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My research focuses on spaces of political communication in the urban environment and the intersection of media technologies and architectural design. I am broadly interested in tracing lines of communication across human, material and ecological systems. The research I undertake is, therefore, quite inter-disciplinary and draws together such fields as architectural and urban studies, digital media theory, memory studies, philosophy of aesthetics and communication theory.

More specifically, I am completing a book entitled Memory Complex: Competing Visions for a Post-9/11 New York, which questions the relationship between architecture, media and politics in the aftermath of September 11. The book discusses the cultural and political significance of architectural sites ranging in size from the Reflecting Absence memorial at Ground Zero, to the redevelopment of the Fresh Kills landfill on Staten Island (the final resting place of World Trade Center debris) into a public park and wetlands conservation area.

I am also completing research on the "mediatic infrastructure" that is increasingly underpinning our urban environments, examining the emergence of public screen technologies, creative economy initiatives and digital design practices.

Before taking up my current position at Birkbeck, I was a Kenneth P. Dietrich Post-Doctoral Fellow at the University of Pittsburgh in the Department of the History of Art and Architecture and an FQRSC Post-Doctoral Fellow at McGill University in the Department of Art History and Communication Studies, where I participated in the Media and Urban Life research group. I have also been a full-time Lecturer in the Department of Communication Studies at Concordia University in Montreal.