CV


Current as of November 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

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

(under review) “On Method in the Humanities,” Configurations special issue on “Literature and Science: The State of the Unions”

(in preparation) “Media Archaeology and the Paleolithic,” Theory, Culture, and Society

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

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

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

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

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

Shorter Pieces and Reviews

2018 Review of Track Changes: A Literary History of Word Processing, Revista Hispánica Moderna (forthcoming)

2017 “Public Enemies,” Real Life Magazine

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

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

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

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

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

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

2010 “‘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

Digital Humanities Projects

Project lead, History of the Gadget, ongoing

Website design and community engagement, CHCI Medical Humanities Network, 2015-17

Author and curator, The Perversity of Things Manifold Edition, 2017

Website design and community engagement, Group for Experimental Methods in the Humanities, 2014 - 2017

Curator, Hand Crank Media, 2012 - 2013

Project Manager, Princeton Prosody Archive, 2009 - 2013

Technical Skills

Web Development and Digital Publishing: Omeka, Drupal, Scalar, WordPress, Jekyll, HTML, CSS, XML/TEI

Social Media & Communications: MailChimp, Slack, Basecamp, Google Analytics, Google Apps, Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr

Digital Mapping: QGIS, Leaflet Maps, Google Maps, Google Earth

Programming Languages: Python, Perl, shell scripting

Python Libraries: Beautiful Soup, NLTK

Security: PGP

Other Technologies: Git/GitHub, LaTeX, Scrivener, Zotero, Mendeley, Prezi, Microsoft Office, Apple iWork, iMovie

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)

John DeNardo, “Learn More about the Creators of Science Fiction,” Kirkus Reviews (February 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)

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

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, 1880-1940

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

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

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

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

2015 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

2014 “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

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

Workshops

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

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

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

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

2013 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

2012 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

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

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

Conferences

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

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

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

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

2014 “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

2013 “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,” Panel on “Archaic Returns,” Modern Language Association (MLA) 2013, Boston, January

2012 “Pocket Wireless and the Shape of Media to Come, 1899-1920,” Material Culture Symposium for Emerging Scholars, Winterthur Museum at the University of Delaware, April

2012 “Pocket Wireless and the Shape of Media to Come, 1899-1920,” Tufts Graduate Humanities Conference, Tufts University, New York, February

2012 “Pocket Wireless and the Shape of Media to Come, 1899-1920,” Instrument, Image, Ekphrasis: Intersecting Genres of Knowledge. SUNY Stony Brook Manhattan, February

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

2011 “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

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

2009 “Projecting Martian Photography,” Science Fiction Research Association (SFRA), Science Fiction Research Association, Georgia Tech, June

2009 “Projecting Martian Photography,” Media and Modernity Colloquium, Princeton University, April

2009 “Projecting Martian Photography,” Projection: Speculating on Presence, Absence, and Nonsense, City University of New York, March

Conferences Organized

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

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

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

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

2010 “Virtuosity,” Princeton Americanist Research Symposium, March

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

Panel Chair or Commentator

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

2014 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

Teaching

Penn State

(Spring 2018) Global Science Fiction

Columbia

(Summer 2017) Center for Spatial Research: Mapping for the Urban Humanities

(Spring 2017) Introduction to Digital Media

(Fall 2016) Graduate Digital Methods Workshop

(Spring 2016) The Science of Fiction: American Naturalism, 1880-1940

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

(Fall 2014) The Core Curriculum: Literature Humanities

(Fall 2013) The Core Curriculum: Literature Humanities

CUNY

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

Princeton

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

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

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

Rutgers

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

Service

Professional Service

Manuscript reviewer for Wiley Blackwell’s Media Studies list

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, [email protected]

Meredith Martin, Associate Professor of English, Princeton University, [email protected]

Mara Mills, Associate Professor of Media, Culture, and Communication, New York University, [email protected]

Eileen Gillooly, Executive Directory, Heyman Center for the Humanities, Columbia University, [email protected]

Reinhold Martin, Professor of Architecture, Columbia University, [email protected]

Sean X. Goudie, Associate Professor of English, Penn State University, [email protected]