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About Me

A headshot of a biracial, mostly Asian-appearing woman with a bob hairstyle and fuchsia-colored lipstick

I'm a historian and theorist of digital and emerging media, race, and visual culture. What fascinates me most is how institutions and global power players have historically attempted to rationalize and quantify our sensory experiences—and even our very conceptions of self—through a wide range of both analog and digital technologies. My current book project, Seeing by Numbers, tells the story of how something as subjective and ephemeral as color came to be seen as standardized—and what the notion of standardization meant for a wide range of media, such as computer graphics, television, photography, painting, and film. With Carolyn L. Kane, I'm also the co-editor of Color Protocols: Technologies of Racial Encoding in Chromatic Media (forthcoming from MIT Press in 2024). Beyond my work on color, I have an ever-expanding set of research and teaching interests that include (to name a few): food studies, critiques of the wellness industry, television's past and present, and cultural/moral panics surrounding technology.

Since receiving my PhD in Film & Media from UC Berkeley in 2022, I've been a DISCO Network Postdoctoral Research Fellow housed in the University of Michigan's Digital Studies Institute.

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