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I have taught studios, seminars, and workshops at the Department of Architecture at Cornell AAP, the Department of Art, Film and Visual Studies at Harvard University, Virginia Commonwealth University, and Yale School of Art where I was Critic.

While at Yale School of Art, I also served as the Assistant Dean for Research and Public Projects from 2017–2019. As Assistant Dean, I developed Critical Practice as an emerging area of study, while also organizing new initiatives, workshops, and programs as they related to all school, university, and broader cooperations, nationally and internationally.
Too Much for a Send Up
Writing
Writing2023
The artist Mathew Zefeldt asked me to contribute an essay to a catalog of his work. The publication features his recent hyperrealist paintings of simulated worlds informed directly by the 2013 video game Grand Theft Auto V. Through first-person gameplay, the essay “Too Much for A Sendup” critiques the video game’s claim to satire, calling into question the video game’s graphical surplus in it's endless pursuit of computer generated realism.
2023
Dance Dance Rebellion
Writing
Writing2021
On the occasion of Hito Steyerl’s 2021 exhibition "I Will Survive" displayed at both the Centre Pompidou and the K21 Düsseldorf, I was asked by the institutions to contribute a catalog essay that offers context to “Social Sim”, a new video installation by the artist. Published by Spector Books, the essay “Dance Dance Rebellion” explores how the demand for information during social unrest, manifesting as repetitive body movement—whether it be the synchronized “doomscrolling” of a news app, the rhythmic button-pressing of video-game play, or a “dancing mania”—is amplified by compulsion loops that continuously circulate information and begets dangerous social contagions.
2021
I was asked by artist and designer Karel Martens, along with the editors of the architecture journal OASE, to contribute an essay to its 100th issue dedicated to reflecting on Martens’ 28 years as the designer of the journal. The essay focused on Martens’ continuously evolving collaborative strategies in the production of the journal’s design as a way to illustrate the social function of his typographic and material experimentations.
2018