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 work, I want to help us all see more wonder in the world.

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 Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead, a novel by Olga Tokarczuk, who won the Nobel Prize for Literature last year. If you're interested in a quirky and poetic murder mystery, I highly recommend it.

Location: I’ve lived in West Philly since September 2014. It’s very walkable and bikeable, and there are a lot of trees. Best of all, there’s a vibrant running scene, a lot of art and great food. Come visit!

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 personal meaning, morality and understanding in people's experiences with information technology and documents. In my dissertation, I explored artists' information activities involved in creating self-portraits, as well as how self-portraits function as documents and how selfhood is technologically constructed. My current research is looking at how art-based technologies can help teach morality and inspire self-reflection.

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.