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Media, Journalism, and Film
(Comparative Media Studies, Media and Culture)
Miami University, Ohio
I do ethnographic research in digital media, sound technologies, and popular music. I am particularly interested in how people use audio media to control their spatial surroundings, social interactions, and sense of self. I love teaching courses in comparative media studies, representation, sound cultures, global media, ethnographic methods, and audio production. I received my PhD from Indiana University’s Department of Communication and Culture. While I was at IU, my students and I won the Indiana Society of Professional Journalists’ 2012 Best Radio Use of Sound award for our documentary series “I-69: Sounds and Stories in the Path of a Superhighway.”
My scholarly publications include studies of indie rock in Taiwan (Folklore Forum), the use of noise-canceling headphones in air travel (American Quarterly), and the ontology of Foley and digital film sound (Cinema Journal, forthcoming). I am currently working on a book about “audio-spatial media,” apps and devices used to create a comfortable sense of space through sound. I have worked as a writer and editor for print and digital publications, created music for independent film projects, and played guitar for the Americana group Pinetop Seven.