Welcome. I teach U.S. literature and digital humanities at the University of Arizona. My research examines the roles of science and technology in post-1945 U.S. culture.

2016-17 Talks and Travel

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The Manchurian Candidate, 1962

My first book, Human Programming: Brainwashing, Automatons, and American Unfreedom, was published by the University of Minnesota Press in August 2016. It examines how ideas about manipulating human behavior have circulated between scientific, literary, cinematic, and political culture in the U.S., from World War II to the War on Terror. More >>

My current book project explores how fiction, and especially contemporary U.S. fiction, thinks about how individuals act within social networks. Borrowing from social network analysis, sociology, and legal studies, the book what fictional thinking about social dynamics can tell us about topics including privacy, the spread of ideas, and creativity.More >>