This site is managed by J.R. (Wayne) Osborn.  I'm a scholar and experimentalist of communication, and I enjoy making things.  I've worked at Georgetown University since 2010, where I teach in the Communication, Culture & Technology (CCT) Program.  I also created the Georgetown Certificate in Digital Media Production offered through Georgetown University’s School of Continuing Studies.  I hold a Ph.D in Communication and a Certificate in Ethnographic Film from the University of California, San Diego.  My CV can be viewed here.

My projects investigate media history and production, semiotics, technology, design, and aesthetics with a regional focus of the Middle East and Africa.  In courses, I frequently combine hands-on production projects with theoretical and traditional scholarship. I emphasize a global perspective on technology and communication, having  taught and studied in Jordan, Yemen, Turkey, Mexico, Zimbabwe, the U.A.E, China, and Switzerland.

I'm currently engaged in a number of research projects across a variety of media.  More detailed information can be found on the projects page:

  • Video – I produced and edited “Glitter Dust: Finding Art in Dubai,” a documentary feature, which premiered at the 2012 Gulf Film Festival in the United Arab Emirates. The film combines HD video and animation to examine the contemporary art scene in Dubai.
  • Text – I'm completing a book on the aesthetic history of Arabic script (from calligraphy to digital typography).
  • Interface Design – I design, program, and build interactive “unmixing” terminals for the National Postal Museum and other Smithsonian institutions
  • Curatorial – I moderate the “Diagrammatica Project” as a study of communication and information design.  The project collects significant diagrams as models of visual and spatial reasoning


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