My teaching and research focuses on theoretical approaches to media and culture, with an emphasis on the relation between technology and ideology. My current research is divided into two separate projects. The first is a manuscript examining the hysterical discourse of contemporary conservative media, including chapters on Citizens United documentaries, Glenn Beck and Fox News, and Internet sites like the Drudge Report. The second project, The World in Miniature, studies such new media phenomena as tilt-shift video, Google Earth, and social network timelines through the lens of cinematic special effects.
“Seeing, Sensing, Saying: Holding Patterns in The Homesman (2014).” Forthcoming in Intertexts.
“Alternating Influences: Sublimation in Time-Travel Cinema.” Forthcoming in World Picture.
“Circumstantial Sublimation and Steven Soderbergh’s Ordinary Objects.” Psychoanalysis, Culture & Society 23.2 (June 2018): 123-40.
“‘The Things You Don’t Choose’: Ethics, Singularity, and Gone Baby Gone (2007).” Discourse: Journal for Theoretical Studies in Media and Culture 39.1 (Winter 2017): 117-39.
“Improvisational Ethics and Moral Interfaces in Déjà Vu (2006).” Cultural Critique 97 (Fall 2017): 105-27.
“‘The Things You Don’t Choose’: Ethics, Singularity, and Gone Baby Gone (2007).” Discourse: Journal for Theoretical Studies in Media Culture (forthcoming)
“Beyond Bias: Stock Imagery and Paradigmatic Politics in Citizens United Documentaries.” Jump Cut (link)
“The Price of Knowledge: Hysterical Discourse in Anti-Michael Moore Documentaries.” The Comparatist 39 (October 2015): 80-100.
"The Digital Subject.” Introduction to Special Section and Guest Editor. Psychoanalysis, Culture & Society 18.1 (2013).
"Phatic Touch, or, The Instance of the Gadget in the Unconscious." Paragraph 33.3 (2010).
"Auto-Motivations: Digital Cinema and Kiarostami's Relational Aesthetics." The Velvet Light Trap 66 (2010).
Kino Ex Nihilo. World Picture 2 (Autumn 2008)
Intro to TV and New Media
Media and Psychoanalysis
Philosophy of Technology in Film and Media
Videogames, Aesthetics, Culture
Ph.D., Screen Studies, Oklahoma State University.
MA, English Literature, SUNY-Buffalo.
BA, Honors in English, California State University-Northridge