CV

(last updated: 9/11/17)

Academic Positions

Lecturer, Department of American Studies, The University of Texas at Austin (2017 – present).

EDUCATION

Ph.D. in American Studies, The University of Texas at Austin. 2017.

  • Dissertation: “Securing America: Drone Warfare in American Culture After 9/11,” defended March 10, 2017.
  • Winner, 2017 Michael H. Granof Award (recognizes the top dissertation at UT Austin of any field).
  • Qualifying exam (passed with distinction), February 2014. Fields: American Civilization; Political Theory; Media Studies; War, Media, and Affect.

M.A. in American Studies, The University of Texas at Austin. 2012.

  • Report: “Virtual Residues: Historical Uncertainty and John F. Kennedy’s Assassination in Videogames.” Supervisor: Randolph Lewis. Reader: Janet Staiger.

A.B. in Government, cum laude, minor in Spanish, Harvard University. 2008.

  • Honors Thesis: “A Threat to Hygge? Assessing the Impact of Diversity on Social Capital in Denmark and Sweden.”

RESEARCH AND TEACHING INTERESTS

Technology and culture, history of technology, technology and gender, history of U.S. conservatism, media studies, game studies, political theory, post-1865 U.S. history

FELLOWSHIPS, GRANTS AND AWARDS

Major Awards

Michael H. Granof Award (2017).
Spring COLA Dissertation Writing Fellowship (2017).
P.E.O. Scholar Award, P.E.O. Sisterhood International (2015-2016).
Mike Hogg Endowed Graduate Fellowship, Office of Graduate Studies, University of Texas at Austin (2015-2016).
Graduate School Continuing Fellowship, Department of American Studies, University of Texas at Austin (2015-2016, declined).
University Preemptive Recruitment Fellowship, University of Texas at Austin (2010-2011).

Research, Travel, and Professional Development Grants

Professional Development Grant, Office of Graduate Studies, University of Texas at Austin (2016).
Professional Development Grant, Office of Graduate Studies, University of Texas at Austin (2015).
Society for Social Studies of Science (4S) Travel Grant, National Science Foundation (2015).
Dissertation Kickoff Research Grant, Department of American Studies, University of Texas at Austin (2014).
Professional Development Grant, Office of Graduate Studies, University of Texas at Austin (2014).
Professional Development Grant, Office of Graduate Studies, University of Texas at Austin (2013).
Professional Development Grant, Department of American Studies, University of Texas at Austin (2013).
Professional Development Grant, Department of American Studies, University of Texas at Austin (2012).
Saloma Fund Senior Thesis Research Grant, Harvard University (2007).

PUBLICATIONS

Peer-Reviewed Publications

“’There Has To Be More To It’: Diegetic Violence and the Uncertainty of President Kennedy’s Death.” Game Studies 15, no. 2 (December 2015): http://gamestudies.org/1502/articles/andersen.

“Games of Drones: The Uneasy Future of the Soldier-Hero in Call of Duty: Black Ops II.” Surveillance and Society 12, no. 3 (July 2014): 360-376. https://ojs.library.queensu.ca/index.php/surveillance-and-society/article/view/hero.

Book Chapters

“Virtual Warfare: Videogames, Drones, and the Reimagination of Heroic Masculinity.” In Warring over Valor: How Race and Gender Shaped American Military Heroism in the Twentieth and Twenty-First Centuries, edited by Simon Wendt. Rutgers University Press, 2018. Forthcoming.

Manuscripts in Preparation

Books:

Unmanned Nation: The Power of Drone Warfare in American Culture

Articles:

“Broadcasting the Drone: Labor, Masculinity, and the Commuter’s War” (in preparation for Television and New Media)

Online PUBLICATIONS

“‘Why Do They Make It So Extreme?!’ On Videogame Glitches and Joy.” Flow 18, no. 8. http://flowtv.org/2013/10/videogame-glitches-joy/.

“Sweaty Gnarled Clumps of Limbs and Torsos.” The End of Austin, no. 3. http://endofaustin.com/2013/05/18/sweaty-gnarled-clumps-of-limbs-and-torsos/.

“Comedy and the Social Contract: The Surprisingly Conservative Vision of Louis C.K.” Flow 16, no. 5. http://flowtv.org/2012/08/conservative-vision-louis-ck/.

CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS

Panelist and Panel Organizer

“‘Beautiful in Space and Flight’: The Visceral Celebration of Drone Technology in Digital Spaces.” American Studies Association Annual Meeting, Denver, Colorado (November 2016). Panel co-organizer.

“The Friendly Drone: Showcasing Unmanned Systems in the Trade Show Environment.” Society for Social Studies of Science (4s) Annual Meeting, Denver, Colorado (November 2015). Panel chair and panel organizer.

“‘Dwell, Detect, Destroy’: Marketing the Drone in the Post-9/11 Era.” The (Re)production of Misery and the Ways of Resistance, American Studies Association Annual Meeting, Toronto, Canada (October 2015). Panel organizer.

Panelist

“War Games: Virtual Drones and the Production of American Empire.” American Studies Association Annual Meeting, Chicago, Illinois (forthcoming, November 2017).

“Seeing by Drone: Aerial Vision and the Construction of Inequality.” Visual Culture and Inequality, The University of Konstanz, Konstanz, Germany (July 2017).

“Domesticating the Drone: The Normalization of Military Drones in Everyday Life.” Science/Technology/Security: Challenges to Global Governance? University College London, London, England (forthcoming, June 2016).

“War from Hoe: Satiric Revisions of Masculinity in the Age of Drone Warfare.” Home/Sick, University of Texas American Studies Graduate Conference, Austin, Texas (April 2015).

“Virtual Warfare: Drones and the Future of the Soldier in the Call of Duty Series.” Race, Gender, and Military Heroism in U.S. History: From World War I to 9/11, Goethe-University of Frankfurt, Frankfurt, Germany (March 2015).

“’The Unwritten Rules of Society’: Discomfort and Politics in Larry David’s Curb Your Enthusiasm.” Society of Cinema and Media Studies Annual Meeting, Seattle, Washington (March 2014).

“Fighting with Laughter: Bodies and the War on Terror in Louie.” Images of Terror, Narratives of (In)security: Literary, Artistic and Cultural Responses, Center for Comparative Studies, Faculty of Letters, University of Lisbon, Portugal (April 2013).

“’I Find Human Contact Repulsive’: The Pain of Political Discourse and Community in Larry David’s Curb Your Enthusiasm.” Reimagining the American Dream, University of Texas American Studies Graduate Student Conference, Austin, Texas (April 2013).

“Left Behind? Video Games and Christian Activism.” Religion in American Life Conference, Institute of North American Studies at King’s College, London, United Kingdom (February 2013).

“Subversion and Resistance in Spaces of Limited Interactivity.” Game Studies as Media Studies roundtable, Flow Conference, Austin, Texas (November 2012).

“Every Day, I Make Them Die With My Car”: Social Atomization and White Guilt in Louis C.K.’s Louie.” Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association National Conference, Boston, Massachusetts (April 2012).

“Kick Out The Jams? The Rise and the Fall of the MC5’s Revolution, 1967 – 1970.” Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association National Conference, St. Louis, Missouri (March 2010).

INVITED PRESENTATIONS and Commentary

Invited discussant, Immersive Media: New Agendas in Communication, University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas (February 2015).

“The End of Austin is Just the Beginning.” With Prof. Randolph Lewis and Sean Cashbaugh, University of Texas System Chancellor’s Council Annual Meeting, Austin, Texas (May 2014).

Conferences and Symposia Organized

Non-Academic Careers Professional Development Workshop, April 2016.

Digital Media and Personal Branding Professional Development Workshop, November 2014.

Reimagining the American Dream.” Co-chair, University of Texas at Austin American Studies Graduate Student Conference, April 2013.

“Hip vs. Cool,” University of Texas at Austin American Studies Spring Symposium featuring Joel Dinerstein, February 2012.

ROFLCon.” Harvard University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology conference on internet culture, April 2008.

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Full-time lecturer, Department of American Studies, The University of Texas at Austin (2017 – present).

  • AMS 356 (upper division lecture): Main Currents in U.S. History from 1865 to present (Fall 2017 and Spring 2018)
  • AMS 370 (upper division seminar): Digital Media in American Culture (Fall 2017 and Spring 2018).
  • AMS 310 (lower division lecture): Introduction to American Studies (Fall 2017).

Assistant Instructor (instructor of record), The University of Texas at Austin (2015, 2016).

  • AMS 311s (lower division seminar): The Culture of the Right (Fall 2016). Syllabus.
  • AMS s370 (upper division seminar): Conservatism in America (Summer 2015).

Teaching Assistant, The University of Texas at Austin (2011 – present).

  • Introduction to American Studies (Spring 2015, with Janet Davis).
  • Main Currents in U.S. History from 1865 (Fall 2014, with Randolph Lewis).
  • Main Currents in U.S. History to 1865 (Spring 2014, with Mark Smith).
  • Popular Music in the United States (Fall 2013, with Karl Hagstrom Miller).
  • Anti-Americanism (Spring 2013, with Sabine Hake). Planned and facilitated weekly discussion sections.
  • Voyages that Changed the World (Fall 2012, with Kit Belgum). Planned and facilitated weekly discussion sections.
  • Introduction to American Studies (Spring 2012, with Janet Davis).
  • Introduction to American Studies (Fall 2011, with Cary Cordova).

Discussion Section Leader and Individual Tutor, Northwestern University Athletic Department (2009 – 2010).

  • Introduction to Sociology.

Secondary School Teacher, Mentoring at Punahou Program, Punahou School (2008 – 2009).

  • English, 9th grade.

ADMINISTRATIVE APPOINTMENTS

Digital Media Strategist and Web Administrator, Department of American Studies (2011 – 2016).

  • Duties included crafting department’s overall digital media strategy, overseeing the department’s social media presence and blog (e.g. creating blog posts and blog series, editing contributors’ blog posts, publicizing department news and events via social media, updating Twitter feed daily), researching external grants for departmental multimedia projects, spearheading campaigns to secure donations from graduate and undergraduate alumni, designing graphics and posters to publicize department events, filming and photographing department events, collaborating with the College of Liberal Arts IT Services on a substantial website redesign, and managing the department website (includes maintaining faculty and graduate student directories, departmental news briefs, and events calendar).
  • Founded training seminar to teach other departments – faculty, staff, and graduate students – how to create an effective digital media presence. Program includes advising on leveraging Facebook, Twitter, WordPress, and university-hosted department webpages to share research and teaching with the public.
  • Managed and mentored small team of undergraduate contributing writers.
  • Digital media presence recognized as exemplary at university-wide Provost’s Campus Conversations Symposium in February 2015.
  • Through outreach strategies, contributed to a 187% increase in readership between 2011 and 2014.

RESEARCH EXPERIENCE

Research Assistant, Slow Season (documentary on BP oil spill and its effects on the Houma Indian community) (2011).

Research Assistant, Harvard University, J.D. Connor, Dept. of English and Visual and Environmental Studies (2008).

Research Assistant, Harvard Kennedy School, Christopher Avery, Public Policy (2006-2007).

Professional Service

Editorial Service

Editorial Board Member and Web Designer, The End of Austin (2012 – 2015). TEOA was named one of Austin’s best publications of 2014 by The Austin Chronicle.

Marketing and Social Media Editor, Flow (2012 – 2013).

Column Editor, Flow (2011 – 2013).

Founder and Editor, University of Texas at Austin American Studies blog, AMS :: ATX (2011 – present).

DEPARTMENTAL SERVICE

75th Anniversary Celebration Planning Committee member, Department of American Studies (2016). Selected by department chair to be sole graduate student representative.

First-year graduate student mentor, Department of American Studies (2014 – 2015).

Graduate student orientation leader, Department of American Studies (2012 – 2016).

Graduate Events Committee, Department of American Studies (2011 – 2013).
Volunteer, Explore UT (2011, 2012).

UNIVERSITY SERVICE

Committee member, College of Liberal Arts Task Force on Graduate Skills-Based Training, University of Texas at Austin (2016).

Graduate Student Mentor, Intellectual Entrepreneurship Pre-Graduate Internship Program, University of Texas at Austin (2016).

Commencement Speaker, University of Texas at Austin (2012).

Harvard University Admissions Department alumni interviewer (2009 – 2012).

Service to Profession

Manuscript reviewer, Games and Culture.

Community Involvement/Outreach

Volunteer, Girlstart (nonprofit that offers STEM education events and camps for girls) (2016 to present).

Volunteer, Explore UT, University of Texas at Austin (2011, 2012).

WORKSHOPS ATTENDED

THATCamp Digital Pedagogy, Austin, Texas (January 2016).

RELATED PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Social media outreach, Austin Cinematic Symphony (2014 – 2016).
Judge, Funniest Person in Austin contest (2013).
Writer, Kill Screen (2013 – 2014).
Comedy writer and reporter, Laughspin (2011 – 2016).

LANGUAGES

Spanish (advanced proficiency).

COMPUTER SKILLS

Social media tools (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr, LinkedIn, Academia.edu, Tweetdeck), Google applications (Drive, Docs, Sheets, Slides, Sites, Hangouts, Culture Institute), Mailchimp, Adobe Photoshop, WordPress, Cascade Content Management System, Canvas, Blackboard, HTML, CSS, Windows, MacOSX.

MEMBERSHIP

American Studies Association
Society for Cinema and Media Studies
4s: Society for Social Studies of Science
Association of Unmanned Vehicle Systems International

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