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Research

My research involves film theory and history, digital media, and global studies, and also engages with science and technology studies. I am currently working on the manuscript for my first book, Sky, Stars, and Screen: Cinematic Cosmologies, 1896–1962, which traces a consistent technological, metaphorical, and representational entanglement of cosmology and the cinema. This entanglement is evident in playful cinematic depictions of lunar voyages and in astronomical uses of chronophotographic technologies. But it also emerges more powerfully and hauntingly in cinema of the World Wars and their aftermath, which foreground dreams of celestial witness and escape alongside crumbling cosmologies and fears of what Walter Benjamin called the "new constellations" of aerial warfare. I focus on cinematic and theoretical works from the early- to mid-twentieth century, when Einstein's theories of relativity were gaining traction globally, and identify the common ways film and new astrophysics seemed to allow for temporal and spatial mobility in an age of geopolitical unrest.

Whether collaborating with computer scientists on global media access projects or tracing the role of media technologies in the history of science, I am interested in finding points of intersection between media studies and scientific practices.