I was born in a small, rural town, between Cleveland and Columbus.
I earned “History & Philosophy Award” at Ohio State University-Mansfield in 1996. The award was delivered by by Glenn Hartz, editor of The Leibnitz Review. The award was received partly because of a paper I authored on Spinoza. This signaled my first academic interest in philosophy.
I attended the Honors College at Kent State University on a philosophy and Honors scholarship. I graduated Summa Cum Laude with University Honors. My thesis adviser was Molly Merryman, and my committee also included Mwatabu Okantah, Shirley Wajda and Christina McVay. During my time at Kent State, I was awarded the Elizabeth Mullins Award for excellence in women’s studies. My interdisciplinary degree was a result of studies in sociology, philosophy and women’s studies.
I studied in Spring 2009 at the graduate college of Arizona State University.
In Fall 2009, I enrolled in the Applied Sociology program at Northern Arizona University and earned a Master of Arts with distinction in May 2011. My thesis was titled “Surveillance as Technological Somnambulism: A Case Study of Electronic Attendance-Monitoring at Northern Arizona University.” My committee was chaired by Kooros Mahmoudi; Richard Fernàndez and James Reed were also on the committee.
One major emphasis in my research at NAU was on sustainable development. During my time at NAU, I was an invited guest by Anti-Racist Action-Kent to present at Kent State University. The presentation, titled, “The Greening of Globalism: Critical Questions Concerning Sustainable Development,” was delivered in December 2009. In January 2010, I presented “Characterizing a paradigm shift: UN sustainable development as green globalism” at the Arizona statewide Intellectual Intersections conference, held at NAU. At the 81st Annual Pacific Sociological Association Meeting in Oakland, CA, I presented “Characterizing a paradigm shift: The UN discourse on sustainable development as the greening of globalism.” I was to present “The Paradox of Sustainable Development: The Role of Technology in UN Discourse” at the Society for the Study of Social Problems conference Atlanta, GA in August 2010, but cancelled for the birth of my daughter. I later presented this paper at the 82nd Annual Pacific Sociological Association Meeting in Seattle, WA.
Another key topic in my research is on technology and surveillance. I presented “Toward a Critical Sociology of Technology” at the 82nd Annual Pacific Sociological Association Meeting. In September 2010, I presented “Success or Surveillance: A Case Study of Proximity Scanners at a U.S. State University” at the Political Economy of Surveillance Workshop at the Open University in Milton-Keynes, England.
In August 2011, I began my PhD studies in Science and Technology Studies at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY. I am a TA for the “Intro to Science, Technology and Society” course.
I have taught the following courses at Northern Arizona University: “Frankfurt School Critical Theory” (graduate, co-instructed with Mahmoudi), “Information and Society” (undergraduate), and “Social Stratification.”
The following articles have been published or accepted for publication:
- “The Crisis and a Way Forward: What We Can Learn From Occupy Wall Street,” in Humanity & Society
- “From Accountability Policy to Surveillance Practices in Higher Education,” in The Surveillance-Industrial Complex, Kirstie Ball and Laureen Snider (eds.)
- “Toward a Peak Everything Post-Anarchism: The Beginnings of a Technology Evaluation Scheme for Communities in Crisis,” in Anarchist Studies
- “Socio-technical developments in campus securitization: building and resisting the policing apparatus” (with Luis Fernandez) in Policing the Campus: U.S. Higher Education and the Culture of Terror, David Gabbard and Anthony J. Nocella, II (eds.)
Outside of my academic work, I am an experimental musician, and have been recording and releasing material since 1997. I live in Troy, NY, with my fiancée and daughter.