Literacy Studies, Writing Studies, Composition, New Material Studies,Book History
RCWS Literacy Studies Forum Executive Committee 2015-2020, 2018 Chair
women’s autobiography; working class literature; New Literacy Studies; bridging literature and composition
My research is inspired by questions of diversity, equity, and access in multilingual educational contexts, especially as they pertain to the circulation of English as a “global” language. It combines the analysis of educational policy and practice with methods from the fields of applied linguistics, second language acquisition, linguistic anthropology, and literacy studies. A primary aim of my work is to illuminate the role of discourses, ideologies, and everyday practices in the production and reproduction of hierarchical relations within educational systems. In terms of research projects, I have been conducting ethnographic research on the language and literacy socialization of young boys at an anathashram (orphanage) since 2007 in suburban New Delhi, India. A newer project examines safety and educational rights of adolescent underprivileged girls in suburban Mumbai, India.
Narrative theory, game studies, ethics, digital humanities, literacy theory, philosophy of mind, journalism, film studies, media studies, narrative design
Literacy (historical and contemporary); early modern literature (French, English, Italian, Spanish, German); feminist theory; queer studies
My work focuses on late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century African American literature and culture, especially poetry. In my first book, Rhetorics of Literacy: The Cultivation of American Dialect Poetry (The Ohio State University Press, 2013), I argued that dialect poetry functioned in the turn-of-the-century US in surprising ways, challenging readers’ expectations of a light and entertaining subgenre. My current book project considers African American literary and cultural views of the politics of imperial Ethiopia from the 1860s to the 1930s, particularly as expressed in newspapers and magazines, reflecting an interest in periodical studies that has informed my research throughout my career.
I study the language of colonial science and technology, mostly agriculture and metalwork. By finding texts that bridge the “trade gap” of history and literature – technical treatises, memoriales de arbitristas, legal papers – my research shows how we can unearth the rich literacies and intellectual agencies of understudied groups like women and indigenous experts.
I’m the Head, Humanities Section and Librarian for Literature and Theater Studies at Duke University. I was previously the Humanities Librarian at Miami University. My research interests include information literacy, digital humanities, collection development analysis, and graduate student research skills.
I studied literature and information at the University of Wisconsin—Madison. Now I’m a digital scholarship librarian in Raynor Memorial Libraries at Marquette University, where I’m part of the Digital Scholarship Lab. I do poetry, translation, digital humanities, public digital scholarship, and information literacy. At the Digital Scholarship Lab my focus areas are public humanities, digital humanities, creative research, experimental methods, digital editions, digital collections, web development, web archiving, data analytics, database design, metadata, linked data, information literacy, and new media.