My research is broadly invested in exploring histories of: US and UK commercial cinema in the second half of the twentieth century; stardom and celebrity; intersections between music and moving image media industries; and  media technologies and platforms in relation to production and consumption practices.

I am currently working on a book, titled Rock Star/Movie Star: Power and Performance in Cinematic Rock Stardom (under contract with Oxford University Press), that explores the casting of rock stars for feature films during the second half of the twentieth century, from Elvis Presley to Madonna. This project investigates how such casting served media industries' attempts to adapt to a changing media landscape.


"A Record for Your Television: The Capacitance Electronic Disc’s History of Failure," The Moving Image 18(2), co-authored with Jimi Jones

"The Portable Recording Studio: Documentary Filmmaking and Live Album Recording, 1967-1969," iaspm@journal: Journal of the International Association for the Study of Popular Music 6(2)

"'And Introducing Elvis Presley': Industrial Convergence and Transmedia Stardom in the Rock 'n' Roll Movie," Music, Sound, and the Moving Image 9(2)

"Re-collecting David Bowie: The Next Day and late-career stardomCelebrity Studies 4(3)

"Strategies of the Popular Music Documentary’s Recovery Mode," Reclaiming Popular Documentary [forthcoming from Indiana University Press]

"The Soundtrack in Transition: The Many Objects of Paul Simon’s One-Trick Pony," The Soundtrack Album: Listening to Media [forthcoming from Routledge]

"The Disembodied Fry: William S. Burroughs and Vocal Performance," William S. Burroughs: Cutting Up the Century

"King Creole: Michael Curtiz and the Great Elvis Presley Industry," The Many Cinemas of Michael Curtiz

"From Culture to Torture: Music and Violence in Funny Games and The Piano Teacher," The Cinema of Michael Haneke: Europe Utopia

"Gender, Regional Identity, and the Civil War: Politics of the North and South in Sweet Home Alabama and Junebug," Southerners on Film: Essays on Hollywood Portrayals Since the 1970s

"Echoes of Ian Curtis: Film and the Punk Voice," Sounding Out!

"'Some Things That Just Aren't Done': James Bond vs. the Beatles," In Media Res

"Rocking the Transmission: Vulgar Spontaneity in Live Television Music," In Media Res

"Thelma Schoonmaker," Hollywood Heroines: The Most Influential Women in Film History

Review of Leslie M. Meier’s Popular Music as Promotion: Music and Branding in the Digital Age in Media Industries Journal 5(2)

Review of Thomas S. Hischak's The Encyclopedia of Film Composers in Music, Sound, and the Moving Image 11(1)

Review of Michael D. Dwyer's Back to the Fifties: Nostalgia, Hollywood Film, and Popular Music of the Seventies and Eighties in Music, Sound, and the Moving Image 10(1)

Review of Timothy D. Taylor's The Sounds of Capitalism: Advertising, Music, and the Conquest of Culture in Music, Sound, and the Moving Image 8(2)

Review of Aram Sinnreich's Mashed Up: Music, Technology, and the Rise of Configurable Culture in Cultural Studies 25(6)

Issue Editor, Movement 1(1): "The Futures of Cinema"