I grew up in Amish Country, watching plain-clothed farmers bring vegetables to market by horse and buggy. And I’ve lived in far-flung places from Beijing to Bloomington, from Marseilles to Manchester. Diverse environments like these shaped my perspective as a writer, scholar and educator. I view cultures from the outside, question assumptions about how things “should” be done, and know that another way of life is possible.
Before earning a Ph.D, I was a soup-to-nuts journalist: a writer, editor, photographer and page designer for alternative newsweeklies, daily papers, nonprofit organizations, and universities. As a teenager, I got involved with community broadcasting at WMUH 91.7 FM (“the only station that matters”) and later interned with Tony Michaelides, a British music promoter who plugged for 4AD, Factory and other indie labels.
My research on interactions between alternative media, social activism and new technologies has appeared in academic and popular venues, including peer-reviewed journals and books from Routledge and Wiley-Blackwell. I’ve written for HuffPost, Medium, and Urban Audubon along with the blog “Slow Media”™ and online guide “Unplug Your Class.”
I get inspiration from the musings of Marshall McLuhan and Neil Postman. Scholars like James Carey, George Gerbner and Robert McChesney have left indelible marks, too. Another source is Slow Food, where I found a framework for thinking about the influence of media on human well-being and environmental sustainability that spurred my book, Slow Media: Why Slow is Satisfying, Sustainable & Smart (Oxford University Press, 2018).
I split the year between Brooklyn and Portland with my husband, Michael Fanuzzi — a musician and gardener who moonlights as a creative technologist. We are endlessly entertained by our cats Violet and Jasper as well as Hannah, the Anna’s hummingbird who visits our nectar feeder. She’s like part of the family and doesn’t know it.