I am an Associate Professor in the School of Communication and Information at Rutgers University. I write and teach about issues related to media, identity, and public life.
I have two books out: Branding the Nation: The Global Business of National Identity, available from Amazon or via Oxford University Press; and Blowing Up the Brand: Critical Perspectives on Promotional Culture, an edited book with Devon Powers, available from Amazon. You can hear me talk about the ideas in my book, Branding the Nation, on the New Books Network podcast or on the National Public Radio show Marketplace.
I’m also a Faculty Fellow with the Center for Cultural Sociology at Yale University.
I have a Ph.D. from the Department of Media, Culture and Communication at New York University.
Right now I’m working on an NSF-funded project on public relations and public policy.
Recent & Upcoming Events
“Spinning Climate Change? Public Relations, Environmentalism, and the Anxieties of Influence”
Colorado College, Colorado Springs
30 April 2018
“Consulting the Consultants: Methodological Pluralism & Pragmatism when Studying Communications Intermediaries”
Panel Presentation with Melissa Aronczyk, Sarah Ganter, Anu Kantola, Rasmus Kleis Nielsen, & Daniel Kreiss.
International Communication Association Annual Meeting
24-28 May 2018
ComNet18 Annual Conference
San Francisco, CA
10-12 October 2018
Symposium: The Shifting Landscape of Public Communication
University of Washington (Seattle)
25-26 October 2018
Nation Branding in Troubled Times: Selling the Nation in Brexit Britain and Trump’s USA
Loughborough University Nationalism Network & Institute for Advanced Study