Researcher biography

Originally from Chicago, by way of New Zealand, I've been working as a researcher and teacher at UQ since November 2017. I teach Multimedia in year one and Digital Project in year three, both of which heavily emphasize the creative and collaborative process as an avenue to enact social change. My research is in below the line labor in the creative industries. My first book The Aesthetics of TV Nostalgia (Bloomsbury, 2019) is an industry ethnography of the people working in the art departments of nostalgic US television programs, especially those foregrounding past golden eras in American history. You can find my other publications in Adaptation, Television & New Media, Feminist Media Studies, Cinema Journal, Continuum, and Convergence. My next book project expands my ethnography of creative labor. It looks at how urban planners, real estate workers and home stagers use media technologies to script our understandings of the ideal home, the ideal public space, and the ideal urban citizen.