Education

2009: A.B.D. — Department of History, University of Toronto.

Comprehensive Major fields: American history, cultural and intellectual history, and modern Japanese history. Coursework on gender history, Japanese history, the history of film, and comparative literature. Thesis work on Japanese consumer electronics in American culture.

2003: Coursework — Columbia University.

Courses in the Creative Writing Program and in the Department of French.

2002 : Master of Professional Studies — Interactive Telecommunications Program, New York University.

G.P.A. 3.94. Thesis Advisor: Tom Igoe. Thesis Project: “‘Shays’ Lounge’: An Interactive Narrative and Collaboration Tool using XML Topic Maps.” Concentrations: Videography, interactive narrative and game design.

1996: Certificate of Graduate Studies — Faculty of History, University of Cambridge.

Thesis work on signals intelligence collected by the Allies on their allies and the Vichy French during the Second World War.

1992: B.A. (Hons) with High Distinction — Department of History, University of Toronto.


 

Teaching Experience

2009:  Adjunct Professor — Book and Media Studies Program, University of Toronto.

Lecturer and curriculum designer for the program’s large (50 student) introductory survey course, “Media in Society and Culture.”  Taught this course as a historical and contemporary introduction to the role of mass media in the building of local and global communities. Gave students the opportunity to experience collectively early sound recordings, film and television clips, iconic photographs, illustrations, advertisements, and poster art and discuss them together in class. Used courseware to create a library of this media (where copyright permitted), which students could access and study outside the classroom.  Introduced students to the historical origins and contemporary uses of such terms as “media,” “mass media,” and “communications.” Focused, during the second half of the course, on the nature of contemporary media – including digital books, print, photography, film, television, computer games, and the internet – and their role in twenty-first century economies, citizenship, and everyday life.

2005-2006: Teaching Assistant and Tutorial Leader  — European Studies, University of Toronto.

Led seminars for second-year European Studies course, which introduced students to literary studies, including close reading of canonical works such as Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness. Graded all assignments and examinations in the course.

2004-2005: Teaching Assistant and Tutorial Leader  — Department of History, University of Toronto.

Led seminars in two consecutive second-year American history survey courses. Taught students how to ask good historical questions, think analytically and critically, conduct research, distinguish between primary and secondary sources, and discover and marshal evidence in order to write compelling and persuasive essays.

2001-2004: Instructional Technologist (at the Columbia Center of New Media Teaching and Learning) and Project Director (at Columbia University’s Digital Knowledge Ventures)  — Columbia University Libraries, Columbia University.

Designed and produced educational websites for their off-site use by undergraduates and lifelong learners. Worked with Columbia University faculty to integrate technology into their curricula by helping them redesign their courses and create new curricula to augment instructors’ classroom techniques for teaching subject material by integrating new media. Helped create new study tools where these could deepen and broaden student learning outside the context of the classroom.

1999: Instructor — The Door, NYC.

Taught collaborative website design to students between the ages of 12-17 who would have otherwise lacked access to new media and the internet.

1997- 1999: Expository Writing Instructor and Writing Center Consultant — Expository Writing Program, New York University.

Co-designed and taught an art theory class called, “The Artist in American Culture” at the Tisch School of the Arts, NYU.

1992-1996: Supervisor, Historical Tripos, Part II Paper — Faculty of History, University of Cambridge.

Supervised students in groups of 2-3 who were preparing for their Part II, paper 2: Special Subjects, sources and long essay. Subject: “The Rise of the Secret World: Governments and intelligence communities in the twentieth century.”


Information and Technology Experience

2011: Librarian — Randolph School.

Read picture and chapter books to lower-school-aged students. Deaccessioned books and acquired new materials to shape the library to fit in with Randolph’s current curricular goals and mission. Aligned cataloging of print collection with its representation in the library computer system by removing, cleaning up, and adding database records and fixing book spine labels. Created a strategic plan including an evaluation of classification systems and a proposal to move from Dewey Decimal System to the newer Book Industry Standards and Communications System (BISAC) used by Barnes and Noble and other booksellers, or to create a Dewey/BISAC mashup for better browsability. Outlined, within the plan, the advantages of adopting an Online Public Access Catalogue (OPAC) to enable faceted search and review sharing.

2004-2005: Consultant — Aluka/Ithaka Harbors/JSTOR, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Created metadata model, information architecture, usability studies and business analysis, for Aluka, a Mellon Foundation African studies archive, now merged with JSTOR and affiliated with ARTstor.

2002-2003: Project Director of Information Strategy — Columbia University Digital Knowledge Ventures, Columbia University Libraries.

Designed a knowledge management system using XML topic maps. Created a framework to enable academics to create their own topic maps to express and share complex concepts, encourage and store discussion in the humanities, supplement teaching materials, and foster learning and collaboration.  Created and edited an American history topic map that has been used to index all primary and secondary sources in the Columbia American History Online (CAHO) portal. Created a taxonomy to aid end-users in browsing the map’s content. Indexed topics to high-school educational standards to make it possible for 9-12 teachers to discover and use CAHO materials in their classrooms. Designed the information model underlying the applications. Shared knowledge of metadata standards in support of the development of a rights management application.

<2001-2002: Project Manager  — Columbia University Digital Knowledge Ventures, Columbia University Libraries.

Managed the production of multimedia-rich educational sites (e-seminars). Collaborated with professors to turn original editorial content and archived film, images, sound clips, and source texts, into online content.  Coordinated editorial and video production.  Wrote and edited e-seminar text.

2001: Educational Producer — Thirteen/WNET, PBS.

Produced a number of online learning sites for K-12 teachers to use to build their teaching skills. Wrote and produced Thirteen’s wNetSchool (renamed “Thirteen ed online” http://www.thirteen.org/wnetschool). Produced Disney site, “Concept to Classroom.” Served as information architect for Thirteen’s “Learning Modules.”

2000-2001: Information Design Consultant  — Citadel Bank & Trust, Inc.

Produced comprehensive site reviews. Created new online branding strategy.  Developed information architecture for the redesign of a marketing site and the creation of a new extranet site.  Provided design strategy, editorial and coding assistance throughout the production process.

1999-2000: Project Manager — News Digital Media.

Produced all special projects, including new sections, features, and breaking news supplements.

1999-1999: Associate Producer — New York Times Electronic Media.

 


Writing and Talks

Fiction Writing

Novel, Fugitive Garden. First draft, 70% complete

Refereed Publications

“The Interplay of Information and Mind in Decision-Making.” Knowing Your Friends. London: Frank Cass, 1998: 109-131.

“Intelligence and the Decision to Collect It.” Intelligence and National Security 10, no. 3 (Jul. 1995): 449-467.

Other Publications

Online version of Kenneth Jackson’s “History of New York” e-seminar for Columbia University. (2001).

Online version of Ric Burns’ “New York: A Documentary” at Thirteen/WNET, PBS  (2001).

“Canadian Women Writing Under 30” (review article). Blood & Aphorisms. (Spring 1997).

Conference Papers and Invited Talks

“Bearing Through the Poisoned City: Tsai Ming-Liang’s Cosmopolitan Vision.” 2008  “Landscapes of Global Urbanism” International Sociology Association-RC21 Conference, Tokyo, Japan.

“Imagining Wartime Resettlement: Photographic Portraits of Japanese-American Engineers.” 2005 Canadian Association of American Studies Conference, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.

“Multiple Meanings and Interpretation: Capturing Discourses in the Humanities Using XML Topic Maps.” 2003 Digital Resources in the Humanities Conference, University of Gloucestershire, Cheltenham, U.K.

“Tribes: An Online, Graphic, Immersive, Real-time Community.” 1999 Microsoft Virtual Worlds Group Conference, Redmond, Washington.

“Churchill’s Golden Eggs.” (Invited talk.) January 1997 Study Group on Intelligence, London, U.K.

“Secret Intelligence and Roosevelt’s Policy toward Indochina, 1944-45.” 1996 Intelligence and International Security Conference, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut.


 

Scholarships and Grants

Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS) (2009).

Centre for the Study of the United States Travel Grant (2009).

Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada’s Canada Graduate Scholarship (CGS) (2005-2008).

Tisch School of the Arts Graduate Scholarship (1997-1998) (declined).

The Professor D.O. Robson Graduate Scholarship for Study Abroad (1993-1994).

The Professor George Metcalf Graduate Scholarship (1993-1994).

UK Government Overseas Research Studentship (1992-1996).

 


Other Interests

Fiction writing. Slow food and reading. Photomontage. Compiling the quotation blog, “360° Head.” Producing the creative writing blog, “Things I Did Not Do.”