Jared's larger research explores issues of tourism and imaginations of place across the Middle East. Digital scholarship/methods are central to his teaching and personal work. He is very interested to push the boundaries of how we conceptualize, use, and make visual/digital materials central within our research process. He completed his Ph.D. in Social Anthropology, and a secondary degree in Critical Media Practices, at Harvard University and his MA from the American University of Beirut. He was a Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Pittsburgh and Virginia Commonwealth University in Qatar before joining NYU.
Jared is working on the book manuscript of his dissertation which joins a historical analysis of the tourism/leisure industry in Lebanon with an ethnography of queer mobility since 2004. He also has been carrying out a parallel project concerning tourism in the Arabian Gulf (Qatar, Kuwait, UAE, and Bahrain) centered on “tourism” to explore state making, affective speculation, and new ways to understand infrastructures. (www.jaredmccormick.com)