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

"Unedited farming: Private accounts, farming fails, and food culture on Instagram." You Are What You Post: Food and Instagram. Eds. Emily Contois and Zenia Kish. Bloomsbury Academic, forthcoming.





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 (UBC)

FIST240 Media Audiences (UBC)

ENGL230 Approaches to Media Studies (UBC)

ENGL112 Strategies in University Writing: Emerging Technologies (UBC)

FIST100 Introduction to Film Studies (UBC)

FIST430A Studies in Authorship: Hitchcock (UBC)




2020                SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellowship (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


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.




2018                Media Industries, Prof. Ernest Mathijs, UBC


2017-18           Media Audiences, Prof. Ernest Mathijs, UBC





2018                Instructional Skills Workshop Certification, UBC




2016-9             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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