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Edward Finn

Edward Finn

Associate Professor, School of Arts, Media and Engineering/Department of English, Arizona State University

edfinn@asu.edu

480-382-2116

School of Arts, Media and Engineering
Arizona State University
PO Box 875802
Tempe, AZ 85287-5802

Titles

  • Senior Sustainability Scholar, Global Institute of Sustainability and Innovation
  • Associate Professor, School of Arts, Media and Engineering/Department of English, Arizona State University
  • Founding Director, Center for Science and the Imagination, Arizona State University

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.

Finn’s 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 bachelor’s 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, Global Institute for Sustainability and Innovation, 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

  • PhD, English and American Literature, Stanford University, 2011
  • MA, English and American Literature, Stanford University, 2007
  • AB, Comparative Literature with Certificates in Applications of Computing, Creating Writing and European Cultural Studies, Princeton University, 2002

Expertise

Journal Articles

2018

Nagy, P., R. Wylie, J. Eschrich and E. F. Finn. 2018. Why Frankenstein is a stigma among scientists. Science and Engineering Ethics 24:1143-1159. DOI: 10.1007/s11948-017-9936-9. (link )

2017

Simeone, M. P., A. G. Ventaka Koundinya, A. R. Kumar and E. F. Finn. 2017. Towards a poetics of strangeness: Experiments in classifying language of technological novelty. Journal of Cultural Analytics Sep 8, 2017. DOI: 10.22148/16.015. (link )

2016

Halpern, M. K., J. Sadowski, J. Eschrich, E. F. Finn and D. H. Guston. 2016. Stitching together creativity and responsibility: Interpreting Frankenstein across disciplines. Bulletin of Science, Technology & Society 36(1):49-57. DOI: 0.1177/0270467616646637. (link )

2015

Finn, E. F. 2015. We can build the future. Computer November 2015(11):90-91. (link )

2013

Finn, E. F. 2013. Revenge of the nerd: Junot Diaz and the networks of American literary imagination. digital humanities quarterly 7(1):. (link )

Books

2017

Finn, E. F. 2017. What Algorithms Want: Imagination in the Age of Computing. MIT Press.

Finn, E. F. and J. Eschrich eds. 2017. Visions, Ventures, Escape Velocities: A Collection of Space Futures. Center for Science and the Imagination. Arizona State University, Tempe. ISBN: 978-0-9995902-2-5.

Guston, D. H., E. F. Finn and J. Robert eds. 2017. Frankenstein (by Mary Shelley): Annotated for Scientists, Engineers, and Creators of All Kinds. The MIT Press. Cambridge, MA. ISBN: 9780262533287.

2015

Finn, E. F. and G. P. Zachary eds. 2015. Journeys Through Time and Space. Intel Corporation.

Finn, E. F. and G. P. Zachary eds. 2015. Living Tomorrow. Intel Corporation.

2014

Finn, E. F. and K. Cramer eds. 2014. Hieroglyph: Stories & Visions for a Better Future. Wiliam Morrow. ISBN: 978-06-220471-4.

Finn, E. F. and G. P. Zachary eds. 2014. Dark Futures. Intel Corporation. (link )

Finn, E. F. and G. P. Zachary eds. 2014. The Future: Powered by Fiction. Intel Corporation. (link )

Book Chapters

2017

Finn, E. F. 2017. Monster mythos: Frankenstein as network text. Pp. 81-94 In: Halpern, M. K., J. Eschrich and J. Sadowski eds., No Rightful Place of Science: Frankenstein. Consortium for Science, Policy & Outcomes. Arizona State University, Tempe. ISBN: 978-0692964170.

Finn, E. F. and J. Eschrich. 2017. Editors' introduction: The flag and the garden. In: Finn, E. F. and J. Eschrich eds., Visions, Ventures, Escape Velocities: A Collection of Space Futures. Center for Science and Imagination. Arizona State University, Tempe. ISBN: 978-0-9995902-2-5.

2014

Finn, E. F. and K. Cramer. 2014. Introduction: A blueprint for better dreams. Pp. xxiii In: Finn, E. F. and K. Cramer eds., Hieroglyph: Stories & Visions for a Better Future. William Morrow. ISBN: 978-0-06-220471-4.

2013

Finn, E. F. and G. P. Zachary. 2013. Introduction: Green dreams. Pp. 187-190 Cautious Dreams & Curiosities. Intel Corporation.

2012

Finn, E. F. 2012. Becoming yourself: The afterlife of reception. Pp. 151-176 In: Cohen, S. and L. Konstantinou eds., The Legacy of David Foster Wallace. University of Iowa Press. ISBN: 978-1609380823.

Finn, E. F. 2012. New literary cultures: Mapping the digital networks of Toni Morrison. Pp. 177-202 In: Lang, A. ed., From Codex to Hypertext: Reading at the Turn of the Twenty-First Century. University of Massachusetts Press. ISBN: 978-1558499539.