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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.

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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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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Fan Utopias and Self-Help Supermen

Published in Science Fiction Studies, 124 (November 2014)

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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Invoking Darkness

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

Forthcoming 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

Importing Your Blog Posts Into Zotero

I have been working with a lot of blog sources for a new academic writing project I’m working on. I’ll talk more about the project on here when I get it more fleshed out, but the thing I want focus today on some interesting problems I have noticed...

Recent
Blog Post

"There's a Horse In Here Somewhere!": Comparative Textual Media and the Interpretation of Crap Fiction

On the way to #cwcon I finally got around to spending some time with Matthew Kirschenbaum’s new book, Track Changes: A Literary History of Word Processing. The whole book is really good (at least the part I’ve finished, so far), but I was particularly...

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Blog Post

Proposal for Creating Free Online Peer-Reviewed Journals

In a discussion on Facebook recently, the lack of rhetoric and composition journals was highlighted as a serious professional problem.1 Our field has grown extensively in the last 20 years but the number of publishing venues has not similarly expanded...

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.

Classroom Resources

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Some resources I've used in past courses.

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