Evan Buswell

evan buswell

Position Title
CST PhD Candidate


Dissertation: The Evolution of Debt and the Formation of Code in Late Capitalism

Research interests: Marxist Materialism, Science Studies, Methodology, Critical Theory, Forms of Promising, History of Debt, History and Philosophy of Mathematics, Critical Code Studies, Marxist Value Theory, Ideology.

Fellowships, Grants, and Awards:

  • Residential Research Group Fellowship: "Culture, Industry, Finance." University of California Humanities Research Institute (Spring 2015)
  • HASTAC Scholars Fellowship (2014-2015)


B.A. Philosophy, UC Santa Cruz, 2004

M.A. English, Portland State University, 2011

Academia.edu Profile


“If: Close Reading the Conditional Branch Instruction.” Presentation at the 2014 Annual Meeting of the Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts (SLSA), Dallas, TX, 2014.

“Code as a totalization of the Information Episteme.” Presentation at the 2013 Annual Meeting of the Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts (SLSA), Notre Dame, IN, 2013.

"Debt, Code, and Computability." Presentation at the 2012 Annual Meeting of the Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts (SLSA), Milwaukee, WI, 2012.

"The Ethics of Code." With Scott Dexter, Craig Dietrich, and Elizabeth Losh.  Plenary thread / presentation for the 2012 Critical Code Studies Working Group, online.  Proceedings in Electronic Book Review, forthcoming.

"Undefined Intimacy with the Machine: Standard C and 'Undefined Behavior.' " Presentation at Critical Code Studies @ USC, Los Angeles, CA, 2010.  Proceedings in Vectors (2010) online at http://vectorsjournal.org/thoughtmesh/critcode.

"Truth and Command in the Language of Code: code := meaning == code := action?