- Ph.D. English Literature, Princeton University
- B.A. Rutgers University
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Grant Wythoff uses new methods in digital humanities to explore the complex interplay of technology and culture. His first book––The Perversity of Things: Hugo Gernsback on Media, Tinkering, and Scientifiction––explores how science fiction began among the maker movement of the 1910s. It was published in the University of Minnesota Press’s Electronic Mediations series and was a pilot project for the Manifold Scholarship interactive book platform.
Before coming to Princeton, Grant held postdoctoral fellowships with the Columbia University Society of Fellows in the Humanities and the Penn State Center for Humanities and Information. At Columbia, Grant was a co-founder of the Group for Experimental Methods in the Humanities, a collective dedicated to process-based scholarship and the rapid prototyping of speculative ideas. At Penn State, he developed a workshop series on “Data Privacy, Democracy, and the Humanities.”
Grant has written about wireless telegraphy, boredom, technocratic politics, the history of method in the humanities, television, archaeology, and the philosophy of technique. This work has appeared in Digital Humanities Quarterly, Grey Room, The Washington Post, Configurations, Amodern, The Programming Historian, and Real Life Magazine. He has taught courses on American naturalism, social media and the novel, global science fiction, digital culture, and what happens when readers move from page to screen.