I am Assistant Professor in the Cultural Studies Department, and Coordinator of the Media Studies Program at Trent University (Canada).
My early PhD work focused on European migrant narratives, socially engaged art, and the futures of the image in ‘postnational’ collective memory. Since graduating in 2015, I moved on to explore the intersections between media and urban geography in collective memory studies, emphasizing questions of mobility, technology and infrastructure within practices of commemoration, the political uses and misuses of crowdsourcing maps, the discursive practices around smart cities, and theories of space in visual culture. I have made single-author contributions in each of these areas, and in 2018, I published a major editorial project on Geospatial Memory.
My current research focuses on issues of policing, urbanism and data ethics. I am working on a project that addresses how mobile policing apps inform urban policy and planning initiatives, and how prompting devices shape our media ecologies and spatial imaginaries. This work has developed from my ongoing role as PI for a SSHRC Explore Grant (2020-21) on Ecology, Infrastructure and Mobility in Communications Research, which aims to develop alternative methodologies for understanding the prevalence of everyday surveillance tools, including biometric sensor devices, safety apps, amber alerts, and meteorological systems.
I serve as an Assistant Editor at Media Theory (MT), an international and independent peer-reviewed journal. I also serve as President of the Canadian Comparative Literature Association (CCLA).
In June 2020, I published a short article on COVID-19 and the Politics of Locations.
Students may be interested in a quick link to my courses (2020-21).
This website allows you to view my cv, research materials including publications, and teaching materials including course outlines.