I am the Digital Scholarship Strategist in the University Libraries of Carnegie Mellon University, where I specialize in digital publishing and project management. I provide consultations to faculty and students developing Digital Arts and Humanities projects and have collaborated with faculty at CMU and elsewhere to create digital scholarship and resources including the Latin American Comics Archive and the Frankenstein Variorum. As Lead for the CMU Library Publishing Service, I managed our recent launch of two open-access academic journals and continue to provide extensive project support to their editorial teams. Beyond developing Digital Humanities projects with faculty in t he Dietrich College I also teach an interdisciplinary course on digital research tools and publishing using science fiction texts.
I study popular culture, specifically speculative fiction (science fiction and fantasy as a megatext across literature and media), and SF fandoms as subcultures. I’m drawn to stories that blur the edges of genre forms and tropes. Those that most interest me filter social reactions to new scientific discoveries and technological innovation, depict alternative communities, or show the ongoing fight for individual autonomy and agency, particularly along the borders of ethnicity, race, gender, and sexuality.
I have previously taught American literature at Longwood University and American Studies at Mary Washington University. Whenever possible I use science fiction, fantasy, and other genre literature and media in my courses. I teach with an American studies approach that considers these texts as discourses on and social responses to new technology, including anxieties involving artificial intelligence, surveillance culture, and energy scarcity. I draw from these genres to analyze the diversity of American experiences and to explore issues of power and identity including the marginalization of ethnicities, sexuality, and subcultures in dystopian and apocalyptic settings.