2011 Criticism 24 pages Courtesy of the Journal of Transnational American Studies
Born and raised in the state of Washington, I have lived in New York state since 1997. I am the founding chair and a professor in the Department of American Studies at St. John Fisher College, where I’ve taught since 1998. I was a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Philippines from 1988 to 1990. In 2007 I was a Fulbright Senior Scholar at Can Tho University in Vietnam. I earned my Ph.D. at the University of Hawaii in 1999; my dissertation about American photography in the 1970s became my first book, Through the Lens of the City: NEA Photography Surveys of the 1970s (University Press of Mississippi, 2005). My second book, Dean Worcester’s Fantasy Islands: Photography, Film, and the Colonial Philippines (University of Michigan Press, 2014; Ateneo de Manila University Press, 2015) won the 2016 Gintong Aklat (Golden Book Award) in Social Sciences and was a finalist for the 2016 Philippine National Book Award in History. In addition to these two books, I’ve published articles in American Quarterly, Journal of Transnational American Studies, Australasian Journal of American Studies, and History of Photography (forthcoming in early 2018 as of writing this). I am a two-time recipient of the Trustees Award for Distinguished Scholarly Achievement, the highest honor bestowed by St. John Fisher College.
I’m invested in deep archival research, seeking stories that have yet to be told but that I think I can find an audience for. Current research includes an investigation into an international scientific expedition in the 1890s and the swindler who funded it.