As a theorist and critical writer I publish book chapters and essays, present work at international academic conferences, organize and chair panels, produce collaboratively edited publications, and serve as Associate Editor of the international peer-reviewed journal Textile: The Journal of Cloth and Culture.
My scholarly work examines modes of production, the material conditions and performance of labor, and the value of artistic labor. I am especially interested in examining the impacts of precarity and economic globalization on the textile industry, and by extension, their effects on individuals and local communities.
My various scholarly endeavors consider works by contemporary artists who use fiber combined with performance and viewer participation to explore issues of collective labor and collective identity, cooperation, and community. These investigations connect participatory strategies being used by contemporary fiber artists, to histories of collective organizing by activists. I seek to theorize new relationships between fiber and social practices, by connecting the work of artists who use fiber to bring people together in dialog and to foster social change, to the social histories of textiles. Given my interest in the notion of history as material for artistic practice, I also write about artists who are also concerned with histories of skill, materials, labor, individual agency, and social relationships. I have written about artists Anne Wilson, Mandy Cano Villalobos, Anne Elizabeth Moore, Carole Frances Lung, Nadia Myre, Danica Maier and Aram Han Sifuentes — artists who mobilize textiles to bring people together to demand social change, raise awareness about histories of skill and production, to assert personal and collective, often marginalized identities, and subvert "traditional" gender roles.