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Co-Founder/Executive Director
The Institute for Digital Humanity

Co-Founder/Creative Director
The Institute for Aesthetic Advocacy


Visiting Scholar
OSTOM Workgroup, Indiana University

Resume
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Academic CV
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professional experience | education | media & press | publications | academia | art

Co-Founder/Executive Director

The Institute for Digital Humanity

Co-Founder/Creative Director
The Institute for Aesthetic Advocacy


Visiting Scholar

OSTOM Workgroup, Indiana University



Co-Founder &
Executive Director

The Institute for
Digital Humanity

Co-Founder &
Creative Director

The Institute for
Aesthetic Advocacy


Visiting Scholar
OSTOM Workgroup
Indiana University
 

Resume
(.pdf link)

Academic CV
(.pdf link)

Co-Founder &
Executive Director

The Institute for Digital Humanity

Co-Founder &
Creative Director

The Institute for Aesthetic Advocacy


Visiting Scholar

OSTOM Workgroup
Indiana University

Dr. Aaron McKain



Co-Founder &
Executive Director

The Institute for
Digital Humanity

Co-Founder &
Creative Director

The Institute for
Aesthetic Advocacy


Visiting Scholar
OSTOM Workgroup
Indiana University
 

Resume
(.pdf link)
Academic CV
(.pdf link)

Co-Founder/Executive Director
INSTITUTE FOR DIGITAL HUMANITY

Co-Founder/Creative Director
INSTITUTE FOR AESTHETIC ADVOCACY

Visiting Scholar
OSTROM WORKGROUP, INDIANA UNIV.

Resume (.pdf) / CV (.pdf)
 

PAST PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

north central university: 2018-2023
director and associate professor 
 school of english, digital media, and communication arts 

ohio state university: 2001-2010
speechwriter, office of the president
assistant editor, narrative
 instructor 

hamline university: 2011-2017
assistant professor
division of rhetoric and digital media arts

consultant/inventor:
 anti-defamation league:
2019-2021
mcgraw-hill: 2007-2009

nebraska appleseed center for
law in the public interest

program associate:
1998-2001

nebraskans for peace pac
coordinator:
1998

record store geek:
homer's records & gifts:
1997-2000

  • 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.

  • 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. 


    • Directing/creating juried or grant funded (group and solo) art installations 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.

  • ● 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.

    promote statewide partnerships in technology and poverty law advocacy.

  •  ● Research and consultation on digital ethics curricula and public advocacy, including campus presentations, in class/industry lectures and conferences. 

consultant/inventor:
anti-defamation league:
2019-2021
mcgraw-hill: 2007-2009

nebraska appleseed center for
law in the public interest

program associate:
1998-2001

nebraskans for peace pac
coordinator:
1998

record store geek:
homer's records & gifts:
1997-2000

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. 

Visiting Scholar

OSTROM Workshop Kelley School of Business

Indiana University: 
2019-present

Director of the School of English and Communication Arts &
Associate Professor of Digital Media

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.

promote statewide partnerships in technology and poverty law advocacy.

EDUCATION

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


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

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

Ohio State University

 

B.A., English 

University of Nebraska. December 1998

Graduated with Distinction, Phi Betta Kappa

Minors: Conflict Resolution, History, International Affairs

Ph.D.English (Digital Culture & Politics)
The Ohio State University

Master's in the Study of Law (M.S.L.) 

The Ohio State University 

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

M.A. English (Critical Theory: Law & Politics)
The Ohio State University
 
B.A. English
University of Nebraska

B.A. Political Science 

University of Nebraska

Graduated with Distinction, Phi Betta Kappa
Minors: Conflict Resolution, History, International Affairs

M.A. English (Critical Theory: Law & Politics)
The Ohio State University
 
B.A. English
University of Nebraska

B.A. Political Science 

University of Nebraska

Graduated with Distinction,
Phi Betta Kappa
Minors: Conflict Resolution, History, International Affairs

"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.  

NBC KARE-11: MINNEAPOLIS
FORBES
 OMAHA WORLD-HERALD
NBC: TOLEDO, HOUSTON, SACREMENTO
HUMAN LAWYER
PIONEER PRESS
NEXT GENERATION POLITICS
 AI & YOU 
OUR BLACK NEWS

AG NEWS
OMAHA DAILY RECORD

NEBRASKA PUBLIC TELEVISION

SLOAN FILM SUMMIT

NBC KARE-11: MINNEAPOLIS
FORBES
OMAHA WORLD-HERALD
NBC: TOLEDO, HOUSTON, SACREMENTO
HUMAN LAWYER
PIONEER PRESS
NEXT GENERATION POLITICS
 AI & YOU 
OUR BLACK NEWS

AG NEWS
OMAHA DAILY RECORD

NEBRASKA PUBLIC TELEVISION

SLOAN FILM SUMMIT