Work & Writing


“LEGO and Building Blocks of Thought,” LEGO and Philosophy, Eds. Cook and Bacharach. Wiley-Blackwell Publishing. (August, 2017)lego and philosophy





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World Film Locations: Toronto, Ed. Ue, Intellect Books (April 2014)





arrested development and philosophy“Arrested Development, Narrative, and How We Find Meaning,” Arrested Development and Philosophy, Ed. Phillips and Wisnewski, Wiley-Blackwell Publishing. (January, 2012)





girl with the dragon tattoo and philosophy“Is The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Popular Fiction or Literature?”  The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and Philosophy, Ed. Bronson, Wiley-Blackwell Publishing. (November, 2011)





inception and philosophy“Paradox, Dreams, and Strange Loops in Inception,” Inception and Philosophy, Ed. Johnson, Wiley-Blackwell Publishing. (November, 2011)





30 rock and philosophy“Time and Self on 30 Rock,” 30 Rock and Philosophy, Ed. Wisnewski, Wiley-Blackwell Publishing. (August 2010)





alice in wonderland and philosophy“Alice and the Theory of Memory,” Alice in Wonderland and Philosophy, Ed. Davis & Irwin, Wiley-Blackwell Publishing. (January 2010)





six word memoirs it all changed in an instantIt All Changed in an Instant: More Six-Word Memoirs by Writers Famous & Obscure, Ed. Smith and Fershleiser; Harper Collins. (January 5, 2010)





heroes and philosophy“Time and the Meaning of Life in Heroes and Nietzsche.” Heroes and Philosophy, Ed. Irwin & Johnson, Wiley-Blackwell Publishing. (August 2009)





Image result for Contemporary Masculinities in the UK and the USThe Use of Celebrity Men in Anti-Trafficking and Ending Demand Interventions: Observations on the ‘Real Men Don’t Buy Girls’ Public Service Campaign” (with Sarah Steele), in Contemporary Masculinities in the UK and the US, eds. Horlacher, Floyd. Palgrave Macmillan, 2017.


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‘Real and Unreal Masculinities: The Celebrity Image in Anti-Trafficking Campaigns’ (with Sarah Steele) Journal of Gender Studies, 2015.

journal of gender studies shores‘War Crimes, Wristbands, and Web 2.0 Exploring Online Justice Advocacy, Colonialism and ‘Civilizing Missions’ through ‘Kony 2012’'(with Sarah Steele and Yvette Pollastrini) Journal of Hate Studies, 2015.


“More than just a famous face: Exploring the Rise of the Celebrity Expert-Advocate through Anti-Trafficking Action by the Demi and Ashton Foundation” (with Sarah Steele), Crime, Media, Culture (December 2014).




Lectures and Talks.

Authors@Google – Arrested Development and Philosophy, with Kristopher G. Phillips [April 2012]

Authors@Google – The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and Philosophy [Dec. 2011]

Authors@Google – Heroes and Philosophy (my first ever book talk!) [Sept. 2009]

Merton History of the Book Group at Oxford University: “eBooks, Google Books, (and Printed Books): Reading in the Age of Digital Reproduction” [May 2010]

Oxford University English Postgraduate Conference: “The Boundaries of Literary Copyright: Questions of (De)Materiality in the Digital Age” [June 2010]

Reviews and Other Writings. 

“We’ll Really Miss You, Mrs. K” — University of Wisconsin Madison’s Media Studies blog. (November 12, 2013)

“After Wonderland” – Review of Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland,  The Oxonian Review. (March 15, 2010)

“A Brave New Digital World?” – Review of Ken Auletta’s Googled, The Oxonian Review (March 15, 2010)

Interviews, etc.

Some rare instances when someone asked me what I thought about something, and actually wrote it down somewhere!

On The Simpsons and Philosophy

KCBS – Radio interview on The Simpsons and Philosophy; with Paul Cantor [Jan. 8, 2010]

The Simpsons: An Uncensored, Unauthorized History – Some reflections on The Simpsons and Philosophy at Berkeley [Oct. 2009]

Politico – Some thoughts on politics and The Simpsons [July 2007]

University of Maastricht (The Netherlands) – Some quotes (see “Petition” link on the left of their site) on a topic that is very near and dear to my heart in higher education [April 2007]

Eureka Magazine – I really do not remember saying this, but the quote sounds smart so I won’t complain. I would really like to see the full article from this French magazine though … [March 2006]

UCLA – A nice article on UC Berkeley’s DECal (Democratic Education at Cal) program [Jan. 2004]

SF Chronicle – The Simpsons and Philosophy at UC Berkeley [March 2003]

On Philosophy, etc.

BBC Oxford – Radio interview on Alice in Wonderland, Hawaii, and other topics  [July, 2010] [will post the audio clip, when I can figure out how to do so]


Authors@Google – with William Irwin, on “The Simpsons and Philosophy” and the Popular Culture and Philosophy book series [May 2008]

Twinkie, Deconstructed with Steve Ettlinger [Feb. 2008]