Curriculum Vitae

Academic Positions

Associate Director, Whittier Scholars Program, Whittier College, 2014-present

Director, Digital Liberal Arts Center, Whittier College, 2013-present

Associate Professor, Department of English, Whittier College, 2013-present

Assistant Professor, Department of English, Whittier College, 2007-2013

Teaching Assistant, Department of English, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 2005-2007

Teaching Assistant, John S. Knight Institute for Writing in the Disciplines, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 2001-2002, 2003-2005


Ph.D.         English Language and Literature, Cornell University, August 2007
Committee: James Eli Adams (chair), Dorothy Mermin, Paul Sawyer

M.A.          English Language and Literature, Cornell University, January 2004

B.A.           English Literature, University of California, Berkeley, December 1999

High Honors, Phi Beta Kappa

Fellowships, Grants, and Awards

Finalist, Best Educational Use of a Social Network, 2014 Edublog Awards for #TvsZ 6.0.

Visiting Fellow, Chawton House Library, April 2014, and University of Southampton, 2014-2015.

Principle Investigator and Co-Director, $750,000 Mellon Foundation Grant: “Using Digital Technologies to Advance the Liberal Arts Curriculum at Whittier College,” October 2013-December 2017

National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Summer Seminar Grant, University of Missouri, Columbia, June-July 2012

Paired Course Development Grant, Center for Collaboration with the Arts, Whittier College, July 2012

School of Criticism and Theory (SCT) Tuition Fellowship June – July 2004

Martin Sampson Teaching Award, Department of English, Cornell University May 2004

Cornell University Provost’s Diversity Fellowship 2002-2003

Sage Fellowship, Cornell University 2000-2001

W.H. Hill Scholarship for Outstanding English Major, University of California, Berkeley 1999 

Publications, Conference Papers, and Invited Talks

“#AACU16 @Twitter Backchannel: An Introduction.” AACU Annual Meeting. (January 2016)

“Playing to Learn: Open Education Pedagogies for Networked Learning.” AACU Annual Meeting, with Maha Bali. (January 2016)

“From MOOCs to MOOGs: Teaching with Open Online Games.” #dLRN2015, Stanford University, with Christina Hendricks and Maha Bali. (October 2015)

“E-portfolios and Critcial Digital Pedagogy.” Invited Lecture, Dominican University of California. (August 2015).

“Hybrid Pedagogy, Embodied Learning, and Material Culture in Jane Austen.” Ed. Lindsey Eckert and Lissette Lopez Szwydky. “Romanticism and Technology,” Romantic Circles Pedagogy Commons. Under Review.

“Men who would not be kings: Sacrilizing Colonialist Trauma in Kipling’s ‘Man who would be King.’” Under review with collection Trauma in British Nationalism, ed. Lisa Kasmer.

“Wait, does that count? Critical Pedagogy as Digital Humanities.” Invited Lecture, “Making Digital Humanities” University of California, San Diego (June 2015).

“Doing Digital Liberal Arts: Projects and Pedagogies on Student-Centered Campuses.” Panelist with William Pannapacker, Jacob Heil, Janet Simmons, and Alex Galarza. HASTAC Annual Conference, Lansing, MI (May 2015).

“Perforating the Classroom: How Hacking the Online Game #TvsZ 6.0 Brings Together Faculty, Students & Community Members” (lead presenter) with Maha Bali, Janine DeBlaise, Christina Hendricks, Pete Rorabaugh, and JR Dingwall. Emerging Technologies for Online Learning Annual Conference, Dallas, TX (April 2015).

“Perforate Your Classroom: Collaboratively Hack the Open Online Game #TvsZ 6.0” with Maha Bali, Janine DeBlaise, Christina Hendricks, Pete Rorabaugh, and JR Dingwall. Emerging Technologies for Online Learning Annual Conference, Dallas, TX (April 2015).

“Remixing #TvsZ: Hacking Games, Narratives, and Borders.” With Pete Rorabaugh and Maha Bali. Educause Learning Initiative Annual Meeting, Anaheim, CA (February 2015).

“Connective Pedagogies: Trans-Campus Collaborations and the Pedagogy of Risk.” Presented with Anne Cong-Huyen. Digital Pedagogy Institute. University of Toronto, Scarborough. (August 2014)

“Hastening Together to Perfect Felicity”: Teaching the British Gothic Tradition through Parody and Role-Playing.” Persuasions On-Line 34.2 (Spring 2014).

“Becoming James: Jane Austen and the Rajah of Sarawak” – Nineteenth Century Studies Association (NCSA), CSU Fresno (March 2013)

“White Rajas, Native Princes and Savage Pirates: Lord Jim and the Cult of White Masculinity.” Journal of Victorian Culture 17.3 (2012) 287-308. Print.

“Canonical Cannon: Janeites in Borneo,” seminar paper—North American Victorian Studies Association (NAVSA), University of Wisconsin, Madison (September 2012)

“Beyond England: Victorian Networking and the Emergence of Transnational Communities,” panel moderator—NAVSA, University of Wisconsin, Madison (September 2012)

“Jane Austen Goes to Borneo.” Public Lecture, NEH Summer Institute, University of Missouri, Columbia (July 2012)

“Brazen Images: Kipling’s ‘Man who would be King,’ Newspaper Heroism, and Parody”—Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA) Convention, Rochester, NY (March 2012)

“Isabella Bird Takes Flight: Photograph, Narrative, and Audience in the Asian Travel Books—Travel in the Nineteenth Century Conference, Lincoln University, Lincoln, UK (July 2011)

“Very bad; got a novel, and read all day”: James Brooke, Sympathy, and Sovereignty—NAVSA, Yale University (November 2008)

“Rajah Brooke, Lord Jim and Informal Imperialism”— NAVSA, Purdue University (September 2006)

“Criminal Conquest: ‘White Rajah’ James Brooke, Piracy and Massacre”—Victorian Criminalities Conference, University of Exeter, UK (April 2005)

“Piracy and Public Opinion: Sovereignty through Acquisition in Nineteenth Century Sarawak” —American Comparative Literature Association (ACLA), Pennsylvania State U. (March 2005)

“Topographies of Home: Reading Place and Race in Tennyson’s ‘Locksley Hall’” Cornell English Graduate Student Conference, “‘There’s No Place Like Home’: Writing Home” (February 2003)

“Displaced Text: Isabella Bird, Travel Narrative, and the Age of Reproducible Photography”—British Women Writers Conference, University of Wisconsin, Madison (April 2002)

Research Interests

 Nineteenth century British literature and culture, critical digital pedagogy, postcolonial studies, digital humanities, feminist criticism, and nonfiction.

Digital Projects

#TvsZ: A MOOG (7.0 most recent version)

#TvsZ is an award-winning massive open online game (MOOG) originating on Twitter which engages students in transnational, collaborative, and transmedia storytelling. It’s decentralized format and open learning ethos blurs the boundaries between teacher, community, and student and brings up moments of productive risk that foster network fluencies, and critical digital citizenship. The game is a collaborative effort involving Pete Rorabaugh, Maha Bali, Janine De Blaise, Christina Hendricks, JR Dingwall, and Lizzie Finnegan. Recent hosted versions: June 2014, November 2014, February 2015, April 2015.

Book Project

White Rajas: Sovereign Fictions in Victorian Culture (in progress)

Focusing on two key sovereignty crises, the self-coronation of James Brooke as Rajah of Sarawak and Queen Victoria’s so-called Mrs. Brown affair, White Rajas explores how the Victorians narrativized domestic and colonial sovereignty as charismatic exceptionalism in canonical fictions, biographies, travel narratives, parliamentary papers, and legal briefs.

Research Institutes, Professional Service and Affiliations

Steering Committee Member and Track Chair for Pedagogy, OLC Innovate 2016, New Orleans, LA.

Steering Committee Member, JASNA Annual Convention 2017, Huntington Beach, CA.

Founder and Director, Digital Liberal Arts Center, Whittier College, 2013-present.

Member, Educational Policies Committee, 2014-present.

Member, Educational Resources Committee, 2015-present.

Digital Humanities Summer Institute participant— Visualising Information: Where Data Meets Design (June 2015), Out-of-the-Box Text Analysis (June 2014), Large Project Planning Workshop (June 2013), University of Victoria.

FemTechNet member, 2014-present.

Austin College Digital Humanities Colloquium—Austin College, February 2013. This working conference, coordinated by NITLE (National Institute for Technology in Liberal Education), fosters collaborations among liberal arts colleges working in digital humanities.

Co-Editor, Victorian Poetry and Poetics in Context – this digital humanities site aims to become a major digital scholarly resource for Victorian poetry research. Hosted by University of Victoria.

“First Impressions at the Ball”—invited lecture on Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice for Whittier College Language and Culture Summer Immersion Program, July 2012

NEH Summer Seminar for College and University Teachers, University of Missouri, Columbia—participant in “Jane Austen and Her Contemporaries” lead by Devoney Looser, June & July, 2012

Member, Whittier Scholar’s Council, Whittier College, 2011-present

Member, Undergraduate Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity (URSCA) Planning Committee, Whittier College 2012-2013

Secretary/Treasure of the Faculty and member of the Faculty Executive Committee, Whittier College 2010-2011

“Evidenced Based Class Discussions”—proposed and chaired panel as part of the Faculty Pedagogy Series, sponsored by the Faculty Masters Program, Whittier College, September 2010

Member, Assessment Committee, Whittier College, 2009-2010

Member, WASC Steering Committee, Whittier College, 2009-2010

Member, Faculty Affairs Committee, Whittier College, 2007-2009

School of Criticism and Theory, Cornell University—participant in seminar “Permanent War,” lead by Srinivas Aravamudan and Ranjana Khanna, June & July, 2004

Member, Academic Integrity Hearing Board (AIHB), Cornell University, School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions 2004-2006

Graduate Student Member, Graduate Policy and Procedure Committee, 2002-2004 Department of English, Cornell University

Conference Committee Chair and Co-Founder, 2002 and 2003 Cornell English Graduate Student Conference

Member, Modern Language Association (MLA)

Member, North American Victorian Studies Association (NAVSA)

Member, Northeastern Modern Language Association (NeMLA)

Courses Taught

Whittier College, 2007-present

100-level: “Just a Girl (in the World)”: Contemporary Women Writers—Freshman Writing
Fall 2007, 2008, 2011, and 2012 (Intd 100)

“Why Read?”—Gateway to English Major
Fall 2007, 2009, 2010, Spring 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013 (English 120)

“Individual, Identity, Community” –Gateway to Whittier Scholars curriculum
Fall 2014, 2015 (WSP 101)

200-level:  “Major British and American Writers from 1660”—Sophomore Survey
Spring 2010 and 2011 (English 221)

“Desiging your Education”—How to Self-design a Major
Fall 2014, 2015 (WSP 201)

“Just Hacking”—Digital Social Justice theory and practice
Fall 2015 (INTD 290) (team taught with William Kronholm, Math)

300-level:  “Victorian Poetry”
Fall 2007 and 2012, Spring 2010 (English 335)

“Nineteenth Century Novel”
Spring 2008, Fall 2009 and 2011 (English 332)

“Rise of the Novel”
Fall 2008 (English 331)

“Postcolonial Novel”
Fall 2008, 2010, 2013, and Spring 2012 (English 358)

“Jane Austen in Context”
Spring 2009, 2016, and Fall 2010, 2013 (English 333)

“Travel Writing”
Spring 2009 and 2011 (paired with Drawing 1) (English 388)

“Gothic Fiction”
Spring 2009, Spring 2013 (English 337)
400-level:  “Imperial Romance”—Senior Seminar
Spring 2008 and Fall 2012 (English 410)

“Critical Procedures”—Capstone Theory Seminar
Fall 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, and Spring 2013, 2015 (English 400)

Department of English, Cornell University, 2005-2007
Led discussion sections and gave some lectures in upper division Children’s Literature survey (with James Eli Adams), British Literature survey (with Hina Nazar), and Film Criticism (with Lynda Bogel).

John S. Knight Institute for Writing in the Disciplines, Cornell University, 2001-2002, 2003-2005
Designed and taught seminar-style writing intensive literature courses for freshman. Various courses introduced the study of film, gender, and short stories.

Undergraduate Research Projects Advised

Kiara Downes, Mellon-Mays Undergraduate Fellow, 2015-2017

Breanna Gomez, Mellon-Mays Undergraduate Fellow, 2015-2017

Daniel Chavez, Mellon-Mays Undergraduate Fellow, 2013-2015

“A Jamaican Celebration of Identity: Cultural Translation, Performance, and Louise Bennett’s Jamaica Labrish,” Kallia Wade, Keck Foundation Research Fellowship, 2011-2012.

“Legal Obstacles: The Creation of Realism in Charles Dickens’ Bleak House,” Jessica Underwood, Whittier Scholars Senior Project, 2012.

“Legitimacy & Literature,” Faculty sponsor of panel, URSCA Presentation Day, 2012. Panelists: Nicole Beauchamp (Alumnus, Chair), Megumi Chou, Catherine Faris King, Kallia Wade, Jeff Wilson.

“Austen Adaptations, Contemporary Society, and Gender: Textual Adaptations of Emma and Pride and Prejudice,” Mary Helen Truglia, Keck Foundation Research Fellowship, 2010-2011. (Student then won a Fulbright Fellowship 2011-2012.)

“Austen’s After-words,” Faculty sponsor of panel, URSCA Presentation Day, 2011. Panelists: Sarah Miranda (Alumnus, Chair), Susan Hood, James Lotti, Mary Helen Truglia

“Into the City: ‘A College Student’s Guide to Los Feliz,’” Whitney Moore, Whittier Scholars Senior Project, 2009.

Digital Materials and Publications

Virtually Connecting:

  • Using emerging technology, the project seeks to enliven conferences for virtual participants

Digital Humanities/Social Justice Projects and Resources:

  • A growing bibliography of digital justice resources

Critical Digital Pedagogy Resources and Tools:

  • A curated and hyperlinked toolbox

(Downloadable pdf: CV 2-2016)