As a scholar, artist, designer, and multi-modal educator, my research and pedagogy focuses on how knowledge is produced, distributed, acquired, and managed. My work is particularly concerned with how knowledge design practices perform as normative systems for all people, therefore excluding those on the margins. I do so through Queer Justice Design, my hands-on, critical practice founded in queer, antiracist pedagogy, and integrated media art to produce new equitable practices and worlds.
My work on the Anthropocene, the ‘apocalyptic’ event, human space exploration, and the medical industrial complex are grounded in the social and physical effects of embedded histories of racism, gender, and disability, inequitable distributions of wealth, food and water, and colonization of land and people. My research investigates the production, distribution, and maintenance of knowledge pathways, and then builds new possibilities, from physical modeling and prototyping, to policies for designing different worlds.
current research appointments
Fellow, Building Healthcare Collectives
Michigan State University & Ohio State University 2019-2020
Community-engaged, actionable, and equitable health services research that will improve healthcare outcomes for vulnerable communities. www.buildinghealthcarecollectives.org
Remote Member, Critical Design Lab
Vanderbilt University, 2018-present
My project Imagining Access, imagines possible futures for accessible suburban transportation.
Queer Bioethics for Everyday Medical Technologies
in Teaching Health Humanities,
ed. Olivia Banner, Nathan Carlin, and Thomas Cole.
Oxford University Press. (under contract).
Figuring Disasters, an experiment on thinking disruptions as methods
Co-authors: Tironi, Bacigalupe, Knowles, et al.
Resilience: International Policies, Practices and Discourses (accepted).
public humanities knowledge work
#transform (the underlying systems of digital) health
“Field Guide Survey: Can Digital Humanities change the way we study health and practice medicine?”
Media Commons, January 20, 2018. Online.
Questioning the Question
“Field Guide Survey: What is the role of the digital humanities in transforming & responding to the arts?”
Media Commons, March 27, 2017. Online.
Designing the Sick Body:
Structuring Illness in the Techno-material Age (2016)
How might we pivot and turn towards outsider bodily knowledges to learn how bodies come to matter within and through the extended medical industrial complex? Using the concept of the embodied constellation, I examine what it means to know as and through our sick bodies — in relationship to data, information, knowledge — and what it means to claim that these kinds of knowing matter. Embodied constellations enable us to recognize that what we perceive as flattened constructs and single systems are instead a multiplicity of pathways and systems that may or may not interact with each other, thus knowing them in one way rather than another. Using a methodology I call AutoEthnoGraphics I put the researcher’s embodiment at the center of the research as analysis itself. Such analysis demonstrates the chemical, biological, and organic processes of the sick body, and includes poetry, images, and drawings from 30 years of my personal graphic journal. AutoEthnoGraphics thus draws our attention to just how we are implicated in the thinking, molding, structuring of end results. I speak to and share methods from ranging forms of trans-disciplinary scholarship. Grounded in my own work as an artist, I add American studies methods of ethnography and discourse analysis, mix in women of color feminisms’ narrative storytelling; queer theory’s analysis of outsider status, time, and failure; critical race theory’s unpacking of institutionalized structures; science and technology studies’ questioning of categories and their risks and credibility; and finally, media studies’ deconstruction of images and sound. These tools, methods and concerns come together in Queer Justice Design, my set of counter-practices for pivoting towards the outsider while making these embodied knowledges central to communities of care. The central tenets and values inform how we move through and co-create these practices with others to shape more livable lives. Those who would benefit from a practice of Queer Justice Design are those scholars and community organizers working towards universal or participatory design, and towards feminist and queer justice. Those I invite into these conversations work in such fields as disability studies, digital humanities, queer theory, feminist praxis, and cultural studies.