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An essay that began as my M.Phil. thesis at Columbia, titled “Walter Benjamin and the Question of Print in Media History,” has been accepted for publication in the Journal of Communication Inquiry.

As a follow-up to my study of SecureDrop last year, I wrote an article for CJR assessing the use of digital whistleblowing tools during the early months of the Trump presidency.



“Guide to SecureDrop,” a report published by the Tow Center for Digital Journalism. Coverage of the report included Nieman Lab, PBS MediaShift, and the It’s All Journalism podcast.

“Teaching Data and Computational Journalism.” A report published by Columbia Journalism School and the Knight Foundation. We summarized our findings in a CJR article and it was covered by the Global Investigative Journalism Network and the Knight Foundation (who funded the study).



“A Brief Introduction to Impact: The Meme Font,” coauthored with Kate Brideau and published in the Journal of Visual Culture‘s special issue on memes (vol. 13 no. 3, pp. 307-313).

“Sensors and Sensibilia: A History,” in Sensor Journalism, edited by Fergus Pitt and published by the Tow Center. Coverage included PBS MediaShift and the Open Knowledge podcast.



Before going into academia, I worked as a journalist in Cairo and reviewed books for literary journals. Strangely, none of my clips from Egypt Today remain online. As for book reviews, one was a biography of the painter Gerhard Richter, another centered on John Cage’s theory of silence, and another offered an eccentric history of the vocoder.