I teach across the history and theory of contemporary media with a focus on questions of vision, simulation, and difference. My courses bring deep historical thinking alongside a practice-driven engagement with the objects and artifacts that structure our media landscape. For me the question of how students learn is as essential as the material I teach them, and this concern for tools and methods is reflected in the range of courses that I teach.
Course descriptions for the current semester (Spring 2017) can be found below.
CCS 200 Media History
This course explores the emergence, development, and use of media technologies over time, from the spoken word and the printing press to computer graphics and the Internet. Through an investigation of social, economic, and technological conditions we will investigate how and why various media were developed, used, and repurposed by industries, governments, artists, and users. The course will also serve as a general introduction to historical analysis and research methods.
CCS 510 History of Cultural Studies
This course introduces students to the field of cultural studies through an exploration of two distinct yet related questions: where did cultural studies come from, and what has it made possible? As such, we will set out to trace the history of the field and to map the debates, practices, and theories that have informed the political and intellectual project of cultural studies.