About Me

Self portrait with polaroidsDavid is the Instructional Technologist and an instructor in the Writing Program at Emory University. At Emory, he has taught courses in first year composition and the sophomore poetry class and used to help run the Writing Center. Before coming to Emory, he was a Brittain Fellow at Georgia Tech and also taught at University of West Georgia and at Longwood University in Virginia. He did his graduate work in English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University, but left before finishing his dissertation (which was on child raising and the frontier in turn-of-the-century America and ecocriticism).

David is the father to two wonderful daughters who, though he can’t quite bring himself to believe it, are becoming teenagers. He’s also a semi-professional photographer and an untalented but passionate painter. He’s played rhythm and lead guitar in a few bands in recent years, though these days he mostly just regrets not being able to play more often. And he’s the president and webmaster for his Unitarian Universalist congregation in Atlanta. He’s been an actor in a community Shakespearean theater company (best roles: Tybalt in Romeo and Juliet and Speed in Two Gentlemen of Verona).

He spent a number of years as a semi-pseudonymous blogger writing about parenting, the academy, and politics, though not necessarily in that order, and was at one time inordinately proud of being the number one return for Google searches as disparate as “fucking dissertation” and “how to make an upholstered headboard.”

In 2007, David took a photo and posted it on Flickr every day. In 2008, he tried to take a self-portrait every day but he only made it 228/366ths of the way through before throwing in the towel.