After earning her PhD in Comparative Studies from The Ohio State University in 2009, Rebecca A Adelman joined the Department of Media & Communication Studies as an Assistant Professor, and is also affiliate faculty in Gender and Women’s Studies. Her research and teaching interests include visual culture, citizenship, and cultural studies of terrorism and war.
She has published on spectatorship, transparency, and visual ethics, methodologies, and pedagogies as they intersect with militarized violence. Some of her work has appeared in the Journal of Men & Masculinities, Reconstruction: Studies in Contemporary Culture, and Photography and Culture, Cultural Studies Critical Methodologies and Philosophy of Photography, and the anthology Knowledge and Pain. The first article from her ongoing collaboration with Wendy Kozol (Oberlin College) appeared in the September 2014 issue of Theory & Event. Her book, Beyond the Checkpoint: Visual Practices in America’s Global War on Terror (University of Massachusetts Press, 2014) maps the visual circuits linking the terrorized American nation-state, its citizens, and its enemies by exploring the practices of image creation, circulation, and consumption that animate these relationships. She is working on a new project about imagination and affect in wartime that explores the intersections of fantasy, violence, and sentimentality as they coalesce around certain militarized figures.