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Wreck diving in Oahu, Hawaii, 2013

Wreck diving in Oahu, Hawaii, 2013

Duke University, 2014

Duke University, 2014

I am an Assistant Professor of English at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Taken as a whole, my research uses case studies of ocean alterity to bring about shifts in consciousness and the critical practices of the humanities. I bring first-hand experience from my embodied practice of scuba diving, leading me to question  the relation between environment and epistemology, or how our terrestrial concepts may appear differently in the ocean milieu. My current book project, Wild Blue Media: Thinking Through Seawater, displaces key concepts in media theory into the ocean, seeing how the ocean environment necessitates different theoretical orientations. My recent publications include Vampire Squid Media” in Grey Room 37 (November 2014), “Proteus and the Digital: Scalar Transformations of Seawater’s Materiality in Ocean Animations” in  Animation: An Interdisciplinary Journal 9.2 (July 2014), “Churning up the Depths: Ecologies of Metaphor in Solaris and ‘Oceanic’” in Green Planets: Science Fiction and Ecology, eds. Gerry Canavan and Kim Stanley Robinson, and "From the Goddess Ganga to a Teacup: On Amitav Ghosh's Novel The Hungry Tide" forthcoming in the collection Size and Scale in Literature and Culture.