I am a PhD candidate in the Film and Visual Studies program at Harvard University. My work considers the ways that aesthetic experience may reform ethical conceptions through emotional engagement. And I am particularly concerned with how the world re-formed by technical media –– especially film — may foster the interpersonal environments needed for this process.

I love teaching, and have been a Teaching Fellow for Harvard undergraduates in The Art of Film, American Dreams: From Scarface to Easy Rider, and Nazi Cinema: The Art of Propaganda. I also teach through the Harvard Extension School, and the courses “Why Do Movies Move Us?” and “Crisis Journalism” and for the Harvard Pre-College Summer Program.

I am the co-creator of the film podcast Kinovision. I curated the film series Caught in the Net: The Early Internet in the Paranoid Imagination for the Harvard Film Archive, in partnership with the Institute of Contemporary Art Boston.

I am the author of a memoir about media called Surface Tensions: Searching for Sacred Connection in a Media-Saturated World, and my writing often dips into a peculiar nexus that bonds creative nonfiction, film studies, media theory, philosophy, and theology. It has been featured on TIME.com and in the Los Angeles Review of Books, I live in Cambridge, MA, and I have lived in in Southern California, Texas, New York, Prague and Berlin.

I love a dog named Luna. She is very cute.