I'm currently transitioning to a new position as Assistant Professor in the Department of Global Gender and Sexuality Studies at the University at Buffalo. I research and teach at the intersection of film and media and American cultural studies with an emphasis on gender, race, and sexuality. Nonfiction films and media—past to present—as well as theories of image archives are an area of focus at the moment.
My academic identity is interwoven with my experience as a trans, queer person from the South. Coming out has been a long-term process of deconstructing notions and representations of difference in southern cultures and ideas of place that delimit non-normative gender and sexuality alongside racial and class difference. I am invested in research, teaching, mentorship, and community involvement that privileges the cultural visibility of people marginalized at intersections of identity and place-based bias.