I am a postdoctoral fellow at the Center For Humanistic Inquiry at Amherst College.
I am an interdisciplinary scholar in my professionalization and practice:
- I hold a PhD and MS in Science & Technology Studies from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
- I have an interdisciplinary bachelors from the Honors College at Kent State University, with minors in Women’s Studies and Sociology, and extensive coursework in Pan-African Studies.
That said, I have a MA in Sociology and have extensive training and research experience in quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods social research.
I am teacher-scholar who is currently searching for a tenure-track appointment in sociology/criminology (with expertise in police visibility, police use of force, race, and social movements), media studies (with expertise in surveillance and participatory media), critical ethnic studies (with expertise in critical whiteness studies), political science (with expertise in radical democratic theory, anarchist theory, race, and social movements) or an interdisciplinary position that will utilize my areas of expertise.
I have published in surveillance studies, political theory, police studies, sociology, and media studies.
I am a social/political theorist, working in various problem-oriented fields that (for better or worse) are named as “studies”: critical technology studies (CTS), surveillance studies, critical whiteness studies, and critical police studies.
My theoretical work is “applied” in the sense that I begin with situational analysis and develop theory using salient extant theory, genealogy, and ideology critique. I favor partisan policy analysis that researches from a position of commitment to a party implicated in a given situation and writing that reaches—though is not fully circumscribed by—normative and prescriptive conclusions.
Some topical areas in my research:
-The visibility of police violence as a result of surveillance, and especially incidental and organized civilian videography and on-officer wearable cameras.
-Obduracy and disruption in technological changes, especially those prompted or promoted by policy, particularly environmental policy.
-Surveillance at and policing of college and university campuses.
-Policing the color line, combining approaches to new police studies from Mark Neocleous and from critical whiteness and abolitionist politics, e.g., Joel Olson.
The views expressed on this blog are mine alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of Amherst College.