Division of Media Arts + Practice

School of Cinematic Arts

University of Southern California

3470 McClintock Ave. SCI Building   Los Angeles, CA 90089-7727

PHD: English, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee August 2005.      

DISSERTATION:  WAYS OF COMPOSING: VISUAL LITERACY IN THE DIGITAL AGE.  A born-digital, media-rich dissertation, one of the first in the United States.


DIRECTOR, Honors in Multimedia Scholarship Program


University of Southern California. Los Angeles, CA USA

CO-CHAIR, Society for Cinema + Media Studies, Media Literacy + Outreach SIG, elected 3/11.

EDITORIAL BOARD, REFRAME: Research in Media, Film, and Music. (U of Sussex, UK)

EDITORIAL BOARD, Kairos: A Journal of Rhetoric, Technology & Pedagogy

EDITORIAL BOARD, Pre/Text A Journal of Rhetorical Theory

EDITORIAL BOARD, Journal of Interactive Technology and Pedagogy


From Marcy to Madison Square: The Rise of the Jay Z Brand, chapter in Star Power: The Impact of Branded Celebrity, Praeger Press. In press, forthcoming: September, 2014.

Web Three Point Oh: The Virtual is the Real, in High Wired Redux: Cybertext Yearbook, Research Centre for Contemporary Culture, University of Jyvkaisuja Press. October, 2013.

Global Health Education: A Pilot in Trans-disciplinary, Digital Instruction. Co-authored with Heather Wipfli and David Press, in Global Health Action. May, 2013.

Nomadic Archives: Remix and the Drift to Praxis, with Vicki Callahan in Digital Humanities Pedagogy: Practices, Principles and Politics, Open Book P.  Dec, 2012.

The Rhetoric of Remix, Transformative Works and Cultures, Vol 9, 2012.

MoMLA: From Panel to Gallery (a peer reviewed, media rich anthology). Co-edited with Victor Vitanza, and authored Metonymy, one of eight ‘chapters’. Kairos, Winter, 2013.  Jan 2013.

Embrace and Ambivalence, Academe Magazine of the American Association of University Professors. Jan/Feb 2013.

Large Scale Video Analytics: On-demand, iterative inquiry for moving image research. Lead author, with Ritu Aurora, Alan Craig, Kevin Franklin, Michael Simeone, Dave Bock, and Luigi Marini. Proceedings from the IEEE eScience conference. October, 2012. . Article No. 8 ACM New York, NY, USA ©2012

Multiple Concurrent Queries on Demand: Large Scale Video Analysis in a Flash Memory Environment as a Case for Humanities Supercomputing. Lead author, with Ritu Aurora, Alan Craig, Kevin Franklin, Michael Simeone, Dave Bock, and Luigi Marini. Proceedings from the inaugural Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment XSEDE conference, July, 2012. Article No. 29 ACM New York, NY, USA ©2012

Filmic Texts and the Rise of the Fifth Estate, International Journal of Learning and Media, Knowing and Doing, 2:1, February 2011.

The Rhetoric of Remix, Transformative Works and Cultures, Vol 9, 2012.

The Techno-Human Interaction, New Horizons column of EDUCAUSE Review. Volume 45, Number 6, November/December 2010.

The YouTube Gaze: Permission to Create? in Enculturation: A Journal of Rhetoric, Writing, and Culture. Special issue on Video and Participatory Culture, October 2010.

Speaking with Students: Profiles in Digital Pedagogy, with DJ Johnson and Dave Lopez. Kairos, 14.2, Spring 2010. Reprinted in The Best of Independent Journals, 2010, Parlor Press, 2011.

YouTube Yo’self or Let’s Chart a Path and Then Ignore It, PreText: A Journal of Rhetorical Theory, 19.1-4. 2009.

Performing Life: Whose Pictures are Worth One Thousand Words? in Enculturation, Journal of Rhetoric, Writing and Culture, Special issue on Image Events. 6.2. Spring, 2009.

From Gallery to Webtext: A Multimodal Anthology. Kairos 12.3. Spring 2008. Co-edited with Victor Vitanza. Author of The Components of Scholarly Multimedia, one ‘chapter’ of the anthology.

TK3: A Tool to (Re)Compose, Academic Commons, December, 2005.

Picturing Work: Visual Projects in the Writing Classroom, Kairos 9.2, Spring 2005. Republished in Academic Commons, June, 2005.


Filmic Texts, Future Texts: From Keywords to Keyframes. Clemson University, October, 2012.

Romancing the Binary: A Manifesto for Vision + Dreams. Plenary, Thought Leader session and award for Vinton Cerf’s Lifetime Achievement, New Media Consortium Annual Conference. June 2011.

Digital Pedagogy and the Rise of the Fifth Estate. Reinvention Center, November 2010.

Digital Pedagogy and Literacies of the Near Future. Keynote, HASTAC2010 Grand Innovations and Global Challenges, April 2010.

Brave New Educators, Panelist, Statewide California Electronic Library Consortium, May 2010.

The Work of Academia in the Age of Digital Re/Production. Keynote, Consortium of Liberal Arts Colleges, June 2009.

Confessions of a TechnoHumanist, HPC Horizons Inaugural Conference, March 13, 2008.

The Digital as Scholarship, Lunchtime Talk Series, UCLA Digital Humanities Center, November 7, 2007.

The Digital Portfolio Project: Cyberinfrastructure Institute, San Diego Supercomputing Center. July 2006.


PI, Large-Scale Interactive Media Analytics:  Advancing Scholarship in the Humanities and Social Sciences, USC Office of the Provost, April, 2012.

PI, Real Time Querying and Cultural Analysis of large Video Databases with Flash Memory, allotment from the national Science Foundation’s Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment, 2011-12.

Co-PI, Global Health Game Engine, funded by ABC News and the Gates Foundation, 2010-11.

USC Fund for Innovative Undergraduate Teaching. May, 2011-June, 2012.

USC Course Continuity in a Crisis, 2011-2012.

Humanistic Algorithms, Project Lead, NEH grant with the Institute for Computing in the Arts, Humanities and Social Science, 2010. PI: Kevin Franklin.

Mellon Foundation Grant for the development of a scholarly community to develop Sophie digital authoring platform, team member, 2010.

USC Provost’s Prize for Teaching with Technology, 2009.

USC Fund for Innovative Undergraduate Teaching, 2008- 2009.

Nominated for Outstanding Teaching and Mentoring Award, USC Parents Association, 2008.

Data Allocation on Tera-Grid for the Digital Portfolio Project. San Diego Supercomputing Center, 2007-08.

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Golda Meir Library Chancellor’s Scholars’ Award for Digital Scholarship, 2004-05

Writing Program Administration Team: Preparing Future Faculty competitive grant, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 2001-02.

The Digital Composition Classroom, Preparing Future Faculty competitive grant, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 2000-2001.

Fellowship: Graduate Student at Large, Illinois State University. Fall 1999 term.

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