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Cultural Wealth and Empire: How Authors and Audiences Racialize and Gender Place

This project examines how place reputations are created, reformed, and consumed across different countries in an increasingly digitized world. It analyzes thousands of pages of digital texts from a wide-array of sources, including travel, military, and popular culture forums as well as job advertisements and governmental and organizational materials. These represent different types of knowledge […]


American Empire: How Place Shapes Power

What is the role of the U.S. in the world? Scholars document the reach of American empire. For example, the U.S. has been, and continues to be, a formal empire, ruling over colonial Philippines and contemporary Puerto Rico and Guam, among others. It also is an informal empire, which scholars currently understand as encompassing a wide […]


Precarious Labor is a Drag

Recently, I’ve also started a collaborative project on drag as a form of precarious labor with graduate student Zeinab Shuker, where we are interviewing drag queens and drag kings in, and conducting participant observation in clubs around, the Inland Empire of Southern California.