I am an Associate 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. In 2017, I was named one of the “rising stars in digital humanities” from Inside Higher Ed.
I am currently at work on two major projects: the first, Data by Design, is an interactive book on the history of data visualization; and the second, Data Feminism, co-authored with Catherine D’Ignazio, is a trade book that explores the intersection of feminist thinking and data science. I also maintain ongoing research into the application of quantitative methods to the “data” of early American culture.
My first book, An Archive of Taste: Race and Eating in the Early United States, will be published by the University of Minnesota Press in Spring 2020. It shows how thinking about eating can help to tell new stories about the range of people, from the nation’s first presidents to their enslaved chefs, who worked to establish a cultural foundation for the United States. 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 2019.
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.