My research is guided by the ambition to locate and study film culture at the margins of history. Following the often-elusive concept of new film history, I have taken a cultural studies approach to chart and navigate the multifarious landscapes of cinema's first decades. This far, my work has combined archival research with interdisciplinary historiographical scrutiny, to study local enunciations of film culture in the first decades of the 20th century.
My dissertation investigates film exhibition and moviegoing culture in San Francisco’s Chinatown neighborhood, between 1906-1915. It has been presented in two installments at SCMS (Chicago 2013 and Montreal 2015). I have also published an article about the trans-Pacific origins and distribution history of the 1912 documentary-style film, The Chinese Revolution (Film History, 2014), and given talks about the trans-medial ecology of Chinatown iconography in serial films (Domitor, 2014), and at the 1915 Panama-Pacific Exposition (NAAS, 2015).
More than being my first scholarly love, the ever-changing history of moving images is as a figurative peephole which frames my other research interests, such as spatial history, urban studies, post-colonialism and transnational flows of people, things, and ideas.