Selected Publications

  • Seizing the Memes of Production: Political Memes in Puerto Rico and the Puerto Rican Diaspora

    Seizing the Memes of Production: Political Memes in Puerto Rico and the Puerto Rican Diaspora

    “This thesis seeks to understand how different groups of people in Puerto Rico and the diaspora deploy internet memes for political critique. In this work, I analyze three case studies focused on how Puerto Rican groups and individuals use internet memes to express political discontent, make calls to action, engage in catharsis, and seek political change.”

     
  • Searching for Stars on an Island in MaineAlan Lightman

    Searching for Stars on an Island in Maine (2018)

    As a physicist, Alan Lightman has always held a scientific view of the world. As a teenager experimenting in his own laboratory, he was impressed by the logic and materiality of a universe governed by a small number of disembodied forces and laws that decree all things in the world are material and impermanent. But one summer evening, while looking at the stars from a small boat at sea, Lightman was overcome by the overwhelming sensation that he was merging with something larger than himself–a grand and eternal unity, a hint of something absolute and immaterial. Searching for Stars on an Island in Maine is Lightman’s exploration of these seemingly contradictory impulses.

     
  • Islandborn

    Islandborn (2018)

    CMS/W Professor Junot Díaz and illustrator Leo Espinosa publish Islandborn, a “joyous, fantastical, heartbreaking” children’s book on memory, place, and imagination.

     
  • Building Dark Patterns into Platforms: How GamerGate Perturbed Twitter’s User Experience

    Building Dark Patterns into Platforms: How GamerGate Perturbed Twitter’s User Experience

    “GamerGate trapped both its unwilling targets and willing participants in an unending cycle of rhetorical invention through a mechanism of aggressive, hostile, mob-like activism.”

     
  • The Cultural Life of Suicide: Observing Care and Death at MIT

    The Cultural Life of Suicide: Observing Care and Death at MIT

    Drawing on field observations with the student-run texting help line Lean On Me, as well as interviews of students and administrators working in campus mental health organizations, I then explore how mental health organizations approach their work within an environment where suicide is ambient and infrastructural.

     
  • The Truelist (Using Electricity)
Nick Montfort
Counterpath Press, 2017

    The Truelist (2017)

    The Truelist is a book-length poem generated by a one-page, stand-alone computer program.

     
  • In Medias Res 2017

    In Medias Res 2017

    The 2017-2018 academic year comes with some great news around the growth and vibrancy of Comparative Media Studies/Writing: we have welcomed three new faculty members into the fold.