Hi, I’m Jeffrey Moro

I’m a doctoral student in English at the University of Maryland, College Park, where I study the textual and material histories of media technologies. My research engages electronic literature, media archaeology, and software studies, and I have particular interests in obsolescence, sustainability, and infrastructure. I have experience on a wide range of digital humanities projects and am a skilled collaborator in administration, technical development, and public outreach.


2021 (Expected)
University of Maryland, College Park • College Park, MD
Ph.D, English • certificate in Digital Studies (in progress)
Amherst College • Amherst, MA
BA, English; BA, Theater & Dance • magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa


2016 – Present
Site Manager
Romantic Circles • College Park, MD
2013 – 2016
Post-Baccalaureate Resident in Digital Humanities
Five Colleges, Inc • Amherst, MA (Appointed at Smith College • Northampton, MA)
I collaborated with Five College Digital Humanities' faculty director to comprehensively administer a variety of academic programs, events, and grant-funded projects. I managed an Undergraduate Student Fellowship program, an Undergraduate Microgrant program, a Speaker Series, and taught workshops on digital media and digital project management. In short: I kept all the pieces moving so that faculty, staff, and students alike could do innovative work.

In Public

“Take Only Data, Leave No Footprints”
January 2018 • Modern Language Association • New York City, NY • Paper, MLA 2018
“Decaying Plastic Play: Flappy Bird’s Hacked Afterlife as Media Archaeological Praxis”
August 2017 • Alliance of Digital Humanities Organizations • Montréal, QC • Paper, Digital Humanities 2017
“Surfaces, Standards, Layers, Stacks: Towards a Platform Textuality”
May 2017 • Society for Textual Scholarship and MITH • College Park, MD • Roundtable, Textual Embodiments
“Vapor Ware, or the Odors of 3D Printing”
April 2017 • Rutgers-Camden Archive of Digital Ephemera • Camden, NJ • Panel, R-CADE 2017 Symposium
“Roomba in Revolt: Sociability and Securitization in the Internet of Things”
March 2017 • SIGCIS • Mountain View, CA • Paper, Command Lines: Software, Power, Performance
“The Critical Is: Mapping New Approaches to Video Game Criticism”
May 2015 • Michigan State University • East Lansing, MI • Poster, HASTAC 2015: The Art and Science of Digital Humanities
“Undergraduate Digital Humanities, Three Ways”
April 2014 • NERCOMP • Norwood, MA • Talk, Emerging Digital Scholars: Undergraduates and Digital Humanities
Other Talks
“Plastic, Logic, & Time”
April 2016 • Five College Digital Humanities • Amherst, MA • Lightning talk • Five College Digital Humanities Community Showcase
“Digital Humanities / Digital Projects”
Jan. 2015 • UMass Amherst • Amherst, MA • Talk • Applied Humanities Learning Lab

Awards + Grants

SIGCIS Travel Subvention
For “Command Lines: Software, Power, Performance”
Jacob K. Goldhaber Travel Award
From the University of Maryland, College Park.
2016 – Present
Flagship Fellowship
From the University of Maryland, College Park.
The Flagship Fellowship Program is used to recruit outstanding doctoral students to the University of Maryland Graduate School.
2014 – 2015
Association for Computers and the Humanities Microgrant
For “The_Critical_Is: Mapping New Approaches to Videogame Pedagogy.”
2014 – 2015
Five College Digital Humanities Project Grant
For “AIRLab (Aerial Innovation and Robotics Laboratory).”
2012 – 2013
Pease (Lane) Research Fellowship for Creative Artists
For No Wind Blows Against the Pines
Pease (Lane) Fellowships provide financial and research support for students interested in using historical and rare source materials towards projects in the arts.
2012 – 2013
Alpha Delta Phi Grant
For “Shakespeare Film and the Media of Translation.”
ADP Grants from the Amherst College Dean of the Faculty support undergraduate thesis research.
Gregory S. Call Undergraduate Summer Research Grant
For No Wind Blows Against the Pines

Teaching + Events

Courses taught
Media Archaeology, Climate Change, and the Digital (Non)humanities
Jan. 2016 • Smith & Amherst Colleges. Northampton & Amherst, MA
A week-long course exploring the material history of computational technologies and how media studies might respond to climate change and the Anthropocene.
E.LIT / NET.ART: An Extraordinarily Brief History of Digital Literature, 1975 – 2015
Jan. 2015 • Smith College. Northampton, MA
A week-long course on electronic literature and Internet art, exploring key pieces throughout the medium's history while providing students critical and historical vocabularies for engaging with born-digital work.
Practicing Digital Humanities
Jan. 2014 • Smith College. Northampton, MA
A week-long course on planning, managing, and executing digital research projects.
Workshops led & Events organized
Five College Digital Humanities Undergraduate Fellowship Workshop
Jan. 2015 • Amherst College. Amherst, MA
Five College Digital Humanities Kickoff Celebration & Workshops
Sept. 2014 • Amherst College. Amherst, MA
Five College Digital Humanities Speaker Series
AY 2014 – 2015 (6 speakers), AY 2015 – 2016 (5 speakers) • Amherst College. Amherst, MA
Five College Digital Humanities Student Symposia
April 2014, May 2015, April 2016 • Smith & Amherst Colleges. Northampton & Amherst, MA
Guest Lecture & TA
ENGL-456: Ghosts in Shells?: Virtuality and Embodiment from Passing to the Posthuman
Fall 2015 • Amherst College • Amherst, MA • TA • Taught by Marisa Parham.
ENGL-277: Videogames and the Boundaries of Narrative
Spring 2015 • Amherst College • Amherst, MA • TA • Taught by Marisa Parham.

Digital Projects

Major Projects
2013 – 2016
E.LIT / NET.ARTCurator & Organizer
An introduction to and exploration of electronic literature and Internet art, comprising pop-up IRL and URL galleries, workshops, and a screening program.
2014 – 2015
The_Critical_IsPI with Elizabeth Alexander, Criss Guy, and Kimberly Bain
A workgroup and web publishing concern, exploring critical issues in video games and interactive media. Funded by a microgrant from the Association for Computers and the Humanities."
2014 – 2015
AIRLab (Aerial Innovation and Robotics Laboratory)PI with Jon Caris and Eric Poehler
A hybrid makerspace and workgroup exploring, historicizing, and critiquing creative robotics in the undergraduate classroom and the world at large. Funded by Five College Digital Humanities.
— Minor Projects —
2015 – 2017
Still Life in Digital: Black Life, Trauma, and Social MediaCo-author with Marisa Parham
Essays, maps, and interactive visualizations on Black life, trauma, and social media.
2015 – 2016
The RecirculatorPI
A web app that lets you randomly check out books that have never before circulated within the Five College library system, and learn more about the collection through data visualizations.
2014 – 2015
The Space of Mexico CityConsultant
Researched and advised on the development of Scalar and Omeka platforms for a material cultures and mapping project. Led focus group on undergraduate digital humanities research and pedagogy.

Membership + Service

Modern Language Association
Association for Computers and the Humanities
Society for Textual Scholarship
Technology ChairGraduate English Organization • 2017 – Present.


2012 – 2013
No Wind Blows Against the Pines
Director & Author
A new play based on the Noh plays Pining Wind and The Sumida River.
Two Winds
Director & Choreographer
A dance-theater piece in collaboration with Skye Landgraf & Morgan Brown.
2011 – 2013
Shakespeare on the Quad Theater Company
Co-founder & Producer
Produced crowd-funded productions of Shakespeare plays for local audiences.


WebdevHTML, CSS/SASS, PHP, cPanel, twarc, CartoDB, Jekyll, Javascript, Twitter API, D3.js
Social Media & BrandingTwitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Rebelmouse, Google Analytics
Around the OfficeMicrosoft Office, Apple iWork, Google Apps, Mailchimp, Formstack, Trello, Slack, Basecamp
Presentation & Media ProductionTwine, Camtasia, iMovie, Prezi, LaTeX
Project ManagementGit/GitHub, Acquia
CMSWordpress, Drupal, Moodle, Tumblr

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