My research is broadly a historical ethnography of masculinity, emerging media sciences and communication technologies in the British Mediterranean and other contested spaces. My first book manuscript will document the ways that English colonial administrators and scientists in Gibraltar used the post-War democratization of mass media technologies to render Gibraltarian men’s listening practices a political technology for producing colonial British-ness at the twilight of empire. I have published peer reviewed articles on the histories of masculinity and listening in Cultural Studies and Communication & Critical Cultural Studies. This work has been supported by research and training grants from the Social Science Research Council, National Science Foundation, National Museum of Natural History, University of Oregon’s Center for the Study of Women in Society, and Brandeis University.
For 2014-2015, I was a Julie & Rocky Dixon Fellow with Intel Labs. Where my book critiques the very real physical and symbolic violence done by media scientists in the British Empire, my “applied” work at Intel was committed to developing socially conscious methods that mitigate this violence. Working with Native American and migrant Oregonians, I designed and am prototyping Tinn – an application for tracking tinnitus flare ups and daily habits. More information about that project is available here.
My next major project will be a comparative historical ethnography of listening and journalism in the United States and British Mediterranean.
I have also published research on “scientistic misogyny” on Wikipedia, indigeneity and the infopolitics of corporate technology research in the United States, anti-Semitism and World of Warcraft, masculinity and mental illness as discussed ‘scientifically’ on US News Coverage, and the politic economic embodiments of the Toronto Zombie Walk. You can see a complete research portfolio on academia.edu