I'm a 41 year old professor of journalism at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and I research the history of architecture, computers and the Internet. In my prefious
I'm a 39 year-old PhD student at Princeton University, and I write about the history of architecture and computers, and have also been a design professor. Academia is my second career: I started working with the Internet in the mid 90s until 2004. While I now live in Madison, Wisconsin, San Francisco was my home for many, many years, and I went to graduate school in the New York area. I love to travel and have lived and worked as a designer, design professor or researcher in a number of places in Europe, the US and India, and speak German, Dutch, French and Italian. Still, I'm a midwesterner by birth and it's a big part of my personality.
I'm affable and easy-going. I joke that I know someone you know but it's sometimes true, I love great food, art and design, I'm a fan of indie rock and jazz (but given that I'm in my 40s, my tastes are stuck in the mid-90s), I'm surprisingly good at knitting, and I like dogs and cats. As a guest, I'm low key -- happy to hang out and talk to my hosts, but very self-sufficient, and quite often, very familiar with the cities where I'm traveling.
San Francisco: It's been home for 7 of 15 years. I love it with all of my heart.
Berlin: It's so vibrant and it's different every single time I go. i've been orbiting the city in some way since 1990.
Montreal: One of my favorite places in North America: I spent the summer there last year on a fellowship at the Canadian Centre for Architecture. What a vibrant place.
Banglaore: I lived there in 2006 for a summer, studying how people share mobile phones.