Michael Newton: Scottish Gaelic scholar and writer, digital artisan, programmer, dance enthusiast, minoritized language activist, new father.
Born in El Centro, California. My first career was in computer programming; worked for some 6 years at FTL Games, where I was on the team that made the popular computer game Dungeon Master.
Changed careers into Celtic Studies by moving to Glasgow, Scotland, taking Gaelic courses, then doing a Ph.D. in Celtic Studies at Edinburgh University. Graduated 1998.
Written several books and numerous articles on Scottish Gaelic Studies. See here for a full CV and partial set of publications. Spent 5.5 years in Nova Scotia teaching Celtic Studies at St Francis Xavier University 2008-13. Became a Canadian citizen in 2014.
Currently working in Digital Humanities as Technical Lead in Digital Innovation Lab at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.