As a researcher, I’m interested in why and how we go to the movies; what we seek and feel when we attend so-called “immersive” or “eventful” experiences; how industry has aimed to create such experiences through cinema technology, digital effects, and new modes of spectatorship; the unfolding histories of film exhibition and reception; early/silent cinema; film scores and sound; and contemporary Hollywood and fan culture.

Selected Essays

  • “Midnight in Middle Earth: Blockbusters and Opening-Night Culture”
    New Review of Film and Television Studies 12.4 (2014): 357-379.
  • Joywheels and Gyrations: Amusement Park Sequences in Late-Era Silent Films”
    CineAction 93 (Summer 2014), 4-12.
  • “The Future Is A Fairground: Attraction and Absorption in 3D Cinema”
    CineAction 89 (Winter 2013), 4-13.



I chose to pursue teaching for two primary reasons: I am passionate about people, and I am excited about the sharing of ideas. I believe that classrooms should constitute spaces of encouragement and exhilaration, places where students take part in a process of questioning, revising, embracing, positioning, and re-positioning themselves. Working in the fields of composition, communication, and culture, my goal as an educator is to help students develop a set of critical-thinking, rhetorical, and communication skills that they can carry with them for the rest of their lives.


I’m currently working on some new tunes, which I hope to share sometime next year. In the meantime, you can listen to some of my music by clicking that rhombus over there.

We become human through the connections and creations we make. Some people journal, some document their lives through videos and photos; I make music, and I make it, admittedly, for myself. For me, music is a sort-of aural journal, allowing me to capture and reflect on my thoughts, my yearnings, my contexts, and my limits as a maker of art and as a person. I share my songs with the hope that a few connections might be found between me and you. I will always write and record songs with my friends, from my bedroom; they will never be perfect, but they will always be important to me.


Should you need to contact me for any reason, professional or personal, send an email by clicking on the green little envelope above. My online identity is somewhat scattershot—like butter scraped over too much bread, as Bilbo Baggins once said—but, I can be found on the various platforms below.

Wishing you all the best,