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2016                Ph.D., Communication Studies, McGill University

  • Thesis: Stars, Nobodies, and Other Apparitions: Cameo Roles in Hollywood Film and Television; Supervisor: Will Straw


2009                M.A., Cinema Studies, University of Toronto


2007                B.A., English and Cinema Studies, University of Toronto






Stars and Silhouettes: the History of the Cameo Role in Hollywood. Wayne State University Press, October 2020.


Peer-reviewed journal articles


"Top 10 Everything: WatchMojo and the monetization of fan culture on YouTube." Cinephile 14.1 (2020)

"Now You've Got the Shiveries: Affect, Intimacy, and the ASMR Whisper Community." Television & New Media 16.8 (December 2015): 683-700.


“From the Ground Up: Transforming the Inside Out LGBT Film and Video Festival of Toronto.” Canadian Journal of Film Studies 21.1 (Spring 2012): 38-57.


“The Body of the Machine: Computer Interfaces in American Popular Cinema Since 1982.” Projections 5.2 (Winter 2011): 75-95.


Book Chapters

"Farming, Unedited: Failure, Humor, and Fortitude in Instagram’s Agricultural Underground.” Food Instagram: Identity, Influence, and Negotiation. Emily Contois and Zenia Kish. University of lllinois Press, 2022.

Other Writing

“From Sunset Boulevard to Eurovision Song Contest: the history of the cameo role in Hollywood,” The Conversation, 10 Aug. 2020.




2020               Assistant Teaching Professor, Thompson Rivers University, Kamloops, BC

2017-19          Sessional lecturer, University of British Columbia, Vancouver BC


2016               Teaching assistant, McGill University


2014-15          Visiting scholar, Visual Studies Research Institute, University of Southern California

2012               Research assistant, Roberta Lentz, McGill University

2009-11         Research assistant, Kay Armatage, University of Toronto

2008-09        Teaching assistant, University of Toronto



FIST240 Media Industries, FIST340 Media Audiences, ENGL230 Approaches to Media Studies, ENGL112 Strategies in University Writing: Emerging Technologies, FIST100 Introduction to Film Studies, FIST430A Studies in Authorship: Hitchcock (UBC)

CMNS3550 Media and Public Relations, CMNS3500 Special Topics in Social Media, CMNS3500 Media and the Environment, CMNS4240 Strategies in Crisis Communication, CMNS3240 Advanced Professional Communication, ENGL1100 Introduction to University Writing, ENGL2190 Adventure in Film and Literature, CMNS3800 Communication and New Media (TRU)




2021-24          SSHRC Insight Development Grant, "Seeing the Trees: Conflict and Conservation in B.C.

                        Forestry Training Films

2021-22          TRU Internal Research Fund, "Unearthing Forest Film Archives"

2020               SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellowship, "Politics and Pedagogy in Forestry Training Films 1960-2000                            (declined)

2018-9            UBC Faculty Association Travel Grants, UBC


2016                Media@McGill Advanced Dissertation Grant, McGill University


2016                Graduate Excellence Award, McGill University


2014                Michael Smith Foreign Study Supplement, SSHRC


2013                Joseph-Armand Bombardier CGS Doctoral Scholarship, SSHRC


2012                Graduate Excellence Award, McGill University


2008              Cinema Studies Institute Bursary, University of Toronto




Papers presented

2022                "Progress, Precarity, Propaganda: B.C. Resource Communities in Forestry Films,
1970-2000.” Film Studies Association of Canada Conference. Virtual.
May 11-15.

2022                "Farm Fails: Private Insta Knowledge Communities." Society of Cinema and Media Studies Conference. Chicago (virtual). March 31-April 3.

2021                "Bad Blood: Serial Killers, True Crime and the Racial Imaginary in Shadow of a Doubt."                  Film Studies Association of Canada Conference, Virtual, June 1-3.

2021               "Seeing the Trees: Politics and Pedagogy in British Columbian Forestry Training Films."                   Society of Cinema and Media Studies Conference, Denver (virtual), March 17-21.

2019                "Seeing the Trees: Politics and Pedagogy in Forestry Training Films 1960-2000."                           Film Studies Association of Canada Conference, Vancouver, June 4-6.


2018                "Compilation Videos: YouTube and the Fan-Driven Future of Film History." Society for Cinema and Media Studies Conference, Toronto, March 17-19.


2017                "Casting Cameos: Social Relationships and Free Agency in the Late Studio Era." Workshop on Extras, Bit Players and Historical Consultants, Filmuniversität Babelsberg, Potsdam, Germany, July 17-18.


2015                "Detail and Ground: The Cameo Role and the Decline of the Studio System." Society for Cinema and Media Studies Conference, Montreal, March 24-29.


2013                "Now You've Got the Shiveries: Affect, Intimacy, and the ASMR Whisper Community." Art History and Communication Studies Graduate Student Conference, McGill University, April 26.


2009                “I Can Has Box Office: Looking Back at the Animal Gaze.” Cinema Studies Institute Graduate Colloquium, University of Toronto, March 26-27.


2019                  "The Content Era." Society for Cinema and Media Studies Conference, Seattle, March 13-17.



2020              "The History of the Cameo Role," Tap into Research webseries, TRU

2020                The Cameo and the American Film Industry, COM100 Understanding Media, American University.


2018                Haters Back Off and Transmedia Storytelling, FIST240 Media Industries, Prof. Ernest Mathijs, UBC


2017-18           Watchmojo and Fan Audiences, FIST340 Media Audiences, Prof. Ernest Mathijs, UBC


2021                 Coordinator, JCNM Peer Mentorship Program

2020-1             TRU Undergraduate Research Apprenticeship, supervisor





2021                Assessment and Evaluation of Learning Certificate, CELT, TRU

2020               Learning Tech Certificate of Digital Competency, TRU

2018                Instructional Skills Workshop Certification, UBC




2021                  Media Inclusion Working Group, Film Studies Association of Canada

2016-21            Journal manuscript review




2019                Volunteer, Cambie Park Community Garden


2016                Chair of the organizing committee, Journées de la Culture, Christ Church Cathedral, Montreal


2012                Federal Volunteer Service Year, Wilhelm-Hauff-Schule, Stuttgart, Germany


2009-10          Intern, Now Hear This Literacy Program, Descant Arts & Letters Foundation, Toronto




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