Kathleen Kuehn

Senior Lecturer
School of English, Film, Theatre and Media Studies


BA Rutgers

MA Arizona

PhD Pennsylvania State

Current research projects

My research generally attends to the political economy of digital media/technologies and consumer culture. Current research projects center on:

  • Digital privacy issues in New Zealand
  • User/producer labour in digital cultural production
  • Women's labour in the craft beer industry

Areas of supervision

  • digital and social media
  • surveillance
  • digital labour
  • creative labour
  • branding and consumer culture
  • political economy of media.

Recent publications


Kuehn, K. M. (2016). The Post-Snowden Era: Mass Surveillance and Privacy in New Zealand. Wellington: BWB Texts.

Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles:

Kuehn, K. M. (2017). Framing Mass Surveillance: Analyzing New Zealand’s Media Coverage of the Early Snowden Files. Journalism.

Kuehn, K. M. (2016). Branding the self on Yelp: Consumer reviewing as image entrepreneurship. Social Media + Society, (October-December, 2016), 1-9.

Jackson, S. & Kuehn, K. M. (2016). Open source, social activism and “necessary tradeoffs” in the digital enclosure: A case study of platform co-operative, Loomio.org. triple-c, 14 (2).

Kuehn, K. M. (2015). Brand local: Consumer evaluations as commodity activism. Journal of Consumer Culture. [Online before print; print forthcoming].

Book Chapters:

Kuehn, K. M. (2016). An ‘Office Sex Romp’ and the Economic Motivations of Mediated Voyeurism. In H. Mandell and M. Chen (Eds.) Scandal in a Digital Age, pp. 119-130. London: Palgrave MacMillan.

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