Employment, Education, and Research

Academic Employment

Current position (2014-)
Tenure Track Assistant Professor of Women’s Studies/LGBT Studies. Core Faculty in Design Cultures and Creativity. Affiliate Faculty in American Studies. University of Maryland, College Park.

Tenure Track Assistant Professor of English, Doctoral Program in Literature and Criticism. Affiliated Faculty in Women’s Studies. Indiana University of Pennsylvania.



PhD in English with Graduate Certificate in Gender Studies. University of Southern California.
Dissertation: Deviant Futures: Queer Temporality and the Cultural Politics of Science Fiction.
Directed by J. Jack Halberstam.
Committee members Karen Tongson, Kara Keeling, Tara McPherson, Alice Gambrell.
Exam fields: Queer Theory; New Media Studies; Utopia and Modernity.

MA with Distinction in Sexual Dissidence and Cultural Change. University of Sussex.
Thesis: “Science Fiction in Queer Space/Time: Samuel R. Delany and the Futures of Desire.”
Supervisor: Alan Sinfield.

MA (Hons), First Class in English Language and Literature. University of Edinburgh.
With International Exchange Year, University of California at Berkeley, 2001-2.


Research Areas

Queer theory; critical race and gender analysis; cultural studies; new media; speculative fiction in literature, film, and television; internet and fan cultures; remix video; technology studies; digital humanities.


Current Projects

Old Futures
Book manuscript exploring the history of speculative fiction’s cultural logics as they have worked to challenge temporalities of empire, heteronormativity, and white supremacy, from feminist utopias to Afrofuturist visions to new digital forms. Under contract with NYU Press.

Queer Geek Politics
Multimodal research on new modes of grassroots artistic production and critique emerging from queer and feminist fan cultures’ online intersections with race, gender, and disability justice movements.


Fellowships and Honors

College of Arts and Humanities/DRIF Award for Transformative Digital Humanities Conference.

Faculty Scholarship Recognition by Council of Trustees, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, 2014.

Nominated for PhD Achievement Award, University of Southern California Graduate School. 2012.

Travel Grant to HASTAC Conference 2011: Digital Scholarly Communication. University of Michigan. Dec 1-3, 2011. Supported by the University of Michigan Institute for the Humanities and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Dissertation Completion Fellowship. Competitive final year award. College of Letters and Science, University of Southern California. 2011-12

Summer Research Fellowship. Department of English, University of Southern California. 2011.

HASTAC Scholar, 2010-11 and 2011-12. Fellowship recipient in the Humanities, Arts, Science, and Technology Advanced Collaboratory sponsored by Duke University, the MacArthur Foundation, and the University of California Humanities Research Institute, among others. http://hastac.org/scholars.

College Merit Fellowship. Department of English, University of Southern California. 2006-7 and 2009-10.

Diana Meehan Fellowship in Feminism and Communication. Center for Feminist Research, University of Southern California. Fall 2009.

Center for Feminist Research Travel Grant. University of Southern California. Spring 2008.

Science Fiction Foundation Graduate Essay Prize: Highly Commended. For the essay “Worlds Beyond Binaries? Feminism and Duality in Ursula K. Le Guin’s Worlds of the Ekumen.” 2004.



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