Writing, Speaking, Teaching

Curriculum Vitae

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I write. I've always written.

These days, I write primarily about education technologies on my site Hack Education. My work has also appeared in The AtlanticO'Reilly RadarKQED's MindShiftInside Higher EdSchool Library JournalReadWriteWeb, EDUCAUSE Review, Campus TechnologyThe Huffington PostEdutopia, and elsewhere across the Web. I've been a blogger on-and-off for the past eight years, blending the personal, the political, and the professional as I've written about school, learning, life, and death. Before that, I wrote academic essays -- some published, some not. (Few read.) Before that, poetry.

I'm working on a book, Teaching Machines, that's due out in 2014.


Freelance writing isn't terribly lucrative. Go figure. So to pay the bills, I speak. My last five engagements have been at API Days, AMICAL, Open Education, K12 Online, and Columbia University. (My travel schedule is posted to the right.)

Once upon a time, you could hear me regularly on the podcast I recorded with Steve Hargadon. There, we discussed recent stories on Hack Education along with some of the major education news or the week. Hopefully, we can pick this back up again soon. 


I left the classroom circa 2007. I miss teaching. The closest thing I've done lately is work on an Ed-Tech Guide, and I keep threatening to turn this into a "course" and not just "course content." I've facilitated workshops for THATCamp Hybrid Pedagogy and P2PU on writing and publishing online, outside academia. So maybe... maybe... you can say I still teach writing.

As a graduate student at the University of Oregon, I taught classes in Folklore, Composition, English, Women's Studies, and Comparative Literature. Below are syllabi for a few of the courses I designed and taught, with links to PDFs and to GitHub repositories which you are free, of course, to download or fork.

  • Feminist Science Fiction:  Monsters, Cyborgs, and Women (GithubPDF)
  • Introduction to Comparative Literature:  Visual Cultures (GithubPDF)
  • Clowns and Tricksters (GithubPDF)
  • World Science Fiction (GithubPDF)
  • World of Film:  Gangsters in Popular Culture (GithubPDF)

updated December 2013