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I wanted to be a computer scientist until I was the only girl in all my high school courses. So I pursued my second love, English, working my way around to computers again eventually, working in humanities labs at York and Alberta, and on funded electronic text publications at Guelph and at Alberta. My work focuses on popular reception and remediation of computer technologies, as well as on design for digital media. Now I teach literature, digital humanities, history and theory of media, and multimedia practice.
“Of, By, and For the Internet: New Media Studies and Public Scholarship.” Routledge Companion to Digital Media Studies. Jentery Sayers, editor. Routledge, 2017. Pages 56-66.
“Compositional Strategies of Conflict Resolution in Personal Mommy Blogs.” Feminist Media Studies, vol. 14, no. 2, 2014.
“’What’s on Your Mind?”: The Coaxing Affordances of Facebook’s Status Update.” Identity Technologies: Producing Online Selves. Julie Rak and Anna Poletti, editors. University of Wisconsin Press, 2013. Pages 112-131.
“’Suffused by Feeling and Affect’: the Intimate Public of Personal Mommy Blogging.” Biography, vol. 34, no. 1, 2011. Pages 37-55.
“An Impossible Future: John Perry Barlow’s ‘The Declaration of the Independence of Cyberspace.” New Media and Society, vol. 11, no. 1-2, 2009. Pages 69-87.
Increasingly, my research engages with emergent forms of social media as a set of complex and consequential rhetorical, literary, and social practices undertaken by ordinary people across the full spectrum of daily life. My current project, a book-length study called “Deciphering Digital Life Writing,” aims to produce a mode of criticism suitable to extant and future online communication tools, attuned to notions of personal identity, and to the constructive role of technology in mediating these online. Basically, I’m trying to figure out how people decide what to say about themselves online, and what motivates these decisions.
Grants, fellowships and awards
- 2011: Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Standard Research Grant , "Deciphering Digital Life Writing," 3 years / $58K.
- 2009: SSHRC Research Development Initiative (4A status; internal funding), Principle Investigator (PI), with co-applicant Prof. Linda Warley (English)
Areas of graduate supervision
- Information technology in literature
- Electronic textualities
- Digital media
- History and theory of media
- Popular cybercultures