bio

My research is animated by a curiosity about the intersections of visual culture and militarized violence, with a particular interest in questions of affect, citizenship, and ethics.

In my first book, Beyond the Checkpoint: Visual Practices in America’s Global War on Terror, I map 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.

At the moment, there are two new book projects keeping me busy.  The first, Figuring Violence: Affect, Imagination, and Contemporary American Militarism, explores the intersections of fantasy, violence, and sentimentality as they coalesce around certain militarized figures; it will be published in the fall of 2018 by Fordham University Press.  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.2016 headshot

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.  And in 2016, I received a University System of Maryland Regents’ Award for Excellence in Research.