I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of English at the University of Toronto, where my work focuses on British modernism (specifically, the relationship between technology, politics, and artistic expression in the period) and Digital Humanities (at the theoretical level, I look at the relationship between technology, politics, and artistic expression in the digital age; at the practical level, I work to develop new applications of natural language processing for meaningful literary analysis).
Before starting my current job in Toronto, I was an Assistant Professor at San Diego State University. Before that, I was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Guelph and the University of Victoria. I did my doctoral work at the University of Toronto. My dissertation, 1934: Generic Hybridity and the Search for a Democratic Aesthetic, was supervised by Melba Cuddy-Keane, with whom I co-authored (with Alexandra Peat) Modernism: Keywords (Wiley-Blackwell, 2014).
After graduating, I developed “The Digital Text,” a pioneering undergraduate class on literature in the digital age. This class provided the foundation for my book Literature in the Digital Age: A Critical Introduction (Cambridge University Press, 2016). “The Digital Text” also introduced me to the world of “indie games” and to Superbrothers (Craig D. Adams), the subject of my next book, The Art of Superbrothers (Coach House Books, 2016). “The Digital Text” also introduced me to Julian Brooke, a computational linguist who served as my TA for four sections of the class, and has become a frequent collaborator on Digital Humanities projects.
I have numerous obsessions outside of academic work. The biggest one at the moment is running (see race results here). Another is cycling and bicycle frame building (see my erstwhile blog, Two Serious Bikes). Also: playing guitar — and, inevitably, collecting and working on guitars and guitar gear. I have a lifelong obsession with music, especially post-punk and 90s indie rock. I do a lot of travelling and a lot of travel writing. I love the Toronto Blue Jays. Naturally, I also love to read; Haruki Murakami and Patrick deWitt are two current favourites.