Assistant Professor of English and Secondary English Education, Salem State University
My research examines intersections between postcolonial, African American, and US ethnic studies, and the role of digital humanities in mediating between them. My monograph Postcolonial Digital Humanities is under contract with Northwestern UP, and I am also working on a manuscript that positions W.E.B. Du Bois as a progenitor for postcolonial studies through renewed attention to his literary work.
My digital scholarship includes The Harlem Shadows Project, on producing usable critical editions of public domain texts; Postcolonial Digital Humanities, an online community dedicated to global explorations of race, class, gender, sexuality, and disability within cultures of technology; and EdConteXts, an international network of educators.
Currently, I am in the initial stages of two projects: 1) the prototype for A Cultural Atlas of Global Blackness, an interactive database and digital map that traces representations of blackness across temporality and geography and 2) my seed-grant funded study “Digital Humanities and the Common Core: Teacher Attitudes and Awareness,” which uses survey data, focus groups, and training workshops to assess the opportunities and barriers that digital humanities pose for high school humanities teachers.
My previous courses, varied in nature, have included African American Literature I, World Literature I and II, English Methods (undergraduate and graduate), Young Adult Literature (undergraduate and graduate), “Our Monsters, Ourselves” First Year Seminar, Global Blackness and the Black Radical Tradition, and Multicultural Britain (graduate).
I am proud to serve on the MLA Global South Forum Executive Board, Association for Computers and the Humanities Executive Council, GO::DH Executive Board, and the DHCommons founding editorial board.
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