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I'm a scholar and critic who wants to understand media experiences from audiences past, present, and future. This fascination has taken me to study everything from the language of smell, never-published manuscript fiction, creator cultures, and tabletop roleplaying games and their performances across the analog-digital spectrum.

I believe that technological shifts of the past illuminate our present, that book history and digital scholarship work beautifully together, that artists and designers and librarians and archivists are invaluable collaborators, and that hands-on experience of research and creative making are important components of student learning.


I'm a historian of storytellers, and you can find me doing that across social media, on YouTube, and in places like the LA Review of Books and Polygon.

My most important labor is as hype-woman: both for undersung forms of creative expression past and present, and for the important work being done to transform academia... and beyond.

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