Assistant Professor of Media & Communication Studies
University of Maryland, Baltimore County
Broadly,I am a research methodologist with specializations in quantitative and qualitative research methodologies, the history of social science, and psycho- and techno- somatics. My research focuses on masculinity, media technoscience, and the state in the post-World War II British and American Empires, examining the somatic relationship between gendered violence and (declining) communications infrastructure. I have a PhD from the interdisciplinary Communication & Society program at the University of Oregon, and graduate certificates in Women’s & Gender Studies and New Media & Culture. I have an MA in Cultural Production (Psychological Anthropology and Philosophy) from Brandeis University.
I have published research on media sciences and indigenous information politics in the United States; masculinity, technology, sound, and desire in Gibraltar; the FBI, GSI, and MI6 surveillance of jazz musicians; muzak and post-nationalist identity in Gozo; expertise and misogyny on English Wikipedia; and the queer, somatic dimensions of “the political” in the Toronto Zombie Walks.
As a technologist, I’ve built the web infrastructure for the Fembot Collective; managed and modified the open-review system for Ada: A Journal of Gender, New Media, and Technology; built a feminist twitter chat bot to curb misogyny, racism, and homophobia on Twitter (sadly defunct because of new T&C); and collaborated with feminists and activists in University of Washington’s Community Data Science workshop to train activists to use “big data” in public advocacy. My research has been supported by research and training grants from the Social Science Research Council, the National Science Foundation, the University of Oregon, and Brandeis University.
In addition to my life as a researcher, I am an active jazz bassist. I have toured both the United States and Europe with a number of fantastic musicians and artists.