My scholarly work is clustered around three areas of concern: doctoral research on Tibet activism and how a transnational political movement becomes public, an examination of how trauma is used as a form of spectacle to politically mobilize people, particularly in the human rights context, and more broadly, an interest in the relationship between forms of politics and visual culture.
Forms of Politics and Visual Culture
Introduction. Sensible Politics: The Visual Culture of Nongovernmental Activism.
“Imagining Impact: Social Issue Documentary and the Production of Political Effects.”
“Forensic Architecture: Interview with Eyal Weizman.”
“Granito: Interview with Pam Yates.”
“State of Fear: Documentary film outreach and transitional justice in Peru.”
“Not Being There.”
Technologies of Mobilization
“Human Rights, Media, and Transnational Publicity.”
“The Architecture of Strategic Communication: A profile of WITNESS.”
“Introduction: Making Human Rights Claims Public.”
“Circuits of Suffering.”
"Principles, Publicity, and Politics: Notes on Human Rights Media"
“Spectacles of Difference: Cultural Activism and the Mass Mediation of Tibet.”
“Computing for Tibet: Virtual Politics in the Post-Cold War Era.”
“The Shadow Circus.”
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