Infrastructure, and Ethics in South Korea's Information Society.” Paper presented at the 115th                                 Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association, Minneapolis, MN.

 

2015    “'100': Signaling Technologies and Strategies in Social Situations across the Online/Offline Gap.” Paper presented at the 114th                   Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association, Denver, CO.

           

2015    “Acceleration and Recalibration: Managing Temporality and Sociality in South Korean Information Society.” Paper presented at                   4S Annual Meeting Denver 2015, Denver, CO.

 

2015    “Extending Play Ad Infinitum: Temporal Aesthetics and Ethical Implications of Play in Korean MMORPGs.” Paper presented at                     Rutgers Media Conference: Extending Play (The Sequel), Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ.

 

2014    “The Ambiguity of Participation: The Places and Times of Play in South Korean Online Gaming Culture.” Paper presented at the                   113th Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association, Washington, D.C.

 

2014    “Acceleration and Information: Managing Subjectivities of South Korean Online Gaming Culture.” Poster session presented at the               Intel Science and Technology Center for Social Computing All Hands Retreat Georgia Tech Hotel and Convention Center, Atlanta,               GA.

           

2014    “Speed, Games, and Cultural Aesthetics in Contemporary South Korean Information Culture.” Paper presented at the 23rd Annual               Columbia Graduate Student Conference on East Asia, Columbia University, New York, NY.

 

2014    Nokada, jookdori, and the Pace of Life in Contemporary South Korea.” Paper presented at the 2nd Annual USC Korean Studies                   Institute Graduate Student Symposium, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA.

INVITED LECTURES

2018    "How to Build a World-class Information Society." Guest lecture presented to the Department of Communication, COMM 106I:    

              Internet Industries, UC-San Diego, San Diego, CA, January 18.

2017    “Acceleration and Information: Managing South Korean Digital Gaming Culture.” Guest lecture presented to the Department of                   Anthropology, ANTH 109 03: Introduction to Cultural Anthropology, Bucknell University, Lewisburg, PA, March 24.

2017    “Ethnography in/and Virtual Worlds.” Guest lecture presented to the Department of Sociology & Anthropology, ANTH 203:                           Hazards, Risks, and Disasters: The Anthropology of a Dangerous World, Bucknell University, Lewisburg, PA, March 21.

2016    “Ethnographic Methods and Practical Design Solutions.” Guest lecture presented to the Department of Electrical & Computer                     Engineering, ECEG 409: Engineering: A Humanist Enterprise, Bucknell University, Lewisburg, PA, November 1.

2016    “Ethnography in/and Virtual Worlds.” Guest lecture presented to the Department of Sociology & Anthropology, ANTH 201: Field                   Research in Local Communities, Bucknell University, Lewisburg, PA, October 31.

 

2015    “Sports: “e-” and Otherwise.” Guest lecture presented to the International Studies Program, I/ST 100: Global Citizenship, CSU                     Long Beach, Long Beach, CA, March 12.

 

2013    “A Social History of Professional StarCraft in South Korea.” Guest lecture presented to the Department of Informatics, ICS 60:                     Video Games and Society, UC-Irvine, Irvine, CA, November 26.

 

Invited Presentations

                    

2014    “Accelerating Information: The Speed of South Korean Online Gaming Culture.” Invited talk at the Department of Communication,               Ibero University, Mexico City, Mexico, February 5.

           

2014    “Problematic Play: Institutional Discipline in South Korean Online Gaming Culture.” Presentation given to the Intel Science and                   Technology Center for Social Computing, UC-Irvine, Irvine, CA, January 21.

 

MENTORING ACTIVITIES

2017            ANTH 326 – Advanced Reading in Anthropology, independent study with John Henry on sociality in an amateur e-sports                               community, Bucknell University.

2016-2017    Mentoring for Ho Yeon Park, independent field study on South Korean secondary education, supported by Bucknell                                     University Department of Sociology & Anthropology Meerwarth Grant, Bucknell University.

2016            ANTH 325 – Advanced Reading in Anthropology, independent study with Margarita Carpio on transnational Filipino/a                                     migration and remittances, Bucknell University.

2014-2015    Mentoring for Chris Gavriliuc, independent research project comparing state-by-state legislation on payday lending and                               auto title loans, UC-Irvine.

 

PROFESSIONAL SERVICE

 

2018            Chair, 4S STS in Practice Ad Hoc Committee

2013-2014    Curriculum analyst, Anthropology Undergraduate Committee, UC-Irvine

 

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

American Anthropological Association

Society for the Social Studies of Science

EPIC (Ethnographic Praxis in Industry)