Captivated by popular culture texts (such as graffiti, tattooing, and graphic design), what animates my research is an interest in the interfaces through which people and organizations create, communicate, and sustain social structures and identities. What connects the topics explored in my research is my focus on critically engaging popular texts to explore the reciprocal interactions between cultural contexts, material culture, and discourse.
Overall, my research explores the material interfaces through which people and organizations create, communicate, and sustain social structures and identities; I have published work on Martha Stewart fans, disaster photography, graphic design, and tattooing. I specialize in affective discourse, using critical/cultural, rhetorical, and poststructuralist theory to explore subjects like visual culture and the body.
Trained in criticism and theory and holding a professional background in public relations and corporate communication, over the course of my Master’s and Doctoral degrees I have developed strong research competencies in media and cultural studies, as well as everyday rhetorics. I specialize in affective discourse, using critical cultural, rhetorical, and poststructuralist theory to explore subjects like visual culture and the body. I teach courses in media studies, popular and visual culture, and critical/cultural studies, and served as a faculty adviser for The Bridge: an award-winning student art & literature magazine.
I am currently wrapping up the manuscript for my first book, titled Designing, Dwelling, and Martha Stewart. The book uses Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia as the text through which I approach questions of style and design. The central question this project takes up is: How do people use style and design to create and communicate identity and subjectivity? By exploring style and design as rhetorical artifacts, I explore how people know the world, constitute personal and corporate identity, and participate in wider social environments through style and design.