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I'm leading the conceptulization and building of a new Design Lab in the Shapiro Undergraduate Library, as well as helping to identify and grow the communities that will use the Lab.
I'm originally from the "Boogie Down Brewtown" of Milwaukee, WI, though I was born in Saudi Arabia while my Wisconsin-born parents were teaching there. After completing my undergraduate degree at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee with a double major in Music History and Philosophy, I went to the University of Minnesota's Comparative Studies in Discourse and Society program for my PhD. While completing my degree, I worked at the Digital Content Library and the Immigration History Research Center. After completing my degree with an online and multimedia dissertation, I was a Council on Library and Information Resources Postdoctoral Fellow in Academic Libraries at the University of Minnesota Libraries. There, I led the Digital Arts Sciences + Humanities (DASH) program, a cross-disciplinary project organized around emerging digital tools and methodologies for scholarly, pedagogical, and artistic projects. In conjunction with the Givens Collection of African American Literature, I founded the Minnesota Hip-Hop Archive. I am also a filmmaker and media artist. In addition to a number of short films, I've completed two documentaries: Travel in Spirals and We Rock Long Distance and did visuals for the dance opera Test Pilot, about the Wright Brothers and their sister Katharine.