James J. Brown, Jr. is Assistant Professor of English and Director of the Rutgers-Camden Digital Studies Center (DSC). He received his Ph.D. in English, with a focus on Digital Literacies and Literatures, from the University of Texas at Austin and his M.A. in Literary and Cultural Studies from Carnegie Mellon University. Prior to graduate school, he worked as a Circuit Designer for MCI in Richardson, Texas.
Jim’s research and teaching focuses on digital rhetoric, new media studies, and electronic literature. His book, Ethical Programs: Hospitality and the Rhetorics of Software, (University of Michigan Press, 2015) examines the ethical and rhetorical underpinnings of software platforms such as Twitter and MediaWiki, and he has also published essays in journals such as Philosophy and Rhetoric and Computers and Composition. His courses in English and Digital Studies allow students to compose with a range of technologies, from the text-based game-making tool Twine to physical computing devices such as Arduino microcontrollers. His courses at Rutgers-Camden have included: “Introduction to Digital Studies,” “Literature and Videogames,” “Arguing with Computers.”
As Director of the Rutgers-Camden Digital Studies Center, he has overseen a number of projects, including Sinister Rooster, a student-led videogame studio, and the Rutgers-Camden Archive of Digital Ephemera (R-CADE). The R-CADE allows scholars from around the world to visit Rutgers-Camden to conduct research on digital hardware and software. The R-CADE does not preserve digital technology, at least not in the traditional sense. Scholars are free to dissect and repurpose digital technology in the name of exploring the cultures, ideologies, and design histories embedded in digital artifacts.