My research centers on the study of intellectual labor and cultural production during the twentieth century, and blends approaches from intellectual history, literary studies, and the sociology of culture. I am particularly interested in exploring the culture and politics of intellectual life in the U.S. and Britain during the immediate postwar period. In this vein, I have related interests in mid-twentieth century political economy, literary history, visual culture, and popular music.
I am currently finishing my dissertation, “The Uses of Culture: Intellectual Labor and the Sources of Cultural Studies in Britain and America, 1945-1964,” which examines the emergence of radically re-oriented and theoretically expanded notions of “culture” at mid-century as they were mobilized and contested in thought and fiction, art and politics.
I am a founding member of the Contemporary Marxist Reading Group at CMU, and currently serve as a governing board member for the Cultural Studies Association.