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I am an Assistant Professor of English in Arizona State’s faculty of Interdisciplinary Humanities and Communication. My current research project focuses on the rhetoric of transhumanism, but I am broadly interested in the reshaping of rhetoric, discourse, and identity in the face of digital technologies. My research and pedagogical work touches on facets of digital rhetoric, digital humanities, emerging media, and technical communications.

Book In Progress

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Transhumanism

My current book project explores the rhetoric of the transhumanism movement with regards specifically to its Utopian content.

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Teaching Philosophy

My goals in teaching classes in both rhetoric and literature are intimately connected with my research interests.

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Forthcoming Article

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Fan Utopias and Self-Help Supermen

Forthcoming in Science Fiction Studies

Drawn from my current book, this article suggests that superman fiction, often dismissed as fascist and naive, had certain interesting political ramifications during the late 1930s and early 1940s.

Article in Progress

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Agential Hypermonsters

Expanding on my presentations at WSRL and RSA, this article argues for a turn-to-darkness in the rhetoric of the nonhuman.

Published Article

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Review of Slime Dynamics

Published in Itineration

Experimental hypertext book review of Slime Dynamics by Ben Woodard.

Online Edition

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Mina Loy Online

Online edition of Mina Loy’s poetry and manifestoes formatted in HTML to be typographically correct, retaining the structural elements of Loy’s writing that is often not produced online.

Online at: http://oncomouse.github.io/loy

Recent
Blog Post

Netflix and Algorithmic Canons

After I experienced an interesting serendipity yesterday, I’m starting to think that we should view Netflix as a new form of cultural canon. Let me explain. Two of my favorite websites, the webcomic Pain Train and The Toast, both published, in posts I linked to, jokes (and essentially the same joke) …

Recent
Blog Post

On Being Polite

Paul Ford’s story1 about etiquette, How to be Polite , passed through my social media today. Really good stuff. It got me thinking about etiquette and rhetoric. I don’t know if I qualify as polite, but I feel like being raised around old school Southerners, I was exposed to a lot …

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Blog Post

_Fright Night_; or, Masculinity That Won't Die

I finally got around to watching the Fright Night remake from back in 2011. While film critics were definitely divided at the time it came out (which is why, despite starring David Tennant, I didn’t see it), I think it’s pretty fantastic. Moreover, it’s portrayal of vampires fits in with a …

Recent Presentation

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Polynesian Paralysis

Presentation on primitive-futurism in tiki culture.

Upcoming Presentation

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Sex and the Singularity

Presentation at MLA15 in Vancouver on sexuality, the Vingean Singularity, and Her.

Upcoming Presentation

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Approaching The Peripheral

Roundtable organized by Brian Croxall on the upcoming William Gibson novel, The Peripheral.

Recent Presentation

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Posthuman, Nonhuman, Inhuman

Presentation for RSA 2014 about my new inhuman rhetoric project. This paper is also a sequel to my WSRL presentaiton.

Recent Presentation

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Coffee Futurism

Presentation discussing the role of coffee machines in projecting and manufacturing specific visions of futurity. Additionally, paper considers the relationship between coffee and futurity as such.

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Podcasting

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Currently Teaching

Classes Taught

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All My Classes

A list of all the classes I’ve taught (including graduate school) can be seen on my CV.

Currently Teaching

ENG 204: Introduction to Contemporary Literature

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An online course allowing students to gain an introduction to recent publishing trends and artistic developments in the novel, primarily in America.

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Currently Teaching

ENG 337: Major American Novels

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In this class, we will be reading and considering a number of the most important or most critically lauded moments in the development of the American novel.

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Classroom Resources

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Some resources I've used in past courses.

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