Education: Ph.D. in English from the University of Kentucky (2014).
His primary interest is 20th century American film, literature, and gender/women’s studies, specializing in adolescence and its intersection with star culture. His dissertation, "Knowing and Being Known: Sexual Delinquency, Stardom, and Adolescent Girlhood in Midcentury American Film," examines how delinquency informed cinematic representations of teen girls, and explains how teen girl stars were eventually able to construct post-delinquent star images.
He has presented several papers, including “Knowing and Being Known: Sex Education and Adolescent Identity in Peyton Place” at the Louisville Conference on Literature & Culture since 1900 in Louisville, KY (February 2013), "Domestic Intimacy in A Summer Place” at the Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association conference in San Antonio, TX (April 2011), and “Negotiating Fatherhood in Rebel without a Cause” at the same conference in New Orleans in April 2009.
Recently he was awarded a fellowship to attend the 2013 Futures of American Studies Institute at Dartmouth College, and in 2008 he received a Dissertation Enhancement Award to study at Stanford University Archives. He has two articles and a conference paper currently under peer review.