Hello! I am an Assistant Professor of Media and Technology Studies in Clemson University’s Department of Communication.
My research and writing explore the articulations between media technologies, culture, and everyday life, and how each of these relates to and transforms the other. Much of this work is rooted in Cultural Studies, and draws on interpretive analysis and critical theory to trace the cultural politics of a variety of objects, practices, and ideas.
Currently, my research has four major poles. All of them are united through my investment in tracing and analyzing the mutually constitutive relationships between technology, communication, and culture.
- Wearable technologies and daily life. I research the relationship between the ways wearable technologies are imagined and implemented, particularly in regards to how these attempt to transform extant conceptualizations of everyday life in regards to normalcy, surveillance, institutionalization, and other modes of power. Some of my publications on wearables can be found here and here.
- Digital platform infrastructures. I research the cultural politics of digital platforms, including Netflix and Google, as well as more independently produced softwares and applications. This research blends textual platform analysis, policy studies, and infrastructure studies to examine how larger political ideologies shape a variety of taken-for-granted features. Some of my recent publications on digital platform infrastructures can be found here.
- Cultural Studies and the U.S. South. While the projects of Cultural Studies motivate all of my research strands, this pole is overtly trying to research how larger existential domains like technologies, politics, and economics shape cultural life in the U.S. South. Much of this work is currently being performed in relation to my Collaborative on Communication and Culture at Clemson University. Some of my recent publications on the U.S. South can be found here.
- Cultural politics of popular culture. I have written about how politics–in the sense of particular organizations and operations of power and ideology–have shaped things like the shift to streaming platforms, the use of visual effects in Hollywood cinema, the representation and historiography of 9/11, and more. You can find my most recent writing on this here.
I am also working on a book manuscript, tentatively titled Wearable Technologies and the Battle for Everyday Life. It explores how a variety of institutions have implemented wearable technologies across a range of programs as a means to purportedly learn about the everyday lives of populations. In doing so, it explores an emergent cultural politics around how the conceptualization of everyday life is increasingly transformed into a space of surveillance, data extraction, and standardization.