A little bit of a narrative about my development as a researcher and writer:
I received my B.A. in Film and Media Studies from the University of South Carolina. I was trained in film production, as well as film and media history. I also worked as an award-winning writer and arts and entertainment editor for The Daily Gamecock. My honors thesis was titled America Behind the Mask: The Superhero Film and Post-9/11 World.
I attended graduate school at the University of California, Los Angeles, where I earned my M.A. in Film and Television. During my two years at UCLA, I was trained in archival research, historiography, and media industry studies, with an emphasis on Hollywood and minor emphases on national cinema as a category of analysis. I began work on my first anthology, co-edited with my colleague Matthias Stork, called Superhero Synergies: Comic Book Characters Go Digital (Rowman & Littlefield, 2014).
I decided to leave UCLA and perform my doctorate research at Indiana University’s Department of Communication and Culture because of a desire to transition my background in media studies into cultural studies work, as well as position myself more within communication. At Indiana, I pivoted more forcefully into critical technology studies and began research wearable technologies. This culminated in my dissertation: Knowing the Everyday: Wearable Technologies and the Informatic Domain, which I successfully defended in 2018. Ted Striphas directed this dissertation, and it is from Ted that I credit much of my understanding of the histories and projects of Cultural Studies in which my work takes part.
During my time at Indiana, I also had the privilege to work on a variety of initiatives. I’m most proud of my work on our Centennial Symposium celebrating the life and work of Orson Welles in 2015. I worked to gather some of the most innovative research presented at this Symposium and have contributors expand it into essays that became Orson Welles in Focus: Texts and Contexts (Indiana University Press, 2018).
While my research interests changed a lot during my training, I have always been committed to the concept of “culture”–that is, the objects, values, and ways of life that organize and give shape to people’s existence. Media and technology are, to me, vital parts of culture, and my research works to understand the interrelationships between these things.
I began work at Clemson University in Fall 2018 as an Assistant Professor of Media and Technology Studies in the Department of Communication. During my brief time at Clemson, I have worked on the department’s critical-cultural studies course offerings for undergraduates, as well as becoming involved with our graduate program. We offer a terminal Masters in Community, Technology, and Society, and I have been fortunate to teach core courses and work with mentoring graduate students from the moment I arrived.
I’m currently working on a number of research projects. Most notably is a monograph that examines the ways in which wearable technologies are implemented as means to learn about and analyze the everyday lives of people.