CV


Current as of August 30, 2017. Also available as a PDF.

Positions

Pennsylvania State University (2017-present)

Visiting Fellow, Center for Humanities and Information

Columbia University (2013-2017)

Postdoctoral Fellow, Society of Fellows in the Humanities

Lecturer, Department of English and Comparative Literature

Digital Methods and Public Humanities Fellow, Heyman Center for the Humanities

Education

Princeton University, Princeton, NJ

Ph.D., English Literature, 2013 M.A., English Literature, 2009 Certificate in Media and Modernity, 2009

Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ

B.A., summa cum laude, English Literature, 2007

Publications

Books

The Perversity of Things: Hugo Gernsback on Media, Tinkering, and Scientifiction (University of Minnesota Press, 2016)

Gadgetry: A History of Techniques (in preparation)

Peer-Reviewed Articles

“Laptop Policy: Notes on Boredom,” under review with Digital Humanities Quarterly for special issue on “Distracted Reading: Acts of Attention in the Age of the Internet”

“On Method in the Humanities,” in preparation for Configurations special issue on “state of the unions”

“Media Archaeology from the Pleistocene to the Anthropocene,” in preparation for Theory, Culture, and Society

“Artifactual Interpretation,” Journal of Contemporary Archaeology forum on Media Archaeologies, Vol. 2, No. 1 (2015)

“Sustainable Authorship in Plain Text Using Pandoc and Markdown,” with Dennis Tenen, The Programming Historian (March 2014). Spanish transl. by Víctor Gayol as “Escritura sostenible en texto plano usando Pandoc y Markdown”

“Pocket Wireless and the Shape of Media to Come, 1899-1922,” Grey Room 51 (Spring 2013), 40-63

Shorter Pieces and Reviews

Review of Track Changes: A Literary History of Word Processing, Revista Hispánica Moderna (forthcoming)

“Public Enemies,” Real Life Magazine (August 2017)

“Design and DH in the Media Studies Classroom,” Digital Humanities and Media Studies Crossovers issue, Cinema Journal Teaching Dossier (December 2015)

“The Form of Content Delivery,” Media Fields Journal (November 2015)

“Areophone, Telephot, Hypnobioscope: Hugo Gernsback and the Science Fictionality of Media,” Wi: Journal of Mobile Media, (November 2014)

“The Invention of Wireless Cryptography,” The Appendix Vol. 2, No. 3 (July 2014)

“The Parable of the Boy and the Steam Engine,” Praxicum, (May 2014)

“Learning with Polyphony: AmpDamp,” with Acker et al., iConference 2013 Proceedings, pp. 1090-1094, doi:10.9776/13525

“A Proposal for a Digital Humanities Initiative at Princeton,” co-author, February 2012

“Like Holding the Future In Your Hands: The Gadget at CES 2011,” In Media Res: A Media Commons Project, (February 2011)

“Guidelines for Promotion and Tenure Committees in Judging Digital Work,” co-author, NINES/NEH Summer Institute on Evaluating Digital Scholarship, June 2011

“‘There are eight million stories in the naked city; this has been one of them’: Procedurality and The Naked City, In Media Res: A Media Commons Project, (March 2010)

Awards

2017 Research Society for American Periodicals (RSAP) Book Prize, Honorable Mention, for The Perversity of Things: Hugo Gernsback on Media, Tinkering, and Scientifiction

2013 Microsoft Research FUSE Labs, Award for Best Social Media Expo Project for AmpDamp, a prototype “volume knob” for social media streams

2007 The Jordan Lee Flyer Honors Award for best undergraduate thesis, Becoming-Film: A Brief Poetics of Trailers

Media Coverage

AMC Visionaries: James Cameron’s Story of Science Fiction (US television miniseries, 2018)

The Other Side of Mars, dir. Minna Långström (feature-length documentary, Finland, 2018)

Inventing the Future, dir. Eric Schockmel (documentary, 85min, Luxembourg, 2018)

Aurelio Cianciotta, “Edited by Grant Wythoff – The Perversity Of Things: Hugo Gernsback On Media, Tinkering, And Scientifiction,” Neural (May 2017)

Kristen Gallerneaux, “Off the Shelf: Recommended Films, Fine Reads and Dot-coms,” The Henry Ford Magazine (March-May 2017)

Gregory L. Reece, “Hugo Gernsback and Perversity and Optimism at the Dawn of Science Fiction,” PopMatters (December 2016)

Angelo Paura, “Hugo Gernsback, l’uomo che ci ha fatto innamorare del futuro,” Motherboard Italy (November 2016)

Grants

2016 Barr Ferree Publication Fund subvention in support of The Perversity of Things: Hugo Gernsback on Media, Tinkering, and Scientifiction

2015 Grants from centerNET and Consortium of Humanities Centers and Institutes (CHCI) to attend the New Scholars Seminar in Digital Humanities at the University of Western Sydney

2014 Columbia Center for Science and Society Course Development Grant for lecture course The Science of Fiction: American Naturalism, 1880-1915

2014 Center for American Literary Studies at Penn State University stipend to attend the First Book Institute

2013 Microsoft Research FUSE Labs travel grant to attend iConference 2013

2012 Mellon Foundation Officer’s Grant, Scholarly Communications and Information Technology Program to support the development of the Princeton Prosody Archive

2012 Annan Dissertation Fellowship to support advanced dissertation research

2012 Princeton Program in American Studies Summer Prize to support research at the Hugo Gernsback Papers, Syracuse University Library Special Collections

2011 Nineteenth-Century Scholarship Online (NINES) Scholarship to attend the Digital Humanities Summer institute in Victoria, British Columbia

2008 Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies Award for intensive summer language study in German

Presentations

Invited Public Lectures

Keynote at the Rutgers Camden Archive of Digital Ephemera (R-CADE) Symposium, April 2018

“Media Inventories of the Nineteenth Century,” Dartmouth University, March 2018

Guest lecture in Mara Mills’s graduate seminar, Media Archaeology, NYU, March 2017

Workshop on the Game Boy Camera and Printer, Rutgers-Camden Archive of Digital Ephemera (R-CADE), May 2015.

“Hugo Gernsback and American Science Fiction,” Paleofuturism symposium, University of Louisville, April 2015

“The Perversity of Things: Scientifiction and Theories of Media c. 1920,” Circuit, Current, Connection Symposium at Penn State Center for American Literary Studies (CALS), February 2015.

The Ethics of Plain Text,“ with Dennis Tenen, Princeton/Weimar Summer School for Media Theory, Princeton University, June 2014.

Mobile Media and the Paleolithic,“ Columbia Center for Archaeology, March 2014.

“From Marlinspike to Mobile Media: An Archaeology of the Gadget”, University of Pennsylvania Cinema Studies Colloquium, November 2013.

Workshops

Object Lessons, NEH Institute on book publishing, Tempe, AZ, November 2017

Workshop on new website for CHCI Medical Humanities Summer Institute, Kings College London, June 2016

New Scholars Seminar in Digital Humanities, Digital Humanities 2015, Sydney, June 2015

First Book Institute, Center for American Literary Studies, Pennsylvania State University, June 2014

New Media in American Literary History Interdisciplinary Symposium, Northeastern University, December 2013

Microsoft FUSE Labs Social Media Expo, iConference 2013, University of North Texas, February 2013

THATCamp Theory, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, October 2012

Research Fellow at Values in Design Workshop, University of California, Irvine, August 2012

Princeton / Weimar Summer School for Media Studies, Princeton University, June 2012

Outside-the-Box Text Analysis Workshop, Digital Humanities Summer Institute, University of Victoria, June 2011

Demo Session for the Princeton Prosody Archive, 2011 NINES/NEH Summer Institute, University of Virginia, May 2011

Conferences

“Roundtable: Science Fiction as Protest,” Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts (SLSA) 2017, Tempe, AZ

“On Method in the Humanities,” Lab Culture panel 4, Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts (SLSA) 2016, Atlanta

“Making Science in the Pulps,” Scientific Fictions" panel, Society for Cinema and Media Studies (SCMS) 2016, Atlanta

“Reading Middle Distance: A Cultural History of Tools and Techniques,” “Literature and Science meets Digital Humanities,” Modern Language Association (MLA) 2015, Vancouver, January 2015

“Mobile Media and the Paleolithic,” Archaeologies of Media and Film, University of Bradford, UK, September 2014

“Mobile Media and the Paleolithic,” Panel on “New Apparatus Theory,” Society of Literature, Science, and the Arts (SLSA) Europe, Turin, Italy, June 2014

“Screen Reading,” Little Data: Old and New Media, American Comparative Literature Association (ACLA), March 2014

“Mechanical Vaudeville: Relaying the Great War through the American Science Magazines,” The Great War and the Illustrated Press, Université de Paris-XIII, June 2013

“Pocket Wireless and the Shape of Media to Come, 1899-1920.”

“Collections and Communities: Building the Princeton Prosody Archive,” Mid-Atlantic Archives Conference (MARAC), Cape May, NJ, April 2012

“Prosody and the Archive / Prosody as an Archive,” Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities (MITH), University of Maryland, December 2011

“Areophone, Telephot, Hypnobioscope: Gernsback and the Science Fictionality of Media,” Media Histories: Materiality, Temporality, Epistemology, Columbia University, March 2011

“The Form of Content Delivery: Networked Content and Narrative Property,” Critical Themes in Media Studies, The New School, April 2010

“Projecting Martian Photography”

Conferences Organized

Invited curator for the Rutgers Camden Archive of Digital Ephemera (R-CADE) Symposium, April 2018

Insuetude: Conversations in Technological Discard and Archaeological Recuperation, Columbia University, Spring 2016

On Method in the Humanities, Heyman Center for the Humanities, Columbia University Fall 2014 - Spring 2015

Materiality,“ Society of Fellows Thursday Lecture Series, Spring 2014

“Virtuosity,” Princeton Americanist Research Symposium, March 2010

On the Possibility of Worlds: An Interdisciplinary Conference, Princeton University March 2009

Panel Chair or Commentator

“Artifactual Interpretation: Practices of the Material Turn,” Modern Language Association (MLA) 2015

A Critical Dialogue on Media and Materiality, with Bernhard Siegert and Ben Kafka, Columbia University, March 2014

Social Ecologies panel, Scientific (R)evolutions, Rutgers University, February 2014

Teaching

Penn State

Global Science Fiction (Spring 2018)

Columbia

Introduction to Digital Media (Spring 2017)

Graduate Digital Methods Workshop (Fall 2016)

The Science of Fiction: American Naturalism, 1880-1915 (Spring 2016)

Screen Reading: The History of Reading from Stone Tablet to Screen (Spring 2014)

The Core Curriculum: Literature Humanities, (Fall 2013, Fall 2014)

CUNY

Digital Humanities Praxis [graduate seminar taught in place of Matthew K. Gold] (Spring 2016)

Princeton

Teaching Fellow, Princeton University Preparatory Program (PUPP), Trenton Central, Ewing, and Princeton High Schools (Fall 2008 – Spring 2013)

Lecturer and Assistant Instructor, Intro to American Studies: American Places (Fall 2010)

Assistant Instructor, Children’s Literature, Princeton (Spring 2010)

Rutgers

Instructor, Dramatic Literature and Performance, First-Year Interest Group Seminars (Fall 2006)

Service

Professional Service

Manuscript reviewer for New Media and Society

Advisory Board member for thresholds: a digital journal for criticism in the spaces between

Manuscript reviewer for Breakthrough Ideas track, International Conference on Information Systems 2014 (ICIS 2014).

University Service

Co-founder and Moderator, Group for Experimental Methods in the Humanities http://xpmethod.plaintext.in, February 2014 - June 2017

Steering Committee Member, Princeton University Digital Humanities Initiative, http://digitalhumanities.princeton.edu, September 2011 – August 2013

Project Manager, Princeton Prosody Archive, http://prosody.princeton.edu, December 2009 – August 2013

Co-Chair, Americanist Research Colloquium, Princeton University, March 2009 – May 2010

Professional Affiliations

Modern Language Association (MLA)

Society for Cinema and Media Studies (SCMS)

Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts (SLSA)

American Studies Association (ASA)

Science Fiction Research Association (SFRA)

American Comparative Literature Association (ACLA)

Research Society for American Periodicals (RSAP)

Languages

German (reading proficiency and moderate speaking proficiency)

French (reading proficiency)

References

Eduardo Cadava, Professor of English, Princeton University, cadava@princeton.edu

Meredith Martin, Associate Professor of English, Princeton University, mm4@princeton.edu

Richard Dienst, Associate Professor of English, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, richard.dienst@rutgers.edu

Reinhold Martin, Associate Professor of Architecture, Columbia University, rm454@columbia.edu

Eileen Gillooly, Executive Directory, Heyman Center for the Humanities, Columbia University, eg48@columbia.edu

Sean X. Goudie, Associate Professor of English, Penn State University, sxg42@psu.edu