James J. Brown, Jr.

Curriculum Vita

Mail:

Fine Arts Building, Room 213

314 Linden Street

Camden, New Jersey, 08102

Website: http://www.jamesjbrownjr.net 

Email:    jim[dot]brown[at]rutgers[dot]edu

Education

University of Texas at Austin 

Ph.D. English, concentration in Digital Literacies and Literatures (2009)

Carnegie Mellon University 

M.A. Literary and Cultural Studies (2004)

Ohio University 

B.S. Communications (2000)

Academic Appointments

Director. Digital Studies Center. Rutgers University-Camden. (2014-present)

Assistant Professor of English. Rutgers University-Camden. (2017-present)

Assistant Professor of English. Rutgers University-Camden. (2014-2017)

Assistant Professor of English. University of Wisconsin-Madison (2011-2014)

Assistant Professor of English. Wayne State University (2009-2011)

Assistant Instructor. University of Texas at Austin (2004-2009)

Publications

Book

Ethical Programs: Hospitality and the Rhetorics of Software. University of Michigan Press, Digital Humanities Series. (2015)

Articles

“The Digital.” Rhetoric Society Quarterly (2018). (forthcoming)

“The Machine That Therefore I Am.” Philosophy & Rhetoric 47.4 (2014): 494-514.

Limbo and the Edge of the Literary.” Formules 18 (2014): 205-222.

Composing the Carpenter's Workshop. Co-authored with Nathaniel Rivers. O-Zone: A

Journal of Object-Oriented Studies. 1 (2013). 

http://o-zone-journal.org/            [PDF]

“From Activism to Occupation.” Current in Electronic Literacy (2013).

http://currents.cwrl.utexas.edu/2013/from-activism-to-occupation 

Louie C.K.’s ‘Weird Ethic’: Kairos and Rhetoric in the Network. Present Tense. 3.1 (2012)

http://www.presenttensejournal.org/volume-3/louie-c-k-s-weird-ethic-kairos-and-rhetoric-in-the-network/ 

Interfaces and Infrastructures: Examining New Media Objects in the English Studies

Classroom. Pedagogy. Co-authored with Andy Engel, Whitney Hardin, Donora Hillard, Jason Kahler, Michael McGinnis, Derek Risse, and Conor Shaw-Draves 12.3 (2012): 521-540.

Composition in the Dromosphere. Computers and Composition 29.1 (2012): 79-91.

Essjay's Ethos: Rethinking Textual Origins and Intellectual Property. College Composition and Communication 61.1 (2009): 212-231.

From Friday to Sunday: The Hacker Ethic and Shifting Notions of Labour, Leisure and Intellectual Property. Leisure Studies 27.4 (2008): 395-409.

Evil Bert Laden: ViRaL Texts, Collision, and Community. Fast Capitalism 4.1 (2008).

http://www.uta.edu/huma/agger/fastcapitalism/4_1/brown.html 

(Re)Make it New. Currents in Electronic Literacy. Spring 2008.

http://currents.cwrl.utexas.edu/Spring08/Brown 

Book Chapters

“For Public Distribution.” Co-authored with Dale Smith. Circulation Studies, eds. Laurie Gries and Collin Brooke. Utah State University Press, 2018. (forthcoming)

“Complicit Interfaces.” Precarious Rhetorics. Co-authored with Rebecca Tarsa. Eds. Wendy Hesford, Adela Licona, and Christa Teston. Ohio State University Press, 2018. (forthcoming)

“When You’re Pretty.” Lone Star Rhetorics. Eds. Casey Boyle and Jenny Rice. Southern Illinois University Press, 2018. (forthcoming)

“Reading in Slow Motion: Thinking With the Network.” Co-authored with Jillian Sayre. Networked Humanities, Eds. Jeff Rice and Brian McNely. Parlor Press, 2018. (forthcoming)

“Louie C.K.’s ‘Weird Ethic’: Kairos and Rhetoric in the Network.” Standing Up, Speaking Out: Stand-Up Comedy and the Rhetoric of Social Change​.” Eds. Matthew R. Meier & Casey R. Schmitt. Routledge, 2016. 213-222

“Encomium of Qwerty.” Co-authored with Nathaniel Rivers. Rhetoric, Through Everyday Things. Eds. Casey Boyle and Scot Barnett. University of Alabama Press, 2016: 212-225.

“Procedural Rhetoric, Proairesis, Game Design, and the Revaluing of Invention.” Co-authored with Eric Alexander. Play/Write: Games, Writing, and Digital Rhetoric. Eds. Douglas Eyman and Andréa D. Davis Parlor Press, 2016: 270-287

“Symmetry.” Co-authored with Jenell Johnson. Thinking With Bruno Latour in Rhetoric and Composition. Eds. Paul Lynch and Nathaniel Rivers. Southern Illinois University Press, 2015. 310-329.

“Writing with Machines: Data and Process in Taroko Gorge.” Creative Writing in the Digital Age. Eds. Michael Dean Clark, Trent Hergenrader, and Joseph Rein. Bloomsbury, 2015. 129-140.

“Crossing State Lines: Rhetoric and Software Studies.” Rhetoric and the Digital Humanities. Eds. Jim Ridolfo and Bill Hart-Davidson. University of Chicago Press, 2015. 20-32.

Edit This Page: Wikipedia and the Responsibilities of Digital Rhetorics. The Responsibilities of Rhetoric. Eds. Barbara Warnick and Michelle Smith. Long Grove, Ill.: Waveland Press, 2009. 151-158.

        

Speech Hacks. The Computer Culture Reader. Eds. Judd Ruggill, Joseph Chaney, & Ken McAllister. Newcastle, UK.: Cambridge Scholars Press, 2008. 44-60.

Multimedia

Paul Cret and the Decorum of Objects. O-Zone: A Journal of Object-Oriented Studies. [Video]

http://o-zone-journal.org/oo-frequency/2012/11/27/paul-cret-and-the-decorum-of-objects-by-jim-brown 

“The Year of Computational Thinking.” Computers and Composition Online. Article cluster: “Hacking the Classroom: Eight Perspectives.” (Spring 2014)

http://www2.bgsu.edu/departments/english/cconline/hacking/ 

Editing

Special Issue of Computational Culture on “Rhetoric and Computation.” Co-edited with Annette Vee. (2015)

Master Hands: A Video Mashup Roundtable.” Co-edited with Richard Marback. Enculturation 11 (2011).  http://www.enculturation.net/11  

Reviews

Review of David Rieder’s Suasive Iterations. Hyerrhiz. (forthcoming)

Open Process Software. Review of Expressive Processing: Digital Fictions, Computer Games, and Software Studies, by Noah Wardrip-Fruin. Criticism 53.3 (2011): 481-487.

Review of Acts of Enjoyment: Rhetoric, Žižek, and the Return of the Subject, by Thomas Rickert. Co-authored with Joshua Gunn. Philosophy & Rhetoric. 42.2 (2009): 183-190.

Review of Color Monitors: The Black Face of Technology in America by Martin Kevorkian. E3W Review of Books. Spring 2007.

Conference Proceedings

“Composition and Computation: Integrated Learning via Video Games. Co-authored with Becca Tarsa, Andrea Arpaci-Dusseau, Deidre StufferGames, Learning, and Society (2013).

“Game Design and Computer Programming in the General Education Classroom.” Co-authored with Eric Alexander. Games Learning & Society 8.0 Conference Proceedings (2012): 515-516.

http://www.etc.cmu.edu/etcpress/content/gls-80-conference-proceedings 

Interviews

After Community: An Interview with D. Diane Davis. Enculturation 9 (2010)

http://enculturation.net/after-community 

"The Literary and the Computational: An Interview with Nick Montfort." Journal of Electronic Publishing 

http://quod.lib.umich.edu/cgi/t/text/text-idx?c=jep;view=text;rgn=main;idno=3336451.0014.206  

Invited Lectures

“Digital Rhetoric Behind and Beyond the Screen.” Seminar co-coordinated with Steph Ceraso and Casey Boyle. Rhetoric Society of America Summer Institute 2017. Bloomington, IN. May 2017.

“Programming Constraints.” DWRL Alumni Network. Austin, TX. March 2017.

“Rhetoric’s Algorithms.” Workshop co-coordinated with Annette Vee. Rhetoric Society of America Summer Institute 2015. Madison, WI. June 2015.

“Crossing State Lines: DH and Comp/Rhet.” CUNY Mina Shaughnessy Speaker Series, with Matthew K. Gold. New York, NY. May 2014.

Narrative and Database in the Hospitable Network. University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, English Department. Milwaukee, WI. February 2013.

Rhetorical Distributions: How Publics Exist After Circulation. With Dale Smith. Texas Institute for Literary and Textual Studies Symposium on Access, Authority & Identity. Austin, TX. February 2011.

Selected Conference Presentations

                                                

“The Mater Turn.” University of South Carolina Conference on Rhetorical Theory. October 2017.

Spectral Symptoms: Machine Learning and E-lit.” Electronic Literature Organization. Porto, Portugal. July 2017.

“Critical Game Studies.” Society for Early Americanists Conference. Tulsa, OK. March 2017.

                        

“Complicit Interfaces.” Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts. Atlanta, GA. November 2016.

“E-Lit in the R-CADE.” Electronic Literature Orgaization Conference. Victoria, BC. June 2016

“How to Train Your Computer.” Rhetoric Society of America. Atlanta, Georgia. May 2016.

“The Right to Not be Addressed.” University of South Carolina Conference on Rhetorical Theory. October 2015.

“A Stitch in Twine: Porting Patchwork Girl to Twine.” Electronic Literature Organization Conference. Bergen, Norway. August 2015.

“Rhetorical Dissection and Tinkering in the R-CADE.” Indiana Digital Rhetoric Symposium. Bloomington, IN. April 2015

“Cloud Writing: Risk and Reward of ‘Writing Together.” Conference on College Composition and Communication. Tampa, FL. March 2015

“Obfuscated Mapping.” Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts. Dallas, TX. October 2014.

“Empty Premises, the Robot Rhetor.” Rhetoric Society of America. San Antonio, TX. May 2014.

“The Machine That Therefore I Am.” University of South Carolina Conference on Rhetorical Theory. October 2013.

Limbo and the Edge of the Literary.” Electronic Writing Organization. Paris, France. September 2013.

“Writing Machines, Writing Bodies.” Computers and Writing. Frostburg, MD. June 2013.

“Composition and Computation: Integrated Learning via Videogames.” Games Learning and Society. Madison, WI. June 2013.

“Postcomposition and Writing Systems.” Conference of College Composition and Communication. Las Vegas, NV. March 2013.

The Rhetorical Education of a Computational Machine. Annual Conference of the Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts. Milwaukee, WI September 2012.

The Year of Computational Thinking. Computers and Writing Conference. Raleigh, NC. May 2012.

Paul Cret and the Decorum of Objects. Rhetoric Society of America. Philadelphia, PA. May 2012.

“The Decorum of Objects.” University of South Carolina Conference on Rhetorical Theory. September 2011.

Hospitality, Response-ability, and Ethical Programs. Annual Conference of the Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts. Kitchener, Ontario, Canada. September 2011.

Digital Poetry: Coding Publics. Co-presenter, Dale Smith. Computers and Writing. Ann Arbor, MI. May 2011.

Rhetorical Distributions: How Publics Exist After Circulation. Co-presented with Dale Smith. Texas Institute for Literary and Textual Studies Symposium on Access, Authority & Identity. Austin, TX. February 2011.

Close Reading Campaign Rhetorics: Procedurality and MyBarackObama.com. Modern Languages Association Conference, Special Session on "Close Reading the Digital." Los Angeles, CA. January 2011.

New Media and the Limits of Lanham's Cybernethics.’” Rhetoric Society of America Conference. Minneapolis, MN. May 2010.

Delivery: From Cicero to Beyonce. Conference on College Composition and Communication. Louisville, KY. March 20, 2010.

1995: Quickness and Composition. Conference on College Composition and Communication. San Francisco, CA. March 2009.

Delivery: From Cicero to Beyonce. South by Southwest Interactive. Austin, TX. March 2009.

Edit This Page: Wikipedia and the Responsibilities of Digital Rhetorics. Rhetoric Society of America Conference. Seattle, WA. May 2008.

Evil Bert Laden: Reality and ViRaL Texts. Conference on College Composition and Communication. New Orleans, LA. April 2008.

Creative Commons in Composition: The Collaborative Construction of a Classroom Identity. Conference on College Composition and Communication. New York, NY. March 2007.

What's in the Box? Locke's Abstraction in Computer Programming. Rhetoric Society of America Conference. Memphis, TN. May 2006.

Courses

[For details, visit my course website: http://courses.jamesjbrownjr.net]

Rutgers University-Camden

English 177: Literature and Videogames

Digital Studies 101: Introduction to the Digital Studies

Digital Studies 301: Arguing With Computers

Digital Studies 301: What Comes After Print?

Digital Studies 301: Digital Trash

University of Wisconsin-Madison

InterL&S 102: Writing and Coding (Freshman Interest Group)

English 177: Literature and Videogames

English 236: Writing and the Electronic Literary

English 550: Digital Rhetorics

English 700: Graduate Seminar, Introduction to Composition and Rhetoric

English 706: Graduate Seminar, Composition, Rhetoric, and the Nonhuman

English 706: Graduate Seminar, New Media Interfaces and Infrastructures

Wayne State University

ENG 3010: Intermediate Composition: Anthologics

ENG 5992: English Senior Seminar: New Media and the Future of Writing

ENG 7007: Graduate Seminar in Rhetoric and Composition: Questions of Critique

ENG 8007: Graduate Seminar (Special Topic): New Media Interfaces and Infrastructures

University of Texas at Austin

RHE 306: Rhetoric and Writing

RHE 309S: Anthologics

RHE 309K: Arguing the Digital Divide 

RHE 309S: Issues of Access in the U.S.

RHE 312: Inventing Electracy

E 314J: Literature and Computer Programming

Ph.D. Dissertation Committees 

Kim Moreland (University of Wisconsin-Madison). Committee Member. Defended, 2017.

Kerry Banazek. (University of Pittsburgh). Committee Member. Defended, 2017.

Mary Karcher (Wayne State University). Committee Member. Defended, 2016.

Adedoyin Ogunfeyimi (University of Wisconsin-Madison). Committee Member. Defended, 2016.

Elisabeth Miller (University of Wisconsin-Madison). Committee Member. Defended, 2016.

Rebecca Tarsa (University of Wisconsin-Madison). Co-Chair. Defended, 2015.

Ashley Hinck (University of Wisconsin-Madison). Committee Member. Defended, 2015.

Nancy Reddy (University of Wisconsin-Madison). Committee Member. Defended, 2015.

Tim Johnson (University of Wisconsin-Madison). Committee Member. Defended, 2014.

Ruth Clayman (Wayne State University). Committee Member. Defended, 2014.

Christian Smith (University of South Carolina). Committee Member. Defended, 2014.

Jason Kahler (Wayne State University). Committee Member. Defended, 2014.

Antonia Massa-MacLeod (University of Wisconsin-Madison). Committee Member. Defended, 2013.

Kyle Kellam (Wayne State University). Committee Member. Defended, 2012.

Cydney Alexis (University of Wisconsin-Madison). Committee Member. Defended, 2012.

James Daniels (University of Wisconsin-Madison). Committee Member. Defended, 2012.

Andrew Engel (Wayne State University). Committee Member. Defended, 2012

In Progress

Brandee Easter (University of Wisconsin-Madison). Committee Member.

Donora Hillard (Wayne State University). Committee Member.

M.A. Thesis

Michael Russo (Rutgers University). Advisor. Completed, 2016.

Grants and Awards

Rutgers University Catalyst Grant, 2017. Awarded $5,000 to support “Hateware” project.

South by Southwest David Carr Essay Prize Finalist, 2017. “Learning in a Community of Black Boxes.”

University of Wisconsin-Madison Graduate School Research Grant, Summer 2013. Awarded $20,000 to support book+website project, “Making Machines.”

Wayne State University Research Grant, Summer 2010. Awarded $10,000 to support book project, Ethical Programs.

University of Texas Department of Rhetoric and Writing, James L. Kinneavy Award for Scholarship in Rhetoric and Composition for Essjay's Ethos: Rethinking Textual Origins and Intellectual Property (2008)

Service

National

Managing Editor. enculturation: A Journal of Rhetoric, Writing, and Culture  (2009-present)

Blogger and Web Designer. Rhetoric Society of America's Blogora 2007-2013)

HASTAC Scholar. Humanities, Arts, Science, and Technology Advanced (2008-2009)

Member. Rhetoric Society of America Site Selection Committee (2007-2009)

Reviewer. New Media and Society, Philosophy & Rhetoric, Digital Humanities Conference, College Literature, Rhetoric Society Quarterly

University and Department

Rutgers University-Camden

Vice President of Faculty Senate, 2017-present

Undergraduate Committee, English Department (2015-present)

Writing Program Committee, English Department (2014-present)

Assessment Committee, English Department (2015-2016)

Marketing and Visibility Committee, Campus-Wide Committee (2015-present)

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Technology Committee, English Department (2012-2014)

Graduate Admissions Committee, English Department (2011-2014)

Composition and Rhetoric Committee, English Department (2011-2014)

Faculty Hiring and Recruitment—Composition and Rhetoric, English Department (2011-2012)

Graduate Recruitment Committee, English Department (2011-2012)

Wayne State University

Committee for Academic Integrity, University Committee (2010-2011)

Wayne State Student Chapter of the Rhetoric Society of America - Faculty Advisor (2010-2011)

Graduate Program Committee, English Department (2010-Present)

Undergraduate Studies Committee, English Department (2010-Present)

Composition Committee, English Department (2009-2010)

Library Committee, English Department (2009-2010)

University of Texas Department of Rhetoric and Writing

Assistant Director, Digital Writing and Research Lab (2006-2008)

Undergraduate Curriculum Committee (2006-2007)

Co-chair of First-Year Writing Book Selection Committee (2005-2006)

Technical Experience

Circuit Designer. MCI. Richardson, TX (2000-2003)

Programming Languages: Java, Javascript, PHP, Processing, Inform7

Web Design: CSS, HTML, Drupal, Wordpress

Professional Organizations

Conference of College Composition and Communication

Electronic Literature Organization

Humanities, Arts, Science, and Technology Advanced Collaboratory (HASTAC)

Modern Language Association

National Council of Teachers of English

Rhetoric Society of America

Society for Science Literature and the Arts