DevOps Engineer | Mobiquity | New York | 2019 — present
Director | Levenberg Services, Inc. | Crawford, NY | Contact Me
I am a broadly skilled information professional, providing analytical and technical support for the architecture of information systems – ranging from academic research to IT infrastructures. I offer professional services and support to develop, implement and manage all manner of information systems, with expertise in crafting reliable, manageable, and secure systems.
Drawing on my experience in both information technology and in academic research, I offer customized support to clients with a range of services:
- Designing, developing and implementing IT and web infrastructures
- Securing and maintaining cloud hosting systems
- Automating data storage, management, and processes
- Standardizing organizational practices for IT systems
- Testing and documenting organizational knowledge and processes
- Conducting academic and applied information research
- Synthesizing research findings in concise, readable reports
I work with a wide range of industries, including construction, retail, non-profits, academic institutions, and professional service firms. I recently completed my PhD in Cultural Studies at George Mason University, studying network infrastructure development in West Africa.
PRIOR EXPERIENCEDevOps (Consultant) | AlphaPipe | New York, NY | 2012 — 2019
Advise on and implement the systems administration, cloud architecture and orchestration, and operations automation for the high-availability and high-performance applications developed under strict compliance requirements for this finance technology firm.Technical Architect (Consultant) | Anant Corporation | Washington, DC and New York, NY | 2011 — 2019
Jack of all trades at web development agency. Responsible for information architecture and C-level technology management consulting. Trusted to deliver client projects, ranging from strategic analysis to full-stack development to technical support to marketing, on time and under budget.Presidential Research Scholar | Cultural Studies Department | George Mason University | Fairfax, VA | 2010 — 2013
Research fellow in PhD program. Conducted research towards dissertation on the Internet in West Africa. Assisted professors with book research and editing, course syllabi, and organization. Manage the department’s website.Editor | The Circus Book | New York, NY | 2008 — 2018
Prose Editor for literary journal. Launched, and continue to maintain, the journal’s self-hosted website. Relied on by collective’s members to nurture and curate non-fiction prose for the journal and website.Multimedia Technician | John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts | Washington, DC | 2011 — 2012
Volunteer for the Millennium Stage’s nightly free performance, operating high-definition cameras for live concert streaming.Freelance Writer | Washington, DC | 2010 — 2011
Created original content for high-traffic web sites to attract search engine queries from around the world. Answered questions on eclectic and important topics to readers. Tilled the soil of the content farms.Production Manager | Drunk With Hope in Chicago | Washington, DC | 2010
Trusted to design, install, and operate lighting, sound, and props for several productions of this one-woman show in the Capital Fringe Festival, and at Georgetown University.Digital Media Specialist | Office of Scholarly and Literary Publication | Washington, DC | 2009 — 2010
Created new media promotional strategies for Georgetown authors and the Office. Conducted research, wrote for the in-house blog, and reached out to readers by growing the email listserv.Research and Teaching Assistant | Communication, Culture, and Technology Program | Georgetown University | Washington, DC | 2009 — 2010
Teaching Assistant for introductory and upper-level graduate courses. Edited course syllabi, led discussion sections with MA candidates, wrote for the course blog, coordinated with guest lecturers, and managed assignments.Retail Associate | Glover Park Hardware | Washington, DC | 2008 — 2009
Provided exceptional customer service and technical assistance. Frequently called into management roles on the sales floor and in the back office.Research Assistant | Judaic Studies Program | Binghamton University | Binghamton, NY | 2008
Compiled a collection of Hebrew short stories for an upper-level undergraduate course. Implemented a database of the findings for future teachers and researchers.Teaching Assistant | Department of Africana Studies | Binghamton University | Binghamton, NY | 2007 — 2008
Lectured and managed assignments for Hip-Hop class. Co-organized and co-hosted final performance; compiled the video recording for that performance. Managed and produced all aspects of an original play for African Theater class the following semester.Apprentice | Dutchwerks LTD | Columbia MD | 2005 — 2010
Worked and studied under master toxicologist. Trusted to provide professional services of all kinds and to interact with high-value clients. Doubled the firm’s productivity during recession.Apprentice | Atlas Electric Service | Elizabeth, NJ | 2003 — 2008
Worked and studied under master electrician. Trusted to perform professional repairs and installations of complex electrical systems.
Review of ‘Farm Worker Futurism: Speculative Technologies of Resistance’ by Curtis Marez (University of Minnesota Press), Lateral 8.2 (2019).
Co-Editor (with Tai Neilson and David Rheams) | Research Methods for the Digital Humanities. London, UK: Palgrave MacMillan, 2018.
“Modernity, Silence, Revolution: Schmitt, Adorno, and Derrida.” in Movements in Time: Revolution, Social Justice and Times of Change. Eds. Cecile Lawrence and Natalie Churn. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2012.
Editorial Assistant | The Renewal of Cultural Studies. Ed. Paul Smith. Temple University Press, 2011.
Editor/Direct Publisher | Obscure Stories of the Civil War. Paul N. Herbert. 2011.
Operating Systems | Windows, Linux, MacOS
Cloud Computing | Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, Google App Engine
Networking and Security | Firewalls, Routing, SSL/TLS implementation, Intrusion detection systems
Hardware and Computer Repair | Desktops, Laptops, Tablets, Phones.
Office Software Support | Microsoft Office, LibreOffice, OpenOffice, Google Apps Suite, etc
Content Management Systems | WordPress, Drupal, Joomla, etc
Programming / Scripting / Markup Languages | Bash / Shell, Batch Files (basic) / Powershell, C,
Database Administration | MSSQL, PostgreSQL, mySQL / mariaDB, MongoDB
Deployment and Source Control | Git, Subversion, Mercurial
Hebrew | Proficient
Latin | Read only
French | Read only
PhD | Cultural Studies | George Mason University | 2018
I argue that telecommunications policy which promotes backbone infrastructure strengthens gatekeeper states. Ghana, Nigeria, and Liberia have each pursued policies that reinforce their existing political-economic institutions and structures, acting as gatekeepers in pursuit of effective gate-keeping internet infrastructure. Further, backbone-first network infrastructure development itself serves to preserve and strengthen the extant conditions of these states’ power.
MA | Communication, Culture, and Technology | Georgetown University | 2010
Thesis: “The Cultural Production of Mumia Abu-Jamal” | Awarded with Honors.
BA | Comparative Literature | Binghamton University | 2008
Presidential Fellowship | George Mason University | 2010 — 2013
Mildred Sweet Memorial Liberal Arts Award | Binghamton University | 2008
Esther Couper All-University Scholarship | Binghamton University | 2005