I am an Assistant Professor of English at the University of California, Santa Barbara. I explore how swimming and scuba diving can serve as interpretive methodologies in the humanities, a topic that I develop in my forthcoming book, Wild Blue Media: Thinking Through Seawater (Duke University Press, 2020). Wild Blue Media takes the ocean as an epistemic environment for thought that one might think through, rather than as an object of analysis or territory for investigation. By understanding the ocean as a milieu where the weight and opacity of seawater transforms how information is created, stored, transmitted, and perceived, Wild Blue Media destabilizes terrestrial-based ways of knowing and reorients our views of mediation from within the cold buoyancy of saltwater—with specific implications for literary interpretation and media theory by addressing the connections between environment and metaphor. Through readings of science fiction narratives, underwater memoir, ocean data visualizations, animal communication methods, and underwater art, Wild Blue Media reexamines media not only in, but through the ocean, offering a form of radically situated knowledge.
I regularly teach courses related to ocean media, science fiction, contemporary American literature, science & technology studies, and the environmental humanities.