CV


Current as of January 26, 2017. Also available as a PDF.

Positions

Columbia University, New York, NY

Digital Methods and Public Humanities Fellow, Heyman Center for the Humanities (2016 - Present)

Lecturer, Department of English and Comparative Literature (2013 - Present)

Postdoctoral Fellow, Society of Fellows in the Humanities (2013 - 2016)

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), Electronic Mediations series and the first pilot project for the Manifold Scholarship interactive books platform

Gadgetry: Emerging Media and the Fictional Imagination (in preparation)

Peer-Reviewed Articles

“Artifactual Interpretation,” Journal of Contemporary Archaeology forum on Media Archaeologies, Vol. 2, No. 1 (2015), http://www.equinoxpub.com/journals/index.php/JCA/article/view/27061.

“Sustainable Authorship in Plain Text Using Pandoc and Markdown,” with Dennis Tenen, The Programming Historian (March 2014), http://programminghistorian.org/lessons/sustainable-authorship-in-plain-text-using-pandoc-and-markdown. Spanish trans. by Víctor Gayol as “Escritura Sustentable Usando Pandoc y Markdown.”

“Pocket Wireless and the Shape of Media to Come, 1899-1922,” Grey Room 51 (Spring 2013), 40-63, http://www.mitpressjournals.org/doi/abs/10.1162/GREY_a_00106.

Shorter Pieces and Reviews

Track Changes: A Literary History of Word Processing (review),” Revista Hispánica Moderna (forthcoming 2017)

“Design and DH in the Media Studies Classroom,” Digital Humanities and Media Studies Crossovers issue, Cinema Journal Teaching Dossier (December 2015), http://www.teachingmedia.org/design-and-dh-in-the-media-studies-classroom/.

“The Form of Content Delivery,” Media Fields Journal (November 2015), http://mediafieldsjournal.squarespace.com/the-form-of-content-delivery/.

“Areophone, Telephot, Hypnobioscope: Hugo Gernsback and the Science Fictionality of Media,” Wi: Journal of Mobile Media, (November 2014), http://wi.mobilities.ca/grant-wythoff-aerophone-telephot-hypnobioscope-hugo-gernsbacks-media-theory/.

“The Invention of Wireless Cryptography,” The Appendix Vol. 2, No. 3 (July 2014), http://theappendix.net/issues/2014/7/the-invention-of-wireless-cryptography.

“The Parable of the Boy and the Steam Engine,” Praxicum, (May 2014), http://praxicum.com/home/2014/5/5/parable-of-the-boy.

“Learning with Polyphony: AmpDamp,” with Acker et al., iConference 2013 Proceedings, pp. 1090-1094, doi:10.9776/13525, https://ideals.illinois.edu/handle/2142/42533.

“Like Holding the Future In Your Hands: The Gadget at CES 2011,” In Media Res: A Media Commons Project, (February 2011), http://mediacommons.futureofthebook.org/imr/2011/01/12/holding-future-your-hands-gadget-ces-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), http://mediacommons.futureofthebook.org/imr/2010/03/10/there-are-eight-million-stories-naked-city-has-been-one-them-procedurality-and-naked-city

White Papers

“A Proposal for a Digital Humanities Initiative at Princeton,” co-author, February 2012, https://digitalhumanities.princeton.edu/files/2013/01/PU-DH-proposal.pdf.

“Guidelines for Promotion and Tenure Committees in Judging Digital Work,” co-author, NINES/NEH Summer Institute on Evaluating Digital Scholarship, June 2011, http://institutes.nines.org/docs/.

Awards

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

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

Documentary Interviews

The Other Side of Mars, dir. Minna Långström (2017)

Inventing the Future, dir. Eric Schockmel (2017)

Invited Public Lectures

Guest lecture in Prof. Michael Golston’s course, Science Fiction Poetics, Columbia University, January 2016.

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

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

New Scholars Seminar in Digital Humanities, DH2015, Sydney, June 29-30, 2015

First Book Institute, Center for American Literary Studies, Pennsylvania State University, June 8-14, 2014

New Media in American Literary History Interdisciplinary Symposium, Northeastern University, December 5-6, 2013

Microsoft FUSE Labs Social Media Expo, iConference 2013, University of North Texas, February 13, 2013

THATCamp Theory, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, October 14-15, 2012

Research Fellow at Values in Design Workshop, University of California, Irvine, August 19-26, 2012

Princeton / Weimar Summer School for Media Studies, Princeton University, June 17-23, 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

“On Method in the Humanities,” Lab Culture panel 4, SLSA 2016, Atlanta

“Making Science in the Pulps,” Scientific Fictions" panel, SCMS 2016, Atlanta

“Reading Middle Distance: A Cultural History of Tools and Techniques,” “Literature and Science meets Digital Humanities,” 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 Europe, Turin, Italy, June 2014

“Screen Reading,” Little Data: Old and New Media, American Comparative Literature Association, 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 5-7, 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

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,” MLA 2015

A Critical Dialogue on Media and Materiality, with Bernhard Siegert and Ben Kafka, Columbia University, March 14, 2014

Social Ecologies panel, Scientific (R)evolutions, Rutgers University, February 28, 2014

Teaching

Spring 2017

Introduction to Digital Media, Columbia

An undergraduate lecture course introducing students to the history and theory of digital media. Beginning by examining the historical roots of the concept of “information,” the course then proceeds with units on each of the following key concepts in digital studies: platforms, networks and power, code, interface, and theories of the self. Each of these concepts are explored in readings and through hands-on lab activities.

Fall 2016

Graduate Digital Methods Workshops, Columbia

A series of workshops introducing first-year graduate students to the basic computational literacy necessary for research in the humanities today. The curriculum is designed to introduce ideas that will scale with students’ field-specific research interests as they progress through their respective PhD programs. Introduced tools like the command line, markup and textual transformations, and collaboration through GitHub.

Spring 2016

Digital Humanities Praxis, City University of New York (CUNY)

Graduate seminar that introduced students to a variety of digital tools and methods through lectures, hands-on workshops, and collaborative projects. Students were exposed to a broad range of ways to critically evaluate and incorporate digital technologies into their academic research and teaching. In addition, they produced a digital project in collaboration with fellow students.

The Science of Fiction: American Naturalism, 1880-1915, Columbia

An advanced undergraduate seminar exploring how naturalist literature imagined itself as a form of data collection. Amid the expansion of quantitative methods in social and psychological research, naturalist novelists sought ways to count, measure, categorize, and classify the details of daily life that previously were assumed to lie outside the novel’s scope.

Fall 2014

The Core Curriculum: Literature Humanities, Columbia

Led one section of a seminar now in its 75th year, required of all incoming freshmen. Designed to enhance students’ understanding of main lines of literary and philosophical development that have shaped western thought over three millennia. Wrote midterm and final exams, maintained course blog, and introduced students to digital research methodologies.

Spring 2014

Screen Reading, Columbia, http://wythoff.net/screenreading

An advanced undergraduate seminar on the history of reading practices. With today’s dramatic movement of readers from page to screen, do we accept that a change in format can affect the ways we read? How do technologies of literacy – scrolling, bookmarking, page, index, tab, bookshelf – become metaphors in the digital age? Seminar coupled with a lab component for experiments in digital textuality.

Fall 2013

The Core Curriculum: Literature Humanities, Columbia

Fall 2008 – Spring 2013

Teaching Fellow, Princeton University Preparatory Program (PUPP), Trenton Central, Ewing, and Princeton High Schools

Helped high-achieving low-income New Jersey high school students improve their reading and writing skills, learn the college application process, and prepare for the transition to college. Duties included curriculum development, in-class assignments and writing exercises, and leading theater excursions.

Fall 2010

Lecturer and Assistant Instructor, American Studies 201, Intro to American Studies: American Places, Princeton

Lectured and led smaller seminars on the significance of place in American history, society, and culture as an introduction to the methodologies of American Studies. Responsibilities included designing the syllabus, crafting essay assignments, and marking papers and exams.

Spring 2010

Assistant Instructor, English 335, Children’s Literature, Princeton

Led seminar-style discussions on the cultural history of children’s literature from its emergence in the late eighteenth century to contemporary young adult fiction. Responsibilities included setting seminar agendas and developing in-class exercises, crafting essay assignments, and marking papers and exams.

Service

Professional Service

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

Manuscript reviewer for New Media and Society

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 -

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)

Languages

German (reading proficiency and moderate speaking proficiency)

French (reading proficiency)

References

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

Eduardo Cadava, Professor of English, Princeton University, cadava@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