Talk: Smithsonian Material Culture Forum


On February 18 at 4pm, I’ll be giving a talk titled, “The Status of Objects in the Digital Age” for the Smithsonian’s Material Culture Forum. I’ll be comparing objects like Aboriginal message sticks to our contemporary mobile devices.…

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Kaleidoscope Article: NYTimes “Essential Reading” and Boing Boing


My article, “The Forgotten Kaleidoscope Craze In Victorian England,” was named “Essential Reading” by the New York Times and was reposted by sites like Boing Boing

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Kaleidoscope Article Published in Atlas Obscura


For the past many months, I’ve been working on this piece that traces technological distraction back to the rise of the kaleidoscope in 1816 and 1817. This article was just published in Atlas Obscura, an amazing…

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Published Scholarship in 2015

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2015 saw the publication of several works ranging from articles on cultural geography to storytelling with mobile media. Please click on the links to view the articles. Also, below are forthcoming articles that will be published in 2016. 

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New Grant to Study War Letters


I was just awarded the Research and Scholarship Grant to write a chapter for my forthcoming book on the history of waiting, technology, and intimacy. This grant is for my project, “Waiting for Word: Tracing the Experience of Waiting in War…

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Recent Conferences and Talks


2015 has been a busy year for talks and conferences! It’s been amazing getting to interact with a range of audiences. I have several talks coming up, so please check back here or follow me on Twitter for…

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Privacy and Surveillance Panel with Kojo Nnamdi!


Today I’ll be a panelist for an event hosted by NPR’s Kojo Nnamdi titled “Full Disclosure: Creative Responses to the Digital Privacy Crisis.” It begins at 6:45pm at the International Spy Museum in Washington, D.C. Please join us!

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Nancy Smith Distinguished Lecture at Coastal Carolina University


I have been invited to present the 2015 Nancy Smith Distinguished Lecture at Coastal Carolina University. My talk,  “Stories, Spaces, and Bodies in the Age of Mobile Media,” will be given on January 22 at 5pm in Edwards…

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Interview in Outlook Magazine

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 I’m interviewed in Outlook’s 19th anniversary issue. Outlook, one of India’s largest English-language magazines, was started the same year that mobile devices came to India. I talk with one of their editors about the global impact from mobile technologies, issues…

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“Manifesto for Active Learning” Published in The Chronicle

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As a result of the opportunity to work as a Lilly Fellow with the Center for Teaching Excellence, I revised my teaching philosophy. The result is my piece, “A Manifesto for Active Learning,” which was just published in The Chronicle for Higher Education.

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