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Hi, I'm

Justin Hanson.

I'm a writer, developer, and digital marketer in Columbus, Ohio.

About Me

A Columbus, Ohio native, I've lived and worked in Columbus most of my life. I'm very passionate about continuing education, the Humanities, literature, and the arts. In my spare time I also enjoy frequenting the downtown YMCA, playing racquetball or tennis, running, discovering new restaurants, and enjoying a nice cocktail or cigar. I also enjoy traveling, and I have a number of countries to cross off my bucket list.

Professionally, my career has had an interesting and unexpected evolution. In 2012, I began a PhD program in English Literature at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. After achieving my M.A. degree in 2014, I decided to exit the PhD program and return to Columbus, OH, where I took a job as a writer at a digital marketing company, The Shipyard.

From there, I quickly absorbed the landscape of digital marketing, SEO, SEM, ad buys, and the nature of business on the web. Around that time, I had developed an interest in programming and web development, and, following lenghty online coursework and guidance by senior developers, transitioned to the development team, where I began as a support developer. Since then, I haven't looked back and have enjoyed development immensely. I'm particularly interested in Javascript and modern JS development frameworks like ReactJS. My future goals include utilizing React Native for mobile application development.

My Services


Work with designers to create simple, elegant site designs.


Coding websites and web applications for individuals and organizations.

Search Engine Marketing

Targeting customers and desired audiences through search engines.

Brand Strategy

Positioning brands to narrate their unique story.


Constructing and organizing sites and content to appear in search engine results.


Brand content, short stories, academic treatises - I've written them all.

My Skills


PHP | Laravel 5.5^




Public Speaking

Content Strategy


JavaScript | ReactJS | NodeJS


Google Analytics

Google Webmaster Tools


My Portfolio

  • Across Town Stories Picture
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  • Best of Ohio Short Stories
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My Resume


  • University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

    Masters Degree 2012 - 2014

    Attended an M.A. / PhD program in English Language and Literature. In addition to coursework, I taught classes, designed curriculum, and administered grades.

    Courses taught:
    • Business and Technical Writing
    • Introduction to the Study of English Literature
    • Rhetoric and Composition
  • The Ohio Status University Honors College

    Bachelor of Arts Degree 2007 - 2011

    Attened The Ohio State University Honors College for a degree in English Language and Literature.

    Awards and Honors
    • Karen A Holbrook Fellowship for Research Abroad
    • Undergraduate Arts and Sciences Scholarship
    • Arts and Sciences Award for Excellence in Scholarship
    • David O'Frantz Thesis Award

Online Coursework

Udacity Front-end Developer Program
Udemy - Object Oriented Programming in PHP
Udemy - Bootstrap Basics
Udemy - The Complete Web Developer Course
Udemy - JavaScript: Understanding the Weird Parts


  • Mangen and Associates

    Software Developer May 2017 - Present

    Develop proprietary sofware using the full LAMP stack and Laravel framework.

  • The Shipyard LLC

    DevOps Developer May 2016 - May 2017

    Coordinate software and project maintenance, address software and project updates with code updates and deployments, and administer tickets through production chain.

    Content Strategist 2014 - 2016

    Researched, wrote, and edited SEO-focused web content for a variety of clients; managed and edited freelance writers, including budgeting and payment; planned and executed site information architecture.

  • The University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

    Graduate Assistant 2012 - 2014

    Designed and implemented course curriculum, taught several undergraduate classes, assisted and advised students, disseminated complex information, completed graduate coursework, attended and presented at scholarly conferences.

  • Tangoe Inc.

    Fulfillment Representative 2011 - 2012

    Helped manage a primary account / client NASA, kept in regularly communication with client, fulfilled client orders, ensured orders for accuracy, kept records of account activity

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