I am a Professor of Liberal Arts at the Ringling College of Art and Design, where I teach courses on animation history and visual culture. I earned my PhD in English from the University of Florida, and I received my M.A. from St. Bonaventure University.
My academic work is featured in Modernism/Modernity, The Journal of Postmodern Culture, iNKS, Animation: an interdisciplinary journal, Horror Studies, and more. I am particularly excited about my essay “Drawing Queerness Forward,” in the first edited collection on Cartoon Network’s Steven Universe, created by Rebecca Sugar. I have served as the managing editor of ImageTexT: Interdisciplinary Comics Studies, and as a guest editor for Synoptique's special issue “Animating LGBTQ+ Representations: Queering the Production of Movement.” I also co-chaired the 16th Annual Conference for Comics and Graphic Novels: “Animation and Comics”: Imagetext in Motion.”
When I'm not teaching or publishing, I'm either baking Buffalo-style pizza, hiking, playing video games, or working on my COVID-era horror podcast, Move Away, with my writerly bud, Joseph Giglio.
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