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I am currently an Assistant Professor of English in Arizona State’s faculty of Interdisciplinary Humanities and Communication, but I will be starting at Texas A&M as an Assistant Professor in the English Department in Fall 2015. 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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Fan Utopias and Self-Help Supermen

Published in Science Fiction Studies, 41 (3)

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

Easily Create Elegant Course Websites w/ YAML & Middleman

I love creating new classes. I love the process of mapping a course of knowledge, thinking about what texts will best guide students along a path toward a new understanding of the world. I love the process of creating assignments to help them test their new skills and create new knowledge …

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Blog Post

Creepy Scholarship

There is a lot of talk of the weird in today’s humanities. From Karen Gregory’s Weird Solidarities to Graham Harman’s Weird Realism, we are going through a weird moment in humanities (we’re also going through a weird moment, if you catch my drift). Weird is, as you probably know, entering our …

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Blog Post

Stylish Markdown Footnotes w/ jQuery

This blog post introduces a new jQuery plugin I’ve written, called jquery inline footnotes. It converts footnotes generated by Markdown an HTML pre processor driving a lot of static site generators such as Middleman, Hugo, and Jekyll that academics use for blogging into a design pattern more familiar and comfortable for …

Recent Presentation

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Polynesian Paralysis

Presentation on primitive-futurism in tiki culture.

Recent Presentation

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Sex and the Singularity

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

Recent 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

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 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

ENG 101: First Year Composition

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Welcome to first year composition. In this class, you will learn to develop ideas, communicate them effectively, and orient yourself to the expectations of college writing.

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Currently Teaching

TWC 421: Principles of Web Authoring

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This course teachs the principles of web authoring, both design and content. Authoring effective web content involves writing words for machines and for humans while also designing documents to deliver this content in a variety of settings from cellphones to massive screens to screen readers for the blind. In this course, students will learn strategies to become effective at dealing with this multi-device ecology.

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Classroom Resources

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Some resources I've used in past courses.

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