Research and Writing

Research Areas

I received a Ph.D in Communication from the University of California, San Diego in 2016.

My work combines some conceptual and methodological tenets of media and cultural studies with contemporary topics in communications regulation and freedom of expression. In the past few years, I have written primarily about these issues in terms of the evolving relationship between reputation and freedom of expression on internet platforms.

My current book project (under contract with Routledge) compares the fascinating work of “reputation management” companies with the legal responses to novel reputation and privacy threats that have been embraced in Europe and elsewhere (such as the so-called “Right to Be Forgotten”). My existing published work and several in-progress or forthcoming articles investigate the efforts of platforms (and users) to reconcile competing interests in managing user-generated content. The approach taken in this research is, of course, also influenced by my earlier work on representations of social identity in popular culture (past and present).

I’ve also become more interested in the politicization of “free speech” as a concept. Some recent writing has explored current issues regarding speech in higher education. This writing is part of the groundwork for a subsequent project that examines the politics of contemporary antimonopoly rhetoric and the ongoing debate over regulating “big tech.”

Recent Publications

My article on the recent wave of “campus free speech” legislation has been published in First Amendment Studies. I have posted a pre-print copy on my Academia page as well.

I have a review essay in the June 2018 issue of American Quarterly that examines some recent books about free speech in higher education. I argue that the books offer valuable defenses of the liberal free speech tradition but also somewhat overlook recent perspectives that try to re-conceptualize the link between speech and violence.

Earlier in 2018, an article about the sponsorship of the seminal American radio program called Amos ‘n’ Andy appeared in print in the Historical Journal of Film, Radio, and Television. The piece is based on research conducted at the NBC archives in Madison, WI

Professional Affiliations and Service

Over the years, I have presented my work at the conference meetings of a number of organizations. These include the National Communication Association (NCA), International Communication Association (ICA), Southern States Communication Association (SSCA), International Association of Media and Communication Research (IAMCR), Law and Society Association, Cultural Studies Association, and Policy History Association. I have also presented at topical conferences, such as the “Mediating Change” conference at the University of North Texas (November 2018), the Digital Ethics Symposium at Loyola University in Chicago (November 2018), and the “All Things in Moderation” conference on content moderation at UCLA (December 2017).

I serve on the editorial board of First Amendment Studies, and I am an active participant in the Freedom of Expression Division of NCA and the Freedom of Speech Division of SSCA.