About

I am Assistant Professor in the Cultural Studies Department at Trent University, serving as Coordinator of the Media Studies undergraduate program, and a faculty member in the Cultural Studies PhD. I also serve as President for the Canadian Comparative Literature Association (CCLA), and Assistant Editor for Media Theory (MT), an international peer-reviewed journal.

In the last five years since completing my PhD, I have explored diverse subjects along the porous border between critical media studies and geography. I published articles on Google’s participation in a Japanese UNESCO heritage campaign (Popular Communication, 2018), on geospatial visualizations of urban abandonment in the United States (Routledge, 2016), on urban memorial practices in Sicily (M/C, 2016), on the racialized history of algorithmic gerrymandering, and a number of reviews featuring books in the spatial humanities and digital memory studies.

My current project is on Mobile Ecologies: Civil and Spatial Disobedience. My primary aim is to investigate connections between the history of experimental locative media, civil disobedience and migrant activism. Drawing on the very few precedents that explore this conjuncture of topics, my hope is to broadly re-examine the history of interactive and experimental locative media, finding inventive alternatives to the issues that dominate mobile communications research, such as questions of privacy, data ownership, artificial intelligence and the quantified self. By developing a critical investigation into the sociology of mobility with an emphasis on migrant experiences and narratives, I want to bring mobilities research to the point of addressing how precarious communities are both marginalized and emancipated by the digital.

In 2018, I completed a major editorial project on Geospatial Memory, which develops approaches to memory culture and geography by building on existing paradigms in the environmental humanities, film and archival studies, psychogeography, and media archaeology, as well as from textual, visual and sonic approaches to the city.

Previously, I published widely in memory studies, European politics of migration, socially engaged art, and theory.

Selfie at David Altmejd’s exhibit of The Flux and the Puddle, Montreal, August 2015

This website allows you to view my cv, research materials including publications, and teaching materials including course outlines.

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