Gina Neff 2015 (150x200)Ph.D., Columbia University, 2004

Office: CMU 355

Dr. Gina Neff is an associate professor of communication at the University of Washington. She studies the contemporary economics of media production and the political economy of communication by examining the relationship between work and technology in both high-tech and media industries. Her book Venture Labor: Work and the Burden of Risk in Innovative Industries (MIT 2012) examines the risk and uncertainties borne by New York City’s new media pioneers during the first internet boom. She also co-edited Surviving the New Economy (Paradigm 2007). With Carrie Sturts Dossick, she runs the Project on Communication Technology and Organizational Practices, a research group studying the roles of communication technology in the innovation of complex building design and construction. Her work has been funded by the National Science Foundation, and she is currently at work on a three-year project funded by Intel studying the impact of social media and consumer health technologies on the organization of primary care.

She has a Ph.D. in sociology from Columbia University, where she remains an external faculty affiliate of the Center on Organizational Innovation. Fo 2012-13 she is a fellow at Princeton’s Center for Information Technology Policy and a visiting scholar at NYU’s Media, Culture and Communication department. She has held appointments at UC San Diego, UCLA, and Stanford University. In addition to academic outlets, her research and writing have been featured in The New York Times, Christian Science Monitor, Fortune, The American Prospect, and The Nation.

Selected Publications

Venture Labor: Work and the Burden of Risk in Innovative Industries.
MIT Press, 2012

Messy Talk and Clean Technology: Communication, Problem Solving and
Collaboration Using Building Information Modeling
. The Engineering
Project Organization Journal, 2011, 1, 83–93, with Carrie Sturts

A Case Study of the Failure of Digital Media to Cross Knowledge Boundaries in Virtual Construction in Information, Communication & Society, 13 (2010): 556-573 with Brittany Fiore-Silfvast and Carrie Sturts Dossick.

Organizational Divisions in BIM-Enabled Commercial Construction,
Journal of Construction Engineering and Management, 2010, 4, 459–467,
with Carrie Sturts Dossick.

The Lure of Risk: Surviving and Welcoming Uncertainty in the New Economy, in Amman, Carpenter, Neff, eds., Surviving the New Economy. Boulder, CO: Paradigm Publishers, 2007, pp 33-46.

Surviving the New Economy, Boulder, CO: Paradigm Publishers, 2007, edited with John Amman & Tris Carpenter.

The Changing Place of Cultural Production: Locating Social Networks in a Digital Media Industry, The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, 597 (2005): 134-152.

Entrepreneurial Labor among Cultural Producers: “Cool” Jobs in “Hot” Industries, Social Semiotics, 15 (2005): 307-334, with Elizabeth Wissinger & Sharon Zukin.

Permanently Beta: Responsive Organization in the Internet Era, in Philip Howard and Steve Jones, eds., Society Online: The Internet in Context, Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage, 2003, pp 173–188, with David Stark.