I am a PhD candidate in the Film and Visual Studies program at Harvard University. My work considers film as a means by which wide-ranging mediated relationships are rendered – for existential ends. I argue that film is a unique form of media insofar as it draws viewers to be affected by the significance of equally technical and interpersonal mediations; I therefore think of affects (like love and joy, anxiety and paranoia) less as internal emotional states than as operations through which a viewer relates to the broader structure of the world – and their active place within that world. Film renders aesthetic structures of these worldly mediations while mediating a connection between the viewer and the world itself. And these renderings begin to enable the viewer to – if only partially, fleetingly, imminently – gain its existential bearings.
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 a course called “Media Journalism: Aesthetics and Ethics, Race and Politics,” 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 some netherland between 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.