CV

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Education & Appointments


Education
  • Ph.D. Candidate, English (Concentration: Rhetoric), The University of Texas at Austin
  • M.A., Philosophy of Religion and Literature, The University of Chicago, 2011
  • B.A., Religious Studies, St. Edward’s University, 2009
Appointments
  • Assistand Director, Digital Writing and Research Lab, The University of Texas at Austin, 2016–Present
  • Assistant Instructor, Department of Rhetoric and Writing, The University of Texas at Austin, 2013–Present
  • Research Assistant, Divinity School, The University of Chicago, 2010–2011
  • Teaching Assistant, Department of Religious and Theological Studies, St. Edward’s University, 2008–2009

Publications & Presentations


Publications
  • Rev. of The Culture of Connectivity: A Critical History of Social Media, by José van Dijck. E3W Review of Books 15 (2015).
  • “Topology and Psychoanalysis: Rhe-torically Restructuring the Subject.” In Topologies as Techniques for a Post-Critical Rhetorice, edited by Lynda Walsh and Casey Boyle. Palgrave Macmillan, 2017.
  • “Typographic Nationalism and the Banal Uniformity of Imagined Communities.” In Type Matters: The Rhetoricity of Letterforms, edited by Danielle Nicole DeVoss and C.S. Wyatt. Parlor Press, 2017.
Presentations
  • “I, Phone: Subjects on the Line.” Paper presented at the Extra-Human conference, hosted by the Comparative Literature department at the University of Texas at Austin. September 24, 2016.
  • "The Medium Always Arrives: Unconscious Extensions of Digital Technology." Paper presented at the 131st MLA Annual Convention in Austin, Texas. January 7–10, 2016.
  • "The Rhetorical Enigma: Turing, Tropes, and Technê.” Paper presented at the (dis)junctions: Strange Bedfellows conference, hosted by the English department at the University of California, Riverside. November 2–3, 2015.
  • “Getting Down to This Sick Tweet: Race, Pop Music, and Social Media.” Paper presented at the 14th Annual Sequels Symposium, sponsored by E3W at the University of Texas at Austin. April 9–10, 2015.
  • “Home Screens: Database, Nostalgia, and Metaphor in Digital Subjectivity.” Paper presented at the Home/Sickness conference, held by the American Studies department at the University of Texas at Austin. April 2–3, 2015.
  • “Jakobson’s Latter @phasia: Language Disturbances in the Digital Age.” Paper presented at the Concussions, Commotions, and Other Aesthetic Disorders conference, hosted by the English department at the University of Chicago. November 20–21, 2014.
  • “The Dialectic of the Director and the Automaton of the Auteur in Kubrick's AI.” Paper presented at the Reconceptualizing Narrative: Structures, Systems, Boundaries conference, held by the English department at Rice University, Houston, Texas. September 5–6, 2014.
  • “Text as Texts: Translating and Trimming Ulysses into Twitterature.” Paper presented at the What We Read: Materiality, Narrative, Text conference, hosted by the Comparative Literature department at the University of Texas at Austin. October 11, 2013.

Honors & Leadership


Honors & Awards
  • Graduate Student Professional Development Award. Digital Writing and Research Lab, the University of Texas at Austin. 2014.
  • Research Grant. The University of Chicago. 2011.
  • Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship. The University of Chicago. 2010.
  • Goethe-Zertifikat B2. Goethe-Institute. 2008.
Leadership
  • Co-President. Rhetoric Society of America, University of Texas at Austin Chapter. 2015–2016.
  • Co-President. Eunoia Society, Department of Rhetoric and Writing with the Department of Communication Studies, the University of Texas at Austin. 2015–2016.
  • Project Member. Multimodal Writing: Typography, Digital Writing and Research Lab, the University of Texas at Austin. 2015.
  • Project Leader. Excitable Media, Digital Writing and Research Lab, the University of Texas at Austin. 2014–2015.
  • First-Year Forum Committee. The Department of Rhetoric and Writing, the University of Texas at Austin. 2013–2014.

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jake.cowan@utexas.edu
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