Kouross Esmaeli

Visiting Assistant Professor of Media Studies
With Pomona Since: 2023
  • Expertise


    Kouross Esmaeli concentrates on the intersection of media, race and capitalism. His forthcoming book, Schools and Screens, is based on six years of ethnographic research in the New York City public schools about the effects of digital technology on the education of young Americans. The book, based on his dissertation finished at NYU’s Department of Media, Culture & Communication, looks at the increase of educational technology (EdTech) in the school system and the ensuing proliferation of surveillance and sorting of students that maps onto the ongoing racial and class inequalities of American society.

    Kouross is also a journalist and documentary filmmaker. A founding board member of AMEJA (Arab & Middle Eastern Journalist Association), he has produced media from Iran, Iraq and Lebanon alongside the U.S. You can see some of his works at www.kouross.xyz.

    Kouross’ courses at Pomona include Capitalism, Technology, and Race and Self-Representation of Islam & the Middle East in American Media and he is very excited to offer The Dialectical Image in the Spring 2024 semester.

    Research Interests

    • Critical Race Studies
    • Political Economy of Technology & Media
    • Visual Culture
    • Mediated Self-representation
    • Education