bio

I’m an Associate Professor in the Department of Media and Communication Studies at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC), where I teach classes on visual culture, media history and theory, and globalization. Beyond my work in my home department, I am also affiliate faculty in UMBC’s Department of Gender + Women’s Studies, and I have taught in the Intermedia and Digital Arts M.F.A. program.  My research focuses on visual culture, citizenship, and cultural studies of militarism.

My first book, Beyond the Checkpoint: Visual Practices in America’s Global War on Terror, maps the visual circuits linking the terrorized American nation-state, its citizens, and its enemies by exploring the practices of image creation, circulation, and consumption that animate these relationships.

RebeccaAdelman-4960At the moment, there are two new book projects keeping me busy.  The first, currently entitled Figuring Violence: Affect, Imagination, and Contemporary American Militarism, explores the intersections of fantasy, violence, and sentimentality as they coalesce around certain militarized figures.  I am also delighted to be collaborating with Wendy Kozol on a book about the quotidian visual cultures of living, dying, and surviving in conditions of militarized violence, The War In-Between.