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July 2019
Founding board member of the JustSpace Alliance. Our mission is to advocate for a more inclusive and ethical future in space, and to harness visions of tomorrow for a more just and equitable world today.

June 2019
The Great Colonization Debate.” published in the journal Futures. With Kelly C.Smith, Keith Abney, Gregory Anderson, Linda Billings, Carl L. Devito, Brian Patrick Green, Alan R. Johnson, Lori Marino, Gonzalo Munevar, Adam Potthast, James S. J. Schwartz, Koji Tachibana, John W. Traphagan, Sher Wells-Jensen.

February 2019
Politics of Planetary Reproduction and the Children of Other Worlds.” published in the journal Futures. Preprint available on SocArXiv.

December 2018
First Contact with Possible Futures” for the “Speculative Anthropologies” series of Theorizing the Contemporary, Cultural Anthropology website.

November 2018
“Summoning AI in the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence” for “Ethnographies of the Extreme.” The 117th annual meeting of the American Anthropological Association, San Jose, California.

May 2018
Joined METI International Advisory Council.

Co-organized Making Contact workshop with Claire Webb for the Breakthrough Listen team at the University of California, Berkeley SETI Research Center.

SETI Primer, an Interdisciplinary Introduction to SETI History, Media, and Scholarship.

49th annual meeting of the Canadian Astronomical Society. Victoria, British Columbia.

Can Artificial Intelligence help find alien intelligence?” published in The Conversation and Scientific American.

Version 1.0 of “Social Science in the Search for Extraterrestrial Life and Intelligence” syllabus available for download here.

April 2018
Gizmodo interview about AI, deep learning, and galaxy simulations.

Conversation in Diaphanes magazine about xenolinguistics with José Antonio Millán, Rosalba Bonaccorsi (SETI Institute), Sheri Wells-Jensen (Bowling Green State University), and Doug Vakoch (METI International).

“Space Exploration and Planetary Perspectives” published in “Cultural Anthropology: A Perspective on the Human Condition,” edited by Emily A Schultz, Robert H Lavenda, and Roberta Robin Dods, from Oxford University Press Canada.

Visions of Human Futures in Space and SETI” with Jason Wright published in the International Journal of Astrobiology. (previously published online August 2017). Also available on the arXiv and on SocArXiv.

Breakthrough Discuss conference “Alien Life – Diversity in the Universe” at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California.

March 2018
Conceptualizing Difference in SETI” for “Decoding Alien Intelligence” workshop.  SETI Institute, Mountain View, California.

December 2017
Speculative Ethnography and First Contact with Possible Futures” for “‘Realists’ of a Larger Reality: Anthropological Intersections with Science Fiction.” The 116th Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association, Washington, D.C. (in absentia)

November 2017
WIRED magazine interview about Silicon Valley investment in SETI.

September 2017
“Habitable Wor(l)ds” Blumberg Summit. The John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C.

August 2017
Interstellar Anthropology and Cultural Infrastructures for a Spacefaring Species.” Invited talk for Starship Congress 2017, Monterey, California.