Precarious Labor Organization Representative
Updated biography coming soon!
I have been precariously employed since completing my PhD in Screen Cultures at Northwestern University in 2013. After three years of adjuncting in the Chicago area, the promise of benefits led me to accept a one-semester visiting assistant professor position halfway across the country, at Muhlenberg College in Allentown, PA. I was lucky enough to have my contract extended for the following two years. This past fall I started over in a new one-year visiting position in film and media studies at Lafayette College in Easton, PA. I don't yet know where (or if) I'll be employed next fall.
My scholarship is informed by my ethical and intellectual investments in feminism, queer theory and critical race theory. I focus on examining old media when they were new (in particular cinema and outdoor advertising) to illuminate the interrelations of identity, power, and discourse that shape and are shaped by technologies that mediate everyday life. I have had articles published in Screen and Feminist Media Histories. I also co-edited and co-wrote the introduction for a Cinema Journal Teaching Dossier on "Negotiating Precarious Positions: Strategies for Working As and With Adjuncts, and Other Non-Tenure-Track Faculty Positions in Cinema and Media Studies."
Since I was a graduate student, I have sought out ways to actively serve the profession. My work with SCMS has included helping to organize the annual Grrrls Nite Out dinner, serving on the teaching committee, and being an enthusiastic member of the queer caucus. In addition, I am a founding member of the Media, Communication, and Film Studies at Liberal Arts Colleges Consortium (MCFLAC). I co-chaired MCFLAC's steering committee from 2016 to 2018, and co-organized the first three MCFLAC symposia.