About

I’m a Ph.D. student in literary and cultural studies at Carnegie Mellon University writing a dissertation on the literary history of the computer. Much of my current work examines emergent technologies within their historical, theoretical, or institutional contexts, especially in the research university, which I have written about here and here. I try to consider the consequences of technological innovation on competing ideas about the future (sometimes in science fiction contexts) and assess their impact on subjects such as cultural identities, political economy, and social/political formations.

Broadly, my research and teaching interests include technology and digital mediascience fiction studiesliterary and cultural theory, the history of science and technology, and the digital humanities—the last with an emphasis on text mining and computational approaches to textual objects. Two ongoing projects include contributions to a digital variorum interface for viewing the history of markup to various editions of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein and a comparative analysis of the complete papers and personal libraries of artificial intelligence pioneers Herbert Simon and Allen Newell.

These projects have been generously supported by funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the University of Victoria, The Charles Babbage Institute, and others.

In 2017, I was an A.W. Mellon Fellow in the Digital Humanities, and I’m the 2018 English Departmental Fellow in Humanities Analytics. Additionally, I am an HASTAC Scholar for Carnegie Mellon Libraries’ dSHARP led by Scott Weingart. My co-curated rare materials exhibit The Frankenstein Complex celebrates the 200th anniversary of Mary Shelley’s noveland is on display at Carnegie Mellon’s Posner Center through November 30, 2018.

In the past, I have also taught or TA’d courses in science fiction classics, philosophy, rhetorical corpus analysis, college composition, professional and technical writing, and business writing at Carnegie Mellon and other regional universities.