About

I am a faculty member in Carleton University’s School of Journalism and Communication in Ottawa, Ontario, where I teach and write about media and cultural materialism in its Communication and Media Studies programs.

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List Cultures

My first book, List Cultures: Knowledge and Poetics from Mesopotamia to BuzzFeed is out now from Amsterdam University Press. North American distribution via University of Chicago Press. The Preface and Intro are available online: We live in an age of lists, from magazine features to clickbait. Given its current popularity, listing feels uniquely digital, but […]

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Research

I study the infrastructure of culture and civilization – the way that human societies communicate, cooperate, and otherwise hold together across time and space. This leads me to research and teach across a broad range of phenomena and historical periods—from early modern double-entry bookkeeping and state bureaucracies to 20th century pop music charts, contemporary just-in-time […]

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Teaching

I have taught a broad range of topics in media and cultural studies over the last several years at Carleton, Trent, and Western Universities including Introduction to Media Studies, Mobile Media,  Issues in Global Media, and an introductory course on Information.

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Innis & Infrastructure

I am developing a new project that situates Harold Innis and the Toronto School of Communication in relation to contemporary debates in media theory. I am looking to understand two things: 1) how Innis’s early economic histories, and the ‘dirt research’ that produced them, relate theoretically and methodologically to media archaeology, cultural techniques, and critical […]

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