• Core Member (remote), Critical Design Lab
    Vanderbilt University, 2018-2022
  • Lecturer
    Design Innovation & Society, Science & Technology Studies, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 2019-2022
  • Faculty &  Recruitment and admissions
    Design Cultures & Creativity Living Learning Honors Program, University of Maryland, 2019
  • Fellow, Building Healthcare Collectives
    Michigan State University & Ohio State University 2019-2020
    Community-engaged, actionable, and equitable health services research that will improve healthcare outcomes for vulnerable communities.
  • Postdoctoral Associate Director
    Design Cultures & Creativity Living Learning Honors Program, University of Maryland, 2017-2018
  • Graduate Assistant, Research & Teaching
    Design Cultures and Creativity Living Learning Honors Program, University of Maryland, 2010-2015
  • Technology Fellow 2004-2006
    Department of Film and Media, Hunter College, 2004-2006


  • Ph.D.
    American Studies, University of Maryland, College Park, 2016
  • Master of Fine Arts
    Integrated Media Arts, Hunter College, New York, NY, 2007
  • Bachelor of Arts
    Radio, Television + Film, University of Maryland, College Park, 1994


Journal Articles

  • Figuring disasters, an experiment on thinking disruptions as methods
    Co-authors: Tironi, Bacigalupe, Knowles, et al.
    Resilience: International Policies, Practices and Discourses (accepted).

Book Chapters

  • Queer Bioethics for Everyday Medical Technologies
    Teaching Health Humanities, ed. Olivia Banner, Nathan Carlin, and Thomas Cole.
    Oxford University Press. (January, 2019).
  • Feminist Worlding: Media Ecologies Learning, co-authored with Katie King
    Feminist Cyberspaces, ed. Sharon Collingwood, Alvina E. Quintana, Caroline J. Smith.
    Cambridge Scholars Publishing. 2012.

Public Humanities

  • #transform (the underlying systems of digital) health
    “Field Guide Survey: Can Digital Humanities change the way we study health and practice medicine?”
    Media Commons, January 20, 2018. Online.
  • Questioning the Question
    “Field Guide Survey: What is the role of the digital humanities in transforming & responding to the arts?”
    Media Commons, March 27, 2017. Online.


  • USA Artist Fellow in Media, 2022
    $50,000 unrestricted award
  • Graduate Assistantship, 2010-2015
    Digital Cultures & Creativity, University of Maryland
  • FIA-Deutsch Fellow, 2013
    $25,000 Seed Grant for storytelling App “Approach”
    Future of Information Alliance & Deutsch Foundation
  • Award for Excellence, 2012
    Office of Undergraduate Studies, University of Maryland
  • HASTAC Scholar, 2010-2013
    Humanities, Arts, Science, and Technology Collaboratory
  • Distinguished Teaching Assistant Award, 2010-2011
    The Center for Teaching Excellence, University of Maryland
  • Kress – Mellon Fellowship, 2010
    THATCamp Virginia, University of Virginia
  • Graduate Assistantship, 2009-2010
    Department of Israel Studies
  • Artist Residency, 2006
    Wonder Women, Gaia Studio, Hoboken, NJ
  • Rose Biller Scholarship, 2005
    UJA-Federation, New York, NY
  • Technology Fellowship, 2004-2006
    Department of Film and Media, Hunter College


  • Subjects & Objects Grant, 2014-2015
    Center for Literary & Comparative Studies, University of Maryland
  • Goldhaber Grant, 2014
    Graduate School, University of Maryland
  • Travel Grant, 2014
    Arts & Humanities, University of Maryland
  • Matching Travel Grant, 2014
    American Studies, University of Maryland
  • Faculty-Staff Research Grant, 2012-2013
    Digital Cultures & Creativity
  • Study Abroad Course-Development Grant, 2012
    For honors college course in Kenya: Challenging Globalism: Mobile technologies for social responsibility
    Education Abroad, University of Maryland


  • Designing Crip Feminist Futures, 2020 (Canceled due to Covid)
    International Health Humanities Consortium, Nashville TN
  • When Health is not Enough: queer bioethics and quantified bodies, 2017
    6th International Health Humanities Consortium, Dallas TX
  • Pollution, Collaboration & Queer-Feminist Knowledge-Making, 2014
    American Studies Association Conference, Los Angeles, CA
  • LUNGS, Hot-Spots, & Queer-Feminist Knowledge Making, 2014
    Cultural Studies Association Conference, Salt Lake City, UT
  • myWaldo: wearable technology for quantifying and modifying generalized muscle weakness, 2014
    Biological Rhythms & Technology Workshop,
    ACM CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, Toronto, Canada
  • Digital Humanities: Egalitarian or the New Elite? 2013
    International Digital Humanities Conference, Lincoln, NE
  • Designing Queer Families: normative values in sperm bank website design, 2013
    Cultural Studies Association, Chicago, IL
  • Chronically Queer: the oddities of rare disease (non) diagnosis, 2013
    Debilitating Queerness, the Sixth Annual DC Queer Studies Symposium
  • Queer Ghosts in the Machine: the mechanics of networked anonymity in the Tor Project, 2012
    Theorizing the Web, University of Maryland
  • Walking the line: the multiple conflicting roles of graduate student activists, 2011
    DC Metro Area GLBT Studies Symposium, Washington, DC
  • Queer Profiles: embodying (computer) code, 2011
    Theorizing the Web, University of Maryland
  • the_ego_page: queerly reading (computer) code, 2011
    DC Queer Studies Symposium, University of Maryland


  • myWaldo, 2014-2015
    Low-cost wearable prototype for people with neuromuscular diseases
    Currently available wearable technologies using EMG are aimed at healthy, active users trying to quantify their own activities for optimal fitness. By creating low-cost options for people with Myasthenia Gravis, individuals can first have more control over their energy expenditure and conservation as well as muscle use for daily activity, second can use long-term data to help them become stronger over time, and third can monitor progression/regression of their symptoms over time.
  • LUNGS, 2013-2014
    Low-cost remote deployable pollution sensor kits
    A collaborative research project with Design, Cultures, & Creativity students that critiques outdoor air pollution policies, first by interrogating how pollution data is collected and analyzed, then by incorporating geo-spatial histories of discrimination, and finally, by creating a prototype for a low-cost, open access sensor kit to enable more informed decision-making by communities in relationship to local, real-time pollution and health.
  • Approach, 2013
    Locative storytelling app that pivots to those on the margins
    $25,000 Future of Information Alliance Grant Winner
    with Jason Farman, Dan Greene, Paul Saiedi, Jessica Kenyatta Walker
    Approach is a locative storytelling app that pivots to those on the margins. The Approach app guides people around campus using curated audio narratives gathered from oral histories of those who are generally absent from the normative archives. Our first pathways included a student navigating our inaccessible campus in a wheelchair, a Muslim student’s relationship to prayer and her mobile phone, and the campus’s unspoken history with slavery.


  • J-4000 (bio-art / video installation)
    Macricrocosm, 2014, Area 405 Gallery, Baltimore, MD
  • Thrift Store Barbie (photo prints, video)
    Trash, Toxicity, Transmission, Cultural Studies Association Conference, University of Utah, 2013
  • Anatomical Barbie (soft materials / textiles installation)
    The Colcha Project Exhibition, The Walsh Gallery, Seton Hall University, 2012
  • Massively Multiplayer Soba (urban street game)
    Conflux Festival, as part of Tiltfactor Lab, New York, NY 2008
  • There Was Only One Place To Go (invisible performance)
    ThirstNY, Galapagos Art Space, Brooklyn, NY, 2008
  • Ritual Effects (video art & performance)
    MFA Exhibition, Chelsea Gallery Space, New York, NY, 2007
  • Niddah [ritual purity] (video art & performance)
    Electronic Social Club, New York, NY, 2007
  • W[OE]MAN (sculpture)
    Wonder Women, A Group Art Project, Gaia Studio, Jersey City, NJ, 2006
  • Urban Algorithms (urban street game)
    Midtown and Washington Square Park, New York, NY, 2006
  • GenderF**k (street performance)
    Hellʼs Kitchen, New York, NY, 2006
  • GluttoNY (screen-based game)
    MAF05 Festival, Parts I & II, Bangkok, Thailand, 2005+ 2006
    File Festival, Sao Paulo, Brazil, 2005
    Media Ballistics, New York, NY, 2005
    Third Place Gallery, Online, 2005
  • the covert lives of boxes, bags and handbags (video)
    Media Ballistics, New York, NY, 2005
    Luksuz Festival, Krško, Slovenia, 2005
    Overlook Park Shorts, Cleveland, OH, 2004
  • Whales and Serpents (16 channel sound installation & performance)
    Terra Acoustica, American Society of Acoustic Ecology, New York, NY, 2004
  • Speculating the Nanotech Home of the Future (conceptual projection)
    Horizon Zero Issue 14: dream, Banff New Media Institute, 2004


  • Leader
    Embodying Sound: Performances of Queer and Raced Expectations, 2014
    Sound+ Center for Literary and Comparative Studies, University of Maryland
  • Think Design Play Workshop ThatCamp Games, 2013
    Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities, Case Western Reserve University
  • Feminist Media Activisms Workshop, 2011
    Theorizing the Web, University of Maryland
  • Participant
    Building Healthcare Collectives Symposium, 2019
    Michigan State University
  • Figuring Disasters: Methodological speculations in exorbitant worlds, 2018
    CIGIDEN Research Center for Integrated Disaster Risk Management & Pontifical Catholic University of Chile, Valparaíso, Chile
  • Decolonizing Mars: Inclusion and Equity in Space Exploration, 2018
    John W. Kluge Center, Library of Congress, Washington, DC
  • Oral History Workshop: History of Science, Medicine, and Technology, Research and Methodology, 2017
    The Center for Oral History, Science History Institute
  • Values in Design Graduate Workshop, 2012
    University of California, Irvine, CA
  • Critical Code Studies Working Group, 2012


  • Designing Justice in the Anthropocene, 2019
    Distinguished Guest, Critical Media Studies
    The School of Arts, Technology, and Emerging Communications (ATEC)
    The University of Texas at Dallas
  • Alternatives to the apocalypse: the queer sick body + communities of care, 2015
    #TransformDH Conference, College Park, MD
  • Practicing Openness: an interview, 2013
    The practices of openness in the Digital Humanities, Digital Dialogue Podcast #62
  • Feminist Digital Pedagogies Panel, 2013
    Women’s Studies Colloquium, Women’s Studies, University of Maryland
  • Creative Misuse Lecture & Code Dance Competition, 2013
    Honors College, University of Maryland
  • Post-Performance Scholar Panel: Dead Man’s Cell Phone, 2013
    Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, University of Maryland
  • Feminist Gaming Panel, 2013
    Women’s Studies Teaching Practicum, Women’s Studies, University of Maryland
  • Creating Digital Labs Panel, 2013
    Digital Studies Colloquium, English, University of Maryland
    Studio Arts, Technologies & Humanities Research Panel, 2012
  • Information Access in the Humanities, iSchool, University of Maryland
    Ritual Effects Lecture, 2007
    Mx3, New York, NY


Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Fall 2023;

  • on leave

Spring 2022:

  • Design, Culture, & Society
  • Design & Innovation Studio C

Fall 2021:

  • Design & Innovation Studio B:
Choose your own adventure edition
  • Senior Projects (capstone & thesis)
  • Research Design

Spring 2021:

  • on leave

Fall 2020

  • Designing Climate Justice
  • Design & Innovation Studio B:
Finding Home
  • Senior Projects (capstone & thesis)

Spring 2020

  • Politics of Design
  • Designing Climate Justice
  • Design & Innovation Studio C: Product Design in/for the Anthropocene
  • Queer & Accessible Design for Activisms (independent studio)

Fall 2019

  • Technologies of the Body
  • Designing Climate Justice
  • Design & Innovation Studio B: Speculative Design, Justice, & the City

University of Maryland, College Park
Honors College, Design Cultures & Creativity

  • Instructor of record, Spring 2015, 2018, 2019
    Practicum in Design Cultures & Creativity
    Spring 2018 Co-taught with Krista Caballero, Art
  • Instructor of record, Spring 2018
    Transhuman Worlding: How to Abandon the Earth & Change the World
  • Instructor of record, Spring 2018
    Art Networks & Media Ecologies: Monsters & Ghosts of the Anthropocene
    Co-taught with Krista Caballero, Art
  • Instructor of record, Fall 2017
    Fleshy Futures: Technologies and the Body
  • Instructor of record, Fall 2017
    Designing the Post Apocalypse
  • Instructor of record, Fall 2014
    Perspectives on Design Cultures & Creativity
    Co-taught with Krista Caballero, Art
  • Instructor, as Graduate Assistant (25%), Spring 2011, Spring 2013
    Intro to Digital Cultures & Creativity II
    Co-taught with Tanya Clement, English; Nelson Padua, Computer Science; Krista Caballero, Art;
    Jason Farman, American Studies; Leah Flake, Engineering.
  • Instructor, as Graduate Assistant (25%), Fall 2011
    Intro to Digital Cultures & Creativity I
    Co-taught with Krista Caballero, Art; Evan Golub, Computer Science; Leah Flake, Engineering.

University of Maryland, College Park

  • LGBT Studies, Women’s Studies
    Instructor of record, Spring 2012
    Digital Queers: Public Space, Art + Performance in the Digital Age
    Department of LGBT Studies
  • Instructor, as Fellowship (50%), Spring 2011
    Feminist Social Media Activisms
    Co-taught with Katie King, Department of Women’s Studies

Humanities Intensive Learning + Teaching (HILT)

  • Instructor of record, Summer 2014
    Refracting Digital Humanities: Critical Race, Gender, & Queer Theories as (Digital Humanities) Methods
    Trained humanities faculty from multiple universities in digital social justice and emerging media.

Hunter College
Department of Film + Media

  • Instructor of record, Spring 2009
    Women and the Media
  • Instructor of record, Fall 2008
    Web Programming
  • Instructor of record, Spring 2004, Spring 2005
    Introduction to Digital Media
  • Teaching Assistant, Spring 2005
    Tools and Techniques (graduate course)

Rutgers University, Newark:
Department of Visual + Performing Arts

  • Instructor of record, Fall 2008
    Television & Society

Design Cultures & Creativity, 201-2015; 2017-2018, Graduate Assistant & Postdoctoral Associate Director
Co-designed and developed entire DCC program, including course requirements, individual course goals, and 2 year certificate plan; Taught, mentored, and advised students for 5 years; Created, designed, and ran undergraduate collaborative research working groups to encourage undergraduates to ask large research questions and explore them with a shared set of expectations. Designed 4 new courses including syllabus, lesson planning, lecturing and discussions; Developed multimedia resources, answered questions, developed and assessed student work, evaluated student progress, advised students for capstone projects; Taught cooperative teamwork, brainstorming, and critical thinking skills.

Design Cultures & Creativity, Postdoctoral Associate Director, 2017-2018
Planned and coordinated annual undergraduate keystone research symposium and other DCC events throughout the academic year; Processed basic financial paperwork, including reimbursement and procurement; Supervised and provided advising support for program interns and graduate assistants.

Annual Recruitment:
Coordinated and implemented programming at all stages of annual recruitment cycle, including open houses, information sessions, serving as primary contact person for all prospective students and their families; Played a primary role in the selection of students for the incoming class.

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute 2019-2022
Advisor for Design Innovation and Society majors and dual majors

Design Cultures & Creativity, 2010-2015, 2017-2018
Met with DCC students for capstone research planning (50-60 students per year); capstone brainstorming & research, scheduling and strategies for success; brainstorming ideas for outside projects. Open office and studio hours; Providing support and resources for LGBTQ students, students of color, and women in STEM.

Reviewing & Moderating Activities
Peer Reviewer: long papers, short papers, posters
Digital Humanities Conference, 2020

Juror: MFA Thesis Projects
The School of Arts, Technology, and Emerging Communication
The University of Texas at Dallas, 2019

Peer Reviewer
American Quarterly journal 2017

Peer Reviewer: long papers, short papers, posters
Digital Humanities Conference 2017

Peer Reviewer: digital projects
Feminist Media Histories journal 2016

Submission Reviewer
Powerlines Journal, 2015

Session Moderator
Management of Desire/Bodies
The DC Queer Studies Symposium, University of Maryland, 2014

Committee Service
Committee Member, LGBTQ Task Force
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 2019-present

Committee Member, Undergraduate Curriculum, STS
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 2019-present

Member, Advisory Board, Design for America, RPI
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 2019-present

Committee Member, President’s Commission on LGBT Issues
University of Maryland, 2011-2015

Committee Member, President’s Task Force on Excellence in Arts & Design
University of Maryland, 2013-2014

Member, Rainbow Terrapin Network
University of Maryland, 2010- 2015

Founding Director, Digital Cultures High School Mentorship Program
University of Maryland, 2010- 2015

Founding Member, Queer Grads
University of Maryland, 2010- 2012

Committee Member, Departmental Self-Study
Department of Film & Media, Hunter College, 2006