Heather Berg F'15

Heather  Berg
Assistant Professor
Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
Washington University in St. Louis

Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowships 2015
Doctoral Candidate
Feminist Studies
University of California, Santa Barbara
Porn Work: Adult Film at the Point of Production

Situating the feminized labor of porn performance in the context of neoliberal political economy, this interdisciplinary dissertation investigates labor politics, working conditions, and worker resistance in the US adult film industry. It draws from fieldwork and interviews with industry workers and management to explore how porn work is organized, distributed, and remunerated. Like so many jobs in today’s economy, porn work is overwhelmingly independently contracted and unprotected by labor regulation. At the same time, it offers for some workers a more creative and better-paid alternative to the other jobs on offer. The project investigates the creative strategies workers develop—ranging from individual efforts to resist precarity to formal and informal collective action—as they seek to navigate labor under late capitalism.