Quinn DuPont

Quinn DuPont studies human and social dimensions of cryptography, cybersecurity, and code, and is an active researcher in digital and new media studies, digital humanities, and the history of science and technology. He also has a decade of industry experience as a Senior Information Specialist at IBM, IT consultant, and usability and experience designer. His current research focuses on Bitcoin, cryptocurrencies, and blockchain technologies, and he is a member of the Canadian SCC/ISO blockchain standardization commitee. His forthcoming book, Cryptocurrencies (Polity), is a scholarly survey of cryptocurrencies and blockchain technologies in society.

Current Appointments

  • Center For Digital Cultures Fellow, Leuphana University (Summer, 2017)
  • Electronic Textual Cultures Lab Visiting Scholar, University of Victoria (Spring, 2017)
  • Digital Studies Fellow, Rutgers University (2016-2017)



  • DuPont, Quinn. Cryptocurrencies. Digital Media and Society. Cambridge, UK: Polity Press, 2018. (forthcoming).

Peer Reviewed Journal Articles

Book Chapters

  • DuPont, Quinn. “The Printing Press and Cryptography: Alberti and the Dawn of a Notational Epoch.” In A Material History of Medieval and Early Modern Ciphers: Cryptography and the History of Literacy. Material Readings in Early Modern Culture. New York, NY: Routledge, 2017. (in press).
  • DuPont, Quinn. “Cryptography.” In Critical Keywords for the Digital Humanities. meson press, n.d. (in press).
  • DuPont, Quinn. “Experiments in Governance: An ethnography of "The DAO," a failed Decentralized Autonomous Organization.” In Bitcoin and Beyond: The Challenges and Opportunities of Blockchains for Global Governance. Routledge n.d. (accepted).
  • DuPont, Quinn. “Otherness and Order.” In Andrés Ramírez Gaviria: A Line, However Short, Has An Infinite Number Of Points. Barcelona: Triton, 2016.

Journal Special Issues

  • Philosophy and Technology special issue on “Financial Technologies” guest co-editor (with Mark Coeckelbergh and Wessel Reijers), 2017 (in progress).

Digital Projects

  • Cryptographic Identities (2016) Fabric of Digital Life. [fabricofdigitallife.com]
    Curator of collection of cryptographic wearables for digital humanities archive.
  • DAO of Whales (2016). [Now defunct; http://daoofwhales.com]
    Participant-observation research of Decentralized Autonomous Organizations. The DAO was shuttered in 2016.
  • Cracking the Agrippa Code (2012). [http://crackingagrippa.net]
    Digital humanities investigation of Gibson’s Agrippa e-poem. Commentary and additional analysis by Alan Liu.

Book Reviews

Other Articles


Doctor of Philosophy, Information Science

University of Toronto (2010—2016), “An Archeology of Cryptography: Rewriting Plaintext, Encryption, and Ciphertext.” Supervised by Brian Cantwell Smith and Patrick Keilty.

Master of Arts, Philosophy

University of Toronto (2006—2007).

Master of Library and Information Science

University of Western Ontario (2006—2007)

Bachelor of Arts, Philosophy

University of Victoria (2002—2005)