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I am Cultural Studies grad student at George Mason University who is interested in the machines and processes people use to understand their environment.

My dissertation research is an analysis of the way modeling software impacts public understanding of groundwater and influences public policy, natural resources, and the economy.

Dissertation proposal introduction

This summary is a work-in-progress, but I thought I’d post an early version. — One of the frequently asked environmental questions during a recent drought in Texas is “where will the water come from?” The Pew Center counseled Texas residents and state leaders to “prepare for the possibility that the current drought will last longer than anticipated and that the…

Dissertation in a nutshell

I submitted my dissertation proposal to my committee this week, after no small amount of deliberation. Mostly, my dissertation is built upon watching the Texas landscape change in the face of ongoing drought. I’ve spent my fair share of summers standing waist-deep in the Brazos with a fly rod, or lazily kayaking on Caddo lake. Given my sub-fields of study…

CFP: Bridging Divides: Spaces of Scholarship and Practice in Environmental Communication

The International Environmental Communications Association (IECA) has published a call for papers for the 2015 Conference on Communication and Environment this year in Boulder. Call for Submissions Bridging Divides: Spaces of Scholarship and Practice in Environmental Communication The 2015 Conference on Communication and Environment (COCE) Boulder, Colorado, USA June 11-14, 2015 Web: http://theieca.org/coce2015 Twitter: #coce2015 Email: coce2015 at theieca dot org…

CFP Critiquing Culture

George Mason’s Cultural Studies department is hosting it’s annual Critiquing Culture conference this fall. Paper Abstracts are due June 30th. The keynote  speaker is Dr. Cindi Katz, a Professor of Geography in Environmental Psychology and Women’s Studies at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. Her work concerns the consequences of global economic restructuring for everyday life and…

Lines, Spaces, Things: A Digital Media Field Statement

Download “Lines, Spaces, Things: A digital Media Field Statement” (PDF) This document is designed to sketch the major theories and critical issues surrounding digital media as a field of study within the larger field of Cultural Studies. Digital media theory examines the interplay between media, culture, and technology within their historical, economic, social, and political frameworks. This field has been…

Political Economy of the Natural Environment: A Field Statement

Download “Political Economy of the Natural Environment: A Field Statement” (PDF) This document is designed to broadly sketch the political economy of the natural environment as a field of study. What follows is a review of pertinent literature contained within the field. A political economy of the natural environment asserts that a study of nature must incorporate political, cultural and…

A Shameless Plug & Brief Thoughts on Team Writing

Reviews in Cultural Studies recently published a book review by Tai Neilson, Lisa Daily, Gavin Mueller and myself on Bernard Stiegler’s  The Decadence of Industrial Democracies. This review was conceived for a class on Media, Culture and Technology taught by Prof. Paul Smith at GMU. The review was my first experience with any sort of formal group writing project and despite a few…

GMU Cultural Studies Conference

The Critiquing Culture 2013 Call for Papers and keynote speaker have been announced. A bit of info from the Critiquing Culture Conference website: “The 7th annual graduate student cultural studies conference at George Mason University will be held on Saturday September 21, 2013.Last year the Cultural Studies Organizing Committee decided to open the conference to all cultural studies related topics, rather…

Open Library: Making Sources Public on Zotero

I have made the bibliography both of my field statement publicly available on Zotero: “a free, easy-to-use tool to help you collect, organize, cite, and share your research sources. It lives right where you do your work—in the web browser itself.” They’ve also developed a great stand-alone application as well. Zotero is a project of the History and New Media…