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Edward Finn

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Associate Professor
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 5802
Dir & Assoc Professor
Faculty w/Admin Appointment, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 5802
Senior Sustainability Scholar
Faculty w/Admin Appointment, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 5802
Dir (FSC) & Asst Professor
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 5802
Dir & Assoc Professor
Faculty w/Admin Appointment, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 5802
Biography

Ed Finn is the founding director of the Center for Science and the Imagination at Arizona State University, where he is an associate professor with a joint appointment in the School of Arts, Media and Engineering and the Department of English. He also serves as the academic director of Future Tense, a partnership between ASU, New America and Slate Magazine, co-director of the Frankenstein Bicentennial Project and a co-director of Emerge, an annual festival of art, ideas and the future.

Finn’s research and teaching explore digital narratives, creative collaboration, and the intersection of the humanities, arts and sciences. He is the author of "What Algorithms Want: Imagination in the Age of Computing" (MIT Press, March 2017) and co-editor of "Frankenstein: Annotated for Scientists, Engineers and Creators of All Kinds" (MIT Press, May 2017) and "Hieroglyph: Stories and Visions for a Better Future" (William Morrow, 2014). He completed his doctorate in English and American literature at Stanford University in 2011 and his bachelor’s degree at Princeton University in 2002. Before graduate school, Finn worked as a journalist at Time, Slate, and Popular Science.

Finn is also affiliated with ASU's School for the Future of Innovation in Society, Human and Social Dimensions of Science and Technology, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute for Sustainability, Barrett, The Honors College, Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing, Center on the Future of War and the School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies.

Education
  • Ph.D. English, Stanford University
  • M.A. English, Stanford University
  • A.B. Comparative Literature (Summa Cum Laude) with certificates in Applications of Computing, Creative Writing and European Cultural Studies, Princeton University
Audio
"Imagining the Internet," Imaginary Worlds episode #68
Research Interests

Contemporary American literature, digital narratives, experimental humanities, creative collaboration, science fiction, digital humanities, interdisciplinary research

Publications

Books

David H. Guston, Ed Finn, and Jason S. Robert, eds. Frankenstein: Annotated for Scientists, Engineers and Creators of All Kinds. MIT Press, May 2017.

What Algorithms Want: Imagination in the Age of Computing. MIT Press, March 2017.

Ed Finn and Kathryn Cramer, eds. Hieroglyph: Stories and Visions for a Better Future. William Morrow, September 2014.

 

Non-Commercial Anthologies

Space Futures (NASA)

Ed Finn and Joey Eschrich, eds. Visions, Ventures, Escape Velocities: A Collection of Space Futures. Center for Science and the Imagination, December 2017.

Overview (Knowledge Enterprise Development, ASU)

Michael G. Bennet, Joey Eschrich and Ed Finn, eds. Overview: Stories in the Stratosphere. Center for Science and the Imagination, August 2017.

Tomorrow Project (Intel)

Ed Finn and G. Pascal Zacchary, eds. Living Tomorrow. Intel Corporation, 2015.

Ed Finn and G. Pascal Zacchary, eds. Journeys Through Time and Space. Intel Corporation, 2015.

Ed Finn and G. Pascal Zacchary, eds. Dark Futures. Intel Corporation, 2014.

Ed Finn and G. Pascal Zacchary, eds. The Future—Powered by Fiction. Intel Corporation, 2014.

Ed Finn, ed. “Green Dreams” section of Cautions, Dreams & Curiosities: A Tomorrow Project Anthology, 2013.

 

Scholarly Publications

“Monster Mythos: Frankenstein as Network Text.” The Rightful Place of Science: Frankenstein. Consortium for Science, Policy & Outcomes, October 2017.

Michael Simeone, Advaith Gundavajhala Venkata Koundinya, Anandh Ravi Kumar, Ed Finn. “Towards a Poetics of Strangeness: Experiments in Classifying Language of Technological Novelty.” Cultural Analytics. September 2017. DOI: 10.22148/16.015.

Peter Nagy, Ruth Wylie, Joey Eschrich, and Ed Finn. “Why Frankenstein is a Stigma Among Scientists.” Science and Engineering Ethics. June 2017. DOI:10.1007/s11948-017-9936-9.

Megan K. Halpern, Jathan Sadowski, Joey Eschrich, Ed Finn, David H. Guston. “Stitching Together Creativity and Responsibility: Interpreting Frankenstein Across Disciplines.” Bulletin of Science, Technology and Society Vol. 36, no. 1, 2016.

“Field Notes from the Future of Publishing,” electronic book review, October 5 2014.

“Revenge of the Nerd: Junot Díaz and the Networks of American Literary Imagination,” Digital Humanities Quarterly Vol. 7, no. 1, 2013.

“New Literary Cultures: Mapping the Digital Networks of Toni Morrison.” From Codex to Hypertext: Reading at the Turn of the Twenty-First Century, ed. Anouk Lang, University of Massachusetts Press, 2012.

“Becoming Yourself: The Afterlife of Reception.” The Legacy of David Foster Wallace: Critical and Creative Assessments, eds. Lee Konstantinou and Samuel Cohen, University of Iowa Press, 2012.

A modified version of the above has also been published as:

“Becoming Yourself: The Afterlife of Reception.” Pamphlets of the Stanford Literary Lab #3. September 15, 2011.

Research Activity
Fall 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
AME 130Prototyping Dreams
AME 484Internship
AME 493Honors Thesis
AME 590Reading And Conference
AME 792Research
Summer 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
AME 484Internship
AME 792Research
Spring 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
AME 310Media Literacies Composition
AME 499Individualized Instruction
AME 592Research
AME 792Research
AME 799Dissertation
Fall 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
AME 484Internship
AME 590Reading And Conference
AME 592Research
AME 593Applied Project
AME 598Special Topics
AME 792Research
EPD 792Research
AME 795Continuing Registration
AME 799Dissertation
Summer 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
AME 484Internship
AME 792Research
Spring 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
AME 310Media Literacies Composition
AME 484Internship
AME 499Individualized Instruction
AME 590Reading And Conference
AME 592Research
AME 792Research
AME 799Dissertation
Fall 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
AME 130Prototyping Dreams
AME 484Internship
AME 499Individualized Instruction
AME 590Reading And Conference
AME 592Research
AME 593Applied Project
AME 792Research
AME 799Dissertation
Summer 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
AME 484Internship
AME 499Individualized Instruction
AME 592Research
AME 593Applied Project
AME 599Thesis
AME 684Internship
AME 792Research
AME 799Dissertation
Spring 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
AME 310Media Literacies Composition
AME 484Internship
AME 492Honors Directed Study
AME 494Special Topics
ENG 494Special Topics
AME 499Individualized Instruction
AME 590Reading And Conference
AME 592Research
AME 593Applied Project
AME 598Special Topics
AME 599Thesis
AME 792Research
AME 799Dissertation
Fall 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
AME 385Collab Projects & Research I
AME 484Internship
AME 485Digital Culture Capstone I
AME 492Honors Directed Study
AME 493Honors Thesis
AME 499Individualized Instruction
AME 590Reading And Conference
AME 592Research
AME 593Applied Project
ENG 598Special Topics
AME 598Special Topics
AME 792Research
AME 799Dissertation
Summer 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
AME 484Internship
AME 499Individualized Instruction
AME 592Research
AME 593Applied Project
AME 599Thesis
AME 684Internship
AME 792Research
AME 799Dissertation
Spring 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
AME 484Internship
AME 492Honors Directed Study
AME 499Individualized Instruction
AME 590Reading And Conference
AME 592Research
AME 593Applied Project
AME 599Thesis
AME 792Research
AME 799Dissertation
Fall 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
ENG 469Science and Literature
AME 484Internship
AME 492Honors Directed Study
AME 493Honors Thesis
AME 499Individualized Instruction
AME 590Reading And Conference
AME 592Research
AME 593Applied Project
AME 792Research
AME 799Dissertation
Summer 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
AME 484Internship
AME 499Individualized Instruction
AME 592Research
AME 593Applied Project
AME 599Thesis
AME 684Internship
AME 792Research
AME 799Dissertation
Spring 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
AME 394Special Topics
AME 492Honors Directed Study
AME 499Individualized Instruction
AME 590Reading And Conference
AME 592Research
AME 593Applied Project
AME 599Thesis
AME 792Research
AME 799Dissertation