Hello

I’m Avery J. Wiscomb, an English graduate student and digital-humanities researcher at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) working on contemporary studies of the cultural history of science and technology. In terms of literature and the book, my main interests are in the connections between literature and computer science, and the narrative history of machine learning.

Originally from Orcas Island, Washington in the Pacific Northwest, I earned my BA from The Evergreen State College, an experimental, public liberal arts college, then moved east to study Great Books at St. John’s College, Annapolis, and Rhetoric at Carnegie Mellon University.

Subsequently, I was a writing consultant for data scientists and engineers working at CMU and other research universities and for companies such as Google and Disney. I also managed communications and special writing projects for Hexagram (previously TRU Darknet), a backend technology company in New York City, before beginning a Ph.D. program in 2016.

Since then, my life has been consumed by books and computers, and big ideas about what they mean to each other and why that matters.

My “About” page describes what I do for work. The “Projects” page describes some of what I’m working on. If you’re interested in collaborating on teaching, research, or digital efforts, I can be reached at awiscomb@andrew.cmu.edu.