My research to date has been animated by a curiosity about the intersections of visual culture and militarized violence: the visual circuits that link citizens, nation-states, and their enemies; the myriad ways that individuals and institutions employ and regulate the visual; our worries and fantasies about what images can do; and the ethical complexities of spectatorship during war.

To pursue these questions is also, necessarily, to query experiences of suffering, to ask about the role of emotion in public culture, and to develop new methodologies for analyzing both.  I am deeply committed to the work of studying militarization and look forward to exploring new facets of these attendant phenomena in the coming years, through projects in a range of stages of development and imagining.

Beyond that, I envision a new intellectual chapter for myself, one that focuses more directly on issues of affect, and the ways it materializes in everyday life.  In particular, I’m excited about the prospects (still-distant though they might be) of spending time thinking about loneliness and also endurance.

My CV  tells a chronological story about the work I’ve done.  I’ve also arranged my publications by conceptual keywords below:

affect  …  citizenship  …  ethics  …  methodologies  …  pedagogies  … spectatorship …   suffering  …  surveillance  …  terror  …  transparency  …  trauma  … visual practices