Ph.D. Cultural and Critical Studies, University of Pittsburgh. 1997
Dissertation: Tell the Story: AIDS and Popular Culture
M.A. English, University of Texas at Austin. Second area: Film Studies
B.S. Department of Journalism, University of North Texas. 1984.
2015-2016 Visiting Researcher, University of Turku, Department of Media Studies
2014-present Associate Professor, Department of Media Studies
Queens College/City University of New York
Film Studies Faculty
2007-2013 Assistant Professor, Department of Media Studies, Queens College/CUNY
2003-2007 Associate Professor, Department of Communication, Tulane University
Director, Cultural Studies Program, Tulane University
2005 Fulbright Scholar, Department of English and Communication, City University
of Hong Kong, Hong Kong (SAR, China)
1997-2003 Assistant Professor, Department of Communication, Tulane University
1996-1997 Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of English, University of Pittsburgh
1989-1995 Graduate Teaching Fellow, Department of English, University of Pittsburgh
Prescription TV: Therapeutic Discourse in the Hospital and at Home. (Durham: Duke University Press), June 2012
“Home on Home Box Office: Sound, Home, and Disaster in Spike Lee’s When the Levees Broke and David Simon’s Treme” forthcoming, European Journal of American Culture
“In New Orleans, We Might Say it Like This: Authenticity and Place in HBO’s Treme,” Journal of Television and New Media, (Special Issue on Treme), April 2012
“Brand Pitt: Celebrity Activism and the Make It Right Foundation in Post-Katrina New Orleans,” Celebrity Studies, 2 (2), July 2011, 192-208
“That Part of the World: Hurricane Katrina and the Place of Local Media,” Journal of E-Media Studies, September, 2009
“You Take Care of the Patients, We’ll Take Care of Their TV: Attending to Hospital Television,” Journal of Television and New Media 4 (4), August 2003, 231-256
“Ask Your Doctor About…: Direct-to-Consumer Prescription Drug Advertising and the HIV/AIDS Medical Marketplace,” Cultural Studies 16 (5), September 2002, 650-672
Chapters in Anthologies
“The Big Apple and the Big Easy: Articulating Proximity and Disaster in Visual Culture.” In Diane Negra, ed. Old and New Media After Katrina. (London: Palgrave, 2010)
“The Nurse-Saver and the TV Hostess: Advertising Hospital Television. 1950-1970,” in Cultural Sutures: Medicine, Media, Morals, edited by Lester Friedman (Durham: Duke University Press, 2004), 73-92
Review Essay: Serlin, David. Imagining Illness: Public Health and Visual Culture. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2010. Review published in International Journal of Communication, 2011
“Differing Visions of Technology, Gender, and Knowledge Production.” Review of King, Katie. Networked Reenactments: Stories Transdisciplinary Knowledges Tell (Duke University Press, 2011) and Technologies of Inclusion: Gender in the Information Society, Knut Holtan Sorensen, Wendy Faulkner and Els Rommes, eds. (Akademika: Trondheim, 2011). Review to be published in Women’s Studies Quarterly, December 2013
“Household: Learning from Leaving New Orleans.” In Media Res: A MediaCommons Project (on-line scholarly site), August 2007
Works In Progress
“Home on Home Box Office: Sound, Home, and Disaster in Spike Lee’s When the Levees Broke and David Simon’s Treme” (forthcoming, European Journal of Cultural Studies)
“Between Clutter and Catastrophe: Gender and the Spatial Therapeutics of Dirt and Disaster in A & E’s Hoarders (in progress, to be submitted to Critical/Cultural Studies)
From Dead Horse Bay to Detroit: Disaster, Proximity, and Place in the Twenty-First Century. Monograph and multimodal compendium in preparation.
Home Free: The Place of Disaster in Post-Katrina Media. In preparation. Proposal submitted for initial review to Routledge.
Select Conference Papers
Presenter: “Unmaking Treece: Nonplace, Toxicity, and the Remains of Extraction Capital.” Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment, June 23-27, 2015, University of Idaho, Moscow, Idaho
Presenter: “Zones of Sacrifice: Vital Materiality, Place, and the Geo-Industrial Unmaking of Treece, Kansas.” Southwest Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association, February 11-14, 2015, Albuquerque, NM
Panel Chair and Co-Presenter: “Media Interventions Division Panel II: Queer Feminist Interventions.” With Jamie “Skye” Bianco, New York University, “Nothing in Comparison: Hurricanes Remain” (a collaborative, multi-media, presentation)
Panel Organizer: “Ruin: History, Memory, Spectacle.” Society for Cinema and Media Studies, Chicago, Illinois, March 2013
“’In New Orleans We Might Say It Like This’: Autochthonic Discourses and Expert Outsiders in HBO’s Treme.” Society for Cinema and Media Studies, New Orleans, Louisiana, 2011
Panel Co-Chair. “House Broken: The Influence of Dirt, Disorder, and Desire on the Home.” Console-ing Passions Conference, University of Oregon, Eugene, April 22-24, 2010
“Between Clutter and Catastrophe: Traumatic Economies of Dirt and Disorder in Hoarders and Disaster House.” Console-ing Passions Conference, University of Oregon, Eugene, April 22-24, 2010
“Acting Political and ‘Making it Right’: The Performance of Celebrity Activism in Post-Katrina New Orleans.” International Communication Association, Montreal, Quebec, May 2008
“The Big Apple and the Big Easy: Articulating Proximity and Disaster in Visual Culture.” Society for Cinema and Media Studies, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, March 2008
“Goat Glands and Gonads: Curing Masculinity in TV Drug Advertising.” Society for Cinema and Media Studies, Chicago, Illinois, March 2007
“Ordinary Science: Professionalism, Blogs, and Alternative Media Practice.” FLOW Conference, Austin, Texas, October 2006
“Miracle Work and Real(ity) Estate: Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, Hurricane Katrina and the Renovation of Class.” Society for Cinema and Media Studies, Vancouver, British Columbia, March 2006
“Proximity of Disaster: Spatial Dislocation and Televisual Presence from New Orleans to Japan.” After Katrina and 3.11: Representation, Politics, Culture. International Symposium. Institute of American and Canadian Studies, Sophia University, Tokyo, Japan, June 8-9, 2012.
“Home on Home Box Office: Disaster in Spike Lee’s When the Levees Broke and David Simon’s Treme,” Graduate Center, City University of New York, April 27, 2012.
“Healthy TV: Consumer-Directed Advertising and Masculinity,” Department of Communication Studies, Baruch College, City University of New York, March 2007.
“Local News and Hurricane Katrina.” Invited Plenary Speaker, Console-ing Passions: An International Conference on Television, Video, and Feminism, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, May 2006
“Race and Class in Spike Lee’s Do the Right Thing.” Hong Kong University & Sun Yat-Sen University, Guanghzou, Guangdong Province, China, May 2005
“Hoop Dreams and the American Dream,” Hong Kong University & Sun Yat-Sen University, Guanghzou, Guangdong Province, China, May 2005.
“Prescription Drug Advertisements and Patient-Consumers.” Department of English and Communication, City University of Hong Kong, April 2005.
“Media Events and Medical Disasters: From SARS to Tsunamis.” Dept. of English and Communication, City University of Hong Kong, March, 2005.
Grants and Awards
“From Dead Horse Bay to Detroit: Disaster, Proximity, and Place in Twenty-First Century America.” (Phase 4) PSC-CUNY Enhanced Research Grant. June 2013. $11,930.00
“Home Free: The Culture and Economy of Disaster in Post-Katrina America.” (Phase 3) PSC-CUNY Research Grant. April 2010. $4500.00
“From the Big Apple to the Big Easy: The Culture and Economy of Disaster.” (Phase 2) PSC-CUNY Research Grant. April 2009. $3750.00
“From the Big Apple to the Big Easy: The Culture and Economy of Disaster.” PSC-CUNY Research Grant. December 2007. $5650.00
“Investigating SARS.” J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Award, City University of Hong Kong, Department of English and Communication. January-June 2005. $38,000
Select Teaching Experience
Gender, Sexuality, and Media
Media Technologies: From Gutenberg to Google
Nonfiction Forms: Documenting “Reality”
Television Theory and Criticism
Youth Culture and Media
Introduction to Mass Communication
Introduction to Cinema
Critical Analysis of Media (Media Literacy)
Cultural Criticism and Theory
Cultural Studies and Popular Culture
Health, Communication and Culture
History of Tabloid Media
Feminist Television Theory
AIDS and the Media
Fulbright Scholar: Department of English and Communication, City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Gender Discourse and Media (team taught with Dr. John Nguyet Erni)
Co-Chair, Division of Media Interventions, Cultural Studies Association. 2012.
Editorial Board, Journal of E-Media Studies
Journal Reviewer, Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies
Journal Reviewer, Communication Theory
Journal Reviewer, Cinema Journal
Journal Reviewer, GLQ (Gay and Lesbian Quarterly)
Society for Cinema and Media Studies
Console-ing Passions: Feminist Media Collective, Board Member
Cultural Studies Association
If you’d like to see my full CV, please contact me.