|Department||Feminist Studies Department, |
Critical Race and Ethnic Studies
|Affiliations||Film and Digital Media Department|
|Office||337, Humanities 1|
|Office Hours||Mondays 5-6 by appointment only; Weds. 1:30-3:15 drop in|
|Campus Mail Stop||Humanities Academic Services|
My research and teaching interests are in the areas of U.S and Eastern European media and cultural studies, with a focus on the politics of religion and sexuality, postsocialism, human rights and humanitarianism, and war and nationalism. My book, Humanitarian Violence: The U.S. Deployment of Diversity (University of Minnesota Press, 2013), addresses the rise of U.S. humanitarian imperialism that has depended on the racialization of religious difference in places like the former Yugoslavia and Afghanistan since the end of the Cold War. I argue that the entangled notions of humanity and atrocity that follow from humanitarian mediations of war and crisis have refigured conceptions of freedom in the post-Cold War era, producing cultural narratives that increasingly participate in racializing belief systems, thus supplementing the racialization of bodies under previous imperial formations. Currently I am at work on a co-authored manuscript with Kalindi Vora (UCSD), "Surrogate Humanity: Race, Technology, Revolution." This research considers how a 21st century association of revolutionary change with the novelty of technological objects and platforms and their social effects dislodges the term “revolution” from its prior association with political and social transformation, altering the possible fields for political action.
Biography, Education and Training
Ph.D. Literature and Cultural Studies University of California, San Diego
- Humanitarian Violence: the U.S. Deployment of Diversity (University of Minnesota Press, 2013)
- "The Muslim Mediterranean: Islam and the Contradictions of 'Europe' in Bosnia and Herzegovina." Journal of Mediterranean Studies 24.2: 231-248, 2016.
- "Surrogate Humanity: Posthuman Networks and the (Racialized) Obsolescence of Labor" with Kalindi Vora. Catalyst: Feminism, Theory, Technoscience 1(1): 1-40, 2015.
- "A Feminist Politics and Ethics of Refusal: Teaching Transnational Cinema in the Feminist Studies Classroom." Teaching Transnational Cinema: Politics and Pedagogy, eds. Katarzyna Marciniak and Bruce Bennett (Routledge, 2016).
- "Cold War Carmen in U.S. Racial Modernity." Cinema Journal 54.1 (2014): 88-111.
- “Roma Rights on the World Wide Web: The Role of Internet Technologies in Shaping Minority and Human Rights Discourses in Post-Socialist Central and Eastern Europe,” European Journal of Cultural Studies (2009)
- “‘Race’ Toward Freedom: Post-Cold War U.S. Multiculturalism and the Re-Construction of Eastern Europe.” In The Journal of American Culture 29.2
- “Dracula as Ethnic Conflict: The Technologies of ‘Humanitarian Intervention’ in the Balkans during the 1999 NATO Bombing of Serbia and Kosovo.” In Monsters and the Monstrous: Myths and Metaphors of Enduring Evil, Niall Scott, ed. (New York: Rodopi, 2007).
- “Liberalism and the Production of Post-Socialist Difference: Gender Studies and the Ethnicization of Religion in the Context of Central and Eastern Europe,” Feminist Theory (forthcoming)
- Book Reviews:
- “Katarzyna Marciniak, photographs by Kamil Turowski, Streets of Crocodiles: Photography, Media, and Postsocialist Landscapes in Poland.” Journal of Visual Culture 11: 409-411, 2012.
- “Muslim Lives in Eastern Europe: Gender, Islam, and the Transformation of Islam in Postsocialist Bulgaria by Kristen Ghodsee,” American Ethnologist 38.2: 388-389, 2011.
- “UCHRI Perspectives with Kalindi Vora and Neda Atanasoski,” Interview with David Theo Goldberg"
Courses Taught124 Race, Sex, Technology
80T Religion in U.S. Politics
100. Feminist Theories
126. Images, Power, and Politics: Methods in Visual and Textual Analysis
194O. Politics of Gender and Human Rights
200. Feminist Theories
222. Religion, Feminsm, and Sexual Politics
215 Postcolonial/Postsocialist Analytics