Assistant Professor of Visual Journalism at the Reynolds School, University of Nevada, Reno.

When I am not at work, I like to make stuff and hike in the Sierras with my dog.


My current research tracks theoretical and technological trends in the use of digital technology in higher education classrooms.

I also have a passionate research interest in tracking power relationships past and present through visual evidence.

For my PhD research, I wrote a history of governance in the State of Victoria, Australia, from first European settlement to the end of the twentieth century. This was an interdisciplinary political science and graphic design history, which made use of government emblems, seals, and logos as primary sources.


In Fall 2014, I'm teaching two classes of JOUR300 Visual Communication, one as an online subject, the other is a traditional face to face class.

This class teaches students some basics of visual literacy through a combination studying concepts from cognition and psychology, and making visual media using online tools.


ten years experience working as a graphic designer. three years as a university educator. undergraduate degree in political science, postgraduate degree in graphic design, & a phd in interdisciplinary history.


2007–2012 PhD, Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne, Australia
2004–2006 Grad Dip. Graphic Design with Distinction, RMIT, Melbourne, Australia
1996–1998 Bachelor of Arts (International Studies), University of Adelaide, Adelaide, Australia

Research activity

March 2014 Presented at Nevada Conference on Digital Futures, Las Vegas
February 2013 Presented at CAA 101st Annual Conference, New York
July 2009–present Research Assistant to Prof. Per Mollerup
June–August 2009 Assistant to Prof. Ken Friedman, Victorian Design Policy Research Project
November 2009 Presented at Cumulus Conference, Melbourne, Australia
March 2009 Reviewer, IASDR 2009 Conference, Seoul, Korea

Academic employment

2013–present Assistant Professor of Visual Journalism, University of Nevada, Reno
2012 Teaching Assistant, Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne, Australia

Graphic design practise

2007–2012 Graphic Designer, Open Spaces
2007-2008 Editor and Graphic Designer, Argus magazine
2009 Guest Illustrator for One Planet
2008–2009 Consultant Art Director to Rock and Wild magazines
2008 Guest Illustrator for Crux magazine (no longer in print)
2006–2007 Graphic Designer, Melbourne University Student Union