Numbered Lives: Life and Death in Quantum Media

Numbered Lives came out with MIT University Press in 2019. Using a two part structure to historicize the counting of life and death in Britain and the United States, Numbered Lives is a much needed history of the role of colonial, corporate, and religious thinking in our modern quantified lives. Two major media, pedometers and mortality tables, are featured in this wide-ranging trans-Atlantic media history.

a prototype of memory weaving

I’ve been trying to articulate what I plan to work on in the next several years. This is a tentative effort to mark down whats been swirling and to think about the threads that tie a few seemingly disparate efforts together. All of this is subject to upheaval, reworking, revision, or dissolution. In general, I work on the media we use to count dead people, as well as the how, […]

Title Image for COVID Trace

The Trace Project is a collaborative, exploratory, creative data visualization/materialization project created by Nikki Stevens, Christiana Rose, and Jacque Wernimont. Jointly supported by Dartmouth’s Neukom Institute and the Digital Humanities and Social Engagement Cluster, Trace was initially conceived as an opportunity to understand more about three dimensional data representation. With the outbreak of the COVID pandemic, we’ve had to adjust our original work plan and have been working on developing […]

For UCSC’s Uses and Abuses of Data in Higher Ed Eugenia Zuroski on Where Do You Know From? (in convo with Katherine McKittrick and Minelle Mahtani) Dartmouth Provost’s report on faculty diversity 2017 On generalizability rather than universality, Max Liboiron Ronnie Casella in Wall, T. et al. “Schools Under Surveillance: Cultures of Control in Public Education.” (2009). Michel de Certeau Practices of the Everyday. University of California […]

many textiles hanging in an installation

I’m stealing a moment from my weekend to put up a few in progress images and a short intro to a collaborative project that I’m really excited about. Titled “Energy Pools,” this piece was first conceived in late 2019 with Nikki Stevens. Imagining and prototyping began in earnest in January of 2020 and included Dartmouth undergraduate Caroline Casey. Then, as with so much research and work in 2020…Covid-19 transformed everything. […]

[1]    Lazar Raković, et al “Spreadsheets: How It Started” Accessed: Aug. 15, 2020. [Online]. Available: [2]    M. Friendly, “A Brief History of Data Visualization,” in Handbook of Data Visualization, C. Chen, W. Härdle, and A. Unwin, Eds. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer, 2008, pp. 15–56. [3]    “A Brief History of Decision Support Systems.” (accessed Aug. 15, 2020). [4]    D. J. Power, “A History of Microcomputer Spreadsheets,” Communications of the Association […]

I study the way we count dead people. I also make art in order to help people experience mass casualty events differently. Usually this is about the past. For the last several years I’ve been interested in mourning braids, a tradition that has some roots in Victorian England, but also more contemporary examples like the stunning work of Nene Humphrey. I recognized last week, during our first week of “social […]

Regular readers will know that I tend to respond to exclusionary, “field-defining” statements with bibliographies designed to highlight the work of people who have long been working on a particular topic. Below is the working document pulled from the google doc where it was created. If you’d like to add to the bibliography, please feel free to do so. This #AngryBibl was initiated by me and Nikki Stevens and published […]

Dartmouth College invites applications for an open rank tenure-track position in Digital Humanities and Social Engagement (DHSE) and I’m super excited to welcome new colleagues to this amazing initiative.

Below you’ll find the recorded talk that I offered for my scheduled plenary at the 2019 Digital Humanities Summer Institute. Due to back injuries (discussed in the beginning of the talk), I was not able to present in person. Instead the DHSI team played this recorded talk. I virtually attended on twitter as well to make it possible to have some Q&A. I’ve included the text of the talk at […]

On Friday, July 6, I talked about my book at Nerd Night in Phoenix.