Visiting Assistant Professor of New Media Studies
Her scholarly interests include race, digital media, feminist media studies, American studies, media and citizenship, critical theory, and histories of capitalism. Her research focuses on how U.S. media provide templates for racialized citizenship and subjectivity. In particular, she is interested in how emotion, produced by media's pedagogical use of the history of slavery, becomes a powerful site through which to shape and manage race.
Her publications include "'How Many Slaves Work for You?': Race, New Media, and Neoliberal Consumer Activism," published in the Journal of Consumer Culture; "Advance Your Freedom: Race, Enterprise, and Neoliberal Governmentality on From G's to Gents," published in Television and New Media; "The Haunting of Evidence," co-authored with Stephen Dillon and published in Cultural Studies/Critical Methodologies; and "'This Baby Sloth Will Inspire You to Keep Going': Capital, Labor, and the Affective Power of Cute Animal Videos," forthcoming in the edited collection The Affects and Aesthetics of Cuteness. She is currently working on a book manuscript preliminarily titled Pedagogies of Slavery: Race, Media, and Citizenship, and a co-authored project with Laurie Ouellette on reality TV programming on prisons.
In this 200-level course, we will examine where the categories "media" and "environment" intersect, focusing in particular on the central role that media play in communicating about climate change and environmental degradation. We will also engage media studies scholarship that theorizes the environmental impact of media technologies, especially emerging media. We will cover an array of topics, including e-waste and techno trash, environmental justice, undersea cable systems, greenwashing and consumer activism, "green" TV, ecofeminism, cultures of climate change, and race and the anthropocene. Some questions to guide our inquiry include: What discourses about nature and the environment do media (including journalism, film, television, advertising, websites) produce? How have scholars analyzed the environmental effects of an increasingly digital world? How have activists used media to combat environmental degradation? We will draw from a range of texts, including documentary film, popular media, journalism, and advertising.
When Edward Snowden leaked classified documents detailing the U.S. government's extensive surveillance apparatus, uproar ensued. From critics who accused him of treason to supporters who were outraged by what the documents contained, Snowden became a polarizing figure who shed light on the massive reach of the NSA. In this 100-level course, we will examine the proliferation of surveillance in the digital age. We will historicize surveillance technologies, beginning with slavery and Foucault's theorization of the Panopticon to the quotidian surveillance of today. We will examine a wide range of topics, including visibility/invisibility, slavery, terrorism, migration and the state, privacy, incarceration, health, social media, data mining, biometrics, Wikileaks, participation, and policy. Together, we will work to define what surveillance means in the digital age, particularly as it relates to the politics of race, gender, sexuality, and capitalism. We will engage a variety of theoretical, historical, and popular texts, including documentary film, literature, and reality television. We will also address contemporary resistance to surveillance such as counter-surveillance and cultural/artistic responses.