Academic Essays

These peer-reviewed pieces have appeared as articles in academic journals or chapters in edited collections of essays. Click on the title of each essay for further details.

FORTHCOMING:  Rebel Inc., Colonialism Simulator. First Person Scholar [details tbc].

FORTHCOMING: Blame the War, Not the Troops: Good KillJournal of War and Culture: Aesthetics of Drone Warfare Special Issue. Edited. by Beryl Pong and Sophie Maxwell [details tbc].

FORTHCOMING: The Ticking Bomb Drone Strike: Drone Warfare and Emergency Ethics in Eye in the Sky. In: Drone Warfare and Post-9/11 Cultural Practices, ed. by Muhammad Waqar Azeem (Palgrave).

FORTHCOMING: Camp X-Ray and the Task of Critique: Torturability and the Politics of Ethical Recognition in Guantanamo. Journal of Film and Video 73.3 (2021), pp.tbd.

Graner’s Laugh:

The Conceptual Architecture of a Guantanamo Rape Joke

Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society 44.1 (2018), pp. 107-130.

doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1086/698279

A close reading of a prison rape joke in Harold and Kumar Escape From Guantanamo Bay.

Knowing the Double Agent:

Islam, Uncertainty, and the Fragility of the Surveillant Gaze in Homeland

In: Surveillance, Race, Culture

Edited by Antonia Mackay and Susan Flynn

(London: Palgrave, 2018), pp. 125-143.

doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-77938-6_7

A critique of the Islamophobia and racism of Homeland, with an emphasis on the show's representation of surveillance.

‘The Sweet Tang of Rape’:

Torture, Survival, and Masculinity in Ian Fleming’s Bond Novels

Feminist Theory 18.2 (2017), pp. 137-158.

​doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1464700117700043

An argument about the parallels between torture and seduction in Ian Fleming's Bond novels.

Guantanamo Boy and the Task of Critique

The Lion and the Unicorn 40.3 (2016), pp. 245-261.

​doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1353/uni.2016.0023

A critical reading of the anti-torture position of Young Adult novel Guantanamo Boy.

Terrorism as Sexual Envy:

Adversarial Masculinities in Two Fictions of Ticking Bomb Torture

In: Terrorist Transgressions: Gender and the Visual Culture of the Terrorist.

Edited by Sue Malvern and Gabriel Koureas

(London: IB Tauris, 2014), pp. 181-201.

A reading of the economy of masculinity in the torture scenes in The Centurions and 24.

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