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Rebecca Adelman



Rebecca A. Adelman is an Associate Professor of Media & Communication Studies, specializing in visual culture, political theory, trauma studies, ethics, and cultural studies of war, terrorism, and militarization.  She earned her Ph.D. in the interdisciplinary Comparative Studies from The Ohio State University in June 2009, and came to UMBC that August.   Her primary appointment is in MCS where she has taught 222, 333, 334, and capstone courses on “Visualizing America.” She is also an affiliate faculty member in Gender and Women’s Studies as well as Language, Literacy & Culture, and teaches MFA students in the Imaging and Digital Arts program.

She has published on spectatorship, transparency, and visual ethics, methodologies, and pedagogies as they intersect with militarized violence.  Some of her research has appeared in the Journal of Men & MasculinitiesReconstruction: Studies in Contemporary Culture, and Photography and Culture, Cultural Studies <-> Critical Methodologies and Philosophy of Photography, and the anthology Knowledge and Pain.  The first article from her ongoing collaboration with Wendy Kozol (Oberlin College) appeared in the September 2014 issue of Theory & Event.  In addition to publishing op-eds in the Baltimore Sun and appearing on local public radio, she recently wrote for the blog Antenna – Responses to Media and Culture (  Her book, Beyond the Checkpoint: Visual Practices in America’s Global War on Terror  (University of Massachusetts Press, 2014) maps the visual circuits linking the terrorized American nation-state, its citizens, and its enemies by exploring the practices of image creation, circulation, and consumption that animate these relationships.