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I am an Assistant Professor at Texas A&M in the English Department. 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.

Published Book

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Transhumanism

My first book project (published by University of Minnesota Press, Fall 2017) explores the rhetoric of the transhumanism movement with regards specifically to its Utopian content. Order Transhumanism on Amazon!

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Teaching Philosophy

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

CV

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Published Article

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Review of Comparative Textual Media

Published in Enculturation

Review of Comparative Textual Media edited by N. Katherine Hayles and Jessica Pressman.

Published Article

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Self-Help Supermen

Published in Science Fiction Studies, 124 (November 2014)

Drawn from my first 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.

JSTOR Link

Forthcoming Article

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Translating the Future

Forthcoming in Amodern

Article theorizing the use of ES6 transpilers (Babel & Traceur) in contemporary JavaScript as examples of novel machine translation systems.

Published Article

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Invoking Darkness

Published in Philosophy & Rhetoric

This article argues for a turn-to-darkness in the rhetoric of the nonhuman.

JSTOR Link, Project MUSE Link

Published Article

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Insect Capital

Published in New American Notes Online, 8 (December 2015)

Uses the pattern of insect imagery in William Gibson’s Neuromancer to talk about a theory of corporate culture informed by German Media Studies.

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Article in Progress

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The Ethos of Mr. Robot

This article discusses the presentation of anti-corporate resistance in Mr. Robot.

Published Article

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“We twiddle … and turn into machines”: Mina Loy, HTML, and the Machining of Information

Published in Reading Modernism with Machines

Chapter on Loy, HTML, and the emergence of contemporary information.

Rhetorical Algorithm

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Homework Copia

A Twitter bot that invents homework excuses for the truly desperate.

Online at: http://oncomouse.github.io/homework-copia/
On Twitter at: @HomeworkCopia

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

My DHSI 2018 Course Description

I am really excited to announce that I am on the schedule to teach at DHSI next year in Victoria. The class still has to make, of course, but otherwise it should be a go. According to Shawna, some people have been asking for the course proposal, so...

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Blog Post

Making Twitter Bots w/ Cheap Bots Done Quick

Twitter bots, are great, right? Of course they are. People are talking about them at #cwcon in Findlay this weekend. I was talking about them with people at RSA. I run a few (here, here, and here). They are a really great way to get into the world...

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Dark Transhumanism

I spent a lovely week in Bloomington at the RSA Summer Institute learning about digital rhetoric and posthuman invention. One thing that became a refrain for the week was talking about my forthcoming book on transhumanism and having to explain how...

Recent Presentation

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Critical Informatics and the Digital Humanities

Panel I organized that addresses critical contributions digital humanities makes to the cultural understanding of informatics.

Recent Presentation

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The Rhetorical Future of the Soul At Work

Presentation analyzing rhetotical constructions of the future in the Autonomist Marxist, Franco “Bifo” Berardi.

Recent Presentation

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Lachrymator: Persuasion’s Tear Gas

Presentation that samples theories of the political object from Africana Studies to account for non-democratic displays of public rhetoric.

Recent Presentation

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Worlds Without Us

Eco-horror, modernity, VanderMeer

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Podcasting

Read about my use of podcasting in the humanities classroom ...

Currently Teaching

Classes Taught

The classes I am currently teaching are displayed on this page. To see all of the courses I have taught at A&M and ASU, click below:

All My Classes

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

Currently Teaching

ENGL 354: Modern Rhetorical Theory

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This course introduces students to rhetoric in the 20th century. Specifically, we will be exploring two themes that inform the understanding of rhetoric during this period: the discovery of the unconscious and the belief that society is a system for exchanging messages. The unconscious describes a society dominated by primal impulses and subject to violent, erratic behavior. Systems thinking marks society as rational and manageable. The competition between these two ideas structures many of the conversations surrounding persuasion in the 20th century, a century marked by the sudden and pronounced return of the study of rhetoric and persuasion.

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Classroom Resources

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Some resources I've used in past courses.

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