I'm currently the Academic Advisory Council Coordinator for Jewish Voice for Peace.
My research focuses on the relationship of the United States to Israel through the lens of sexuality. More broadly, I am interested in the way spatial arrangements impact the ways we organize & express our sexual and gender identities.
I am in the process of revising my dissertation into a book, titled Gay Capital: San Francisco, Tel-Aviv and the Politics of Settler-Colonialism. This project looks at the way Tel Aviv advertises itself as a gay-friendly travel destination by mobilizing some of the foundational myths of gay identity in the United States: the rural-to-urban migration narrative, gay entrepreneurship, and gay market politics. I contextualize these branding campaigns through an analysis of the Jewish history of San Francisco, the development of the Castro, and the emergence of the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions campaign.
I received my doctorate in Cultural Studies at the University of California, Davis in June of 2014.
In 2005, I graduated with highest honors from the University of California, Santa Cruz with a Bachelor of Arts in Feminist Studies and Literature.