Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow, Society for the Humanities, Cornell University (2012-14)
Two-year appointment in the Department of Performing and Media Arts
Ph.D., Modern Culture & Media, Brown University, 2012
A.M. Modern Culture & Media, Brown University, 2008
M.A., Performance Studies, New York University, 2007
B.A., Program II, Duke University, 2004
Self-designed program: Media and Visual Studies, Gender/Sexuality emphasis
My book in progress, Parasitical Feminism: The Art of Dependence in a Networked Age, foregrounds parasitism’s emergence as an innovative paradigm for contemporary digital and performance art. I argue that a new generation of feminist artists has engaged parasitism as a performative maneuver for infesting and exploiting their host networks, turning the intimate protocols of powerful entities to their advantage. Each chapter catalogs a unique tactic by which these artists have utilized digital platforms—from search engines to social media to crowdsourcing technologies—to re-image feminism by performing it back to itself, assimilating its internalized ironies, awkwardness, and equivocalities for their tactical gain.
+ Discussions of my research
“Are the Rules of Stealing Art Changing?” Big Think, 13 April 2012.
“Is Parasiticism the Future of Feminist Art?” Big Think, 17 July 2011.
“Culture/Art: A Culture Philosopher About ‘Parasitical Feminism’ in Art”
FashionOffice Magazine, 16 July 2011.
“Performativity Without Borders” Artforum and e-flux‘s Art&Education, July 2011.
RESEARCH AND TEACHING FIELDS
Performance Studies – Media Studies (Media theory, Popular media and Digital media culture)
Feminist and Gender Studies – Critical Theory – Experimental Art and Performance
“User Be Used: Parasitism in a Digital Age” Discourse: Journal for Theoretical Studies in Media and Culture. USC and Wayne State Press. Forthcoming. (Invited Submission).
“Manic Impositions: The Parasitical Art of Chris Kraus and Sophie Calle,” WSQ (Women’s Studies Quarterly), Special Issue: Viral, Guest edited by Patricia Ticiento Clough and Jasbir Puar. The Feminist Press at CUNY. Online and in print Spring/Summer 2012. (Invited Submission).
“Like a Girl’s Name: The Adolescent Drag of Amber Hawk Swanson, Kate Gilmore, & Ann Liv Young,” TDR (The Drama Review). NYU and M. I. T. Press. Online and in print Spring 2012.
“We Are Parasites: On the Politics of Imposition,” Artforum and e-flux journal’s Art&Education. Online July 2011.
“Parasitical Politics and Epistolary Games: The Art of Chris Kraus and Sophie Calle,” [“Politique parasitaire et jeux épistolaires : les jeux d’adresse de Chris Kraus et de Sophie Calle”], Le Texte étranger Vol. 8. French and English. Online January 2011 and in print October 2011.
+ Book Chapters
“We Love This Trainwreck!: Sacrificing Britney to Save America,” In the Limelight and Under the Microscope: Forms and Functions of Female Celebrity, editors Diane Negra and Su Holmes. Continuum. March 2011. (Nominated for SCMS Best Essay in Edited Collection).
+ Essays (Curatorial)
“A Savage Mind: Camille Henrot’s Primitive Thinking,” Camille Henrot (monograph), Kamel Mennour Gallery. Paris. French and English. (Commissioned, Forthcoming 2013).
Review of Peggy Phelan’s Live Art in LA: Performance in Southern California, 1970-1983, Modern Drama. University of Toronto Press. Forthcoming. (Invited Submission).
Review of Kathryn Bond Stockton’s Queer Child, or Growing Sideways in the Twentieth Century, Women and Performance: A Journal of Feminist Theory. Routledge. July 2010. (Invited Submission).
Parasitical Feminism: The Art of Dependence in a Networked Age (Manuscript under revision).
+ Book Chapters
“The Parasite Is Present: Ann Liv Young’s Precarious Attachments,” Altared Images: Fandom and Contemporary Art, editors Catherine Grant and Kate Random Love. (Invited Submission).
Parasites! The Art & Media of Imposition (PMA 3900 / Spring 2013) Department of Performing and Media Arts (Crosslisted with Visual Studies; Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies; American Studies; and the Society for the Humanities) Interrogating experimental art and new media theory and practice, this course considers how the parasite has become, far from an unproductive figure, an important paradigm for rethinking pressing issues of our time—privacy, intellectual property, debt, outsourced labor.
Global Stages I / (PMA 3750 / Fall 2012), Cornell University, Department of Performing and Media Arts. Teaching undergraduate course designed to introduce students to a range of historical, cross-cultural, and transnational performance texts, theories, and practices; to motivate students to examine the broad social, political, cultural, and economic contexts in which performances take place; and to familiarize students with the major methodologies and paradigms for the creation, spectatorship, and interpretation of embodied performances.
Bad in a Good Way: The Art of Failure / Course Syllabus (MCM0901B / Fall 2010), Brown University, Department of Modern Culture and Media (Cross-listed with Theater and Performance Studies) Taught undergraduate seminar on the politics of taste and reverse discourse. The course considered an array of media and art texts that challenge accepted notions of mastery, good taste, and proper decorum by engaging in tactical performances such as camp, drag, disidentification, parody, and so on. Course noted on The Daily Beast’s “Hottest College Courses.”
+ Teaching Assistantships
Psychos, Doctors, and Other Monsters: A Survey of the Horror Film (MCM1201U, Spring 2011), Department of Modern Culture and Media (Brown University), Lecturer: Michael Loren Siegel
Digital Media (MC023, Spring 2010), Department of Modern Culture and Media (Brown University), Lecturer: Wendy Hui Kyong Chun
Introduction to Modern Culture and Media II “Text/Media/Culture: Readings in Theory” (MC015, Spring 2009), Department of Modern Culture and Media (Brown University), Lecturer: Mary Ann Doane
Introduction to Modern Culture and Media I “Screens and Projections: Modern Media Cultures” (MC010, Fall 2008), Department of Modern Culture and Media (Brown University), Lecturer: Professor Wendy Hui Kyong Chun
+ Adjunct Lectureships
Public Speaking (Fall 2009) Université Paris 8, Department of English (Paris, France) Designed, implemented, and taught new public speaking course in the English Department at the Université de Paris 8 (Vincennes à Saint-Denis, France).
Introduction to Spoken English (Fall 2009) Université Paris 8, Department of English, Taught courses on linguistics in the English Department at the Université de Paris 8).
FELLOWSHIPS & HONORS
Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship, Cornell University Society for the Humanities (2012-2014)
Brown University Pembroke Seminar Graduate Fellowship, Pembroke Center for Teaching and Research on Women (2011-2012)
SCMS (Society and Media Studies) Best Essay in Edited Collection Award Nominee (2012)
ATHE (Association for Theatre in Higher Education) Theory and Criticism Graduate Paper Award Runner-up (2011)
TDR (The Drama Review) Student Essay Contest Shortlist (2009)
Cornell School of Criticism and Theory Brown Fellowship, Brown University Cogut Center for the Humanities (Summer 2010)
Brown University Dean’s Summer Research Fellowship (2010)
Brown University Graduate Fellowship (2007-2012)
New York University Lew Wasserman Merit Scholarship (2006-2007)
New York University Tisch School of the Arts Graduate Merit Scholarship (2006-2007)