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Assistant Professor
N322 Integrative Learning Center
Fall 2015 office hours TuTh 8:00-10:00 & 3:00-4:00

As a scholar-performer I am interested in narrative performance that gets at constructions and embodiments of identity and relations. When someone tells their story in public—in particular those stories that do not circulate in mainstream culture—to an audience of self, an/other, or many in a performance space, connections and potentials can be revealed, made, even undone. In doing and telling we might find alliance, coalition, and other unknowns that differences in and discourses of race, gender, sexuality, class, and nation often preclude. Performance is rife with possibility as well as danger. It is a site we can simultaneously reinforce and interrupt that which constrains and produces us; it is a site where resistance, decolonial practice, and social justice are sparked, realized, begun. My traditional and performance scholarship can be found in Text and Performance Quarterly, QED: A Journal of Queer Worldmaking, Journal of International and Intercultural Communication, and in several edited volumes. I was part of an author team that published Queer Praxis: Questions for LGBT Worldmaking. My current projects include a performance piece about desire and queer relations and a book monograph on queer intimacy.

Senior Lecturer & Chief Undergraduate Advisor
N326 Integrative Learning Center
Fall 2015 office hours: TuTh 9:30-11:00 (COMM 394PI students only); all others by appt. scheduled by Sue Dreyer
(413) 545-0518

Whether through research, teaching, or directing the Department's advising program, I see my work as a vehicle for prompting critical thought and promoting constructive social change. My research interests include the subjective and social implications of media images hypermasculinity and the hypersexualization of young girls, the commercialization of children's culture, and the health and environmental impacts of media driven consumerism. My current research explores consent and coercion in adolescents' and young women's sexual experiences, focusing on the roles of pornography and other media messages in college students' experiences and perceptions of "hooking up." I am also studying the impacts of Title IX and other campus rape policies on feminist pedagogy, research, and advocacy. My scholarship sits at the nexus of social and developmental psychology, critical cultural studies, and feminist media studies, with a particular focus on issues of gender, race, class, and sexuality.