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
- COMM 126, Media Structures
- COMM 234, Media Theory
- COMM 229, Mediating Gender and Sexuality (also WMST 229, QS 236)
- COMM 239, Mediating Race and Ethnicity (also BLST 239)
- COMM 307, Media Historiography
- COMM 421, Sexual Politics
- QS 227, Queer Theory
- QS 400, Senior Seminar in Queer Studies
- W101, Freshman Writing Seminar: Writing about Reality Television
- Associate Professor, Denison University, 2017-Present
- Assistant Professor, Denison University, 2012-2017
- A. W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow, College, 2010-2012
- Secretary, Society for Cinema and Media Studies.
- Associate Editor, Communication, Culture, and Critique
- Editorial Board, Film Criticism and Queer Studies in Media & Popular Culture
- Outstanding Academic Title (Feeling Normal: Sexuality and Media Criticism in the Digital Age), Choice magazine
- Dissertation Award, Society for Cinema and Media Studies
- Top Paper Award, LGBT Studies Division, National Communication Association