I am on a sabbatical research leave for AY 13-14. I will return to Purchase in spring semester of 2015. In the summer of 2013, I was awarded a Humboldt Foundation Award for Experienced Researchers.
My work mixes methods from the humanities and social sciences. I have a background in artmaking and a Ph.D. in Social Anthropology. Most of my research and writing is grounded in ethnographic modes of attention and deals with some configuration of issues related to media, technology, gender, sexuality, and race. Much of my work falls broadly under rubrics of affect and political feelings, or the ways our sensed experiences and emotional engagements with the world inform and are subject to politics and other forms of power. But my interest in these forms and practices is resolutely at their seams and fault lines, where things come together, fall apart, are made vulnerable, where new worlds of experience might emerge.
I have researched and written about, among other things, public sex, online intimacies, massively multiplayer games, DIY porn, zombies, and poop. My current research interests cluster around affect, performance, DIY aesthetics, sex, precarity, and social change.
Currently, I am in the early stages of a multi-sited ethnographic project about contemporary drag.