I am a researcher and educator whose work focuses on open source software, digital infrastructure, and educational technology.  Wherever possible, I champion access, ethics, creativity, and kindness.

Currently, I work as a Senior Developer Educator at Digital Ocean. Previously, I served as the Digital Scholarship Librarian at UC San Diego, where I founded KNIT, a non-commercial digital commons (with 2,400+ users) for UC San Diego, the San Diego Community College District, and San Diego State University.  While at UC San Diego, I also co-organized the Cultured Data Symposium with Robert Twomey, co-organized and taught at the bi-annual Association of Research Libraries Digital Scholarship Institute, and served as the digital pedagogy consultant on two multimillion dollar Mellon humanities grants.

My keynote on edtech and agency — “def tech_liberation(): teaching agency in a programmed world!” — at the wonderful !!ConWest 2020 is available to watch here.

I have a Ph.D. in English from The CUNY Graduate Center, where I served as a Digital Fellow and Mellon Interdisciplinary Science Studies Fellow. My dissertation Software of the Oppressed: Reprogramming the Invisible Discipline examines the potential role of higher education for fostering a more ethical approach towards digital technology and practice.

I explain how students and higher education can help save the web in this Design@Large talk at UC San Diego. In this spirit, I co-founded Ethical EdTech, a wiki and online learning community devoted to ethical and open approaches to academic technology with Nathan Schneider.

Social forms of knowledge making and education have long been critical to my work.  As a graduate student, I envisioned and co-developed Social Paper, a platform for networking student writing and feedback, with The Commons In A Box team and support from the National Endowment for the Humanities. I received the 2018 Emerging Open Scholarship Award for #SocialDiss, a project in which I socialized dissertation drafts across multiple writing platforms for public review. I served as the 2019-2020 Wikipedia in Residence at the University of Victoria and gave two talks: “Open Access in the Age of Surveillance Technology” and “Who’s Afraid of Social Scholarship,” which I hope to post soon.

Check out some of my prior digital humanities/scholarship projects here.

Want to talk more? Drop me a line at erin.glass@gmail.com