Research

RESEARCH AND METHODOLOGICAL

Interests

Intersectional Feminist Media Studies Critical Cultural Studies Digital Cultures
Visual Communication De-colonialism and Indigenous Studies Supremacism and Extremism
Illiberal Social Movements Misinformation and Conspiracy Theories Mixed-Methods and Cross-Disciplinary Projects

RESEARCH STATEMENT

In Brief (Full Statement Available Upon Request)

My interdisciplinary and mixed-method work is rooted in critical feminist media studies with specific attention to digital and visual cultures. It uses a combination of quantitative computational and qualitative techniques to explore and critique white and male supremacy, violent misogyny and far-right politics.

My dissertation explores the media coverage and online activity of a violent misogynist online subculture. Theoretically, this project engages with the intersection of feminism, media, whiteness, masculinities, social movements and journalism studies. Specifically, it draws on interdisciplinary scholarship related to violence against women, hegemonic masculinities, social identity, participatory culture online and framing. To account for the complexity of the phenomenon, I use a mixed-methods approach to socially and thematically map these spaces and examine conjunctures with other extremist movements. Initial exploratory work associated with my dissertation project recently was presented on the Top Student Paper Panel at the National Communication Association’s Peace and Conflict Division, as well as in the Association’s Feminist and Gender Studies division.

In addition to my dissertation, I’ve published two peer-reviewed journal articles and a chapter in an edited volume, including: an invited forum piece on conservative populism and journalistic practice in Communication, Culture and Critique; a manuscript exploring memetic colonial sensibilities following the Notre-Dame de Paris fire in VISTA— Visual Culture Journal; and, a chapter on mediated misogyny and global conservative populism in Misogyny and Media in the Age of Trump (Ed. M. Marron). In addition, as part of a Facebook-funded grant on transnational digital extremism, I have been working on a project exploring the internationalization of the U.S. extreme right, with a focus on misinformation and conspiracy theories, a project that is expected to yield multiple journal publications. Additional related work is currently under journal review and/or edited volume contract.

In summary, my research agenda contributes to the communication discipline by documenting the discourses, spaces and places of supremacists, extremists and other illiberal social movements through the lens of intersectional feminism, critical race and decolonial scholarship. For the wider scholarly community, my often interdisciplinary and mixed-methods work is located at the conjuncture of white and male supremacism that has relevance to a number of disciplines beyond communication. Moreover, this work regularly provides a critique of institutional seats of power, such as the government and media, while being undertaken from a scholar-activist perspective. By explicitly pursuing public and community-engaged scholarship, my research agenda has the potential to make small but incrementally meaningful changes to society.

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