I work on the history of law and technology (History of Science/Science Studies) at the University of California, San Diego. At UC San Diego, I generally teach legal history mixed with the history of science and technology; at the University of San Diego, I teach history of science and technology mixed with a bit of law.
Outside of academia, I provide law and technology consulting services, including web development and legal research & writing, through kNk Advising. Some of my academic work is available at SSRN. You can also read more of my informal work at my blog, in propria persona, or follow me on Twitter.
In 1998, I graduated from the University of Washington with degrees in Comparative History of Ideas, Comparative Literature, and Spanish. I then spent almost ten years as a systems analyst (web developer) and manager at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. Seeking to bring my technology and critical-analytic skills together, I earned a Juris Doctor (JD) degree from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law. After graduating, I decided that a PhD program in the history of science would be the best way to unify my technical, analytic, and legal training.
Much of my work—including research, teaching, and consulting—is intentionally pragmatic. History, for me, is valuable for its own sake—but critically, it is also useful. History provides us with evidence and data for making decisions today. This evidence may well lack the purity of a chemical equation, but it is used everyday in the courtroom, for example, where reaching a fair result is more important than perfect data. Historical evidence can prove similarly useful to a real-world policymaker.
To help maintain my practical focus, I continue to consult and advise on web development, legal research and writing, and law and technology issues more generally. Engaging with "real-world" issues forces me to keep my research, writing, and teaching grounded and useful.