Abridged Curriculum Vitae [for full CV, see attachment above]

Department of Sociology & Anthropology, Elon University, 2035 Campus Box, Elon, NC, 27244  |




Elon University

          Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Sociology & Anthropology Department





George Washington University

          PhD in Anthropology

          MA in Anthropology

          MA in American Studies


City University of New York: The City College

          MS in Education


New York University

          BFA dbl. maj. in Theatre & Sociology





Elon University

2020-present  Assistant Professor, Sociology & Anthropology Dept.


Georgetown University

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





cultural anthropology, linguistic anthropology, digital anthropology, media anthropology, science and technology studies, Internet collectives and fandoms, media studies, identity, space & place, embodiment, animism, videogame studies, ethnographic methods, epistemological frameworks 







(under contract).  The Spectrum of Virtuality, at Lexington Books, Rowman & Littlefield Press, as part of their Studies in New Media series


Edited Volume


(under contract).   Editor, Practicing Digital Ethnography, at Routledge


Selected Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles


2023. "The #Tradwife Persona and the Rise of Radicalized White Domesticity,” Persona Studies, 8(2), pp. 7-26:  


2020. “The Social Production of Internet Space: Affordance, Programming, and Virtuality” Communication Theory, qtz036,


Translated into Arabic: 2021. Amin, Djenih. “ا الإنتاج الاجتماعي لفضاء الإنترنت: الإمكان والبرمجة والافتراضية,” Al-Rased Al-Alamy Magazine, Oran 1 University, Algeria


2019. “Wandering in the City: Time, Memory, and Experience in Digital Game Space” M/C Journal 22(4):


2018. “Policing the Fluff: The Social Construction of Scientistic Selves in Otherkin Facebook Groups,” Engaging Science, Technology, and Society, 4 (2018), pp. 485-514:


Peer-Reviewed Proceedings


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


Book Chapter


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.


Selected Media and Public Scholarship


2022. “What is Cultural Anthropology?” At SAPIENS September 27:  


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:


2015-present. Writing and maintaining Anthropolojamz research and theory blog:





As Professor

Introduction to Cultural Anthropology

Anthropology of the Internet

Exploring Virtual Space

The Global Experience


As Adjunct 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                                                                                                                       




2023:   Elon University Center for Writing Excellence A.I. Engagement Grant, $1,000


2022:   National Science Foundation (NSF), Memorialization, Contested Knowledge, and Incomplete Mourning in the Context of COVID-19, $350,415—3 years (Research Consultant)


2022:   Elon University Faculty Research & Development Hultquist Summer Fellowship, $2,000


2021:   Cornell Center for Social Sciences research grant, Cornell University (Co-PI, $10,580, co-written with Chloe Ahmann [PI]), After Apocalypse: The Work of Utopia in White Power Activism


2021:   Institute for Data, Democracy, and Politics research grant, George Washington University, (Research Consultant, $12,000, co-written with Richard Grinker [PI], Joel Kuipers, Mark Edberg, and Brandon Kohrt), Death in the Time of Misinformation


2021:   Elon Summer Research Funding ($4,800)


2020:   The National Science Foundation RAPID Response grant (Co-PI, $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 





Invited Talks & Workshops


2022. “Indexing Racialized Bodies in the Animist Internet,” Nature Religions, Science and Technology Conference, University of Groningen, Netherlands (virtual)


2022. “Recognizing Racist Extremism Online,” 12th Annual INTERSECT Conference: Elon University’s Leadership & Diversity Conference, Elon, NC, November 11-12.


2021. “Digital Ethnography as a Method of Study and Practice,” George Washington University. (virtual)


2020. “Open Bodies and Virtual Space,” Elon University.


Conference Activity


2023:  “Reading for the Revolution: Notes on a Fascist Library,” with Chloe Ahmann, 122nd American Anthropological Association/ Canadian Anthropology Society Annual Meeting, Toronto, Canada, November 15-19. (virtual)


2022. “Hashtagging into Extremism: Tradlives, Tradwives, and the Rise of Radicalized Domesticity,” with Ashley Kinder, 121st American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting, Seattle, WA, November 9-13. (virtual) 


2021. “Vernaculars of Mourning: Memorialization in Collapsed Digital Contexts,” 120th American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting, Baltimore, MD, November 17-21. (virtual)


2021. “Cybernetics and Digital Whiteness: Exposure to Radicalization through Feedback Loops,” 2021 IEEE Conference, Norbert Weiner in the 21st Century (21CW), Anna University, Chenai, India, July 22-25. (virtual)


2020. “Digital Whiteness: The Construction of Body-Identity in Supremacist Internet Spaces,” Recognition and Repair Symposium, George Washington University, Washington, DC, April 10. (cancelled)





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