Dr. Moist teaches courses that focus on culture, technology, journalism, media history, and popular culture, as well as introductory communication courses. He is the Popular Culture Association’s Research Chair for the Collecting and Collectibles area, and has published scholarship in many academic journals including "American Studies," "the Journal of Popular Culture," "Animation: An Interdisciplinary Journal," and "Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly." He is currently working to finalize publication of a book that focuses on the nuances, culture, and complexities of artifact collection titled "Collecting and Collections: Objects, Practices and the Fate of Things." He is a member of the Editorial Boards for the "Journal of Popular Culture," and for "Reconstruction: Studies in Contemporary Culture," where he is editor of the music area. He has a background in music performance and theory, and has been both a musician and music writer, as well as doing audio engineering and production, and running a small CD label specializing in non-mainstream rock, folk, and experimental music. He earned his Ph.D. at the University of Iowa and has taught at the University of Iowa and the Penn State School of Visual Arts before joining the Communication Faculty at Penn State Altoona.