I am an assistant professor, general faculty, in the Department of English at the University of Virginia, where I teach writing courses that position human-animal difference and film, television, and other media as the grounding matter for critical inquiry. I completed my PhD in Comparative Literature at the University of Toronto in 2012 and was a Marion L. Brittain Postdoctoral Fellow at Georgia Institute of Technology from 2014 to 2017.
My current book project, Slaughter Cinema (under advance contract, Animalibus series at Pennsylvania State University Press), examines unsimulated images of animal death in cinematic theory and history. Related writing in this vein includes articles on the persistence of animals as allegory in Lucrecia Martel’s Salta trilogy (forthcoming in Screen, 58.4, winter 2017); on the historical legacies of “slaughter cinema” (Framework: Journal of Film and Media, 57.1, spring 2016); on the surrealist aesthetics of Charles Burnett’s Killer of Sheep (Cinema Journal 54.3, summer 2015); as well as an essay co-authored with Nicole Shukin on the biopolitical uses of slaughter imagery in Strike and The Cove (Animal Life and the Moving Image, Palgrave MacMillan/British Film Institute, 2016).
I am embarking on a suite of videographic essays, scholarly articles, and teaching projects related to contemporary media temporalities and affects.