Director of Academic Programs, Sixth College
249 Pepper Canyon Hall
University of California, San Diego
9500 Gilman Drive
La Jolla, CA 92093-0054
Media Theory; Digital Rhetoric; Digital Journalism; Democracy and Media Culture; Critical Theory; Electronic Literature; Histories and Theories of Rhetoric; Software Studies; Digital Humanities;
Ph.D English with Critical Theory Emphasis, September 1998, University of California, Irvine
M.A. English, December 1993, University of California, Irvine
M.F.A. Creative Writing, June 1992, University of California, Irvine
A.B. English (Magna Cum Laude), June 1987, Harvard University
Virtualpolitik: An Electronic History of Government Media-Making in a Time of War, Scandal, Disaster, Miscommunication, and Mistakes (MIT Press, 2009)
The War on Learning: Gaining Ground in the Digital University (MIT Press, forthcoming)
Understanding Rhetoric: A Graphic Guide to Writing (with Jonathan Alexander, Bedford, 2013)
Tweeting the Revolution: Networked Media, the Rhetorics of Activism, and Practices of the Everyday (co-edited with Beth Coleman, in process)
"What can the digital humanities learn from feminist game studies?" Digital Humanities Quarterly (forthcoming)
"Nowcasting/Futurecasting: Big Data, Prognostication, and the Rhetorics of Scale,” Rhetoric and the Digital Humanities, ed. Jim Ridolfo (forthcoming)
“The Pursuit of Happiness or the Pursuit of Justice?: The Rhetoric of Gamification” The Gameful World: Approaches, Issues, Applications, ed. Sebastian Derterding (forthcoming)
“Rhetoric and Computation” (with Ian Bogost). The Oxford Handbook of Rhetoric (Oxford, forthcoming)
"Utopian Pedagogies," Humanities and the Digital, ed. David Theo Goldberg and Patrik Svensson (MIT Press, forthcoming 2013)
"The Role of Computational Literacy in Computers and Writing: The Anxiety of Programming" (with Alexandria Lockett, David M Rieder, Mark Sample, Karl Stolley, and Annette Vee, Edited by Annette Vee and Mark Sample), Enculturation http://enculturation.gmu.edu/node/5272
“The Myth of Democratizing Media: Software-Specific Production Cultures,” Media Authorship, ed. Cynthia Chris and David Gerstner. Routledge, 2012: 197-211.
“Remixing Human Rights: Rethinking Civic Expression, Safety, Privacy and Consent in Online and Mobile Video” (with Sam Gregory) First Monday 17.8 (August 2012)
“Can Public Education Co-Exist with Participatory Culture?” (with Henry Jenkins). Knowledge Quest: 41.1 (September/October 2012): 16-21.
“Channeling Obama: YouTube, Flickr, and the Social Media President,” Texting Obama: Politics, Poetics, Popular Culture, Special Issue of Comparative American Studies 10.2-3 (August 2012): 255-68.
“Hacktivism and the Humanities: Programming Protest in the Era of the Digital University.” Debates in the Digital Humanities. Ed. Matthew K. Gold. Minnesota, 2012: 161-186.
“Play, Things, Rules, and Information: Hybridizing Learning in the Digital University,” Leonardo Electronic Almanac 17.2 (2012): 86-102.
“YouTube Pedagogy: Finding Communities of Practice in a Distributed Learning World,” Learning Through Digital Media: Experiments in Technology and Pedagogy. Ed. Trebor Scholz. Institute for Distributed Creativity, 2011: 185-194.
“Shooting for the Public: YouTube, Flickr, and the Mavi Marmara Shootings,” Video Vortex Reader II. Institute for Network Cultures, 2011: 283-292.
“Regulating Violence in Virtual Worlds: Theorizing Just War and Defining War Crimes in World of Warcraft,” Pacific Coast Philology 44.2 (2010): 159-172.
“A YouTube of One's Own: Coming Out Narratives as Rhetorical Action” (with Jonathan Alexander), LGBT Identity and Online New Media (Routledge, 2010): 23-36.
“The Seven Million Dollar PowerPoint: Why the House Intelligence Committee Saw ‘Terrorist Use of the Internet’ in a Battlefield 2 Fan Film,” in Error: Information, Control, and the Cultures of Noise (Continuum 2010): 133-150.
“With Friends Like These, Who Needs Enemies?” Facebook and Philosophy (Open Court, 2010): 33-48.
“War Media: Military Digital Art and Political Dissent,” NMC-Media N: Journal of the New Media Caucus
"The Culture of Virtual Words," Roundtable discussion with Sarah Robbins and Nick Yee, Journal of Virtual Worlds Research 1.3 (2009)
"A Battle for the Hearts and Minds: The Design Politics of ELECT BiLAT," in Joystick Soldiers: The Politics of Play in Military Videogames (fRoutledge, 2009): 160-177.
"In Polite Company: Rules of Play in Five Facebook Games." Proceedings of the 2008 International Conference on Advances in Computer Entertainment Technology New York: ACM Press, 2008: 345-351
"Government YouTube: Bureaucracy, Surveillance, and Legalism in State-Sanctioned Online Video Channels." The Video Vortex Reader (ed. Geert Lovink and Sabine Niederer. Amsterdam: Institute of Network Cultures, 2008) 111-124.
"Walls, Doors, Condoms, and Duct Tape: Serious Games about National Security and Public Health." Discourse: Journal for Theoretical Studies in Media and Culture 29.1 (Summer, 2008): 101-119.
"Artificial Intelligence: Media Illiteracy and the SonicJihad Debacle in Congress." Media/Culture 10.5 (October, 2007).
"Blogspats as Visual Arguments: Sex, Race, and Photoshop." Camerawork 35.1 (Spring/Summer 2008): 18-23.
"The Birth of the Virtual Clinic: The Virtual Terrorism Response Academy as Serious Game and Epistemological Space." Sandbox Symposium 2007: ACM SIGGRAPH Video Game Symposium. New York: ACM Press, 2007: 73-80
"The Birth of the Virtual Clinic: Game Spaces in the 'Virtual Practicum' and The Virtual Terrorism Response Academy." Proceedings of ISCRAM 2007, 4th International Conference on Information Systems for Crisis Management. Deft: VUB Press, 2007: 551-556.
“Intellectual Community and Integrated Curricula in the First-Year Experience: Humanities Core Course at the University of California, Irvine” (with Michael Clark). Integrating Literature and Writing Instruction: First-Year English, Humanities Core Courses, Seminars. New York, NY: Modern Language Association, 2007: 31-62.
"The Palace of Memory: Virtual Tourism and Tours of Duty in Tactical Iraqi and Virtual Iraq." Proceedings of the Joint International Conference on Cyber-Games and Interactive Entertainment, Perth, Australia: Murdoch University Press, 2006: 77-86
“Cross-Cultural Identification: Biliterate Writers in a First-Year Humanities Course” (with Susan Jarratt and David Puente). Journal of Second Language Writing 15 (2006): 24-48
"In Country with Tactical Iraqi: Trust, Identity, and Language Learning in a Military Video Game," Digital Experience: Design, Aesthetics, Practice. Copenhagen, Denmark: IT University of Copenhagen, 2005: 69-78.
“Reading Room(s): Building a National Archive in Virtual Spaces and Physical Places,” Literary and Linguistic Computing 19.3 (September 2004): 373-384.
“Going Digital: Rapid Introduction of Multiple Approaches to Humanities Technology in a Large Undergraduate Course,” Digital Evidence: Selected Papers from DRH 2000, Digital Resources in the Humanities. London: Kings College, 2001. 265-276.
"Virtualpolitik: Obstacles to Building Virtual Communities in Traditional Institutions of Knowledge" (June 1, 2005). Center for Studies in Higher Education. Paper CSHE-9-05. <http://repositories.cdlib.org/cshe/CSHE-9-05>
“Sigmund Freud.” European Cultural Theorists., Second Series, Ed. Paul Hansom, Detroit: Gale, 2004: 109-137.
“Claude Lévi-Strauss.” European Cultural Theorists., First Series, Ed. Paul Hansom. Detroit: Gale, 2001: 278-292.
“Carl Rakosi.” American Poets Since World War II, Sixth Series. Ed. Joseph Conte. Detroit: Gale, 1998: 294-304.
Hypertexts and Video Essays in Peer-Reviewed Journals
“I, Barack Hussein Obama: Virtual Crowds and Participatory Politics in the 2009 Inauguration,” online video essay, Harlot: A Revealing Look at the Arts of Persuasion (forthcoming, volume 2, number 1, 2009).
"Teaching, Terrorism, and Technology: Reading for Rhetoric in September 11 Documents on the Internet." Kairos, Summer 2002 (7.2). <http://english.ttu.edu/kairos/7.2/index.html>
Invited Individual Talks
"Official Channels: YouTube and the Obama Administration,"
Video Vortex Conference,
November 21, 2009
“DIY Authentication: Digital Rhetoric and the Subversive Potential of Information Culture,”
University of Amsterdam, Masters of Media,
August 31, 2009.
“From the Crowd to the Crowd: Social Media and the Obama Administration,”
Berkman Center for Internet & Society, Harvard University,
May 5, 2009.
“What Could Go Wrong?”: The Baked Professor, the Runaway Résumé, and Other Cautionary Tales from the Digital Campus
Institute for Multimedia Literacy
University of Southern California
September 9, 2008
“Games with Publics: Creating Play Experiences that Foster Collective Action,”
DigiPen Institute of Technology,
April 11, 2008.
Invited Panel Talks
“Public Diplomacy in Virtual Worlds,”
State of Play Conference, New York,
June 20, 2009.
Living Game Worlds 2007
Georgia Institute of Technology
March 29, 2007
Selling Us to Ourselves: Is Social Marketing Effective HIV Prevention?
New York State Department of Public Health
September 26 , 2006
Videogames: Content and Responsibility
Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, Boston, MA
August 2 , 2006
The New Heteroglossia of Blogs and Wikis
Knowledge or Information? Blogs, Wikis, and Listservs
Humanitech and the U.C. Irvine Libraries,
University of California, Irvine
November 10, 2005
“Obama Online: Using the White House as an Exemplar,”
Modern Language Association, Philadelphia, PA,
December 28, 2009.
"Hacktivism and the Humanities: Programming Protest in the Era of the Digital University,"
Digital Humanities 2009, University of Maryland,
June 23, 2009.
“Town Hall” and “Assessing Technology Objectives,”
Computers and Writing 2009, U.C. Davis,
June 19 and 20, 2009.
"Putting the Classroom in the Computer: The Rhetoric of the Open Courseware Movement and the Protests of Detractors,"
Popular Culture Association, New Orleans, LA
April 9, 2009
“Composing for the Small Screen: Rhetorical Instruction and Online Video Publics,”
Conference on College Composition and Communication, San Francisco, CA
March 2009. “Mail Away: War correspondence at home and online,”
New Media Caucus, College Art Association, Los Angeles,
February 27, 2009.
“In Polite Company: Rules of Play in Five Facebook Games,”
ACM Advances in Computer Entertainment Technology, Yokohama, Japan,
“Just War Philosophies and Theories of War Crimes in Multiplayer Games,"
Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association Annual Conference, Pomona College
November 7, 2008.
“TV for One: Teaching Writing in the Age of YouTube,"
The Future of Writing Conference, University of California, Irvine
November 7, 2008.
“Taking It To the Streets: Civility, Resources, and Alternate Reality Games,”
American Studies Association, Albuquerque, New Mexico,
October 17, 2008.
“The Fourth Wall: Can Open Source Do Virtual Reality?”
Computers and Writing, University of Georgia, Athens, GA,
May 23, 2008
"Hacktivism for the Masses: WikiScanner and the Northwest Boarding Pass Generator,"
Popular Culture Association Annual Conference
March 20, 2008
"Private Idahos: Can Second Life Save the Academy?,"
Learning and Research in Second Life Workshop
October 17, 2007
"'Blogspats' and Digital Images: Race, Gender, and Photoshop in Visual Arguments,"
The Association of Internet Researchers Conference
October 18, 2007
"Field Studies in Digital Rhetoric,"
Society for the Social Studies of Science Annual Conference
October 11, 2007
"Assembly Lines: Web Generators as Hypertexts,"
Hypertext 2007: 18th ACM Conference on Hypertext and Hypermedia
September 10, 2007
"The Birth of the Virtual Clinic: The Virtual Terrorism Response Academy as Serious Game and Epistomological Space,"
SIGGRAPH Sandbox: an ACM Video Game Symposium
San Diego, CA
August 4, 2007
"The Birth of the Virtual Clinic: Game Spaces in The Virtual Practicum and The Virtual Terrorism Response Academy"
ISCRAM 2007: International Community on information systems for crisis response and management
Delft, the Netherlands
May 15, 2007
"From the Ivory Tower to the Runway: Pedagogical Drama and Tim's Podcast"
Popular Culture Association Annual Conference
April 7, 2007
"Making Things Public: Object-Oriented Democracy and Government-Funded Games and Simulations"
Conference on College Composition and Communication
New York, New York
March 23, 2007
"Waiting Room: Interactive Media, Modified Game Play, and the Birth of the Virtual Clinic"
Computers and Writing Online
February 7, 2007
"Instrumentalism and the Ethics of Videogame Play: The Tactical Iraqi Controversy"
Conference on the Philosophy of Computer Games
Reggio Emilia, Italy
January 27, 2007
"The Palace of Memory: Virtual Tourism and Tours of Duty in Tactical Iraqi and Virtual Iraq i"
Joint International Conference on Cyber-Games and Interactive Entertainment
December 5, 2006
"On the Ground with Tactical Iraqi"
Serious Games Summit
October 30, 2006
"Making Things Public: Government-Funded Video Games and Virtual Reality Simulations"
ACM SIGGRAPH Sandbox Video Game Symposium
July 28, 2006
"Metal Detectors and Drug Tests: Pragmatism and Pragmatism about Plagiarism-Detection Software"
Originality, Imitation, and Plagiarism Conference: A Cross-Disciplinary Conference
University of Michigan
September 24, 2005
“Reading Room(s): Virtual Spaces and Physical Places in the Building of Four Digital Libraries.”
Digital Resources in the Humanities International Conference
University of Gloucestershire, Cheltenham, UK
August 30, 2003
“Teaching Multiple Literacies to Multicultural Students,"
The 16th International Conference on the First-Year Experience
July 9, 2003.
“Rewriting the Nation through Theory, Pedagogy, and Language Research,”
Conference of College Composition and Communication
New York, NY
March 20, 2003.
"Courtrooms, Classrooms, and the Necessity Defense: the Contested Space of Legal Argument as Simulacrum."
Law, Culture, and Humanities Conference
New York, NY
March 7, 2003.
"Going Digital: Rapid Integration of Multiple Approaches to Humanities Technology in a Large Undergraduate Course"
Digital Resources in the Humanities International Conference
Univesity of Sheffield, U.K.
September 11, 2000
"Epigrams from Another Front: The Americana Poems of Carl Rakosi,"
National Poetry Foundation Conference, "American Poetry in the 1960s,"
University of Maine at Orono
June 28, 2000
"The Secret Machine: Videotaped Testimony in Child Sexual Abuse Trials"
University of California, Irvine
October 12, 1997
"After Auschwitz: American Poetries of the Holocaust"
National Poetry Foundation Conference, "American Poetry in the 1950s,"
University of Maine at Orono
June 20 1996
"Poetics and Telepathy: Martin Heidegger, George Oppen, and the Philosophy of Verse"
American Comparative Literature Association Annual Meeting (ACLA '96), "Literature Between Philosophy and Cultural Studies,"
University of Notre Dame
April 13 1996
Intel People and Practices Faculty grant, Summer 2009
NEH Vectors Summer Fellowship - Broadening the Digital Humanities, Summer 2009
"Learning Outcomes of the UCI Lower-Division GE Writing Requirement: the Capstone Research Paper in WR 39C and Humanities 1C," Office of the Campus Writing Coordinator and Division of Undergraduate Education, University of California, Irvine, Summer 2006
“The Birth of the Virtual Clinic” Humanities Center, University of California, Irvine, Summer 2006 (P.I.)
“Navigating the Physical and Digital Library,” Instructional Improvement Initiatives, University of California, Irvine, Summer 2005
“’Konglish,’ ‘Spanglish,’ and Other Hybrid Englishes: Biliteracy, Epistolarity, and the Development of Student Writing through ‘Letters Home,’” International Center for Writing and Translation, University of California, Irvine, 2003 (P.I.)
"“One day, perhaps, my memory will be well-known because of my ignorance”: The Narrative of Second-Language Acquisition in the Writings of Olympe de Gouges," Humanities Center, University of California, Irvine,Summer 2003
"Humanities Faculty and Web-Based Writing Materials," Office of the Campus Writing Coordinator, University of California, Irvine, Fall 2002.
"Bilingual and Biliterate: How Students Use Multiple Language Competencies," Office of the Campus Writing Coordinator, University of California, Irvine, Summer 2002.
"The Physical Library in a Digital Context," Humanities Center Research Grant, University of California, Irvine, Summer 2002.
"Updating the 'Discovery Tasks': Interactive Pedagogical Materials to Facilitate Library Research for Large-Scale Curricular Applications," Instructional Improvement Initiatives, University of California, Irvine, Summer 2002 (P.I.).
"Developing and Editing Web-Based Instructional Materials for Articulation," Mini-Grants for Instructional Technology, University of California, Irvine, Summer 2002 (P.I.).
"S.P.I.D.E.R.: Shared Pedagogical Initiative, A Database of Educational Resources," University of California Office of the President, Teaching and Learning with Technology Collaborative Grant, 2001
"Virtual Research III: Resources for Transfer Students," Division of Undergraduate Instructional Improvement Initiatives Grant, University of California, Irvine, 2001
"Weaving a New Web," Division of Undergraduate Instructional Improvement Initiatives Grant, University of California, Irvine, 2001
"A Longitudinal Study of Student Writing," Division of Undergraduate Education Research Grant, University of California, Irvine, 2000
"Virtual Research II: Resources for Instructors," Instructional Resource Center and Office of Academic Computing Joint Instructional Development Grant, University of California, Irvine, 2000
"Virtual Research: Resources for Undergraduates," Division of Undergraduate Education Instructional Development Grant, University of California, Irvine, 1999.
Humanities Graduate Research Grant, University of California, Irvine, 1991
Honors and Awards
John Lovas Memorial Award for Best Academic Weblog 2007
Award for Outstanding TA Professional Development and Commitment to Undergraduate Education (TA Developer of the Year Award), University of California, Irvine, 2001
Humanities Pre-Doctoral Fellowship, University of California, Irvine, 1992-1996
Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award in Creative Writing, University of California, Irvine, 1991
Regents Fellowship in Creative Writing, University of California, Irvine, 1989-1990
Academic and Research Positions
University of California, San Diego, Director, Culture, Art, and Technology Program (Summer 2010 - present)
University of California, Irvine: Writing Director, Humanities Core Course (Fall 1999 - Summer 2010)
University of California, Irvine: Postdoctoral Composition Specialist / Assistant Course Director, Writing 39C: Argument and Research (Fall1998 - Summer 1999)
University of California, Irvine: Lecturer (Summer 1998 - Spring 1999)
University of California, Irvine: Teaching Assistant (Fall1990 - Spring 1998)
University of California, Irvine: Research Assistant to Margot Norris (Summer1990) for the "Modernist Eruptions" chapter in The Columbia History of the American Novel (1991)
UC Irvine Humanities Instructional Resources Committee (2006-present)
UC Irvine Work Group on Classroom Environment and Facilities (2003-2004)
UC Teaching and Learning with Technology Advisory Board (2002-2005)
WASC Reaccreditation Participant (2001)
UC Executive Council of Writing Programs (2001-present)
Lower Division Writing Committee (2000-2002)
UCI Arts and Humanities Ad Hoc Copyright Study Group (1999-2001)
UC Irvine Campuswide Writing Board (1999-2002)
Editorial Board, A Student Guide to Writing at UCI (1998-1999)
Co-Chair, Textbooks Committee, Composition Program, Department of English (1998-1999)
"Revolutions" Conference Committee: introduced keynote speaker Marjorie Perloff (1997)
Graduate Representative to External Review Committee for Upper Division Writing (1997)
Game Politics "Real Debates on Games"
Gamasutra "SIGGRAPH Game Violence Issues Tackled"
Dartmouth Web Teaching Case Study
UC TLtC: News and Events: Collaborative Innovations: New UC-Wide Partnerships Are Transforming the Teaching and Learning Experiences
Interview Forum: Humanities and Technology, University of Vienna (NMGK: Neue Medien in den Geistes- und Kulturwissenschaften)
Writing 139: Digital Rhetorics: Social Networks, Blogging, Online Video, and Virtual Worlds (Fall 2008)
"The War from the Web: Reading for Rhetoric in September 11 Documents on the Internet": an interdisciplinary freshmen seminar designed to teach rhetorical analysis of primary source documents on the World Wide Web. (Winter 2002)
Humanities Core: an interdisciplinary “Core” course designed to introduce students to humanistic discourse and methodology with texts from literature, philosophy, history, and visual studies. (Fall1997 - present) [Web Pages: Winter 2009, Winter 2008, Winter 2007, Spring 2006, Winter 2006, Spring 2005, Winter 2005, Spring 2004, Winter 2004, Fall 2003, Spring 2002, Winter 2002 , Spring 2001, Winter 2001, Fall 2000, Spring 2000, Winter 2000, Fall 1999]
Writing 39C: Argument and Research: taught advanced rhetorical and research skills to lower division students working on individual writing projects. (Summer 1994, 1996, 1998)
English 102D: Postwar Literature: a course for undergraduate majors on poetry and novels after World War II. Delivered lectures on John Berryman and Philip Larkin. (Fall 1996)
Writing 139: Bodies and Borders (Advanced Expository Writing): an upper division interdisciplinary writing course on literature and science in the twentieth century (Winter, Spring 1995 and Winter, Spring 1997)
Writing 39A Pass: Fundamentals of Composition: basic writing for students generally with second-language backgrounds (Fall 1991-Summer 1992, Fall 1994)
English 28C: Romance to Realism: an introductory survey course on the English novel from Aphra Behn to Virginia Woolf. (Spring 1994)
Writing 39B: Expository Writing: a lower division writing course designed to teach textual analysis and college writing skills. (Winter 1994)
English 28A: The Poetic Imagination: an introductory survey course on English Poetry from Beowulf to Modernism. (Fall 1992)
Writing 30: The Art of Writing Poetry: a workshop for poetry writers (Fall 1990-Spring 1991)
“Creating and Sustaining Course Presence,” UC Irvine, March 5, 2009
“Online Pedagogical Spaces,” University of Southern California, January 30, 2009
“Teaching Social Media,” Techno Expo 2008, February 5, 2008
“DIY Texts: Students and the Future of Writing,” CWC, UC Irvine, January 31, 2008
Teaching with Social Media: March 21, 2007
Podcasting: March 14, 2007
The Web We Weave in Humanities Teaching: March 6, 2002
Technology, Translation, and Transformation: Ocober 16, 2007
Reviewing and Consulting:
Bedford/St. Martin’s, W.W. Norton and Company, McGraw-Hill, University of Massachusetts Press, MIT Press.
http://www.digitalrhetoric.org (about digital rhetoric)
French, German, and Japanese
After Effects, Audacity, Dreamweaver, Final Cut Pro, Flash (including ActionScript), Game Maker, iMovie, Maya, Photoshop, Premiere, and Pro Tools