PhD Candidate
Computational Media, Arts, and Cultures, Duke University, Durham NC
Max.Symuleski @ duke | MJSymuleski @ gmail


  • 2013-Present: PhD Candidate, Computational Media Arts and Cultures, Duke University
    • Dissertation Project: Working Freedom: Visual and Material Cultures of Maintenance
    • Supervisor: Mark Hansen
  • 2010-2012: Master of Arts, Historical Studies, the New School for Social Research
    • Focus on U.S. History and Visual Culture, History of the built environment
    • Thesis: Utopian Endgames: Counterculture Architectures of the 60s and 70s
    • Supervisors: Orit Halpern and Jeremy Varon
  • 2001-2005: Bachelor of Arts, Sarah Lawrence College
    • Concentration in Art History, Art Theory and Visual Arts
    • Thesis: Constant Nieuwenhuys and the Situationist International at the End of Modernism
    • Supervisors: Judith Rodenbeck and Joseph Forte


Presentations & Conferences

  • November 3 & 4, 2017
    • HASTAC 2017: The Possible Worlds of Digital Humanities
    • Presentation: “Digital Maintenance”
    • Panel: Possible Digital Worlds, One Material World: EcoDH
  • April 21-23, 2017
    • Open Engagement 2017, University of Illinois, Chicago
    • Paper: “Trash Talk: Maintenance and Environmental Justice”
    • Panel: Maintenance, Justice, and Self-Determination: Connections and tensions between sustained social practice and its archives with the Duke FHI Social Practice Lab
  • February 19-20, 2015
    • 2015 Graduate Student Symposium, Duke University Department of Art, Art History and Visual Studies
    • Paper: “From World to Earth: Some Phenomenological Considerations of Whole Earth Imagery”


  • 2015-Present
    • The Aesthetics and Politics Reading Group
    • Research group co-organized with Shannan Hayes and Eylul Iscen
    • Duke University, Durham, NC
  • 2013-Present
    • Member, S-1: Speculative Sensation Lab
    • Led by professors Mark Hansen and Mark Olson
    • Duke University, Durham, NC
  • 2015-Present
    • Wiki Site Manager and Co-Producer,
    • The Art of the MOOC, with the Social Practice Lab, under the direction of Prof. Pedro Lasch
    • Duke University, Durham, NC;; & Creative Time, New York, NY
  • Spring 2016
    • Digital Media Designer & Programmer for the dance performance Nebula
    • Dark Matter: An MFA Thesis Performance by Jess Shell, April 1 & 2, 2016
    • University of North Carolina, Greensboro
  • Spring 2015
    • Project Team Member, The Lives of Things: The Brummer Apostles for the exhibit “Medieval Color Comes to Light” at the Nasher Museum of Art
    • Duke University Bass Connections Project
    • Duke University, Durham, NC

Research, Teaching & Academic Service

  • Fall 2017
    • Teaching Assitant, ISS 240: Web-Based Multimedia
    • Duke University, Durham, NC
  • Fall 2016
    • Teaching Assitant, MFAEDA 713 / VMS 580S Computational Media Proseminar Studio
    • Duke University, Durham, NC
  • 2014-2015
    • Co-Chair, Graduate Student Association, Department of Art, Art History and Visual Studies
    • Duke University, Durham, NC
  • Spring 2012
    • Teaching Assitant, Power, Knowledge and Vision: Introduction to the Study of Art, Design and Media in Contemporary Society
    • The New School for Social Research, New York, NY
  • 2011-2012
  • 2011-2012
    • Research Assistant to Professor Eli Zaretsky
    • The New School for Social Research, New York, NY
  • 2011

Professional Experience

  • June 2017 - Present
  • 2015
  • 2012-2013
    • Assistant Editor
    • American Journal of International Law
    • Columbia Law School, New York, NY
  • 2006-2013
    • Faculty and Administrative Assistant
    • Serving Academic Fellows Program, Entry Level Appointments Committee, And Law Faculty
    • Columbia Law School, New York, NY
  • 2005-2006
    • Admissions Counselor
    • Office of Admissions
    • Columbia Business School, New York, NY

Honors & Awards

  • 2016-17
    • PhD Lab Fellow, Franklin Humanities Institute, Duke University
  • Spring 2016
    • Duke STEAM Challenge, 2nd Place
    • With Evan Donahue and Eylul Iscen
    • Project: "New Media Memex," a qualitative data analysis and network visualization tool for the Humanities
  • 2016
    • Summer Research Fellowship
    • Kline Family Fellowship Fund, Duke University
  • 2010-2012
    • Academic Merit Scholarship
    • The New School for Social Research
  • 2001-2015
    • Presidential Merit Scholarship
    • Sarah Lawrence College

Technical Skills

  • Applications
    • Extensive knowledge of desktop applications including the Microsoft Office Suite, Adobe Photoshop, Premeire and Acrobat
  • Markup and Scripting
    • Extensive knowledge of HTML/CSS and JavaScript, proficiency in PHP, experience with Java, Python, Ruby
  • Web & App Development
    • Node.js framework, Ruby on Rails, WordPress and WordPress Theme development, experience with SQL and back-end management
  • Physical Computing
    • Experience with Arduino-based prototyping, personal computer repair and refurbishing