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.
In 2014 I was a Fellow of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation in Berlin.
Currently, I am at work on two book-length projects. The first, "Black Data," brings together queer of color critique with network culture studies. Recent debates about mass surveillance, big data, and biometrics frame the project, which examines work by artists as well as hackers and other makers. My other project is called "The Political Aesthetics of Drag." It is an ethnographic project about artists and activists who use drag in Berlin, New York City, and Israel/Palestine.