Instructor, Honors College
Fundamentally, my general intellectual orientations are shaped by questions of how phenomena come to matter - in terms of meaningful attachment and material manifestation - in public culture. Much of my scholarly work engages with how relations and social imaginaries are aesthetically and affectively shaped. Previous research includes how combat trauma has been made visually and sonically legible in photography and popular music. Visual culture remains central to my current research, particularly in the context of how human/nature relations are imaged and imagined in what has been called the "anthropocene." I now situate my scholarship within the environmental humanities, more broadly, though critical animal studies, post-humanism, and new materialism hold my specific attention. So much of my writing now explores the ways in which human and non-human animal relations are, and might be, negotiated, enlivened and more ethically practiced. To those ends, I am especially interested in critical/cultural approaches that foster scholarship as responsive and creatively engaged in animating richer and more resonant ecological enmeshments.
Ph.D, Communication and Culture, Indiana University-Bloomington (2015)
Acquisition of Knowledge
Introduction to Communication and Culture
Hip-Hop and Social Justice
Communication and Culture, Aesthetics, Environmental Humanities, Critical-Animal Studies