Marisa Parham is Professor of English at Amherst College, and directs the Immersive Reality Lab for the Humanities,
which is an independent workgroup for digital and experimental humanities (irLh). irLh develops and incubates digital projects for AR, VR, and screen, and supports the work of digital scholars. Parham also serves as a faculty diversity and inclusion officer (FDIO) at Amherst College. As FDIO, Parham is an advocate for diversity and inclusion in the college’s overall academic program, while especially supporting both individual faculty success and the expansion of academic departments.
Her current teaching and research projects focus on texts and technologies that problematize assumptions about time, space, and bodily materiality. She is particularly interested in how such terms share a history of increasing complexity in literary and cultural texts produced by African Americans, and how they also offer ways of thinking about intersectional approaches to digital humanities and technology studies. She is also a former director of the Five College Digital Humanities Initiative, serving Amherst, Hampshire, Mt. Holyoke, and Smith Colleges, and University of Massachusetts-Amherst.