I am an Assistant Professor in the School of Literature, Media, and Communication at Georgia Tech, where I also direct the Digital Humanities Lab. I received my PhD in English and American Studies from the CUNY Graduate Center, and my AB in Literature (English and French) from Harvard University. My first book, Matters of Taste: Eating, Aesthetics, and the Early American Archive (under contract with the University of Minnesota Press) explores how an emphasis on eating can help us tell new stories about the wide range of people who helped to establish a cultural foundation for the United States. I am also at work on a second book about the history of data visualization, as well as a related set of projects– both theoretical and applied– that explore how visualization techniques can be employed to advance arguments and perform critique. With Matthew K. Gold, I edit Debates in the Digital Humanities (University of Minnesota Press), a hybrid print/digital publication stream that explores debates in the field as they emerge. The most recent book in this series is Debates in the Digital Humanities 2016.
In previous incarnations, I’ve worked as a web developer, educational technology consultant, music producer, and bike messenger. I have not, however, appeared on Law & Order, designed customized silver jewelry, or performed award-winning gymnastics routines. You can view my official bio here.