Last updated: June 19, 2016.
New York, NY 10027
|2011—||Columbia University, New York, US.
Ph.D. candidate in Communications (anticipated: September 2017).
Dissertation: “Conceptual Origins of Digital Cryptography.”
Advisor: Dr. Michael Schudson.
|2009-10||Northwestern University, Evanston, US.
M.S. in Journalism.
|2003-07||University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, US.
B.A. in Philosophy.
High Honors, Phi Beta Kappa.
|2017||“Walter Benjamin and the Question of Print in Media History.” Forthcoming in the Journal of Communication Inquiry. (Refereed Journal Article.) Link.|
|2016||Guide to SecureDrop: An Emerging Platform for Secure and Anonymous Communication in Newsrooms. New York: Tow Center for Digital Journalism. (Commissioned Research.) Link.|
|2016||Teaching Data and Computational Journalism. (co-written with Cheryl Phillips.) New York: Columbia Journalism School and the Knight Foundation. (Commissioned Research.) Link.|
|2014||“A Brief Introduction to Impact — The Meme Font.” (co-written with Kate Brideau) Journal of Visual Culture (13:3) December 2014. (Refereed Journal Article.) Link.|
|2014||“Sensors and Sensibilia: A Historical Survey.” in Sensor Journalism, edited by Fergus Pitt. New York: Tow Center for Digital Journalism. (Commissioned Research.) Link.|
|2017||“Collecting Randomness for the Vernam System: The Cryptographic Use of Noise at Bell Labs, 1917-1945.” Society for the History of Technology (SHOT).|
|2016||“Teaching Data and Computational Journalism: Lessons from a Nationwide Study of Journalism Education.” (with Cheryl Phillips) Association of Educators in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC).|
|2016||“On the Bubble: An Internet Scale Investigation into Location-Based Algorithmic Filtering of Political Content.” (with Rebecca Weiss) International Communication Association (ICA).|
|2015||“Understanding SecureDrop: Information Security and Emerging Journalistic Platforms.” Society for Social Studies of Science (4S).|
|2013||“The Quantitative Turn in the History of Technology.” (with Kevin Gotkin) Society for the History of Technology (SHOT).|
|2012||“The Techniques and Aesthetics of Phototypesetting.” Society for the History of Technology (SHOT).|
Invited Talks and Panels
|2016||“Data, Computation, and Journalism: Skills to Innovate in a Changing Media Landscape.” Colloquium lecture at the Hariri Institute for Computational Science & Engineering, Boston University.|
|2016||“Understanding SecureDrop.” Held at the Tow Center launch of the Guide to Securedrop report.|
|2014||“Mesh Nets, Journalism, and Hong Kong.” Part of the “Journalism After Snowden” event series at the Tow Center for Digital Journalism.|
|2012||“#Celebrity #Violence #Resistance: Media Analysis and Social Pedagogy.” Keynote panel (with Madiha Tahir, Jonah Bossewitch, and Travis Mushett) at the American University in Cairo symposium on Technology and Education.|
Journalism and Book Reviews
|2017||“Newsrooms are Making Leaking Easier—and More Secure Than Ever.” Columbia Journalism Review. March 1, 2017. Link|
|2016||“A crucial skill that most J-schools aren’t teaching.” Columbia Journalism Review. April 1, 2016. Link|
|2010||“Gerhard Richter: A Life in Painting.” by Dietmar Elger. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. Reviewed in TriQuarterly. Link|
|2010||“How to Wreck a Nice Beach: The Vocoder from World War II to Hip Hop.” by Dave Tompkins. New York: Melville House. Reviewed in TriQuarterly. Link.|
|2010||“No Such Thing as Silence: John Cage’s 4.33.” by Kyle Gann. New Haven: Yale University Press. Reviewed in TriQuarterly. Link|
|2010||“All Things Shining: Reading the Western Classics To Find Meaning in a Secular Age.” By Sean Kelly and Hubert Dreyfus. New York: Simon & Schuster. Reviewed in The Literary Review (Vol.54 Issue 3).|
|2010||“J.M Coetzee and Ethics.” edited by Anton Leister and Peter Singer. New York: Columbia University Press. Reviewed in The Literary Review (Vol.54 Issue 1).|
|2016||“Brown Institute Base Camp.” Workshop to help interdisciplinary teams of journalists and engineers develop media innovation projects.|
|2016||“Teaching Algorithmic Transparency.” AEJMC preconference workshop.|
|2016||“Sensors for Journalism.” Workshop on physical computing as a reporting method at Columbia Journalism School.|
|2014||“Encryption for Journalists.” Workshop on digital security for journalism students. Hosted at Pace University.|
|2014||Magic Grant ($120,000) from the Brown Institute for Media Innovation.
— Project: SearchLight, a tool for investigative journalists to report on algorithmic discrimination.
Fellowships and Honors
|2016-18||Fellowship, Brown Institute for Media Innovation.|
|2015||Research Fellowship, Tow Center for Digital Journalism.|
|2011-14||Doctoral Fellowship, Columbia University.|
|2007||Phi Beta Kappa, University of Michigan.|
|2004-07||James B. Angell Scholar, University of Michigan.|
|2014||Journalistic Algorithms. Dr. Chris Wiggins and Jonathan Soma.|
|2014||Foundations of Computing. Dr. Dennis Tenen and Jonathan Soma.|
|2014||Journalistic Computation. Dr. Mark Hansen.|
|2013||History of Journalism. Dr. Richard R. John and Dr. Andie Tucher.|
|2013||Journalism and the Law. John Zucker.|
|2012||Business of Journalism. Martin Nisenholtz and Adam Klein.|
|2014||Dr. Michael Schudson.
— Assisted with archival research for the book The Rise of the Right to Know, a history of the ideal of transparency in the US.
|2013||Dr. Matthew L. Jones.
— Assisted with a project studying the rise of mass surveillance and the field of data science.
|2012||Emily Bell, Dr. Chris Anderson, and Clay Shirky.
— Assisted with interviews for the report Post-Industrial Journalism: Adapting to the Present.
|2015-6||Curriculum Development, M.S. program in Computational Journalism, Columbia.
I planned the curriculum, designed the syllabi, and wrote the official proposal for a new, graduate-level program in emerging journalistic skills centered on computer programming.
|2014||System Administrator, Lede Program, Columbia.
Using AWS and SaltStack, I provisioned and maintained twenty virtual servers, one for each student in The Lede, an introductory postbaccalaureate program teaching data science and computational reporting methods.
|2012-3||Coordinator, Columbia Communications Colloquium.
Arranged visits from nineteen speakers over the course of three semesters covering a range of topics in the historical, sociological, and critical study of media and journalism.
|Markup||HTML, CSS, XML, Markdown, Pandoc, LaTeX.|
|Dev||Git, Docker, Vagrant.|
|SysAdmin||GNU/Linux, Mac/BSD Unix, LAMP stacks, Nginx, Ansible, SaltStack, Chef.|
|Database||SQL, Postgres, MongoDB.|
|CMS||WordPress, Omeka, Jekyll.|
|Hardware||Arduino, physical computing and sensors, electrical prototyping, modular synthesizers.|
|2010-11||Book Review Editor, TriQuarterly, Chicago, US.|
|2007-08||Assistant Editor, Egypt Today, Cairo, Egypt.|
- English (Native)
- German (Advanced Written, Basic Spoken)
Available on request.