Curriculum Vitae

EDUCATION


PhD      Ryerson University and York University, Toronto, ON
Joint Program in Communication and Culture, 2011

Dissertation: Creatures of Artifice: Rodney Brooks and the Bioethics of Animated Machines

MA       McMaster University, Hamilton, ON
Department of English, 2002

Thesis: Romancing the Wild; or, Sir Gawain, Apocalypse Now, Fight Club, and How I Learned to Stop Being so Civilized

BA        McMaster University, Hamilton, ON
Combined Honours in English and Comparative Literature, Summa Cum Laude, 2001

EMPLOYMENT HISTORY


A. Teaching Experience

Seneca College, Toronto, ON

  • Professor. LSO 119: “Science Fiction.” School of English and Liberal Studies. Autumn 2014.
  • Professor. BTC 140: “Critical Thinking and Writing.” School of English and Liberal Studies. Autumn 2014.
  • Professor. CUL 480: “Ethical Issues in Science and Technology.” School of English and Liberal Studies. Autumn 2014.
  • Professor. CUL 480: “Ethical Issues in Science and Technology.” School of English and Liberal Studies. Team-taught latter half of the course. Summer 2014.

Humber College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning, Toronto, ON

  • Professor, General Education. HUMA 024: “Humanities: An Introduction to Arts and Sciences.” School of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Autumn 2012.
  • Professor, General Eduction. SOCI 203: “Understanding Mass Communication.” School of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Winter 2012.

Ryerson University, Toronto, ON

  • Instructor. CENG 520: “The Language of Persuasion: Special Topic: Technoculture—The Rhetorics of Man and Machine.” G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education/Dept. of English. Autumn 2010.
  • Graduate Co-instructor. ENG 520: “The Language of Persuasion: Special Topic: Technoculture—The Rhetorics of Man and Machine.” Dept. of English. Winter 2010.
  • Teaching Assistant. SOC 202: “Popular Culture.” Dept. of Sociology. Winter 2010.
  • Teaching Assistant. SOC 202″ “Popular Culture.” Dept. of Sociology. Autumn 2009.
  • Teaching Assistant. POL 507: “Power, Change, and Technology.” Dept. of Politics and Public Administration. Autumn 2008.
  • Teaching Assistant. ENG 108: “The Nature of Narrative II: Non-Fiction.” Dept. of English. Winter 2008.
  • Teaching Assistant. ACS 205: “Writing as a Cultural Act.” Dept. of English. Autumn 2007.
  • Teaching Assistant. SOC 202: “Popular Culture.” Dept. of Sociology. Winter 2007.
  • Teaching Assistant. ACS 205: “Writing as a Cultural Act.” Dept. of English. Autumn 2006.

McMaster University, Hamilton, ON

  • Teaching Assistant. English 1AA3: “Literature in English: Longer Genres.” Dept. of English. Winter 2002.
  • Teaching Assistant. English 1A03: “Literature in English: Shorter Genres.” Dept. of English. Autumn 2001.
  • Teaching Assistant. Comp. Lit. 1A03: “Introduction to Comparative Literature I.” Dept. of Modern Languages. Autumn 2000.

B. Editing and Writing

James Hoggan and Associates, Vancouver, BC

  • Writer and Consultant for DeSmog Canada. August 2012-present.
  • Developmental Editor and Consultant for The Polluted Public Sphere: Cleaning Up the Misinformation Culture. July 2012-present.

C. University Service

Ryerson University, Toronto, ON

  • Master of Arts Admissions Committee. March-April 2009.
    Graduate Student Representative. Volunteer.

McMaster University, Hamilton, ON

  • Selection Committee: Director of Comparative Literature. March 2001
    Student Representative. Volunteer.

D. Research

Ryerson University, Toronto, ON

  • Research Assistant for Dr. Jennifer Burwell. Responsibilities for this position entailed gathering, compiling, and reporting on bibliographical material that touched upon the topic of quantum physics in popular culture for Dr. Burwell’s ongoing inquiry into the ways in which the language of modern particle physics are taken up outside of properly scientific discourse. April 2010-August 2010.
  • Research Assistant for Dr. Stuart Murray. Responsibilities for this position entailed gathering, compiling, and reporting on bibliographical material that touched upon the themes of biopolitics, thanatopolitics, and the practices of ars moriendi for Dr. Murray’s book-length project, From the Living to the Dead. January 2009-August 2009.

E. Volunteer Experience

St. Joseph’s Healthcare, Centre for Mountain Health Services, Hamilton, ON

  • Volunteer Tutor. Assisted forensic psychiatry patients with course material in a variety of subjects (especially English literacy) in the interests of successful vocational therapy; fostered effective critical thinking, mechanical aptitude, and appreciation for academic learning. May 2007-September 2009.

McMaster University, Hamilton, ON

  • Co-editor of Beneath the Surface Magazine. Evaluated and selected submissions for publication; budgeted printing costs; prepared compiled material (including proofreading and layout) for submission to printer; distributed finished publication both within and outside the university community. September 1999-May 2000.

PUBLICATIONS


“‘Only We Have Perished’: Karel Čapek’s R.U.R. and the Catastrophe of Humankind.” Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts. Special issue: “After/Lives: What’s Next for Humanity?” Eds. Sarah Juliet Lauro and Kyle William Bishop. Forthcoming, 2015.

“Unhomely at Home: Dwelling with Domestic Robots.” MediaTropes vol. 2, no. 1 (2009): 37-59.  <http://www.mediatropes.com>

“Robots, Transduction, Dingpolitik: Cynthia Breazeal’s Kismet and the Social Life of a Thing.” Topia: A Canadian Journal of Cultural Studies, vol. 16 (2006): 69-90. <http://pi.library.yorku.ca/ojs/index.php/topia/index>

Work in Progress

“The Hen Electric and the Mechanical Boy: Joey, Bruno Bettelheim, and the Empty Fortress of Humanism.” Article currently being drafted for submission to Configurations: A Journal of Literature, Science, and Technology.

Creatures of Artifice: Rodney Brooks and the Bioethics of Animated Machines. Book proposal currently being drafted for submission.

CONFERENCE PAPERS


“The Hen Electric and the Mechanical Boy.” 26th Annual Conference of the Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts: “Nonhuman.” Hilton, Milwaukee, WI. 28 September 2012.

“‘Only We Have Perished’: Karel Čapek’s R.U.R. and the Catastrophe of the Autos.”  Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Comparative Literature Association, “Collapse/ Catastrophe/ Change,” Brown University, Providence, RI, 30 March, 2012.

“Norbert and the Pussycats: Norbert Wiener’s Felines and the Pharmacologics of Cybernetic Organisms.”  Paper presented at the 25th Annual Conference of the Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts, “Pharmakon,” Delta Hotel, Kitchener, ON, 24 September 2011.

“Machina Speculorum: Electromechanical Tortoises, W. Grey Walter, and Reflections of (Non)human Life,” Annual Romance Studies Graduate Student Conference, “Machines and Machinations,” Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, 19 September 2009.

“Robotic Negotiations and the Liminal Politics of Technological Life,” Annual Intersections Conference, “Negotiating the Liminal,” Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada, 16 March 2008.

“‘It Was a Great Thing to Be a Man’: On Karel Čapek’s Robot Apocalypse,” York University English Graduate Students’ Association 2008 Colloquium, “Apocalypse,” York University, Toronto, Canada, 14 March 2008.

“The Anthropo-logics of the Almost-Living: Rodney Brooks and the Biopolitics of Domestic Robots,” Comparative Cultures and Literature Forum, “Logics of the Living,” Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, 13 October 2007.

“Strategic Animism and an Ethics of Radical Belonging,” Annual Intersections Conference, “What’s Right, Right Now?: The Ethics and Ethoi of Critical Thought and Practice in the 21st Century,” Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada, 24 March 2007.

“Rodney’s Universal Robots: Rodney Brooks and the Global Vision of Almost-Living Labour,” Inaugural Conference of the Human Condition Series, “Empire,” Georgian College, Barrie, Canada, 19 May 2007.

INVITED TALKS


Introduction to Cary Wolfe, “Biopolitical Thought and (Non)(Human) Animals.” Ryerson University, Toronto, ON. 20 April 2011.

Anima Machina: Rodney Brooks and the Bioethics of Animated Machines.” Invited lecture. Hot Topics in the Winter. Life Institute, G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education. Ryerson University, Toronto, ON. 10 February 2011.

“Exiled Bodies and Broken Machines: Reading Kafka’s Penal Colony.” Guest lecture. “The Language of Persuasion: Free Speech.” Dept. of English. Ryerson University, Toronto, ON. 10 March 2008.

“Violence and Masculinity.” Guest lecture. “Popular Culture.” Dept. of Sociology. Ryerson University, Toronto, ON. 19 March 2007.

AWARDS AND FELLOWSHIPS


A. External Awards

  • Nominated for the Governor General’s Gold Medal. Ryerson University, 2011.
  • Ontario Graduate Scholarship. Ministry of Ontario, Ryerson University, 2008-2009.
  • Ontario Graduate Scholarship. Ministry of Ontario, Ryerson University, 2007-2008.
  • Ontario Graduate Scholarship. Ministry of Ontario, Ryerson University, 2006-2007.
  • SSHRC Doctoral Fellowship. Government of Canada, 2002 (Declined).
  • Ontario Graduate Scholarship. Ministry of Ontario, McMaster University, 2001-2002.

B. Internal Awards

  • Doctoral Completion Award. Ryerson University, 2009-2010.
  • Rogers Doctoral Fellowship. Ryerson University 2005-2009.
  • Ryerson University Graduate Research Article Competition. First prize in the Humanities and Social Sciences competition, Ryerson University, 2008.
  • Dean’s Medal for Excellence in the Humanities. Outstanding academic achievement in the humanities, McMaster University, 2001.
  • Walter Scott McLay Scholarship. Highest cumulative average in an Honours program in English, McMaster University, 2001.
  • Daphne Etherington Graham Memorial Scholarship. Excellence in studies in English Literature, McMaster University, 2000.
  • Dr. Harry Lyman Hooker Scholarship. Overall academic excellence in an undergraduate program, McMaster University, 1998.

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT


Museum of Science and Technology, Ottawa, Canada

  • “Reading Artifacts”: Summer Institute in the Material Culture of Science.  Situating Science Cluster.  Summer, 2009.

Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada

  • “The International TA and the Multicultural Classroom.”  Learning and Teaching Office Workshop.  Winter 2010.
  • “Conflict in the Classroom.”  Learning and Teaching Office Workshop.  Autumn 2008.
  • “Effective Marking.”  Learning and Teaching Office Workshop.  Autumn 2008.
  • “Facilitating Discussion.”  Learning and Teaching Office Workshop.  Autumn 2008.

York University, Toronto, Canada

  • Research Methods Proseminar.  Winter 2007.
  • Course Audit: ENG 6523, “The Rhetoric of Science.”  Faculty of English.  Autumn 2006.
  • PhD Proseminar in Communications Research and Practice.  Autumn 2005.

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS


  • Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts
  • American Comparative Literature Association
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