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 three major poles:
- 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 for 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.
I am also invested in the cultural politics of popular culture. While I am not actively writing about popular culture currently, I consider this area of research very much part of my intellectual commitments and my teaching. I have researched how popular culture is articulated to political ideologies in particular moments of time. For instance, I have studied the evolution of the superhero film as a political and popular formation in the decade after the 9/11 terrorist attacks. You can see find some of this writing here. I have also edited an anthology on Orson Welles, which focused on how Welles’s work operated contextually in relation to a variety of political, industrial, and cultural forces.
I am also working on a book manuscript, tentatively titled Mediating Habits: 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 argues for a cultural politics around how the conceptualization of everyday life is increasingly transformed into a space of surveillance, data extraction and analysis, and judgment based on standardization.