My research interests center on the history of print culture as well as contemporary developments in the book arts and book-themed works from a diverse range of media including installation, performance, film and new media.


In the last few years, I have published on the French poet and theorist Stéphane Mallarmé and his expansive ideals on the book as both artistic medium and democratic tool.


A book-length study The Book as Instrument: Stéphane Mallarmé, the Artist's Book, and the Transformation of Print Culture, University of Chicago Press, 2011:


Essay on Mallarmé and Marshall McLuhan in Du LIVRE de Mallarmé au livre mal armé published by Gravitons (Paris):


Essay in Generali Foundation (Vienna) 2010 exhibition catalogue 'Un Coup de Dés': Writing Turned Image, an Alphabet of Pensive Language, edited by Sabine Folie with additional essays by Jacques Rancière, Michael Newman and others:


"‘A modern popular poem’: Stéphane Mallarmé on the visual, rhetorical and democratic potentials of the fin-de-siècle newspaper,” in Word & Image (Vol. 22, 4, October 2006: 304-26).

Other essays on print culture include:


An essay for the Smart Museum Exhibition The "Writing" of Modern Life: the Etching Revival in France, Britain, and the U.S., 1850-1940, edited by Elizabeth Helsinger, University of Chicago Press, 2008:


An essay in The European print and cultural transfer in the 18th and 19th centuries, edited by Philippe Kaenel, Rolf Reichardt, Hildesheim: Olms, 2007.



My current work in progress is titled "Social Spaces of the Book". It examines the intersection of books and the spaces they inhabit—literarally and figuratively. I am especially interested in the cultural practices and symbolic values of book culture that emerge at this intersection. As such, I am not just examining individual physical objects but a whole range of questions that opens up as books engage the social sphere.


This project analyzes contemporary works by artists from diverse cultural backgrounds practicing in a wide range of media as a way of underscoring the truly global nature of book culture even as it transforms in the age of new media and international economic developments.