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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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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.


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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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Translating the Future

Published in Amodern

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

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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.

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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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Forthcoming Article

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The Ethos of Mr. Robot

Forthcoming in Present Tense

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

Published Article

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Ethical Models for Nonhuman, Collective Rhetoric

Published in Enculturation

A review essay of two recent works that connect nonhuman turns in philosophy to the practice of ethics..

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.

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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.

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Blog Post

MLA Talk: Security Through Transparency: Minimal Computing in the Jungle of the Real

I couldn’t make MLA 2018 this year due to a “bomb cyclone” in NYC and multiple flight cancellations from DFW. Through the superhero efforts of presider Élika Oretga, I was able to participate virtually in my panel, #304 “Activist Infrastructures”....

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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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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...

Recent Presentation

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Security Through Transparency

Does minimal computing mean minimal complexity in the age of the accident?

Recent Presentation

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The Jungle of the Real

Infrastructure studies uncovers that a jungle is growing where Baudrillard says a desert should lie.

Recent Presentation

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Rocket Into Darkness

Questions about the relationship between space in science and weird fiction and the radical construction of the future in contemporary theory.

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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

ENGL 667: Infrastructure Tales

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The emergence of nonhuman rhetorical theory (eg Kennedy, Rickert, Cooper) has meant, amongst other things, recent attention paid to the role infrastructure plays in facilitating, sustaining, and ultimately shaping rhetorical performances both public and private. As such, this seminar will consider the often unseen aspects of the built environment as a ground for human (and nonhuman) rhetorical performance. Course content will primarily be drawn from the growing field of “infrastructure studies” and rhetorical adaptation of social-scientific and humanistic methods used to study the built world. Specifically, our seminar readings will focus on works that use narrative and tropes of storytelling as tools for mapping rhetorical engagement across and with infrastructure. Seminar members can expect to participate in the emergence of a new mode of rhetorical theory that has started appearing in recent conferences and journal articles. Readings may include works by Nicole Starosielski (on oceanic telecommunication cables), Bruno Latour (on trains), Matthew Kirschenbaum (on word processing), Jonathan Sterne (on MP3s), John Law (on airplanes), Janet Abbate (on Internet architecture), and Bernard Seigert (on doors).

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Currently Teaching

ENGL 303: Approaches to English Studies: Cyberculture

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Classroom Resources

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Some resources I've used in past courses.

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