Born in 1972.
Graduated from New York University in 2002 (Ph.D.).
My work as a Critic of Visual Art, Cinematic Culture and Geopolitics traces genealogies of Romanticism via Military Historicism. I have been based in Beirut for seven years, a city custom-built for querying re-presentations of war.
I am currently completing a book entitled Invasion Panic: Military Historicism and British Romanticism while concurrently investigating the hyper-linkage Visual Art-Cinema-Geopolitics.
In 2012-2013, I conducted a seminar at the Beirut Art Center on the weaponization of theological images. The centrality of the Ikon to both Middle Eastern politics and Soviet-era Russian art (Malevich) and cinema (Tarkovsky) pushed me to question how iconic stars perpetuate and interrogate the weaponization of culture. My residency research will be centered on Hollywood star, Cary Grant, vis-à-vis Japanese (anti-)war-culture, cinema and art.
I am currently the recipient of a Mellon grant (2015-16) at the Center for Arts and Humanities, American University of Beirut, for: The Brutal Melodrama and the Generic Possibility of Politics: Amerika/Germany/Egypt/Russia.
Bio-Politicizing Cary Grant: Pressing Race, Ethnicity and Class into Service in "Amerika"
Book published by Zero Books, 2015
Book Launch Presentation of Bio-Politicizing Cary Grant
Dawawine Cultural Center, Gemmayzeh, Beirut, Lebanon
"'On the Other Side' of Inland Empire"
Chapter in David Lynch in Theory (Charles University Press, Prague: Litteraria Pragnesia, 2010).