I am primarily a philosopher of culture. What values shaped the creation of cultural objects and experiences in a given time and place? How did the form of those cultural objects shape those values through their transmission?
Toward these ends I work as a writer, editor and translator in both popular and scholarly venues, attempting to bring the rigor and insight of scholarship to a wider audience, often beyond the disciplinary limitations that frame cultural research in our time. My work is frequently associated with critical and cultural studies, cultural theory, visual studies, poetics, philosophy, comparative religious studies, and design.
As an educator, I have taught courses in cultural history, philosophy, film and visual culture, Holocaust Studies and other fields at SUNY Stony Brook, Boston University, Eastern Kentucky University, and the California College of the Arts. I have lectured at colleges, universities, conferences, and colloquia around the United States.
I am currently the President of the Design Studies Forum, a College Art Association Affiliated Society, dedicated to the promotion of the academic study of the history, theory and practice of design.
My articles, reviews, and translations have appeared in Boom: A Journal of California, Design and Culture, SubStance, Rain Taxi, Boston Review, Postmodern Culture, Hyperion, New Nietzsche Studies, Contemporary French Civilization, and Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa, and the Middle East, among other scholarly and popular venues.