My research agenda focuses on scholarly communications, digital pedagogy, and humanities knowledge infrastructures, through postcolonial and intersectional feminist lenses. Digital humanities, the interdisciplinary area of study in which I situate my work, connotes a set of practices for using digital tools for humanistic inquiry and using humanities methods to understand digital media and technologies. At the heart of my work is the concern that while digital knowledge production has accelerated rapidly in the last few decades, the exclusions and biases that have characterized print culture - products of colonialism, racism, and patriarchy - are being reproduced and amplified in the digital cultural memory of humanity. The broader goal of my research is to call attention to these issues and to work collaboratively with colleagues to redress them.
A copy of my CV is available here.
Visualizing the Global Du Bois brings together a series of data visualizations that challenge the long-held belief that W.E.B. Du Bois’s investment in decolonization is a later move in his intellectual trajectory. Read more…
New Digital Worlds: Postcolonial Digital Humanities in Theory, Praxis, and Pedagogy, Northwestern UP, 2018
Intersectionality in Digital Humanities, co-edited with Barbara Bordalejo, Arc Humanities Press, 2019
The Digital Black Atlantic, co-edited with Kelly Baker Josephs, University of Minnesota Press, expected 2020
Selected Digital Scholarship
Torn Apart/Separados was developed in collaboration with the Group for Experimental Methods in Humanistic Research (Manan Ahmed, Alex Gil, Roopika Risam, Moacir P. de Sá Pereira), Borderlands Archives Cartography (Sylvia Fernández, Maira Álvarez), Merisa Martinez, Linda M. Rodriguez, and Rachel Hendery, and presents data visualizations of the geographical and financial landscape of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in the United States.
Social Justice and the Digital Humanities was created as the culminating project in the HILT 2015 De/Post/Colonial Digital Humanities course I taught with micha cárdenas. Designed as an invitation to discuss and implement digital humanities methods that put justice and equity at the center of digital scholarship, the project offers users a series of creative and critical precepts for project design around access, material conditions, method, and ontologies and epistemologies for scholarship.
The Harlem Shadows Project, which I direct with Chris Forster, is an open access critical edition of Claude McKay’s 1922 poetry collection Harlem Shadows. The project seeks to aggregates the most comprehensive set of documents related to the collection and make them available to readers of McKay.
“Digital Humanities and South Asian Studies” is a special issue of South Asian Review that I am co-editing with Rahul Gairola. The issue will be published in 2019.
“Gender and Digital Labor” is a special issue of First Monday that I co-edited with Carolyn Elerding and Radhika Gajjala. The issue was published in 2018.
“Gender, Globalization, and the Digital Humanities” is a special issue of Ada: A Journal of Gender, New Media, and Technology that I edited. The issue was published in 2015.
Selected Articles and Book Chapters
“Telling Untold Stories: Digital Textual Recovery Methods.” Research Methods for Digital Humanities, edited by Lewis Levenberg, David Rheams, and Tai Neilson, Palgrave MacMillan, 2018, pp. 309-18. [Link]
“Decolonizing Digital Humanities in Theory and Praxis.” Routledge Companion to New Media and Digital Humanities, edited by Jentery Sayers, Routledge, 2018, pp. 78-86. [Link]
“Diversity Work and Digital Carework in Higher Education.” First Monday, vol. 23, no. 3, 2018. [Link]
“Transforming the Landscape of Labor at Universities through Digital Humanities” (with Susan M. Edwards). Digital Humanities, Libraries, and Partnerships, edited by Robin Kear and Kate Joranson, Chandos, 2018, pp. 3-17. [Link]
“Now You See Them: Self-representation and the Migrant Selfie.” Popular Communications, vol. 16, no. 1, 2018, pp. 58-71. [Link]
“Postcolonial Studies in the Digital Age.” The Bloomsbury Introduction to Postcolonial Writing: New Contexts, New Narratives, New Debates, edited by Jenni Ramone, Bloomsbury, 2017, pp. 105-24. [Link]
“Building an Ethical Digital Humanities Community: Librarian, Faculty, and Student Collaboration” (with Justin Snow and Susan M. Edwards). College and Undergraduate Libraries, vol. 24, no. 2-4, 2017, pp. 337-49. [Link]
“Other Worlds, Other DHs.” Digital Scholarship in the Humanities, vol. 32, no. 2, 2017, pp. 377-84. [Link]
“Navigating the Global Digital Humanities: Insights from Black Feminism.” Debates in the Digital Humanities, edited by Matthew K. Gold and Lauren F. Klein, University of Minnesota Press, 2016, pp. 359-67. [Link]
“Beyond the Margins: Intersectionality and the Digital Humanities.” Digital Humanities Quarterly, vol. 9, no. 2, 2015. [Link]
“Toxic Femininity 4.0.” First Monday, vol. 20, no. 4, 2015. [Link]
“Rethinking Peer Review in the Age of Digital Humanities.” Ada: A Journal of Gender, New Media, and Technology, vol. 4, 2014. [Link]