After receiving my PhD in Communication Studies from McGill University in 2006, and prior to joining Laurier, I was a postdoctoral fellow at the Center for Religion and Media at New York University (2006-2008).
I am currently the Chair of the Canadian Association of Cultural Studies, which will be housed at Laurier until 2016.
My research is generally concerned with the intersection of media, technology and identity within the context of religious, social and cultural movements. Earlier research fell within the growing field of religion and media scholarship. My own work in this field explored diasporic Haitian Vodou, new media and technology, and Vodou in popular culture.
While I continue to be active in the field of religion and media, I am currently working on two new projects: one explores ubiquitous computing; the other looks at afrofuturism — focusing on social networking arising out of images of black technologized subjectivity. The first stage of the latter project focuses on transnational networks forged through diasporic hip hop communities and is funded by a SSHRC Insight Development Grant.
I am willing to, and interested in, supervising students with a wide range of interests in communication studies including: race, media, and technology; ubiquitous computing; religion and media; citizen/social/participatory media; popular music; media and diaspora; transnational media.
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