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I am an Associate Professor of Rhetoric and Communications at The University of Winnipeg, where I teach courses on Communication Theory, Popular Culture, Critical Studies of Discourse and Ideology, and Critical Studies of Social Media. I also teach Cultural Theory in the MA program in Cultural Studies, and supervise directed readings courses on cultural theory, media and communication theory, and film and popular culture.

I am a Faculty Researcher associated with the Cultural Studies Research Group and an Advisory Board member of the Centre for Research in Cultural Studies (CRiCS) at The University of Winnipeg. I am currently on the Editorial Boards for TOPIA: Canadian Journal of Cultural Studiesand Alternate Routes: A Journal of Critical Social Research, where I serve as Interventions Editor.

My research and teaching deal with media and cultural studies, and I have research and teaching interests in communication and cultural theory, critical media studies, comparative critical theory, and social and political theory.

I have written on social media, popular representations of digital culture, world and popular cinema, popular culture and capitalist ideology, visual culture and subjectivity, and ideologies of neoliberalism, finance capitalism, and the debt economy.

My interdisciplinary research addresses questions about the intersection of media, ideology, and subjectivity, and examines the role of media and popular culture in reproducing ideological hegemony and in interpellating subjects compliant in the dominance of capitalism and neoliberalism.  My research contributes to debates on media and society, ideologies of postmodern and consumer culture, subjectivity and identity, and emancipatory politics.

My latest book, Postmodern Theory and Blade Runner (Bloomsbury 2017), introduces readers to key concepts in postmodern theory and shows how it can be used for a critical analysis of Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner. 

My first book, The Symbolic, The Sublime, and Slavoj Žižek’s Theory of Film (Palgrave Macmillan 2012) examines the influence of Slavoj Žižek and his relevance for film studies.  I am also the co-editor of Žižek and Media Studies:  A Reader (Palgrave Macmillan 2014).

I have a Ph.D. and an M.A. in Communication and Culture from York University and Ryerson University, and a B.A. Honours Double Major in Fine Arts Cultural Studies and Communication Studies from York. I was previously an Assistant Professor in the Department of Politics and Public Administration at Ryerson University. I have also previously taught courses in communication studies, cultural theory, media studies, popular culture, sociology, and politics, at OCAD University, Wilfrid Laurier University,  Ryerson University, and Trent University; and, I have worked as a curriculum consultant for the TIFF Bell Lightbox Theatre and the Virtual Museum of Canada.