Hello

I’m Avery J. Wiscomb, a fourth-year Ph.D. candidate and computationally-minded researcher in the English Department at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU). I work on 19th- and 20th-century cultural histories of science and technology. My current research describes the linkages between literary, historical, and philosophical texts from the liberal arts tradition and the evolution of computer science.

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. I attended the New School for Social Research for graduate work in philosophy, and earned MA degrees in Liberal Arts from St. John’s College, Annapolis and in Rhetoric from Carnegie Mellon.

Subsequently, I worked as a writing consultant for computer scientists and engineers, and for companies such as Google and Disney. I also managed communications and special writing projects for Hexagram (previously TRU Darknet), a backend technology startup in New York City. At Hexagram, I wrote and researched at the intersection of experiential storytelling and digital media, a transformative experience that inspired me to begin a Ph.D. program at CMU 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.