Bernadette "bird" Bowen's (She/they/Dr.) is a critical media ecologist (art, activism, academia) content creator, publishes poetry, earned a PhD in Media and Communication, and a BGSU Women, Gender, Sexualities Studies certificate.
Alongside a handful of colleagues since 2019, Dr. bird has helped spearhead a critical feminist wave of media ecology that incorporates cultural studies, further exemplifying their personal critical media ecological framework within her dissertation project entitled "From the Boardroom to the Bedroom: Sexual Ecologies in the Algorithmic Age”. Their project was a critical feminist and media ecological analysis of biomimetic sextech device advertisements marketed to vulva-havers, that anticipated the “rise of lonely single men” and mass neuroqueer self-realizations happening platforms like on TikTok in the ongoing COVID-19 envirusment (environment + virus). Their two-part memoir series "Neuroqueer Self-Realizations in the Algorithmic Envirusment" continues this work and is available to buy from most major retailers.
In 2019, at their first Media Ecology Association conference, they were awarded the Top Convention Paper. Since then they have published over eighty published poems, and academic articles on algorithmic age phenomena on topics like Leftbook memes, digital and algorithmic evidence of love, the sexually violent U.S. ecology, and color-paved racisms. At the end of their PhD, they won the Urban Communication Foundation / Media Ecology Association student research grant to publish their paper “Car as extension of whiteness: Not everyone’s skin has been extended equally” in Explorations in Media Ecology (EME).
Since finishing their PhD, Dr. bird has gained followers rapidly on TikTok, and continues sharing their experiences, serving as a human-centric resource on applied critical media ecology for (especially, queer autistic and trans, victim and/or survivor, millennials / Gen Z) folks who continue struggling to exist in a colonial capitalist system. Thus far, they have been interviewed in the Detroit News, Good Morning America, The Washington Post, and The Chronicle of Higher Education. Their motivation for doing research is to share information with the public in the most connected era in history. Dr. bird has been teaching public speaking for nearly a decade, and does so, currently at Miami.