I’m an interdisciplinary scholar of media, culture, and the climate crisis. My research deciphers the historical and cultural roots of contemporary climate discourse and images and determines how these representations shape responses to the threats of climate change. I’m currently working on a book tentatively entitled Apocalyptic Authoritarianism: Climate Crisis, Media, and Power. My monograph addresses critical questions of power and the relationship between the climate crisis, media, and social change.
Through critical cultural and qualitative methods of analysis, my scholarship identifies and traces: (1) cultural processes of erasure—whereby the disparities and particularities of environmental risk are obscured, and asymmetries of power are entrenched through discourse and ways of seeing, and (2) counter-discourses—whereby dominant regimes of representation are negotiated, contested, and resisted. My research and writing have been published in various academic journals and popular media outlets including Environmental Communication, Media Theory, Politique Américaine, Reading The Pictures, and Earth Island Journal. I also recently co-edited the book entitled Climate Change and Journalism: Negotiating Rifts of Time.
I’m currently a postdoctoral fellow at the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania, where I earned my PhD in July 2021. I’m also an Appointed Member on the Board of Directors for the International Environmental Communication Association (IECA), the Elected Student & Early Career Representative for the Visual Communication Studies Division of the International Communication Association (ICA), and the co-chair of the Critical Studies of Climate Media, Discourse, and Power Working Group a part of the Climate Social Science Network (CSSN) headquartered at Brown University.
My research has been recognized by the 2021 IAMCR Stuart Hall Award, New Directions for Climate Communication Research Fellowship, two Top Paper Awards from the International Communication Association, and the Best Student Paper Award from the Association for Environmental Studies and Sciences.
PhD, University of Pennsylvania, 2021
MA, University of Pennsylvania, 2018
MSc, London School of Economics and Political Science, 2016
BS, University of California, Berkeley, 2015