I am an Associate Professor and Department Chair in the Department of Communication, Media and Theatre at Northeastern Illinois University. I teach courses in film history and theory, television studies, new media technologies, gender and sexuality, and critical/cultural theory. My research agenda is at the intersection of popular media, political activism, and public service. In particular, I study the history of HBO’s engagement with the AIDS epidemic. My work has appeared in Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies, Nebula, and FlowTV. I have also contributed book chapters to several edited collections, and I am currently working on a book project focused on HBO’s HIV/AIDS programming
Before earning my Ph.D. in Communication, Rhetoric, & Digital Media at North Carolina State University, I earned an M.A. in Film Studies from the University of Iowa and a B.A. in Drama & Communication from the University of New Orleans.