I research the cultural politics of media culture, especially (though not only) as they pertain to questions of sexual identity and desire. Of particular interest: how media forms like cinema, television, social media networks and internet memes inform and are informed by ideas about emotion as they circulate in the contemporary U.S. My research is animated by questions like: How does anger shape our experiences of using the internet? Why might we raise an eyebrow at a particular movie or internet meme? How is sexuality represented in various media forms and what does it tell us about U.S. national identity?
My book, Feeling Normal: Sexuality and Media Criticism in the Digital Age (Indiana, 2017), was named an Outstanding Academic Title for 2017 by Choice, the publication of the American Library Association. My research has appeared in journals like Cinema Journal, Feminist Media Histories, Television & New Media, Popular Communication, Velvet Light Trap, Film Criticism, Journal of Popular Film and Television, and Quarterly Review of Film and Video. I am an Associate Editor for the journal Communication, Culture, and Critique and I have served on the editorial boards of Film Criticism and Queer Studies in Media & Popular Culture. I am also a member of the Board of Directors of the Society for Cinema and Media Studies.
Learning & Teaching
Media Structures, Media Theory, Media Historiography, Mediating Gender and Sexuality, Race and the Media, Queer Theory, Senior Seminar in Sexual Politics, Senior Seminar in Queer Studies