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    I’m an associate professor of New Media & Digital Methods at the Media Studies dept., University of Amsterdam (NL). My research interests include a range of topics in web history, software studies and digital culture. I’m currently working on a book project called Making Media New, about the rise and significance of ‘web-native’ culture in the mid- to late-1990s. I am also a founding member of the Digital Methods Initiative (University of Amsterdam), and regularly lead digital methods workshops and projects at our summer and winter schools. I also maintain the webcultures mailing list, an announcements and discussion list for web history and allied fields.

    I received my PhD from the University of Amsterdam in 2013, and was an assistant professor at the University of Groningen (NL) from 2013-2017. In 2015 I was awarded a Veni personal research grant from the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) for my project ‘The web that was.’ The project concerns the material and symbolic significance of the Perl programming language for the early web, and provides the basis for several case studies presented in my book.


    PhD – University of Amsterdam, 2013
    Research MA Media Studies – University of Amsterdam 2008
    BA Media & Culture – University of Amsterdam 2006

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      The Web that Was – 4-year research project funded by the Dutch National Science Foundation (NWO).

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