About Me

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 motivated by questions of power, representation, and environmental justice. 

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 contends that media can be a tool for visibility, accountability, and political change (instead of a tool for erasure) if the disparate impacts of climate change are discursively linked / “re-coupled” with specific, historical systems of power. 

I’m an incoming postdoc (beginning September 2021) at the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania, where I recently defended my dissertation entitled “Apocalyptic Authoritarianism in the United States: Power, Media, and Climate Crisis” and earned my PhD. 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.

Education:

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