current research

My research focuses on the intersections between gender, sexuality, and health in U.S. media and popular culture. My current book project, Feeling Healthy: Media and the Affective Governance of Gender, Sexuality, and Disability, brings a queer disability studies lens to examine how popular media enforce normative standards of what it means to be, look, and feel “healthy.” From early silent films to contemporary digital media, this project demonstrates how media technologies not only reflect but actively shape individuals and populations by orienting bodies around norms of gender, sexuality, and ability.


“Disability.” Routledge History of American Sexuality, eds. K. Murphy, J. Ruiz, and D. Serlin. Forthcoming 2019.

“Gay Men’s Health Crisis” and “ACT UP: Stop the Church,” A People's Guide to New York City. University of California Press, A People’s Guide Series, eds. L Barraclough, W. Cheng, and L. Pulido. Forthcoming 2019.