Teaching Experience

Teaching Assistant, HIST 7219: Humanities Data Analysis, Northeastern University, Spring 2017

Instructor, English Department, Northeastern University, Summer 2016

Writing Consultant, The Writing Center, Northeastern University, Fall 2014 - Spring 2015

Visiting Professor, Language, Theater and Communication Arts, Eastern Nazarene College, 2011 - 2014

Advisor, The Veritas News student newspaper, Eastern Nazarene College, 2011 - 2014

Adjunct Professor, Business Writing, New England Coll. of Business, Spring 2011

Coordinator, Writing and Communications Center, Stevens Institute of Technology, 2009 – 2011

Adjunct Professor, English Department, New Jersey City University, 2009 – 2010

Adjunct Professor, English & Comm Departments, Gordon College, 2007 – 2008

Adjunct Professor, English Department, Endicott College, 2006

Graduate Assistant, English Department, University of Massachusetts, 2004 - 2005

Research Experience

Research Assistant, Viral Texts Project, Northeastern University, Fall 2015 - Present

Other Experience

Managing Editor, Digital Humanities Quarterly, Summer 2015 - Present

Editor, PatrolMag.com, 2009 – 2014

Staff Writer, The Jersey City Independent, 2009 – 2012

Freelance Writer, Various Publications, 2005 – Present


PhD, English, Northeastern University, A.B.D., anticipated Spring 2019

Master of Arts, English, University of Massachusetts, Boston, 2005

Bachelor of Arts, English Language and Literature, Gordon College, 2003

Fields of Study

Literary Journalism, Digital Humanities, media studies, nineteenth and twentieth century American non-fiction, American religion

Fellowships, Grants, and Awards

NULab Travel Grant, NULab for Texts, Maps, and Networks, Northeastern University, Fall 2016

NULab Travel Grant, NULab for Texts, Maps, and Networks, Northeastern University, Spring 2016

Keystone DH Student Bursary, University of Pittsburgh, Temple University, The Chemical Heritage Foundation, Penn State University, March 2016

Fellow, NULab for Texts, Maps, and Networks, Northeastern University, Fall 2015 - Present

ACH Bursary, The Association for Computers and the Humanities, Keystone DH Conference, University of Pennsylvania, July 2015

Selected Courses Taught

Humanities Data Analysis (TA), Northeastern University

Advanced Writing in the Disciplines, Northeastern University

Writing Across Mass Media, Eastern Nazarene College

Intro to Media Studies, Eastern Nazarene College

Feature Writing & Beat Reporting, Eastern Nazarene College

Editing & Publishing, Eastern Nazarene College

Writing for College, Eastern Nazarene College

Reading for College, Eastern Nazarene College

Business Writing & Communication, New England College of Business (online)

Writing & Communications Colloquium, Stevens Institute of Technology

English Composition I, NJCU

Writing & Rhetoric, Gordon College

Writing for the Media, Gordon College

Seminar in Academic Inquiry, Endicott College

Introduction to Western Literature (TA), UMass, Boston

Selected Scholarly Writing

Book Review: “Hillbilly Heaven, Hillbilly Hell: Pilgrim’s Wilderness: A True Story of Faith and Madness on the Alaska Frontier”, Literary Journalism Studies, Vol. 7. No. 1, Spring 2015

Chapter: “This Protestant World”, Wise Blood: A Reconsideration (Rodopi Press), July 2011

Article: “New Kenyan Writers: The Narratives of Binyavanga Wainaina and Yvonne Owuor”, December 2009 Journal of African Literature, No. 6, December 2009

Selected Public Writing

Feature: “Boston career changers can find plenty of helping hands”, The Boston Globe, April 2016

Blog Post: “Coming Out from the Cloister”, GradHacker - InsideHigherEd.com, June 2015

Blog Post: “Parenting in Public”, GradHacker - InsideHigherEd.com, April 2015

Op-Ed: “Dear Gordon College, You Do Not Speak For Me”, Cognoscenti - WBUR, July 2014

Book Review: Jeff Sharlet’s ‘Radiant Truths’: How Religion Shaped American Literary Journalism”, The Daily Beast, May 2014

Article: “Boston Marathon Bombings: Making Sense of the Social Media Blitz”, Time.com, April 2014

Article: “From Modesty to Maxim”, On Faith, February 2014

Op-Ed: “Lena Dunham is the New John Updike – But Not in a Good Way”, Cognoscenti - WBUR, January 2014

Op-Ed: “The Tolerance Paradox”, Cognoscenti - WBUR, September 2013

Feature: “On a Mission to Save Godless Massachusetts”, The Boston Globe, August 2013

Book: Not Your Mother’s Morals: How the New Sincerity is Changing Pop Culture for the Better, Bondfire Books, January 2013

Article: “How to Write a Book without Paper”, Time Magazine - Online, February 2013

Article: “Sincerity, Not Irony, is Our Age’s Ethos”, The Atlantic - Online, November 2012

Article: “How TV Killed the Republican Party’s Family Values”, The Daily Beast, November 2012

Article: “Caspian Make a Case for Post-Post Rock”, The Metro, September 2012

Op-Ed: “Can You Come to Jesus without Church”, The Wall Street Journal, January 2012

Op-Ed: “The Young and the Wasted”, The Washington Post On Faith, April 2011

Article: “Whose College?”, Killing the Buddha, January 2011

Book Review: “Books from Brian McLaren and others”, The Star-Ledger, September 2010

Article: “Chinese Christians: Leading the Way”, Huffington Post, August 2010

Article: “Evangelicals ‘Crossing the Tiber’ to Catholicism”, Religion Dispatches, July 2010

Op-Ed: “Winning Not Just Hearts, But Minds”, The Wall Street Journal, December 2009

Article: “Building a Peace Beyond Understanding”, Christianity Today, January 2009

Book Review: What is the What by Dave Eggars, Books and Culture, Spring 2007

Digital Initiatives and Projects

A ‘Stunning’ Love Letter to Viral Texts, Viral Texts Project, Fall 2015
Link: loveletter.viraltexts.org

3D Printed Pattern Poems, Spring 2015
Link: Re-Presenting Early Modern Pattern Poems as Material Objects

The InstaEssay Archive, Spring 2015 - Present
Link: The InstaEssay Archive

Scholarly Editing

Knowledge, Nature, Culture: An Introduction to the Humanities and Social Sciences, Contributing Editor, Stevens Institute of Technology, Spring 2011

Selected Presentations

Paper: “Vignettes: Micro-Fictions in the Nineteenth Century Newspaper” w/Ryan Cordell, 2016 ALA Symposium: The American Short Story: An Expansion of the Genre, Savannah, GA, October 2016

Paper: “What Made the Front Page in the 19th Century?: Computationally Classifying Genre in ‘Viral Texts’“, 2016 Keystone DH Conference, University of Pittsburgh, June 2016

Project Showcase: “The InstaEssay Archive”, 2015 Keystone DH Conference, University of Pennsylvania, July 2015

Poster: “In Search of Marvin Gardens”, Green City Spaces: Design + History + Literature, Northeastern University, April 2015

Paper: “Re-Presenting Early Modern Pattern Poems as Material Objects”, Making, Unmaking, and Remaking the Early Modern Era: 1500-1800, University of California, Santa Barbara, February 2015

Paper: “Creating Futures for a New Generation of African Writers”, NEMLA 40th Convention, Boston, March 2009

Paper: “Radical & Relevant: Searching for a Culturally Significant Christ”, Christ in Cultures Conference, Gordon College, September 2006

Invited Talks & Media Appearances

Know the News, Panel, Eastern Nazarene College, September 2016

Viral Texts: An Informal Talk & Discussion, Boston College, September 2016

On-air Commentary, “Dear Gordon College, You Do Not Speak For Me”, WBUR, July 2014

Featured Guest, “Millennial Irony”, HuffPo Live, January 2013

Lecturer/Panelist, The Future of Christianity Conference Quincy, MA, January 2013

Featured Guest, On Point with Tom Ashbrook, NPR/WBUR, December 2012

Panelist, Religion Newswriters Association Conference 2012 Washington, DC, October 2012

Featured Panelist, ABC News’ “Focus on Faith”, February 2011

Institutional Service

Panel Planning Committee Member, English Graduate Student Association Conference “The Imaginary”, Northeastern University, Spring 2016

Organizer The Northern Shores Writers Retreat, Eastern Nazarene College, January 2013

Technical Proficiencies

HTML, CSS, XML/TEI, R, Jekyll, WordPress, Omeka, Neatline, GIS, Gephi/Network Analysis


International Association for Literary Journalism Studies
Modern Language Association
Association for Computers and Humanities
Alliance of Digital Humanities Organizations
American Studies Association