Edward Finn

Center for Science and the Imagination
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Senior Sustainability Scholar
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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.

Finns 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 bachelors 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

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

Courses

Fall 2020
Course Number Course Title
AME 130 Prototyping Dreams
AME 484 Internship
AME 590 Reading And Conference
AME 792 Research
Spring 2020
Course Number Course Title
ENG 294 Special Topics
AME 799 Dissertation
Fall 2019
Course Number Course Title
AME 484 Internship
AME 590 Reading And Conference
AME 792 Research
Summer 2019
Course Number Course Title
AME 484 Internship
AME 792 Research
Spring 2019
Course Number Course Title
AME 310 Media Literacies Composition
AME 494 Special Topics
AME 499 Individualized Instruction
AME 592 Research
AME 598 Special Topics
AME 799 Dissertation
Fall 2018
Course Number Course Title
AME 130 Prototyping Dreams
AME 484 Internship
AME 493 Honors Thesis
AME 590 Reading And Conference
AME 792 Research
Summer 2018
Course Number Course Title
AME 484 Internship
AME 792 Research
Spring 2018
Course Number Course Title
AME 310 Media Literacies Composition
AME 499 Individualized Instruction
AME 592 Research
AME 792 Research
AME 799 Dissertation
Fall 2017
Course Number Course Title
AME 484 Internship
AME 590 Reading And Conference
AME 592 Research
AME 593 Applied Project
AME 598 Special Topics
AME 792 Research
EPD 792 Research
AME 795 Continuing Registration
AME 799 Dissertation
Summer 2017
Course Number Course Title
AME 484 Internship
AME 792 Research
Spring 2017
Course Number Course Title
AME 310 Media Literacies Composition
AME 484 Internship
AME 499 Individualized Instruction
AME 590 Reading And Conference
AME 592 Research
AME 792 Research
AME 799 Dissertation
Fall 2016
Course Number Course Title
AME 130 Prototyping Dreams
AME 484 Internship
AME 499 Individualized Instruction
AME 590 Reading And Conference
AME 592 Research
AME 593 Applied Project
AME 792 Research
AME 799 Dissertation
Summer 2016
Course Number Course Title
AME 484 Internship
AME 499 Individualized Instruction
AME 592 Research
AME 593 Applied Project
AME 599 Thesis
AME 684 Internship
AME 792 Research
AME 799 Dissertation
Spring 2016
Course Number Course Title
AME 310 Media Literacies Composition
AME 484 Internship
AME 492 Honors Directed Study
AME 494 Special Topics
ENG 494 Special Topics
AME 499 Individualized Instruction
AME 590 Reading And Conference
AME 592 Research
AME 593 Applied Project
AME 598 Special Topics
AME 599 Thesis
AME 792 Research
AME 799 Dissertation