PhD, University of California, Los Angeles, 2007
Areas of Expertise: Film Theory/History, Documentary Theory/History, Youth Media, Participatory Media
I have taught courses in film studies – theory, history, criticism - in the School of Communication and Multimedia Studies at Florida Atlantic University, since 2007. In 2012-2013, I received a Fulbright Fellowship and served as the Visiting Research Chair in Humanities, Social Sciences, and Fine Arts at the University of Alberta. I am also active in the Society for Cinema and Media Studies where I am the founder and co-chair of the Documentary Studies Scholarly Interest Group.
Over the last five years, my research agenda has come to focus on the historical and, increasingly, transnational deployment of participatory media practices to resolve or cope with political and social conflict. Whether the topic at hand is state-sponsored filmmaking in the 1960s or NGO-supported community media in the 2000s, the broad address of my scholarship centers on the emergence of a new cultural formation premised on “participation” and its articulation across a range of visual media practices. My work has been supported by grants from the Canadian government as well as the Lyndon Baines Johnson Foundation.
“John Grierson and the United States,” The Grierson Effect: The Worldwide Influence of John Grierson on the Development and Deployment of Educational and Documentary Cinema. Edited by Deane Williams & Zoë Druick. London: BFI Press. Forthcoming, Fall 2014.
“Claims to Be Heard: Young Self-Expressivity, Social Justice, and the Educational Video Center,” Jump Cut. Summer, 2011.
“Bonnie Klein, Saul Alinsky, and the American Dream,” Challenge for Change / Société nouvelle: The Collection. Edited by Thomas Waugh, Michael Brendan Baker, & Ezra Winton. Queen’s McGill University Press, 2010.
“Branching Out: Young Appalachian Selves, Auto-Ethnographic Aesthetics and the Founding of Appalshop,” Journal of Popular Film & Television 37.3, Fall 2009.
“15 Years Later, Global Activism in the Wake of Seattle: Remixing History” Northwest Film Forum, Seattle WA (Co-Organizer) March 19, 2014
“Public Media 2.0: A Conversation on the Future of Urban Documentary and Social Change with Allan Siegel, Steve James, and Gordon Quinn” Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago IL (Co-Organizer) March 2013