Department of Sociology & Anthropology, Elon University, 2035 Campus Box, Elon, NC, 27244
Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Sociology & Anthropology Department
George Washington University
PhD in Anthropology 2019
MA in Anthropology 2015
MA in American Studies 2013
City University of New York: The City College
MS in Education 2006
New York University
BFA dbl. maj. in Theatre & Sociology 2002
2020-present Assistant Professor, Sociology & Anthropology Dept.
2020 Adjunct Lecturer, Anthropology Dept.
George Washington University
2020 Professorial Lecturer, Anthropology Dept
2019 Lecturer, Columbian College of Arts and Science
2017-2018 Instructor of Record, Anthropology Dept.
2012-2013 Adjunct Assistant Professor, GWU Writing Program
RESEARCH AND TEACHING INTERESTS
cultural anthropology, linguistic anthropology, digital anthropology, media anthropology, science and technology studies, Internet collectives and fandoms, media studies, space & place, embodiment, animism, identity, videogame studies, ethnographic methods, epistemological frameworks
Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles
2020. “The Social Production of Internet Space: Affordance, Programming, and Virtuality” Communication Theory, qtz036, https://doi.org/10.1093/ct/qtz036
2019. “Wandering in the City: Time, Memory, and Experience in Digital Game Space” M/C Journal 22(4): http://journal.media-culture.org.au/index.php/mcjournal/article/view/1549
2018. “Policing the Fluff: The Social Construction of Scientistic Selves in Otherkin Facebook Groups,” Engaging Science, Technology, and Society, 4 (2018), pp. 485-514: https://estsjournal.org/index.php/ests/article/view/252/166
2012. “Bytes of Passage: Video Game Inhabitation as Ritual,” Acta Iassyensia Comparationis Vol. 10, pp. 176-185.
2021. “Cybernetics and Digital Whiteness: Exposure to Radicalization through Feedback Loops,” Proceedings of the IEEE Conference, Norbert Weiner in the 21st Century, Chenai, India, 2021
2018. “Cybernetic Animism: Non-Human Personhood and the Internet,” in Digital Existence: Ontology, Ethics and Transcendence in Digital Culture, ed. Amanda Lagerkvist. London: Routledge, pp. 227-241.
2017. Haraway, Donna. 2016, Staying with the Trouble: Making Kin in the Chthulucene, Durham: Duke University Press. Anthropological Quarterly, 90(3), pp. 877-882.
2015. Kirkpatrick, Graeme. 2013. Computer Games and the Social Imaginary. Cambridge, UK: Polity Press. Anthropological Quarterly, 87(4), pp. 199-204.
Media and Public Scholarship
[forthcoming] Interview with Samantha Cole for Motherboard, the tech outlet of VICE Media.
2021. “Care by Emoji” with Tariq Adely. Anthropology News, June 25:
2020. “So You Want to ‘Do’ Digital Ethnography.” At The Geek Anthropologist, March 25:
2019. “Devin Proctor’s page 99 test.” At CaMP Anthropology, edited by Ilana Gershon. July 29: https://campanthropology.org/2019/07/29/devin-proctor-page-99-test/
2015-present. Writing and maintaining Anthropolojamz research and theory blog: https://anthropolojamz.wordpress.com
Other Published Works
2019. “Intertextuality” and “Integrated Circuit” in The SAGE International Encyclopedia of Mass Media and Society, eds. Debra Merskin and J. Geoffrey Golson. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications, Inc.
2013. “The Anthropological Study of Game and Ritual,” Introduction to Outlining Magic Circles: Jessie Bancroft’s Games for the Playground, Home, School, and Gymnasium, Washington DC: Westphalia Press, pp. i-x.
Works in Progress
Book—Open Bodies: On Being Non-Human in Virtual Space, manuscript prepared for submission to a university press.
Article—”The Spectrum of Virtuality: Entextualizing Selves in the Internet” for submission to Linguistic Anthropology
Article—”Cringe Privilege: Bricolage Videos and Goffmanian Figures on YouTube” for submission to New Media + Society
Videogame—ANTHROPOLOGY!!, a roleplaying game with an early 2000s aesthetic that introduces players to the major theorists, theories, and methods of sociocultural anthropology
Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
Anthropology of the Internet
Exploring Virtual Space
As Professor/Instructor of Record
Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
Love & Hate in the Digital Age
Youth and Technology
Anthropology Research Practicum
Contemporary Anthropological Theory: Keywords in Digital Anthropology
(co-designed and taught with Joel Kuipers)
Writing About Video Games: Fictions and Critiques of Virtual Worlds
The Road Trip in American Film and Literature
As Graduate Teaching Assistant
Foundations of Anthropological Thought, with Stephen Lubkemann
Media, Technology, & Performance, with Alexander Dent
Language in Culture & Society, with Alexander Dent
Sociocultural Anthropology, with Sarah Wagner
GRANTS & AWARDS
2020: The National Science Foundation (Co-Principal Investigator, $97,509, co-written with Sarah Wagner [PI], Joel Kuipers, Roy Richard Grinker, and Jorge Benavides-Rawson) Funerary Practices, Pandemic Confinement, and the Implications for COVID-19 Transmission
2013-2018: University Fellowships, George Washington University ($22,500/year)
2013-2016: Departmental Travel Grants, Anthropology Dept, GWU
2015: Policy Studies Organization Education Fellowship ($7,500)
2014: Jane B. Hart Endowment for Anthropology
2014: Lewis N. Cotlow Research Fund ($1,500)
2012: Michael Scheonecke Travel Grant, American Culture Association
2012: Conference Travel Grant for Graduate Students, GWU
2005, 2008: AmeriCorps Education Grant ($5,000 each)
1998-2002: Tisch Trustee Scholarship, NYU ($10,000/year)
PAPERS, PRESENTATIONS, AND LECTURES
2020. “Digital Whiteness: The Construction of Body-Identity in Supremacist Internet Spaces,” Recognition and Repair Symposium, George Washington University, Washington, DC, April 10. (cancelled)
2018. Roundtable: “Breakdown, repair, resilience and adaptation at the Dawn of the Anthropocene,” with Alexander Dent, Joel Kuipers, Katelyn Schoenike, Gretchen Bakke, Kim Fortun, 117th American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting, San Jose, CA, November 14-18.
2018. “Tumblr-kin: Identity and Technology on the Periphery,” Social Movements and Community Action: the 15th Annual Public Anthropology Conference, American University, Washington, DC, October 27.
2017. “Non-human Personhood in the Internet,” Entanglements Symposium, George Washington University, Washington, DC, March 3.
2016. “Of Bots and Dragons: Animist Internet Practice,” 115th American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting, Minneapolis, MN, November 16-20.
2016. “Cybernetic Animism,” STGlobal Consortium, Washington, DC, April 8-9.
2016. “Non-Human Logics: The Creation of Otherkin Scientific Knowledge,” American Ethnological Society Spring Conference, Washington, DC, March 31-April 2.
2015. “Networking Boundaries: Facebook Practice and Otherkin Identity,” 114th American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting, Denver, CO, November 17-22.
2015. “Multiple Systems: Dissociative Disorders, Healthy Multiplicity, and Otherkin Ontology,” Disclosures: Meaning and Materiality Across Spaces, George Washington University, Washington DC, March 20.
2014. “On Being Non-Human: Technologically Mediated Identity Among the Otherkin,” 113th American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting, Washington, DC, December 2-7.
2014. “Policing the Fluff: Online Authenticity Among the Otherkin,” Lewis N. Cotlow Anthropology Student Research Conference, George Washington University, Washington, DC, October 17.
2014. “War Games, Game Wars: Dismembering / Remembering Conflict through Historical First-Person Shooters," Policies and Procedures: A Symposium of Policy as Located Practice, George Washington University, Washington, DC, March 21.
2013. “Burning the Apple Tree: American Revolutionary Mythology Rewritten in The Tyranny of King Washington," Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association Annual Conference, San Diego, CA, November 1-3.
2013. “Encoding, Decoding, & Recoding: Cultural Production and the Videogame Modding Economy,” Graduate Conference, At the Mercy of the Masses?—Popular Culture and Academia, University of Maryland, College Park, April 12-13.
2013. “Pimp my Nord: Game Modding as Negotiated Resistance in Skyrim,” Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association National Conference, Washington DC, March 27-30.
2012. “The Practice of Everyday Gaming: Strategies, Tactics, and Exploits,” 27th Annual Interdisciplinary Conference in the Humanities: Systems of Control/ Modes of Resistance, University of West Georgia, November 1-3.
2012. “Subversion in the Digital City: A Game of Control,” Critiquing Culture: The Cultural Studies Graduate Conference, George Mason University, September 21-22.
2012. “Not Elf, Not Not Elf: Ritual and Mimesis in the Videogame Space of Oblivion,” Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association National Conference, Boston, April 11-14.
Other Conference Activities
2018. Chair, “Political (Re)actions” panel, Ruptures Reactions Reconfigurations Symposium, George Washington University, Washington, DC, March 30.
2017. Director, Webpage and Social Media Committee, STGlobal Consortium Conference, Washington, DC March 24-25.
2016. Chair, “Non-Human Agents” panel, American Ethnological Society Spring Conference, Washington, DC, March 31-April 2.
2012. Moderator, “Power and Resistance in Urban Space” panel, 27th Annual Interdisciplinary Conference in the Humanities: Systems of Control/ Modes of Resistance, University of West Georgia, November 1-3.
2011. Panelist, “Diversity Among Tutoring Staff,” National Conference on Peer Tutoring in Writing, Florida International University, November 5.
2011. Panelist, “Beyond the Training Course: Ongoing Professional Development for Tutors,” National Conference on Peer Tutoring in Writing, Florida International University, November 6.
2020. “Open Bodies and Virtual Space,” Elon University.
2019. “Approaching Gender as a Social Construct,” Kenyon College.
2019. “Other-Than-Humanness and the Open Body,” The Freedom of Form Foundation: https://freedomofform.org.
Service to the Profession
2021 Anthropological Consultant/Reviewer—Bullfrog Films
2020 Peer Reviewer—Anthropological Quarterly
2020 Peer Reviewer—Indo-Pacific Journal of Phenomenology
2020 Contributing author / video lecturer—Anthropology Mini Lectures: A collective resource for online teaching in the time of COVID19
2019 Peer Reviewer—Anthropological Quarterly
2018 Peer Reviewer—a/b: Auto/Biography Studies Journal
2017 Website designer/manager—Etlatongo Archeological Site in Oaxaca
2016 Peer Reviewer—Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences
2015 Editorial Board Member—Journal on Policy and Complex Systems
2015 Website manager—Slave Wrecks Project, a Maritime Archeology project with the Smithsonian and US National Park Service
2014 Peer Reviewer—Anthropology Today
2012 Quantitative & Qualitative coder—Elon Multi-Institutional Writing Project: Rhetorical Pedagogy Study
Service to the University
2015-2016 Guest lecturer on digital methods for upper level
“Methods in Sociocultural Anthropology” class
2011-2013 Graduate Writing Tutor,
The George Washington University Writing Center
2012 “Disciplinary Conventions in Writing,” workshop designed and
conducted at The George Washington University Writing Center
Service to the Community
2005-2011 Trek Advisor and Faculty Advisor: NYC, Mali, and Nicaragua
buildOn (formerly Building with Books)
American Anthropological Association
American Ethnological Society
Society for Cultural Anthropology
Association of Internet Researchers
Society of Linguistic Anthropology
Popular Culture Association/ American Culture Association
Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association
American Federation of Teachers
United Federation of Teachers
NON-COLLEGIATE TEACHING EXPERIENCE
2004-2011 High School Teacher, New York City Dept. of Education
Foreign Language Academy of Global Studies, Bronx, NY
2004-2011 “Youth and Conflict in Literature”
2006-2011 “History of Popular American Music”
2006-2011 “Shakespeare and the Critical Lens”
2006-2011 “Health and Sexuality”
2004-2006 “Foundations of Democracy and American Culture”
NON-ACADEMIC WORK EXPERIENCE
2012-2014 Director of Media and Publications
Policy Studies Organization
New York State Professional Teaching License
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