Photo by Magdalena Olszanowski

Photo by Magdalena Olszanowski

I’m a writer, editor, and scholar whose work focuses on lifestyle choices and how they define, restrict, and empower us. My current research project focuses on practices of non-use of social media; it builds on my previous research into anti-consumption and other practices of cultural resistance within the contemporary US anarchist movement.

My current day job is freelance developmental editor for academic authors. To learn more about my services, check out Manuscript Works. I dispense advice about editing and publishing on Twitter and Medium as @lportwoodstacer.

I taught at New York University in the Department of Media, Culture, and Communication from 2011 to 2015. There, I developed courses on social media, consumption & identity, and queer identities in popular culture. I also taught classes on fashion, subcultures & social movements, and advertising & society. I earned my PhD in Communication from the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism at the University of Southern California in 2010. I did my undergraduate studies in Telecommunication, Information Studies and Media at Michigan State University.

I live on Long Island, and in my free time I hang out with my family, knit things, and volunteer with my local chapter of the New York Civil Liberties Union.

I tweet as @lportwoodstacer.