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Dr. Aaron McKain, M.S.L.

Curriculum Vitae

Dr. Aaron McKain

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Executive Director & Co-Founder:
Institute for Digital Humanity, 2018-present


Leading teams of students, lawyers, advocates, and teachers to (a) build an
unprecedented bi-partisan, cross-cultural, and multi-faith coalition around ai ethics,
privacy, disinformation, and free speech versus online hate disputes and (b) develop
award-winning digital ethics pr campaigns (podcasts, video, social media),
interactive educational initiatives, and research (academic, white papers, policy
briefs), including;


• Community, classroom, and professional trainings for attorneys (Nebraska,
Iowa, and American Bar Associations, Minnesota Legal Rights Center, MN Human
Rights Center, Minnesota Justice Research Center); K-12, undergraduate, and
graduate students (Indiana University, Creighton University, Univ. of
Wisconsin-La Crosse, Anti-Defamation League, Netflix’s Coded Bias documentary
team, Bytes Media); community organizations (ACLU MN, Safety Not
Surveillance, Reclaim the Block, Little Earth Native HUD Community; MN
Department of Health); and bipartisan lawmakers, non-profits, and
organizations.


• Publications, conference, and awards with William and Mary Law Review,
Georgetown Journal of Law and Policy, Nebraska Lawyer, Competition Policy
International, The Law, Midwest Academy of Legal Studies in Business and
International Vincentian Business Conference. And news appearance in/on:
Forbes, NBC KARE 11 (Minneapolis and national affiliates), Omaha World Herald,
Nebraska Public Television, Human Lawyer, Our Black News, AI and You.

Dr. Aaron McKain

Creative Director and Co-Founder:
Institute for Aesthetic Advocacy

2017-present


Leading volunteer teams of – primarily diverse and/or disabled – artists, activists, and researchers on cutting-edge curatorial strategies and artistic frameworks for:

Curating exhibitions (juried and grant-funded; local, national, and international) on post-digital civil rights (algorithmic racism and privacy) and public health (COVID, disability, chronic/mental illness, autism, feminism/reproductive rights, PTSD, and gun violence).

Catalyzing allegedly ‘impossible’ cross-cultural, bi-partisan, and multi-faith coalitions and conversations with diverse lawmakers and partners including ACLU MN, Anti-Defamation League, Safety Not Surveillance Coalition, North Suburban Center for the Arts; Ohio State; Portland State; Guns Down. Love Up; Project Minnesota; Second Chance MN; the Urban Educators; George State; Pittsburgh University Prison Writing Project, ACLU MN, Reclaim the Block; Safety Not Surveillance; and the Native Youth Arts Collective. 

Executive Director &

Co-Founder:
Institute for Digital Humanity

2018-present

Leading teams of students, lawyers, advocates, and teachers to (a) build an unprecedented bi-partisan, cross-cultural, and multi-faith coalition around ai ethics, privacy, disinformation, and free speech versus online hate disputes and (b) develop award-winning digital ethics pr campaigns (podcasts, video, social media),
interactive educational initiatives, and research (academic, white papers, policy briefs), including;


• Community, classroom, and professional trainings for attorneys (Nebraska, Iowa, and American Bar Associations, Minnesota Legal Rights Center, MN Human Rights Center, Minnesota Justice Research Center); K-12, undergraduate, and graduate students (Indiana University, Creighton University, Univ. of
Wisconsin-La Crosse, Anti-Defamation League, Netflix’s Coded Bias documentary team, Bytes Media); community organizations (ACLU MN, Safety Not Surveillance, Reclaim the Block, Little Earth Native HUD Community; MN Department of Health); and bipartisan lawmakers, non-profits, and organizations.


• Publications, conference, and awards with William and Mary Law Review, Georgetown Journal of Law and Policy, Nebraska Lawyer, Competition Policy International, The Law, Midwest Academy of Legal Studies in Business and International Vincentian Business Conference. And news appearance in/on: Forbes, NBC KARE 11 (Minneapolis and national affiliates), Omaha World Herald, Nebraska Public Television, Human Lawyer, Our Black News, AI and You.

EDUCATION

Ph.D., English (Rhetoric and Digital Media)
Ohio State University. June 2012


Dissertation:

"Fear and Loathing in the New Media Era: How to Realign our Rhetorical Judgments for the Post-Postmodern, Digital Media Age"

 

Master's in the Study of Law (M.S.L.)
Ohio State University.  June 2012

M.A., English (Critical Theory: Law and Politics)

Ohio State University. June 2004

 

B.A., English 

University of Nebraska. December 1998

Graduated with Distinction, Phi Betta Kappa

Minors: Conflict Resolution, History, International Affairs

PRESS & MEDIA APPEARANCES

NEWS: print & television

"Regulating Artificial Intelligence - Is Global Consensus Possible?
Forbes. Sep 9, 2022.

 

Criminal Conviction By Algorithms Are
Ruining Innocent Lives.
”  

Omaha World Herald.  August 29, 2021.
w/ Thomas Freeman, and Libby Otto

 

After Facebook Scandal, Local College Students Are Talking Issues of Big Tech.”  
NBC KARE-11 Evening News (Minneapolis)

NBC WTOL 11 (Toledo)
NBC KHOU 11 (Houston)
NBC KXTV  (Sacramento)

 7 November 2021.
 

Why Isn’t There Social Media Forgiveness?”  
NBC KARE-11 Breaking the News. 
Minneapolis:  13 September 2018.

 

“Remembrance of Things Past Fuels Recent Run of Reboots, Relaunches, Remakes.” 
Pioneer Press.  21 April 2018.    
Interview with Ross Raihala.


“How To Protect Your Personal Info on Facebook.” 
NBC KARE-11.  Breaking the News.

Minneapolis:  21 March 2018.  

“Post Emmys Cameo, Spicer Says He Regrets Battles Over Trump’s Inauguration Size.”
NBC KARE-11 Breaking the News
 Minneapolis: 18 September 2017.  

“Breaking Down the Election Speeches.”  
NBC KARE-11 Evening News

Live On Air Interview

Minneapolis: 9 November 2016.  

“How do Those Political Speeches Come to Life?
NBC KARE-11 Breaking the News. 

Minneapolis: 27 July 2016.  

“What is Plagiarism?” 

NBC KARE-11 Breaking the News

 Minneapolis: 20 July 2016.  

"Regulating Artificial Intelligence - Is Global Consensus Possible?
Forbes. Sep 9, 2022

 

Criminal Conviction By Algorithms Are
Ruining Innocent Lives.
”  

Omaha World Herald.  August 29, 2021
w/ Thomas Freeman, and Libby Otto

 

After Facebook Scandal, Local College Students Are Talking Issues of Big Tech.”  
NBC KARE-11 Evening News (Minneapolis)

NBC WTOL 11 (Toledo)
NBC KHOU 11 (Houston)
NBC KXTV  (Sacramento)

 7 November 2021
 

Why Isn’t There Social Media Forgiveness?”  
NBC KARE-11 Breaking the News. 
Minneapolis:  13 September 2018

 

“Remembrance of Things Past Fuels Recent Run of Reboots, Relaunches, Remakes.” 
Pioneer Press.  21 April 2018   
Interview with Ross Raihala.


“How To Protect Your Personal Info on Facebook.” 
NBC KARE-11.  Breaking the News.

Minneapolis:  21 March 2018 

“Post Emmys Cameo, Spicer Says He Regrets Battles Over Trump’s Inauguration Size.”
NBC KARE-11 Breaking the News
 Minneapolis: 18 September 2017 

“Breaking Down the Election Speeches.”  
NBC KARE-11 Evening News

Live On Air Interview

Minneapolis: 9 November 2016

“How do Those Political Speeches Come to Life?
NBC KARE-11 Breaking the News. 

Minneapolis: 27 July 2016

“What is Plagiarism?” 

NBC KARE-11 Breaking the News

 Minneapolis: 20 July 2016

PODCASTS

How Do We Reoccupy Shared Reality?"
Next Generation Politics  May 4, 2023
w/ Richard Leyva and Phillip Graham

Digital Ethics and the Institute for Digital Humanity.” 
Human Lawyer.  December 2021
w/ Shea Sullivan and Aaron McKain

  

"Institute for Digital Humanity, part 1.
AI and YouMarch 28, 2022
w/ Shea Sullivan and Hannah Grubbs

"Institute for Digital Humanity, part 2.

AI and You. April 4, 2022 

“Critical Race Theory?” 
 Our Black News.  June 2021  
w/ Julius Hernandez

 

“What is Digital Ethics.” 
Our Black News.  May 2021
w/ Julius Hernandez and Annelane Sallee.  

“What the Floyd Verdict Means for Minneapolis.”
Our Black News.  April 2021

INDUSTRY & COMMUNITY PRESS

“Students Tackle Big Questions

of Online Privacy Rights.” 
Creighton University News. May 20, 2023.

“Creighton Prof To Talk Digital Literary
At SXSW EDU.” 

Omaha Daily Record.  February 18, 2022.

“NCU Technology Students Impacting Nation.’ 
AG News.  December 12, 2021.  

"Aaron McKain: Pushing Students to be the Innovators of Tomorrow."

 Pipers in Depth.  (Hamline University.)
 Saint Paul, MN.   April 2017.

 

"Students Are Harnessing the Power of
Digital Media to Problem-Solve and

Strengthen Human Connection."
Hamline University News.  July 2016.

“Students Tackle Big Questions of Online Privacy Rights.” 
Creighton University News. May 20, 2023

“Creighton Prof To Talk Digital Literary At SXSW EDU.” 
Omaha Daily Record.  February 18, 2022

“NCU Technology Students Impacting Nation.’ 
AG News.  December 12, 2021  

"Aaron McKain: Pushing Students to be the Innovators of Tomorrow."

 Pipers in Depth.  (Hamline University.)
 Saint Paul, MN.   April 2017

 

"Students Are Harnessing the Power of Digital Media to Problem-Solve and

Strengthen Human Connection."
Hamline University News.  July 2016

“Students Tackle Big Questions of Online Privacy Rights.” 
Creighton University News. May 20, 2023

“Creighton Prof To Talk Digital Literary At SXSW EDU.” 
Omaha Daily Record.  February 18, 2022

“NCU Technology Students Impacting Nation.’ 
AG News.  December 12, 2021  

"Aaron McKain: Pushing Students to be the Innovators of Tomorrow."

 Pipers in Depth.  (Hamline University.)
 Saint Paul, MN.   April 2017

 

"Students Are Harnessing the Power of Digital Media to Problem-Solve and

Strengthen Human Connection."
Hamline University News.  July 2016

PUBLICATIONS

For the public and/or industry

Principles of Digital Law and Ethics
CPI TechREG Chronicle.
 Special Issue on Machine Learning. Feb 2023.
w/ Thomas Freeman, Samson Hall

"A Primer on Digital and Data Science Ethics.
Nebraska Lawyer.  Sept/Oct 2022.
w/ Thomas Freeman, Samson Hall

 

“Criminal Conviction By Algorithms
Are Ruining Innocent Lives.
” 

 Omaha World Herald.  August 29, 2021.
w/ Thomas Freeman and Elizabeth Otto.   
 

“The Legal Implications of
Algorithmic Decision-Making.” 

Nebraska Lawyer.  May/June 2020. 

w/ Thomas Freeman and Samson Hall.


As Technology Evolves, So Will the Law, and So Must Attorneys,
Nebraska Lawyer. July/August 2019
w/ Thomas Freeman 


“Free Speech in Post-Digital America.” 
Hennepin County Library. Permanent Collection. 

September 2019.
w/ The Institute for Digital Humanity and
the Institute for Aesthetic Advocacy. 

 

“Are We the Rockstars We’ve Been Waiting For?
PopMatters.  3 Nov. 2008.

 

“Huckabee’s Family Guy Values.”
Alternet. 21 Jan. 2008.

 

“A Hypothetical Problem.” 
PopMatters. 17 Sept. 2006.

Principles of Digital Law and Ethics
CPI TechREG Chronicle.
 Special Issue on Machine Learning. Feb 2023.
w/ Thomas Freeman, Samson Hall

"A Primer on Digital and Data Science Ethics.
Nebraska Lawyer.  Sept/Oct 2022.
w/ Thomas Freeman, Samson Hall

“Criminal Conviction By Algorithms  Are Ruining Innocent Lives.” 

 Omaha World Herald.  August 29, 2021.
w/ Thomas Freeman and Elizabeth Otto.   
 

“The Legal Implications of Algorithmic Decision-Making.” 
Nebraska Lawyer.  May/June 2020. 

w/ Thomas Freeman and Samson Hall.


As Technology Evolves, So Will the Law, and So Must Attorneys,
Nebraska Lawyer. July/August 2019
w/ Thomas Freeman 


“Free Speech in Post-Digital America.” 
Hennepin County Library. Permanent Collection. 

September 2019.
w/ The Institute for Digital Humanity and
the Institute for Aesthetic Advocacy. 

 

“Are We the Rockstars We’ve Been Waiting For?
PopMatters.  3 Nov. 2008.

 

“Mike Huckabee’s Family Guy Values.”
Alternet. 21 Jan. 2008.

 

“A Hypothetical Problem.” 
PopMatters. 17 Sept. 2006.

Principles of Digital Law and Ethics
CPI TechREG Chronicle.
 Special Issue on Machine Learning. Feb 2023
w/ Thomas Freeman, Samson Hall

"A Primer on Digital and Data Science Ethics.
Nebraska Lawyer.  Sept/Oct 2022
w/ Thomas Freeman, Samson Hall

“Criminal Conviction By Algorithms  Are Ruining Innocent Lives.” 

 Omaha World Herald.  August 29, 2021
w/ Thomas Freeman and Elizabeth Otto.   

 

“The Legal Implications of Algorithmic Decision-Making.” 
Nebraska Lawyer.  May/June 2020

w/ Thomas Freeman and Samson Hall.


As Technology Evolves, So Will the Law, and So Must Attorneys,
Nebraska Lawyer. July/August 2019
w/ Thomas Freeman 


“Free Speech in Post-Digital America.” 
Hennepin County Library. Permanent Collection. 

September 2019
w/ The Institute for Digital Humanity and
the Institute for Aesthetic Advocacy. 

 

“Are We the Rockstars We’ve Been Waiting For?
PopMatters.  3 Nov. 2008

 

“Mike Huckabee’s Family Guy Values.”
Alternet. 21 Jan. 2008

 

“A Hypothetical Problem.” 
PopMatters. 17 Sept. 2006

ACADEMIC

"Using the Lens of Narrative Theory
to Rethink Digital Ethics"

International Vincentian

Business Ethics Conference. 
Proceedings.  (Forthcoming)
With Marci Exted and Thomas Freeman

Winner: 
Primeaux Award for Best  Paper
(First Runner-Up)


"The Roberts Court and Compulsory Collective Bargaining: Reading the Tea

Leaves After Janus and Masterpiece."  
Georgetown Journal of Law and Public Policy.  Spring 2023.
 

“In Two Voices: A Neuroscientist
and Patient Tell Their Story.”  

Intima: A Journal of Narrative Medicine
August 2020. 
With Amanda Aherns and Stephen Pederson. 


“Let Them All Eat Cake: Rhetorically Mapping Religious Freedom, LGBTQIA Discrimination,
and The First Amendment After Janus and Masterpiece.”
 
Midwest Academy of Legal Studies
in Business Proceedings
.  2020.
With Thomas Freeman

Winner: 
Best Paper Award


“Rhetorically Predicting a First Amendment
Right to Negotiation After Janus.” 

William and Mary Business Law Review. 
11: 609 (2020).
With Thomas Freeman and Destiyne Sewell
 

“The Art of EMF Science: Aesthetics, Ethics,
and Post-Digital Health Advocacy.
” 

PostHuman: New Media Art 2020. 
CICA Press: Seoul, South Korea: 2020
With Steven Pederson and
the Institute for Aesthetic Advocacy.
 


“The Future of Collective Bargaining:
Rhetorically Predicting a First Amendment
Right to Negotiation.” 
  
Midwest Academy of Legal Studies in Business.  Proceedings 2019.

With Thomas Freeman and Destynie Sewell
 

“What About Cynthia: A Case Study Exploring Corporate Fiduciary Duties and Social Responsibility.” 
Journal of the International Academy
for Case Studies.  

Vol. 25, Issue 4 (2019).
With Thomas Freeman

"A Legal And Ethical Audit of
Continental Bank and Trust."

Journal of the International Academy
for Case Studies
 
Vol. 25, Issue 2 (2019).
With Thomas Freeman
 

“I Want to Party With You Cowboy:
Stephen Colbert and Campaign 2016’s
Aesthetic Logic of Truthiness.” 

The Joke is On Us: Political Comedy

in (Late) Neoliberal Times. 
Julie Watson, Ed.  Lexington Press, 2019. 
With Thomas Lawson


Fear and Loathing in the New Media Era :
How to Realign our Rhetorical

Judgments for the Post-Postmodern,
Digital Media Age
.

Dissertation. 

Ohio State University, 2012. .

“The Rhetoric of Narrative: What the Law as Narrative Movement Can Teach

the Rest of the Narrative Turn.”
Narrative Acts: Rhetoric, Race, Identity, Knowledge
Deborah Journet, Ed. 
Hampton Press, 2011.
 

“Rhetoric.”
Blackwell Encyclopedia of the Novel.  
Peter Logan, Ed. Wiley-Blackwell, 2010.
 

“New Media, New English.”
Reading and Writing New Media.
Eds. Cheryl E. Ball and James Kalmbach. 
Hampton Press, 2009.
w/ Jason Palmeri, Cormac Slevin, and Scott Lloyd DeWitt.
 

Commonplace: A User’s Guide to Persuasion
(for an Age that Desperately Needs One).

 McGraw-Hill, 2009. 
w/ Michael Harker and Scott Lloyd DeWitt. 

 

“Foreword.”
The Business of Higher Education: Marketing and Consumer Interests.  

Eds. John C. Knapp and David J. Siegel. 
Praeger, 2009. 
With E. Gordon Gee. 

 

“Re-Learning How to Argue.” 
 Multimodal Composition: Resources for Teachers.  
Ed. Cynthia L. Selfe.

Hampton Press, 2007. 
​Audio essay.


“Made Actual Through Pain: A Literacy Narrative.” 
Multimodal Composition: Resources for Teachers.
Ed. Cynthia L. Selfe.  Hampton Press, 2007. 

Documentary. 
With Michael Harker and Cormac Slevin. 

“Not Necessarily Not the News: Remediation,
Gatekeeping, and The Daily Show.”

Journal of American Culture 28.4 (Dec 2005): 415-430

"Using the Lens of Narrative Theoryto Rethink Digital Ethics"
International Vincentian Business Ethics Conference. 
Proceedings.  (Forthcoming)
With Marci Exted and Thomas Freeman

Winner: 
Primeaux Award for Best  Paper
(First Runner-Up)

"The Roberts Court and Compulsory Collective Bargaining: Reading the Tea

Leaves After Janus and Masterpiece."  
Georgetown Journal of Law and Public Policy.  Spring 2023

 

“In Two Voices: A Neuroscientist and Patient Tell Their Story.”  
Intima: A Journal of Narrative Medicine. 
August 2020
With Amanda Aherns and Stephen Pederson. 


“Let Them All Eat Cake: Rhetorically Mapping Religious Freedom, LGBTQIA Discrimination,
and The First Amendment After Janus and Masterpiece.”
 
Midwest Academy of Legal Studies in Business Proceedings.  2020
With Thomas Freeman

Winner: 
Best Paper Award


“Rhetorically Predicting a First Amendment Right to Negotiation After Janus.” 
William and Mary Business Law Review. 11: 609 (2020).
With Thomas Freeman and Destiyne Sewell

 

“The Art of EMF Science: Aesthetics, Ethics, and Post-Digital Health Advocacy.” 

PostHuman: New Media Art 2020. 
CICA Press: Seoul, South Korea: 2020
With Steven Pederson and
the Institute for Aesthetic Advocacy.
 


“The Future of Collective Bargaining: Rhetorically Predicting a First Amendment Right to Negotiation.”   
Midwest Academy of Legal Studies in Business.  Proceedings 2019

With Thomas Freeman and Destynie Sewell
 

“What About Cynthia: A Case Study Exploring Corporate Fiduciary Duties and Social Responsibility.” 
Journal of the International Academy for Case Studies.  
Vol. 25, Issue 4 (2019).
With Thomas Freeman

"A Legal And Ethical Audit of Continental Bank and Trust."
Journal of the International Academy for Case Studies 
Vol. 25, Issue 2 (2019)
With Thomas Freeman

 

“I Want to Party With You Cowboy: Stephen Colbert and Campaign 2016’s Aesthetic Logic of Truthiness.” 
The Joke is On Us: Political Comedy in (Late) Neoliberal Times. 
Julie Watson, Ed.  Lexington Press, 2019
With Thomas Lawson


Fear and Loathing in the New Media Era : How to Realign our Rhetorical Judgments
for the Post-Postmodern, Digital Media Age
.
Dissertation. 

Ohio State University, 2012.

“The Rhetoric of Narrative: What the Law as Narrative Movement Can Teach the Rest of the Narrative Turn.”
Narrative Acts: Rhetoric, Race, Identity, Knowledge. 
Deborah Journet, Ed. 
Hampton Press, 2011

 

“Rhetoric.”
Blackwell Encyclopedia of the Novel.  
Peter Logan, Ed. Wiley-Blackwell, 2010

 

“New Media, New English.”
Reading and Writing New Media.
Eds. Cheryl E. Ball and James Kalmbach. 
Hampton Press, 2009
w/ Jason Palmeri, Cormac Slevin, and Scott Lloyd DeWitt.

 

Commonplace: A User’s Guide to Persuasion (for an Age that Desperately Needs One).
 McGraw-Hill, 2009 
w/ Michael Harker and Scott Lloyd DeWitt. 

“Foreword.”
The Business of Higher Education: Marketing and Consumer Interests.  

Eds. John C. Knapp and David J. Siegel. 
Praeger, 2009
With E. Gordon Gee. 

 

“Re-Learning How to Argue.” 
 Multimodal Composition: Resources for Teachers.  
Ed. Cynthia L. Selfe.

Hampton Press, 2007 
​Audio essay.


“Made Actual Through Pain: A Literacy Narrative.” 
Multimodal Composition: Resources for Teachers.
Ed. Cynthia L. Selfe.  Hampton Press, 2007 

Documentary. 
With Michael Harker and Cormac Slevin. 

“Not Necessarily Not the News: Remediation, Gatekeeping, and The Daily Show.”
Journal of American Culture 28.4 (Dec 2005): 415-430

"Using the Lens of Narrative Theoryto Rethink Digital Ethics"
International Vincentian Business Ethics Conference. 
Proceedings.  (Forthcoming)
With Marci Exted and Thomas Freeman

Winner: 
Primeaux Award for Best  Paper
(First Runner-Up)

"The Roberts Court and Compulsory Collective Bargaining: Reading the Tea

Leaves After Janus and Masterpiece."  
Georgetown Journal of Law and Public Policy.  Spring 2023

 

“In Two Voices: A Neuroscientist and Patient Tell Their Story.”  
Intima: A Journal of Narrative Medicine. 
August 2020
With Amanda Aherns and Stephen Pederson. 


“Let Them All Eat Cake: Rhetorically Mapping Religious Freedom, LGBTQIA Discrimination,
and The First Amendment After Janus and Masterpiece.”
 
Midwest Academy of Legal Studies in Business Proceedings.  2020
With Thomas Freeman

Winner: 
Best Paper Award


“Rhetorically Predicting a First Amendment Right to Negotiation After Janus.” 
William and Mary Business Law Review. 11: 609 (2020).
With Thomas Freeman and Destiyne Sewell

 

“The Art of EMF Science: Aesthetics, Ethics, and Post-Digital Health Advocacy.” 

PostHuman: New Media Art 2020. 
CICA Press: Seoul, South Korea: 2020
With Steven Pederson and
the Institute for Aesthetic Advocacy.
 


“The Future of Collective Bargaining: Rhetorically Predicting a First Amendment Right to Negotiation.”   
Midwest Academy of Legal Studies in Business.  Proceedings 2019

With Thomas Freeman and Destynie Sewell
 

“What About Cynthia: A Case Study Exploring Corporate Fiduciary Duties and Social Responsibility.” 
Journal of the International Academy for Case Studies.  
Vol. 25, Issue 4 (2019).
With Thomas Freeman

"A Legal And Ethical Audit of Continental Bank and Trust."
Journal of the International Academy for Case Studies 
Vol. 25, Issue 2 (2019)
With Thomas Freeman

 

“I Want to Party With You Cowboy: Stephen Colbert and Campaign 2016’s Aesthetic Logic of Truthiness.” 
The Joke is On Us: Political Comedy in (Late) Neoliberal Times. 
Julie Watson, Ed.  Lexington Press, 2019
With Thomas Lawson


Fear and Loathing in the New Media Era : How to Realign our Rhetorical Judgments
for the Post-Postmodern, Digital Media Age
.
Dissertation. 

Ohio State University, 2012.

“The Rhetoric of Narrative: What the Law as Narrative Movement Can Teach the Rest of the Narrative Turn.”
Narrative Acts: Rhetoric, Race, Identity, Knowledge. 
Deborah Journet, Ed. 
Hampton Press, 2011

 

“Rhetoric.”
Blackwell Encyclopedia of the Novel.  
Peter Logan, Ed. Wiley-Blackwell, 2010

 

“New Media, New English.”
Reading and Writing New Media.
Eds. Cheryl E. Ball and James Kalmbach. 
Hampton Press, 2009
w/ Jason Palmeri, Cormac Slevin, and Scott Lloyd DeWitt.

 

Commonplace: A User’s Guide to Persuasion (for an Age that Desperately Needs One).
 McGraw-Hill, 2009 
w/ Michael Harker and Scott Lloyd DeWitt. 

“Foreword.”
The Business of Higher Education: Marketing and Consumer Interests.  

Eds. John C. Knapp and David J. Siegel. 
Praeger, 2009
With E. Gordon Gee. 

 

“Re-Learning How to Argue.” 
 Multimodal Composition: Resources for Teachers.  
Ed. Cynthia L. Selfe.

Hampton Press, 2007 
​Audio essay.


“Made Actual Through Pain: A Literacy Narrative.” 
Multimodal Composition: Resources for Teachers.
Ed. Cynthia L. Selfe.  Hampton Press, 2007 

Documentary. 
With Michael Harker and Cormac Slevin. 

“Not Necessarily Not the News: Remediation, Gatekeeping, and The Daily Show.”
Journal of American Culture 28.4 (Dec 2005): 415-430

A note on Dr. McKain's embargoed digital ethics research.

PROFESSIONAL TRAININGS & COMMUNITY  EDUCATION EVENTS

“Algorithmic Bias in the Criminal Justice System: Cheat Codes for Defense  Attorneys.” 
Minnesota Legal Rights Center.  Workshop.
With Marci Exted and Tom Freeman. 
Fall 2022

“Technology Inclusivity in Online Dispute Resolution.”

American Bar Association Dispute Resolution Technology Expo.
With Angie Raymond and Isak NitAsare.

Online.  July 2021

“Social Justice Through Artistic Expression.”  
Creative Impact Series: Tualitan Valley Creates.
Workshop.  With Allison Baker and Steven Pedersen.
September 20, 2021 Online. 

 

“Institute for Aesthetic Advocacy: Curating Change.”  

Lewis and Clark University. Workshop.

With Stephen Pedersen and Allison Baker.  Portland, OR and Online:  October 2021
 

“Internet Security and Cyberbullying Prevention Workshop.” 

Little Earth Native Community.

Minneapolis, MN.  April 2019 
Funded By: Minnesota Health and Human Services.

 

INVITED ACADEMIC CONFERENCES

& PRESENTATIONS

“Using the Lens of Narrative Theory to Rethink Digital Ethics." 

International Vincentian Business Ethics Conference. 

With Marci Exted and Thomas Freeman.  October 2022

Winner: Primeaux Best Paper Award.  (Runner-Up.)

 

“Privacy 3.0: Using Narrative Theory to Reframe Health Data Sanctity.”  

Inaugural Transatlantic Dialogue on Humanity and AI Regulation.

Hosted by HEC Paris.  Paris, France.  May 2022

“Regulating Global Intelligence: Is Global Consensus Possible"

Reported in Forbes:
September 9, 2022

 

“Privacy 3.0: Using Narrative Theory to Forgive, Forget, and Re-Program Digital Dignity.” 

Data, Law, and AI Ethics Research Colloquium.

With Thomas Freeman.  Organizers: Indiana University, Virginia Tech,

and University of Pennsylvania.  Online.  April 2022 

 

“Triangulating Hate Speech and Free Speech in Algorithmic Environments.” 

Indiana University.

Bloomington, IN: April 2022  (Online.)

“Algorithmic Unreliability: Narrative Theory, Digital Ethics, and The Constitutionality of Employment AI.” 

Midwest Academy of Legal Studies in Business.

With Thomas Freeman and Marci Exted. 

 Chicago, IL and Online:  March 2022

“Redefining Digital Literary: Algorithms and You.”

SXSW EDU.

With Thomas Freeman, Ayin Morales-Monge, and Shea Sullivan.  March 2022

Winner of online voting competition to present.

 

“Privacy 3.0: Forgiveness and Student Data After Mahoney.”

International Vincentian Business Ethics Conference: DePaul University. 

With Thomas Freeman, Simon Truatman, and Amanda Aherns.  Chicago, IL: October 2021

 

“Algorithmic Bias: How Cross Functional Networks Can Fight Digitized Discrimination.”

Heider Business Symposium: Creighton University. 

With Dr. Aaron McKain, Thomas Freeman, Elizabeth Otto, Ayin Monge, and Julius Hernandez. Omaha, NE.  October 2021

 

“Reckoning With Robots; The Constitutional Implications of Using Algorithms to Make Human Decisions.”

Midwest Associate of Legal Studies in Business/Midwest Business Administration Association Annual Conference.

With Thomas Freeman.  Chicago, IL: March 2021

 

“Digital Ethics: What’s Next?”

OSTROM Workshop.  Indiana University School of Business. 

With Julius Hernandez and Shea Sullivan. Bloomington, IN: February 2021
 

“A Taxonomy of Algorithmic Unreliability: Using Facial Recognition to Map Constitutional Issues.”

Data, Law, and AI Ethics Research Colloquium. Indiana University & Virginia Tech University.

Online (COVID): May 2020
 

“Racist Robots?  A Visual Primer on Understanding Algorithmic Bias.” 

Midwest Associate of Legal Studies in Business/Midwest Business Administration Association Annual Conference.

With Thomas Freeman, Ayin Monge-Morales, and Moises Morales.  March 2020

“Rhetoric Versus the Robots: Mapping the Legal and Ethical Dimensions of Algorithmic Discrimination.”

Consortium for the Study of Religion, Ethics and Society at Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business.

Bloomington, IN. November 2019


“Why Digital Rights Is The New Civil Rights Movement.” 

North Carolina A & T State University.

Greensboro, NC: May 2018

“EMF Science and the Post-Fact Society: Models to Stop Disinformation.”

Drew University.

New Jersey: June 2018

“What Norm MacDonald and Narrative Theory Can Teach Us About Social Media Privacy Big Data Reasoning.”

Hamline University.

Saint Paul, MN.  April 2017

(In conjunction w/ exhibition for World Press Freedom Day.)
 

“Shouting Fire: Originalism and Antonin Scalia.” Jiggery-Pokery and Applesauce?

The Impact and Legacy of Justice Antonin Scalia

Hamline University Center for Justice and Law.

Saint Paul, MN: February 2016

 

“#Objectivity: Unlikable Narrative Justice.”

Beyond Ferguson: Critical Conversations.

Hamline University.

Saint Paul, MN: January 2015
 

“Finding Bias in New York Times Reporting on Israel and Palestine.”

Yeshiva University.

New York, NY: February 2010

 

“2008: The Year We Re-Made Contact (or, Why Did Postmodernism End?)"

Project Narrative Presents: Prophets in Their Own Century.

Columbus, OH: January 2009

 

“OurSpace: Resituating Civic Literacy in the University Curriculum.”

LiteracyStudies@OSU. The Ohio State University.

With Michael Harker and Scott Lloyd DeWitt. 

Columbus, OH: March 30, 2007

ART EXHIBITIONS &

COMMUNITY EDUCATION EVENTS

“All Bullets Shatter: Untold Stories of Gun Violence and Trauma.”

Living Art Exhibition and Civic Forum

Minneapolis, MN and Online: May 2022 

With the Institute for Digital Humanity; Institute for Aesthetic Advocacy; Guns Down, Love Up; Project Minnesota; The Digital Archive of Literacy Narratives (Ohio State, Portland State, George State); and the Pittsburgh University Prison Writing Project.  

 

“Plugging In: Race, Technology, and Surveillance Workshop for Advocates and Educators.”

Northeast Sculpture Gallery: Minneapolis, MN.  October 2021 

With ACLU MN, Safety Not Surveillance, Reclaim the Block, Councilman Simon Trautmann (Richfield, MN), and Councilman Steve Fletcher (Minneapolis, MN).
 

“Digital Rights Are Civil Rights: Race and Technology.”

Juried International Art Exhibition and Community Education Event

Minneapolis MN and Online: February 2021

With the Institute for Digital Humanity, Institute for Aesthetic Advocacy, ACLU MN, Native Youth Arts Collective, and Councilman Steve Fletcher. 
 

“Contaminated.”

International Juried Art Exhibition and Civic Forum

Minneapolis, MN and Online: May 2020

With the Institute for Digital Humanity and Institute for Aesthetic Advocacy. 

“Medical Unreliability and Sick Girl Theory.”

Curated Cross-Cultural Art Exchange

St. Cloud Zine Fest. St. Cloud, MN. February 2020

With Allison Baker, the Institute for Digital Humanity, and the Institute for Aesthetic Advocacy. 

 

“Sad Girls and Hopeful Women.”

Curated Cross-Cultural Art Exchange

Twin Cities Zine Fest.  Minneapolis, MN. September 2020

With Allison Baker, the Institute for Digital Humanity, and the Institute for Aesthetic Advocacy.  


“Hopeful Women.”

Student Art Installation on Christian Feminism

Hamline University. Saint Paul, MN.  Dec 2018

 

“World Press Freedom Day: What Do You Have to Say,”

Student Art Installation on Free Speech

Hamline University.  Saint Paul, MN.  April 2017

 

“Y2K16.”

Student Art Installation on Digital Ethics

Hamline University. Saint Paul, MN. December 2016

 

“dronesTruck: Operation Como.”

Student-Curated International Sound Art Exhibition

Saint Paul, MN. May 2016

 

“School Violence: An Interdisciplinary Approach.”

Student Art Installation on School Shootings

Hamline University. Saint Paul, MN. December 2015

Juried, grant-funded, and/or award-winning local, national, and international group and solo shows w/ Dr. McKain as curator, organizer, and/or host

ART INSTALLATIONS

& STRATEGIC ADVOCACY

“Cellular Home Invasion II.”

Solo Museum Exhibition. Gallery 610. 

With Allision Baker.  Menomonie, WI.  April 2020

 

“Cellular Home Invasion.”

Solo International Museum Exhibition. Czong Institute for Contemporary Art

Seoul, South Korea. With the Institute for Aesthetic Advocacy. May 2019

 

“Feminist Aesthetic Criticism.”

Video Installation.  Bad Video Art Festival

With Allison Baker.  Moscow, Russia.  July 2018
 

“The Institute for Aesthetic Advocacy.”

Video Installation.  Pop’s Movie Night. 

With Allison Baker.  Detroit, MI.  August 2018

“Scientific Home Invasion.”

Installation.  Pop’s Packing.

With Allison Baker. Detroit, MI.  June 2018
 

“Unsound Methods?”

Panel and Multimedia Performance

With Cory Holding, Matt Sumera, Josh Gumiela, and Allison Baker, Rhetoric Society of America,

Minneapolis, MN, May 2018

 

“How to Write a Poem that Costs You $175k Plus the Lady.”

Missouri Review.
Winner: 2017 Miller Audio Prize for Humor (Runner Up).         

 

“Sonance: An Interdisciplinary Discussion Concerning the Affects of Human Noise on Other Animals.”

Sound Performance and Art Residency. University of Minnesota Institute on the Environment.

With Josh Gumiela and Matt Sumera.  Minneapolis, MN.  November 2017

“Love Everlasting.”

Invited Multimedia Performance.  Italian Film Society of Minneapolis.

With Michael Gallope, Jason McGrath, Matt Sumera, and Travis Workman.

Minneapolis, MN.  February 2016

 

“dronesTruck: Operation Scarewaves.”

Grant Funded Art Installation.

Saint Paul, MN.  October 2015

 

“Endlessly Repeating Endlessly.”

Juried Multimedia Performance. Northern Sparks Arts Festival.

With Michael Gallope, Josh Gumiela, Jason McGrath, Matt Sumera, and Travis Workman.

Minneapolis, MN. June 2015
 

“dronesTruck.”  Juried Multimedia Installation.

Hamline-Midway Arts Festival. 

With Josh Gumiela. St. Paul, MN.  June 2015
 

Juried, grant-funded, and/or award-winning local, national, and international group and solo shows w/ Dr. McKain as artist or creative director

COMPETITIVE ACADEMIC CONFERENCES
& WORKSHOPS

“The Art of EMF Science: Aesthetics, Ethics, and Post-Digital Health Advocacy.” 

Rhetoric of Health And Medicine Conference.

With Stephen Pedersen and Allison Baker. Online: October 2020

“What Would Jesus Program?”

Rhetoric Society of America.

Portland, OR.  May 2020

 

“Cellular Home Invasion: Public Art As Rhetorical Intervention in Scientific Debates On EMF Health Effects.”

Rhetoric Society of America.

With Allison Baker and the Institute for Aesthetic Advocacy. Portland, OR.  May 2020. (COVID).

 

“Make Them Bake Cake? In the Wake of Masterpiece Cakeshop, Which Religious Activities Are Protected Expression Under the First

Amendment and Protected from Discrimination Laws?”

Midwest Business Administrative Association/Midwest Academy of Legal Studies in Business Joint Conference.

With Tom Freeman and Daniel Schneider. Chicago, IL.  March 2020

 

“Racist Robots: A Visual Primer on Understanding Algorithmic Bias.” 

Midwest Business Administrative Association/Midwest Academy of Legal Studies in Business Joint Conference.

With Tom Freeman and Dan Schneider. Chicago, IL.  March 2020

 

“Rhetoric Versus the Robots II: The Ethics of Algorithmic Unreliability.” 

International Society for the Study of Narrative.

With Weston Cregut and Rebekah Winkel. New Orleans, LA.  March 2020

 

“The Right to Speak, Bake, or Film…or Not…Which Activities are Protected Expression Under the First Amendment?”

Huber Hurst Research Seminar in Business Law and Ethics.

With Thomas Freeman. Gainsville, FL.  January 2020

 

“Privacy 3.0: Using Narrative Theory to Navigate Legal, Corporate, and Community Debates on Algorithmic Ethics.”

Data, Law, and AI Ethics Research Colloquium. Washington and Lee School of Law.

With Thomas Freeman.  Lexington, VA.  April 2019

“Unsound Methods?”

Panel and Multimedia Performance.  Rhetoric Society of America.

With Cory Holding, Matt Sumera, Josh Gumiela, Allison Baker, and the Institute for Aesthetic Advocacy.

Minneapolis, MN, May 2018

 

Sound Studies.  Workshop.

Rhetoric Society of America Summer Institute.

Bloomington, IN. May 2017

 

“Campaign Narrative, The End: A New Story for the Narrative Model of Rhetorical Agency,”

Rhetoric Society of America.

San Antonio, TX. May 2014
 

“The New New Journalism: The Post-Postmodern Aesthetics of Narrative As Rhetoric.”

The International Society for the Study of Narrative.

Boston, MA. March 2014

Rogue Publics. Workshop.

Rhetoric Society of America Summer Institute.

Lawrence, KS. June 2013

21st Century Presidential Rhetoric. Workshop.

Rhetoric Society of America Summer Institute.

Lawrence KS: June 2013.

 

“Audience 3.0: A New Rhetorical Ethics (and Aesthetics) for a Post-Remix Era.”

Rhetoric Society of America.

Philadelphia, PA. May 2012

 

“The Gentle Art of Accepting Enemies: New Media and the Rhetorical Aesthetics of Audience Exclusion.”

The International Society for the Study of Narrative.

St. Louis, MO. April 2011

 

“Playing Out Remix,”

Conference on College Composition and Communication.

Louisville, KY. March 2010

“End the Gaffe (And How Narrative Theory Let’s Us Do It).”

The International Society for the Study of Narrative.

Birmingham, UK. June 2009

 

“I’m Not There Anymore: The Return of Identity in the Post-Remix Age.”

Thomas R. Watson Conference on Rhetoric and Composition.

Louisville, KY. October 2008

 

“Ethos in a Remediated Age: Context, Character, and Community.”

Rhetoric Society of America.

Seattle, WA. May 2008

 

Digital Rhetoric. Workshop.

Rhetoric Society of America Summer Institute.

Troy, NY. June 2007

 

“Evaluating the ‘Narrative Turn."

Edward F. Hayes Graduate Research Forum.

Columbus, OH. April 2007

“Shouting ‘Fire’ in the Writing Classroom: Rhetoric, Law, and Composition.”

Conference on College Composition and Communication.

New York, NY. March 2007

 

“Alive and well and living in Washington’: Narrativity, Casebook Logic, and Legal Pedagogy.”

The International Society for the Study of Narrative.

Washington, D.C. March 2007

 

“The Rhetoric of Narrative--or, maybe, ‘The Narrative of Narrative.’”

Thomas R. Watson Conference on Rhetoric and Composition.

Louisville, KY. October 2006

 

“The Rhetoric of ‘Rhetoric’ in Rhetoric and Political Science.”

Rhetoric Society of America.

Memphis, TN. May 2006

“New Media, New Curricula.”

Conference on College Composition and Communication.

Chicago, IL. April 2006

“The ‘Dean Scream’ Didn’t Happen (And How it Did).”

American Popular Culture Association.

Atlanta, GA. April 2006

 

“Narrative Temporality in News Stories.”

The International Society for the Study of Narrative.

Ottawa, Canada April 2006

 

“Finding Authorization to ‘lance the boil’: Context, Content, and Free Speech Zones.”

Association for the Study of Law, Culture, and the Humanities.

Syracuse, NY. March 2006

 

“Is It Something or Nothing?  Narratologically Situating the Music of John Zorn’s Naked City.”

Edward F. Hayes Graduate Research Forum.

Columbus, OH. April 2004

“’But…This is a Good Graph’: What a Political Science Classroom (and the Spanish-American War) Can Tell us About Interdisciplinarity, Grad

Students, and the Rhetoric of Rhetoric (and Vice Versa).”

The Ohio State University.  EGO Spring Graduate Colloquium

Columbus, OH. May 2005

Visiting Scholar

OSTROM Workshop Kelley School of Business

Indiana University: 2019-present


● Research and consultation on digital ethics curricula and public advocacy, including campus presentations, in class/industry lectures and conferences. Associate Professor of Digital Media


Director of the School of English and Communication Arts
North Central University: 2018-2023


● Responsible for hiring, firing, student and faculty mentorship, budgeting, recruitment, marketing, assessment, accreditation, curricular development, and project management across three departments with a lean 500k budget.


● Transformed a school on life support into one of the top undergraduate digital ethics programs in the country by implementing Institute For Digital Humanity curriculum: Tripled enrollments; added $275k/year via online digital ethics
program; and kept the school thriving and gaining national and international recognition despite – due to COVID and the Summer of Floyd -- 50% budget and faulty reductions in 2020 and nearly existential university-wide layoffs.

Assistant Professor
Division of Professional Rhetoric and Digital Media Arts
Hamline University: 2011-2017


● Designed and taught classes in hetorical theory, professional communication, literary and cultural theory, critical digital media studies, law, professional writing, and media art. Responsible for student advising, departmental and university service, and maintaining research agenda.

Speechwriter/Communications Specialist
Office of the President, Ohio State University: 2007–2009


● Helped set and shape communications agenda for E. Gordon Gee, President of Ohio State University. Coordinated messaging strategy with senior administrative and PR staff to connect with Ohio State’s four core constituents: students, faculty, government officials (city, state, federal), and Ohio taxpayers. Responsible for speeches, talking points, op-eds, and articles in multiple mediums (tv, radio, social) and for live audiences ranging from 8 to 80,000.

Author and Education Technology Consultant
McGraw-Hill: 2008-2011


● Created and piloted a textbook, software, and pedagogy (Commonplace) to fight dis/misinformation via an inter-university, peer-review network. Adopted by 350 classrooms, 15,000 students, and four universities.

Project Director
Nebraska Appleseed Center for Law in the Public Interest, 1999-2001


● Worked with Nebraska Legal Services, Neb. Bar Association, and non-profits to promote statewide partnerships in technology and poverty law advocacy.

Coordinator
Nebraskans for Peace Political Action Committee, 1998


● Managed and marshalled PAC resources on behalf of gubernatorial candidate; served as member of political campaign staff; mobilized voters on tax issues.

Creative Director and Co-Founder:
Institute for Aesthetic Advocacy

2017-present


Leading volunteer teams of – primarily diverse and/or disabled – artists, activists, and researchers on cutting-edge curatorial strategies and artistic frameworks for:

Coordinating research, publications, and trainings for advocates, educators, and attorneys with/for Intima: A Journal of Narrative Medicine; Lewis and Clark University; Tulane Valley Creates; the Rhetoric Society of America, the Rhetoric of Health and Medicine Annual conference, and Post-Human: New Media Art.

Directing/creating juried and grant-funded (group and solo) art installations (local, national, and international) at the Czong Institute for Contemporary Art, Franconia Sculpture Park, Ely Center for Contemporary Art, Gallery 610, Tugboat Gallery, Saint Cloud Zine Fest, Twin Cities Zine Fest, Shelter in Place Gallery, Northeast Sculpture Gallery, Missouri Review; University of Minnesota Institute of the Environment, and Northern Sparks Arts Festival.

Catalyzing allegedly ‘impossible’ cross-cultural, bi-partisan, and multi-faith coalitions and conversations with diverse lawmakers and partners including ACLU MN, Anti-Defamation League, Safety Not Surveillance Coalition, North Suburban Center for the Arts; Ohio State; Portland State; Guns Down. Love Up; Project Minnesota; Second Chance MN; the Urban Educators; George State; Pittsburgh University Prison Writing Project, ACLU MN, Reclaim the Block; Safety Not Surveillance; and the Native Youth Arts Collective. 

Curating exhibitions and civic forums (juried and grant-funded; local, national, and international) on post-digital civil rights (algorithmic racism and privacy) and public health (COVID, disability, chronic/mental illness, autism, feminism/reproductive rights, PTSD, and gun violence).

Creative Director and Co-Founder:
Institute for Aesthetic Advocacy

2017-present


Leading volunteer teams of – primarily diverse and/or disabled – artists, activists, and researchers on cutting-edge curatorial strategies and artistic frameworks for:

Coordinating research, publications, and trainings for advocates, educators, and attorneys with/for Intima: A Journal of Narrative Medicine; Lewis and Clark University; Tulane Valley Creates; the Rhetoric Society of America, the Rhetoric of Health and Medicine Annual conference, and Post-Human: New Media Art.

Directing/creating juried and grant-funded (group and solo) art installations (local, national, and international) at the Czong Institute for Contemporary Art, Franconia Sculpture Park, Ely Center for Contemporary Art, Gallery 610, Tugboat Gallery, Saint Cloud Zine Fest, Twin Cities Zine Fest, Shelter in Place Gallery, Northeast Sculpture Gallery, Missouri Review; University of Minnesota Institute of the Environment, and Northern Sparks Arts Festival.

Catalyzing allegedly ‘impossible’ cross-cultural, bi-partisan, and multi-faith coalitions and conversations with diverse lawmakers and partners including ACLU MN, Anti-Defamation League, Safety Not Surveillance Coalition, North Suburban Center for the Arts; Ohio State; Portland State; Guns Down. Love Up; Project Minnesota; Second Chance MN; the Urban Educators; George State; Pittsburgh University Prison Writing Project, ACLU MN, Reclaim the Block; Safety Not Surveillance; and the Native Youth Arts Collective. 

Curating exhibitions and civic forums (juried and grant-funded; local, national, and international) on post-digital civil rights (algorithmic racism and privacy) and public health (COVID, disability, chronic/mental illness, autism, feminism/reproductive rights, PTSD, and gun violence).

Dr. Aaron McKain
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