I Wonder

Hi, my name’s Tim. I’m curious, in both senses of the word: I have a lot of questions, and they say I’m a little on the weird side. In my various pursuits, I aim to inspire myself and others to appreciate the wonder of the world.

I’m working on my PhD, and I am currently on the market for a tenure-track job in academia. I also write fiction and poetry and run ultramarathons. Sometimes I write novels about or while running, and sometimes I do research while and about running. Sometimes I do other things, like paint and travel, though lately I’ve been learning classical guitar more than anything. Check out some of my most recent activities below.


I’m 28 years old. But that number isn’t very useful. In some ways I’ve always felt like a little old man, and in some ways I still feel like I’m eight-and-three-quarters. Here is more about me now (inspired by Derek Sivers).

Reading: I recently read the book Mythos: A Retelling of the Myths of Ancient Greece, by Stephen Fry, and I recommend it. Fry’s humor and voice really make these stories come alive.

Location: I’ve lived in (West) Philadelphia since September 2014. I mostly like it here. It’s very walkable and bikeable, and there are a lot of trees. Best of all, there’s a supportive running scene, a lot of art and great food. I’m not constitutionally a city person, but I’m going to miss Philly when I leave this summer (after graduation).

Research Career: I’m a PhD candidate in information studies, slated to graduate in June 2018, and I’m currently on the job market. I study how people work with information and documents, from a philosophical perspective. I started my PhD program in Fall 2014, and I defended my dissertation proposal in June 2017. I was honored to receive the 2017 Litwin Books Award for Ongoing Dissertation Research. My dissertation discusses the concept of self-document and explores in detail the process of how artists go about creating a self-portrait.

Running: I started running when I was 20, and I’ve grown to love it. I run one or two 100-mile races a year now, plus a medley of shorter races. Next on my calendar is Lake Martin 100 in Alabama. I’m a volunteer running leader and mentor with Students Run Philly Style.

Writing: I’m a congenital fiction writer. I’ve penned a handful of novels and short stories—though I’ve never gotten a novel published by a third-party, several of my short stories have been published in literary magazines. Sadly, my fiction has been on pause as I’ve been working on my dissertation, but I have a few projects in the hopper. My most recent short story publication is The River God, in Alexandria Quarterly. In addition to fiction, I write essays and poetry, some of which have also been published.

Guitar: I’ve monkeyed around on the guitar since about eighth grade, but I didn’t practice with gusto until I started my PhD program. (Correlation?) I recently discovered a love for classical guitar, and now I’m working through the online lessons on Classical Guitar Corner. Sadly, this, too, has taken a backseat to my dissertation…