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.
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.
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.