My ethnography documents how cinematography, ocularcentrism, and contemporary capitalism revise one another with the help of proprietary algorithms.
I do this by making videos for the internet alongside creatives at Cut.com, a digital video startup in Seattle, WA.
Science & Technology Studies
Philosophy of Cinematography & Montage
History of Vision
Queer of Color Critique
Technologies of Race & Racism
Video Work and Exhibitions
My visual work engages a format hidden in plain sight: the short-form viral video one finds on a Facebook feed, during a YouTube binge, or scrolling on Instagram. I take these vernacular genres (like beauty videos or vlogs) seriously as an ethnographic participant and, in collaboration with other creators, ask how a viral medium can multiply social questions for wide audiences.
I design and teach courses on Visual Anthropology, the ethics and politics of data science, and the anthropology of popular culture at the University of Washington.
Anthropology offers essential analytic skills and social competencies urgently needed in a complex and unstable world. My pedagogical approach emphasizes the co-productive pursuits of technical or creative practice, theoretical interpretation, and social engagement.
I’m available for speaking events on a variety of topics (including media, cultural critique, anthropological perspectives on popular culture, and intersections between race, gender, sexuality, and technology). If you’d like to propose an event, workshop, or media appearance, please reach out!