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PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT

MEDIA ENGAGEMENT

November 10, 2020 - Spectrum 13 News (Orlando)

"Pulse families and survivors tell Orlando mayor they want to be involved in memorial project"

October 27, 2023 - Orlando Weekly

"Pulse survivors demand third-party investigation into code violations, club owners"

 

October 26, 2023 - Orlando Sentinel

onePulse board of trustees chairman resigns amid fallout over memorial plans

October 23, 2023 - WESH 2 News (Orlando)

Orlando commissioners approve $2 million purchase of Pulse

October 19, 2023 - WKMG ClickOrlando News

‘The city needed to step up:’ Why Orlando is buying the Pulse site after memorial plans fell apart

August 6, 2023 - New York Times

Pulse Massacre Victims File Police Complaints Saying Exits Were Blocked

May 30, 2023 - Authority Magazine

"Putting The United Back Into The United States: Zachary Blair Of VictimsFirst On The 5 Things That Each Of Us Can Do To Help Unite Our Polarized Society"

May 14, 2023 - WMFE 90.7 (NPR - Orlando)

"Some Pulse shooting survivors call for control of nonprofit OnePulse Foundation"

May 3, 2023 - WFTV News Channel 9 (Orlando)

"Organization applauds decision to not have memorial located on Pulse property"

June 9, 2023 - Tampa Bay Times

"Five years later, the pain of Pulse lingers"

APR 2018

"Racial Violence in Chicago's Boystown: Discourse, Power, and Gay Neighborhood (Re)Production." Central States Anthropological Society (CSAS) Annual Meeting and Conference. Session: Intersections of Power: Race, Gender, and Sexuality. Indiana University at Bloomington. 

ACADEMIC CONFERENCES

NOV 2018

“Sires, Spires, and the State: Neoliberal Multiculturalism, Racial Violence, and Shifting Gay Public Space in Chicago.” American Anthropological Association (AAA) Annual Meeting. Session: “Queer/ed Spaces, Anthropological Openings.” San Jose, California. ​

APR 2018

"Racial Violence in Chicago's Boystown: Discourse, Power, and Gay Neighborhood (Re)Production." Central States Anthropological Society (CSAS) Annual Meeting and Conference. Session: Intersections of Power: Race, Gender, and Sexuality. Indiana University at Bloomington. 

APR 2018

"Boystown: Formation Narratives and Racial Violence in Chicago’s Gay Neighborhood," Queer Studies Conference: Prisons, Borders, and Pipelines: Toward a Queer Abolitionist Movement, Session: Queer Inside and Outside. University of North Carolina at Asheville. 

NOV 2016

"Pulse: The Neoliberal Trap of Gay Space," Spaces and Flows Conference: Planetary Urbanization in the Modern World, University of Pennsylvania

NOV 2012

"Boystown: Intersections of Race, Class, Gender, and Sexuality in Chicago's Gay Neighborhood," American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting, San Francisco

MAR 2011

"Bodies in Built Queer Space: The History, Politics, and Economy of Chicago's Northalsted Street," Gender, Sexuality and Urban Space Conference, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

MAY 2010 

"The Queer Politics of Cyber-Sociality: The Political Possibilities and Limitation of Queer(ing) Social Networking Sites," Queertopia: The Radical Potential of Queer(ing) Politics, Northwestern University

APR 2010

"Junk in the Trunk: A Queer Exploration of Truck Nutz as Contemporary Material Culture," Gender, Bodies, and Technology Conference, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

FEB 2010 

"Junk in the Trunk: Gender, Race, and the Political Economy of Truck Nutz," Thinking Gender Conference, University of California at Los Angeles

DEC 2009  

"Junk in the Trunk: A Queer Exploration of Truck Nutz as Contemporary Material Culture," GWS Brown Bag Speaker Series, University of Illinois at Chicago

MAY 2009

"Junk in the Trunk: A Queer Perspective of the Testicle Trend in the Southern United States," Queertopia: (Re)Imagining Communities, Northwestern University

PUBLICATIONS

July 14, 2019

Commentary: "Reimagining a public Pulse memorial," Orlando Sentinel

https://www.orlandosentinel.com/2019/07/14/reimagining-a-public-pulse-memorial-commentary/

Fall 2018

"Machine of Desire: Race, Space, and Contingencies of Violence in Chicago's Boystown," Dissertation, University of Illinois at Chicago, Department of Anthropology. 

MAR 2018

"The Pulse Nightclub Shooting: Connecting Militarism, Neoliberalism, and Multiculturalism to Understand Violence," republished in Open Anthropology, Enough: Anthropologists Take on Gun Violence 6(1). 

OCT 2016    

"The Pulse Nightclub Shooting: Connecting Militarism, Neoliberalism, and Multiculturalism to Understand Violence," in North American Dialogues 19(2): 102-116.

OCT 2016    

"Boystown: Gay Neighborhoods, Social Media, and the (Re)production of Racism," in No Tea, No Shade: New Writings in Black Queer Studies, ed.  E. Patrick Johnson. Duke University Press. 

AUG 2006 

"Faggot: A Sociolinguistic Perspective of Race, Gender, Sexuality, and Inequality," Masters Thesis, University of Missouri at Kansas City

MAY 2001   

"Same-Sex Marriage: An Anthropological Perspective," Undergraduate Honors Thesis, University of Central Florida

AWARDS AND ACCOLADES

2017   University of Illinois at Chicago, Image of Research Honorable Mention, Affect and Solidarity Constructed

 

2012    President’s Research in Diversity Travel Award

 

2011    Graduate Student Council Travel Award

 

2010    Charles Reed Memorial Fund Award

 

2010    Alice J. Dan Dissertation Award

 

2010    Graduate College Student Presenter Award

 

2010    Graduate Student Council Travel Award

 

2009    The Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality Student Research Grant

 

2008    University of Illinois Chancellor’s LGBT Seed Grant

 

2008    Kellogg Company Rainbow Merit Scholarship

 

2006    Out and Equal in the Workplace annual conference summer scholarship

 

2005    University of Missouri at Kansas City Chancellor’s Award

 

2004    University of Central Florida Founder’s Scholar Award

 

2003    University of Central Florida Founder’s Scholar Award

 

2001    Derby Lane Scholarship

 

2001    Florida Bright Futures Scholarship

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