University of Wisconsin
Department of Anthropology
1180 Observatory Drive
Madison, WI 53706


2012. Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley, Cultural Anthropology.

Dissertation: “The Open Book: Digital Form in the Making.” Advisers: Paul Rabinow, Charles Hirschkind, Cori Hayden, Catherine Gallagher (English), and Ramona Nadaff (Rhetoric).

1985. B.A. University of Virginia. Major: English and Classics.


“What Is an (Academic) Author?” in The Scholar as Writer: Writing Ethnography, Anthropology, and Beyond, ed. Carole McGranahan,   Durham NC: Duke University Press. Forthcoming 2018.

Out of Print: The Orphans of Mass Digitization,” Current Anthropology. Vol 58 (February 2017): S149-S159.

Unpacking Google’s Library Project, Limn Magazine, Issue Number 6: “The Total Archive,” March 2016.

“The Datafied Book and the Entanglements of Digitization,” Anthropology Today Vol. 30 No. 5, October 2014.

“Opening Up Copyright,” Guest Editorial (with Alexandra Lippman), Special Issue on “Alternative Copyright,” Anthropology Today Vol. 30 No. 5, October 2014.

Digital + Library: Mass Digitization as Collective Inquiry.” New York Law School Law Review Volume 55 (2010) 1: 221-49.

Is Literary Studies Becoming Unpublishable?” PMLA 116, 2 (2001): 394–96.

Book Reviews

Review of, Brad Stone, The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon. In Journal of Electronic Publishing, Spring 2014.

Professional Service

Peer Review:

MIT Press

Social Anthropology

Kroeber Anthropological Society Journal

Other (Current):

2016 —        Member, Press Editorial Committee, University of Wisconsin Press (3-year term)

2016 —        Member, Advisory Board, Libraria, Open Access Publishing Cooperative

2015 —        Publishing Consultant, Cultural Anthropology (academic journal)

Other (Past):

2014 – 17     Member, Advisory Board, Project Muse (digital publishing platform of Johns Hopkins University Press)

2011 – 12     Member, University of California Systemwide Academic Senate Committee on Library and Scholarly Communication (UCOLASC)

2010 – 11      Member, UC-Berkeley Academic Senate Library Committee

2010 – 11      Delegate, Graduate Assembly, UC Berkeley

2010            Juror, Cultural Horizons prize for best article appearing that year in Cultural Anthropology

2008-2014   Associate Editor, Anthropology Now

2007-09       Board Member, Society for Cultural Anthropology, American Anthropological Association

2007-09       Member, American Anthropological Association Graduate Student Assembly

2007-08       Participant, SSRC/Mellon-CUP Book Fellowship Workshop, New York

Honors and Awards

2012-14           Andrew H. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship, University of Wisconsin

2011-12           ACLS/Mellon Dissertation Completion Fellowship

2011-12           Mabelle McLeod Lewis Memorial Fund Grant (declined)

2010-11           UC Berkeley Townsend Center Dissertation Fellowship

2010-11           University of California Humanities Network Society of Fellows

2010                UC Berkeley Dean’s Normative Time Fellowship

2009-10           NSF Dissertation Improvement Grant, SBE/STS Division

2006-09           NSF Graduate Research Fellowship



ANTHRO 690: Anthropology of Media and Digital Culture. Fall 2014. A mixed level graduate-undergraduate seminar on digital media, media change, and social media in comparative perspective.

ANTHRO 490: Anthropology of Media. Spring 2014. Anthro 490 is a capstone seminar for graduating anthropology majors.

ANTHRO 490: Anthropology of Science and Technology. Fall 2013.

ANTHRO 490: Anthropology of Media. Spring 2013.

ANTHRO 490: The Gift: From Potlatch to Occupy Wall Street. Fall 2012.


ANTHRO R5B: The Gift: From Potlatch to Burning Man. Summer 2012.

ANTHRO R5B. Anthropology of (New) Media. Spring 2010.

Conference / Paper Presentations

2015          “Slack in the System: Orphan Works, Mass Digitization, and the Ethics of Circulation,” Ethics of  Circulation workshop, RMIT Europe/AHRC, Barcelona, June 19.

2015           “Orphan Works, Mass Digitization, and the Ethics of Recirculation,” Art of the Archive Workshop, UC Davis, Innovating Scholarly Communication project, May 21.

2015           “Books as Orphans: Mass Digitization and the Proprieties of the Digital Library,”  Wenner Gren Symposium: New Media, New Publics?, Sintra, Portugal. March.

2014            “The Datafied Book,” Department of Anthropology, Dept Colloquium, Rice University, April.

2014            “The Book and the Machine,” Holtz Center for Science and Technology Studies, University of Wisconsin, Madison, March 13.

2014            “Reflections on the Future of the Book,” Center for the Humanities, University of Wisconsin, Madison, February 21.

2013            “Data Has No Author,” American Anthropological Association, Nov 23

2013            “Keyword: Access,” The Dark Side of the Digital, Center for 21st Century Studies, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, May 3.

2013            “A Pre-digital History of Mass Digitization: Microphotography,” Center for the History of Print and Digital Culture, School for Information and Library Science, University of Wisconsin, Madison, April 22

2011            “Codex in Crisis,” American Anthropological Association, Montreal, Canada. November

2011            “’Access’ and the Digital Library.” UC Berkeley Center for Science, Technology, Medicine and Society, October

2011            “Books as Data: The Two Cultures of the Digitized Book,” Society for the History of Authorship, Reading, and Publishing, Washington, DC, July

2011            “It’s All About Access: Converging and Conflicting Discourses around Digital Books,” Society for Disability Studies, San Jose, CA, June

2011            “What Is a Reader?” Teagle Foundation Seminar, Berkeley, CA, June. Conveners: Catherine Gallagher and Jennifer Summit

2009            “Anthropology and Its Publics,” American Anthropological Association, Philadelphia, PA. December

2009            “A Plea for Reading.” D Is for Digitize. New York Law School. New York, NY. Oct

2009            “Mass Digitization and the Problematization of the Book.” Society for the History of Authorship, Reading, and Publishing. Toronto, June 2009

2008            “Mass Digitization as Event.” American Anthropological Association. San Francisco, Nov

2004            “Spanish-Language Publishing: Considering the Emergence of a Spanish-Language Public Sphere,” Puerto Rican Studies Association, October

2003            “The Crisis in Scholarly Publishing: Advice to Scholars,” Stanford Society of Fellows, May

2003            “The Crisis in Scholarly Publishing,” Modern Language Association, December

2002            “The Future of the Book,” American Anthropological Association, November

Conference Organization

2013            Chair and Co-Organizer, “Is Open IP Possible?: Alternative Copyright Practices on the Ground.” American Anthropological Association. Nov 23.

2012            Chair and Co-Organizer, “Onward: In Honor of Paul Rabinow.” American Anthropological Association, San Francisco, CA. November.

2011            Co-Organizer and Co-Chair (with Janet Roitman), Invited Session (AES/SCA), “The Stakes of Crisis,” American Anthropological Association, Montreal Canada. November.

2009            Organizer and Chair, “Culture-at-Large: Michael Warner,” American Anthropological Association, Philadelphia, PA. December 6.

Relevant Certification

2013       Harvard Law School, Certificate of Successful Course Completion. Course: Copyright. Instructor: William Fisher, III (Spring)


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