Greetings! This past year, I had the privilege of being appointed director of Digital Matters and I’d like to take the time to tell you a bit about myself. I’m an associate professor of English here at the U, with stops along the way at Old Dominion University, UC Santa Barbara, Waseda University, Harvard University, and UCLA. My interest in the Digital Humanities originates from the time I took an undergraduate course on electronic literature–it was at that moment that I realized I could marry my interests in technology and lit, and I haven’t looked back since.
I’m originally from Southern California, and am happy to have settled in Salt Lake City, with its incredible mountains and ample cultural and recreational opportunities. In my spare time, I enjoy hiking, snowboarding, biking around town, getting lost in a good book, and walking my Basset hound mix, Marlowe.
The next few years are going to be quite exciting and challenging, but I’m happy to be part of a great team that’s game for dreaming up all kinds of great projects and initiatives. I’ve got a four year appointment, and in that time I intend to build Digital Matters’ infrastructure with an eye toward sustainability, complete a few projects that will shake up the field, and establish a national reputation for digital culture studies at the University of Utah–no sweat.