I Wonder

Hi, my name’s Tim Gorichanazgor-SHON-iz. 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 writing, research and teaching, I'm trying to spark a little more wonder in all of us.

I’m an Assistant Teaching Professor at the Drexel University College of Computing and Informatics, where I teach and conduct research.

I also write fiction and poetry and run ultramarathons. Sometimes I run while I'm writing, and sometimes I do research about running. Sometimes I do other things, like paint and practice classical guitar. Check out some of my most recent activities below.


Here is more about me now (inspired by Derek Sivers).

Reading: I recently read Humankind: A Hopeful History, by Rutger Bregman. This book engages with the question: What would the world be like if humans were actually kind by nature? And what if that was actually true? This book is just what the doctor ordered for 2020.

Location: I live in West Philly, where I appreciate the trees and tilted sidewalks. I moved here from Wisconsin in 2014.

Teaching: At Drexel, I teach courses on various aspects of information and design, including human–computer interaction, information ethics and librarianship.

Research: I have a PhD in information studies, and I study people's experiences with information technology and documents. I'm particularly interested in personal meaning, how people build understanding, and art as a form of information. In my dissertation, I explored artists' information activities involved in creating self-portraits, how self-portraits function as documents, and how selfhood is technologically constructed.

Running: I started running when I was 20, and I’ve grown to love it. I generally run one or two 100-mile races a year now, plus a medley of shorter races. I’m also a volunteer running leader and mentor with Students Run Philly Style.

Writing: I’m a congenital fiction writer. I’ve written a handful of novels and short stories. Several of my short stories have been published in literary magazines. One interesting short story to start with 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, which I practice here and there.