I am a writer and researcher at the Center for Digital Humanities at Princeton University. My first book — The Perversity of Things: Hugo Gernsback on Media, Tinkering, and Scientifiction — explores how science fiction began among the maker movement of the 1910s. It was published in the University of Minnesota Press’s Electronic Mediations series and was a pilot project for the Manifold Scholarship interactive book platform.
I am co-founder of the Philly Community Wireless Project, a coalition of organizers, technologists, researchers, and librarians working toward digital equity in Philadelphia by building community-owned and -operated mesh networks. I am also the editor of Startwords, a journal for experimental humanities research that I designed and built with colleagues at the CDH.
Before coming to Princeton, I held postdoctoral fellowships with the Columbia University Society of Fellows in the Humanities and the Penn State Center for Humanities and Information. At Columbia, I was a co-founder of the Group for Experimental Methods in the Humanities.
I have written about wireless telegraphy, boredom, technocratic politics, the history of method in the humanities, television, archaeology, and the philosophy of technique. This work has appeared in Digital Humanities Quarterly, Grey Room, The Washington Post, Configurations, Amodern, The Programming Historian, and Real Life Magazine. My teaching includes courses on American naturalism, social media and the novel, global science fiction, and digital culture.