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 practice classical guitar. Check out some of my most recent activities below.


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

Reading: I read 80–100 books every year. 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?

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 and applying virtue ethics to sociotechnical design and research.

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. My most recent 100 was Lean Horse 100.

Writing: I’m a congenital fiction writer. 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. Since early 2020, I've been hard at work on a mythical fantasy novel.

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 more recently discovered a love for classical guitar.