Academic Essays

These 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: Blame the War, Not the Troops: Good KillJournal of War and Culture: Aesthetics of Drone Warfare Special Issue, ed. 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 [details tbc].

Graner’s Laugh:

The Conceptual Architecture of a Guantanamo Rape Joke (2018).

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


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 (2018).

In: Surveillance, Race, Culture

Edited by Antonia Mackay and Susan Flynn

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


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 (2017).

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


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

BONUS ESSAYSome arseholes on the internet were rude about this article, so I wrote this little essay.

Guantanamo Boy and the Task of Critique (2016).

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


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 (2014).

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.


The Infinitely Complex Ropeskipping Existence (2014).

In: Double Dutch: A Game.

Edited by Isabel Lima

(Arts Council UK, 2014), pp. 21-29.

A companion piece to Isabel Lima's installation Double Dutch.