Biographical information


Ed Finn


Ed Finn is the co-editor of Hieroglyph and director of the Center for Science and the Imagination, where is also an assistant professor with a joint appointment between the School of Arts, Media and Engineering and the Department of English.

He completed his doctoral degree in English and American literature at Stanford University in 2011. His current book project, “The Social Lives of Books,” explores the changing nature of reading in the digital era. Before graduate school Ed worked as a journalist at Time, Slate and Popular Science. His areas of interest include contemporary literature (especially science fiction), digital culture and the study of collaboration.

Previous Works

“Help Neal Stephenson Engineer the Weird and Create a New World of Sci-Fi.” Slate. April 10, 2013.

“Celebrate National Science Fiction Day by Learning to Live in the Future.” Slate. January 2, 2013.

“American Dreamers: Sharing the Fire.” American Dreamers. Make Sharp Stuff. November 26, 2012.

“The Man with the Personalized Gun.” (with Dave Guston). Slate. November 14, 2012.

“Introducing the Center for Science and the Imagination.” Huffington Post. September 25, 2012.

Academic Articles:

“Becoming Yourself: David Foster Wallace and the Afterlife of Reception.” The Legacy of David Foster Wallace: Critical and Creative Assessments, eds. Lee Konstantinou and Samuel Cohen, University of Iowa Press, 2012.

“New Literary Cultures: Mapping the Digital Networks of Toni Morrison” From Codex to Hypertext: Reading at the Turn of the Twenty-First Century, ed. Anouk Lang, University of Massachusetts Press, 2012.


Best known for

Probably best known as a writer for Slate, Huffington Post and as founding director of the Center for Science and the Imagination.


Director, Assistant Professor

Story Ideas and Burning Questions

What is the future of crowds? Will digital tools and ubiquitous computing allow new kinds of ad-hoc decision-making and collective action?