Mary Murrell received her Ph.D. in sociocultural anthropology from the University of California, Berkeley, in 2012. Her work at Berkeley was supported by a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, an NSF dissertation improvement grant, a Doreen B. Townsend Center for the Humanities Fellowship, and an ACLS-Mellon Dissertation Fellowship. Before earning her Ph.D., Mary was an acquisitions editor at Princeton University Press, where she acquired titles in the humanities and social sciences.
Scattered throughout the thirty million or so books digitized by Google, unexpected fingers erupt from the sequences of pages, captured by overhead cameras before the scanner has removed her hand. The rubber-tipped fingers have attracted a fascinated attention since the beginning of the project.