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Claudia Skinner


Ph.D. Candidate in American Studies and Culture

B.A. Honours (First Class) in American Studies, & Government and International Relations, University of Sydney, Australia.


Currently serves as the graduate assistant for WSU’s Undocumented Initiatives.

Research & Teaching Interests

Critical Popular Culture Studies
Digital Humanities
Gender and Sexuality
Comparative Ethnic Studies
American Studies
Cultural Studies

Selected Publications 

Skinner, Claudia (2022). ““Do you want to form an alliance with me?”: Glimpses of Utopia in the Works of Queer Women and Non-Binary Creators on TikTok,” chapter in TikTok Cultures in the United States. Trevor Boffone, ed. Routledge.

Conferences, Invited Talks, and Presentations

Skinner, Claudia. Presenter; “Oops, I Did it Again: TikTok and the Queer Art of Failure” for the Cultural Studies Association Conference; Chicago; June, 2022.

Skinner, Claudia. Invited Talk, “Queer TikTok,” for Dr. Trevor Boffone’s “Introduction to LGBT Studies” course, via Zoom, November 2021.

Skinner, Claudia. Presenter; ““Do you want to form an alliance with me?”: Sapphic techno-corporeal communities on TikTok during COVID-19” for the Cultural Studies Association Conference; via Zoom; June, 2021.

Skinner, Claudia. Organizer/Facilitator; “Bringing to Light Hidden Stories” for Women’s History Month, a collaboration between Undocumented Initiatives and the WSU Women*s Center; via Zoom; March 19th, 2021.

Skinner, Claudia, Invited Talk, “A Cluster is Born: Sense8 and Other Televisual Safe Spaces,” for Dr. Amy Nusbaum’s “Introduction to Psychology” course, WSU campus, Pullman, WA, December 2019.

Skinner, Claudia. Organizer/Facilitator, “The World Café,” session for UndocuQueer, Seattle, WA, November 2019.


Skinner, Claudia. Dean’s List of Excellence in Academic Performance, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, The University of Sydney, 2017.

Skinner, Claudia. Best American Studies Honours Thesis, United States Studies Centre, The University of Sydney, 2017.

Claudia Skinner

Ph.D. Candidate, Teaching Assistant
Thompson Hall 205
509 335 4277