I'm a faculty member at the Annenberg School for Communication.
I teach courses in freedom of speech, in taboo, and in ritual forms
and practices. Now and then I teach courses about literacy
practice, and about the social impact of technology.
I'm interested in the perceived borders of things. Especially social borders that give a shape to culture. Borders tell who belongs and who doesn't, and what it's all right to do and what isn't okay. Gender, race and class are borders that many people are currently interested in. I'm interested in the fact that they're borders, and I want to know how they do border work. My current research focus is on national symbols and patriotic practices that constitute group borders that are matters of life and death. I want to understand how national symbols acquire power, how that power is replenished, and how it is lost.