I teach and write about literature, culture, music, and cinema (I have a joint appointment in the Department of Cinema and Comparative Literature). Whatever the immediate topic, I am always fascinated by the consensus formations in which most people live their lives — in short, by popular culture. During the eighties and nineties, I concentrated on Joyce, Ireland, and emergent methodologies for cultural studies. During the new millennium, I've been rethinking the cultural through the lenses of phenomenology, the study of everyday social practices, and the "music scene." Over the years, my work has been funded by two NEH fellowships, a Guggenheim fellowship, a Howard Foundation fellowship, a residential fellowship at the Institute of Irish Studies at Queen's University (Belfast), and a University of Iowa Faculty Scholar Award.