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I'm an Associate Professor in the Department of Communication and on the core faculty of the Environmental Humanities Graduate Program at the University of Utah. My work as an active teacher and researcher is in the areas of media aesthetics, environmental humanities, and rhetorical theory. Generally, I try to draw on the insights of these fields to think about the material, aesthetic, and affective practices that configure the environments we create and inhabit.

Before becoming an academic, I worked for several years as a freelance writer. Though the arts remain central to my interests, my academic training across the humanities commits me to cross-disciplinary thinking with the belief that we should bring all available knowledge to the problems we're trying to understand.

Take a look at some of my books:


  • Ph.D., 2015, Communication

       University of Colorado at Boulder


  • M.A., 2002, Humanities

       University of Chicago


  • B.A., 1999, English

       Amherst College


Rhetorical Theory
Media Aesthetics
Environmental Humanities
Affect Theory
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