Research + Writing

My research interests include performance studies, environmental humanities, critical theory, cultural studies, and science fiction.

Dissertation

Planetary Praxes:
Performing Humanity Under Ecological Emergency
My dissertation theorizes new forms of human/nonhuman relationships developing in response to rapidly increasing disruptions of known and lived environmental norms.

Through the interdisciplinary lens of performance, I examine a variety of practices—political protest, museum exhibitions, artistic production—which I argue have become sites for negotiating ecological relationships. I ask how these relationships form under the conditions of planetary emergency, including global warming, environmental racism, ocean acidification, the inequities of global capitalism, and biodiversity loss.

These rapidly shifting ecological (and political) circumstances rework an extensive history of articulating humanity in relation (or in opposition) to nature. Ultimately, I argue that identifying and understanding these emerging ways of being, which I call planetary praxes, are imperative to forge a future of ecological justice.

Publications

Remembrance Day for Lost Species: Toward an Ethics of Witnessing Extinction.” Performance Research 25, no. 2 (June 2020): 95-101.

“Glossary.” The Routledge Companion to Theatre, Performance, and Cognitive Science, edited by Rick Kemp and Bruce McConachie, 343-354. London: Routledge, 2018. 

“Performing Cognitive Estrangement: Future Memory Technics in Jordan Harrison’s Marjorie Prime.” Foundation: The International Review of Science Fiction 128 (Winter 2017): 13-25.

Food Futures: Speculative Performance in the Anthropocene.” The Journal of American Drama and Theatre 29, no. 2 (Spring 2017).

Reviews

Sex and Consequences by Isabella Rossellini. Theatre Journal. Forthcoming.

Review of Plants in Science Fiction, edited by Katherine E. Bishop, David Higgins, and Jerry Määttä. Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts. Forthcoming.

“’They Smell the Same’: Bong Joon-ho’s Parasite.” Gothic Nature 2 (March 2021): 264–7.

Review of Ecologies of Precarity in Twenty-First Century Theatre: Politics, Affect, Responsibility, by Marissia FragkouJournal of Dramatic Theory and Criticism 35, no. 1 (Fall 2020): 157–9.

Review of Affective Ecocriticism: Emotion, Embodiment, Environment, edited by Kyle Bladow and Jennifer Ladino. H-Net Environment. February 9, 2021.

DODO by Bricolage Production Company. Theatre Journal 70, no. 2 (December 2018): 544-5.

Online

“‘Grieving Well’: On Mourning, Extinction, and White Privilege.” Environmental History Now, March 19, 2021.

Slow Violence and the Youth Climate Movement.” Theorizing the Contemporary, FieldsightsCultural Anthropology, March 24, 2020. 

“‘You Are Here:’ Deep Time at the Smithsonian.” Environmental History Now. October 16, 2019.

Fighting Air Pollution with a Whisk.” Constellations. August 19, 2017.

Smog Meringues at the GASP Air Fair.” Constellations. August 25, 2017.