Author Biographies

Nora Almeida is an instruction and outreach librarian at the New York City College of Technology (CUNY) and a volunteer at Interference Archive, an archive of social movement ephemera in Brooklyn. She researches and writes about critical pedagogy, social justice, neoliberalism, performance, and place. You can find her on twitter: @nora_almeida.

Maha Bali / مها بالي is Associate Professor of Practice, Center for Learning and Teaching, American University in Cairo, Egypt. Co-founder of Virtually Connecting and co-facilitator of Equity Unbound, and its Continuity with Care Spin-off, which started during the COVID-19 pandemic. Open, connected educator. Learnaholic and writeaholic. Blogs at blog.mahabali.me and tweets at @bali_maha.

Ruha Benjamin is an Associate Professor of African American Studies at Princeton University, where she studies the social dimensions of science, technology, and medicine. She is also the founder of the JUST DATA Lab and the author of two books, People’s Science (Stanford) and Race After Technology (Polity), and editor of Captivating Technology (Duke). She writes, teaches, and speaks widely about the relationship between knowledge and power, race and citizenship, health and justice.

Lee Skallerup Bessette is a Learning Design Specialist in the Center for New Designs in Learning and Scholarship (CNDLS) at Georgetown University. Her current research focuses on affective labor, autoethnography as a form of critical pedagogy, and narrative as a means of communicating our work in digital pedagogy and learning. You can find her on Twitter as @readywriting and all of her writing at readywriting.org.

Margaret Betz is an Assistant Teaching Professor of Philosophy at Rutgers University in Camden, NJ. She is the author of The Hidden Philosophy of Hannah Arendt, as well as various articles on feminist theory, political philosophy, and applied ethics.

Kate Bowles is Associate Dean International in the Faculty of Law Humanities & Arts, University of Wollongong, Australia, and co-lead of NiCHE: Narrative informed Codesign in Health and Education.

Marisol Brito is a living-wage earning philosopher at Metropolitan State University in Minnesota. Marisol’s teaching and research focus on race, gender, education, and generally rethinking the world — especially the academic one.

Karen Cangialosi is Professor of Biology and Open Education Faculty Fellow at Keene State College. She integrates the principles and practices of Open Pedagogy and Open Science into all of her courses and spearheaded a movement to replace traditional textbooks with OER and other free resources for nearly all KSC biology courses. She also runs a youth education and coral reef monitoring program in the Turks and Caicos Islands contributing to an open international reef survey database.

Cathy N. Davidson is Founding Director of The Futures Initiative and Distinguished Professor of English and the MA in Digital Humanities and MS in Data Analysis and Visualization at the Graduate Center CUNY. She is CoFounder and CoDirector of the world’s first and oldest academic social network, HASTAC.org (“haystack”), the Humanities, Arts, Science, and Technology Alliance and Collaboratory and has published more than twenty books, most recently, Now You See It: How the Brain Science of Attention Will Transform the Way We Live, Work, and Learn (Viking Penguin 2011) and The New Education: How to Revolutionize the University to Prepare Students for a World in Flux (Basic Books, 2017).

Janine DeBaise is author of the book Body Language and the chapbook Of a Feather. Her essays have been published in numerous journals including Orion Magazine, the Southwest Review, and the Hopper. She teaches writing and literature at the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry in Syracuse, New York. The best part of her job is that she gets to teach students who are passionate about environmental issues.

Catherine Denial is the Bright Distinguished Professor of American History, chair of the History department, and Director of the Bright Institute at Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois. She was the 2019 recipient of the Eugene Asher Distinguished Teaching Award from the American Historical Association, is a former member of the Digital Public Library of America’s Educational Advisory Board, and is a Distinguished Lecturer for the Organization of American Historians.

Jonan Phillip Donaldson is a learning scientist with a position as a postdoctoral research associate in the Center for Teaching Excellence at Texas A&M University. He has a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Learning Technology from Drexel University. He has taught online courses in education, technology, learning experience design, and critical pedagogy at Drexel University, Oregon State University, Western Oregon University, and other higher education institutions. His specialties include constructionist learning, critical pedagogy, epistemic learning, design thinking, and creativity. His current research involves using theory and methods from the learning sciences, complex systems theory, and linguistics to investigate the relationship between conceptualizations of learning and practices in teaching and learning.

Joshua Eyler is the Director of Faculty Development and the Director of the ThinkForward QEP at the University of Mississippi where he is also on the faculty in the Department of Writing and Rhetoric. He is the author of How Humans Learn: The Science and Stories behind Effective College Teaching (WVU Press, 2018).

Julie Fellmayer is an international elementary school teacher of English and Drama. She encourages students to be caring and courageous in their work. She holds degrees in Peace and Conflict studies and Social Justice Education from the University of Toronto and an MA in English Language Education from the University of Nottingham. She likes kids, dogs, aquariums, knitting, reading and writing.

Alexander Fink is a Researcher in Youth Studies at the University of Minnesota, where he works to support young people to lead social change. Through his collaborations with young people, he studies strategies for supporting strong youth leadership in non-profit organizations and government, developing youth leadership skills, and working with adults to do better at including youth at the table. In the last few years, his work has focused on building capacity within organizations to support youth leadership, while simultaneously dismantling systems that exclude or oppress young people — with a special eye toward the data systems that track, surveil, and punish youth.

Chris Friend welcomes people to new ways of thinking. He has been teaching writing classes since 2000, seeing (and trying) a variety of approaches to writing instruction. He believes testing disempowers students and makes them resent writing; he jumps at any opportunity to give students more control over their own learning and writing. As director of Hybrid Pedagogy, Chris works with authors and editors in a double-open, collaborative peer review process to bring out the best in writers and collaborators. He tweets from @chris_friend and posts his digital work to https://chrisfriend.us.

Richard H. Godden is an Assistant Professor at Louisiana State University. His research interests include representations of monstrosity and disability in Premodern cultures, with a current focus on the materiality of prosthesis in medieval literature.

Adam Heidebrink-Bruno is a Ph.D. student in Lehigh University’s Literature and Social Justice program. He studies twentieth-century American literature with a focus on class, labor, and economics.

Dorothy Kim is a medievalist, digital humanist, and intersectional feminist. She teaches at Brandeis University.

Tiffany Kraft is an Educator, Organizer, & Activist with a PhD in English from the University of Nottingham (2008). As a Training Organizer at SEIU Local 503 in Portland, Tiffany supports a statewide caregiver training initiative funded by the Department of Human Services (OR DHS).

Amanda Licastro is an Assistant Professor of Digital Rhetoric at Stevenson University in Maryland. Amanda’s fields of research include digital humanities, composition and rhetoric, and textual studies. Recent publications include “The Past, Present, and Future of Social Annotation,” published in Digital Reading and Writing in Composition Studies, and “The Problem of Multimodality: What Data-Driven Research Can Tell Us About Online Writing Practices” in Communication Design Quarterly. Amanda won the prestigious Paul Fortier award at the 2017 Digital Humanities Conference for her work on teaching empathy through Virtual Reality as well as the Innovative Teaching with Technology Award at Stevenson University. Amanda serves on the Executive Council of the Modern Language Association and the Editorial Collective of the Journal of Interactive Technology and Pedagogy.

Aisha Damali Lockridge is currently an Associate Professor of English at Saint Joseph’s University. Her research focuses on African American Literature, Black popular culture, and pedagogy. Committed to an engaged pedagogy, Aisha’s teaching style encourages students to engage meaningfully with Black texts and to interrupt spaces of privilege and power.

Rolin Moe is dean of Academic Support & Learning Technologies at Skyline College. For over a decade, he has worked as an education administrator across multiple institutions: K-12, higher education, and informal spaces. Rolin is a prolific author in both popular and scholarly press; his work has appeared across the publishing landscape, including at magazines such as Real Life, and journals like Learning, Media and Technology, Current Issues in Emerging eLearning, and Hybrid Pedagogy. Rolin holds a doctorate in learning technologies from Pepperdine University. His teaching background mixes his unique background as a social scientist with experience in the creative arts.

Sean Michael Morris is the Director of Digital Pedagogy Lab and Senior Instructor in Learning, Design, and Technology at the University of Colorado Denver. He tweets @slamteacher and blogs at www.seanmichaelmorris.com.

Danielle Paradis is a writer, editor and podcaster who lives in Edmonton, Alberta. You can read or hear her work at Canadaland, Star Metro Edmonton, Gig City, BUSTLE, Canadian True Crime Podcast, and The Sprawl to name a few.

Annemarie Pérez is an assistant professor in the interdisciplinary studies department at California State University Dominguez Hills. Her interests include digital humanities and digital pedagogy work and its intersections with ethnic and cultural studies. Her specialty is Latinx literature, with a focus on Chicana feminist writer-editors from 1965-to the present She is currently writing a book on Chicana feminist editorship.

Katie Rose Guest Pryal, J.D., Ph.D., is a bestselling author, columnist, speaker, and occasional law professor in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. The author of more than ten books, she writes regularly for magazines on topics such as mental health, writing, and parenting. When not writing, she raises two incredible children alongside a house full of shelter pets and a very supportive spouse.

Sue Renes is Professor Emeritus at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Her research focuses on factors related to Indigenous and rural student recruitment and retention in higher education. In 2013, she received the Elders Award given by Alaska Native Elders to acknowledge those whose deeds and practices promote cultural understanding and balance in all things for a better world community. Dr. Renes has chaired and has served on panels addressing Reclaiming Indigenous Spaces In Higher Education: Examining Recruitment, Retention, and Mentoring Of Alaska Native Students in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan; Anchorage, Alaska; and in Akureyri, Iceland.

Howard Rheingold is the author of a dozen books, including The Virtual Community, Smart Mobs, and Net Smart, was editor of Whole Earth Review and Millennium Whole Earth Catalog, and taught courses on digital journalism, social media issues, and social media literacies at UC Berkeley and Stanford.

Valerie Robin studied Rhetoric and Composition at Georgia State University, and now works for an aeronautics IT company focusing on communication and collaboration. Dr. Robin still loves teaching and makes sure to pick up a class here and there in the evenings. She loves to read, write, and make things, and can often be seen jogging trails not looking where she’s going.

Pete Rorabaugh is an assistant professor in the English Department at Kennesaw State University just outside of Atlanta. He studies digital culture, online community building, and grassroots activism; Pete teaches digital rhetoric, content creation, composition, and literature.

Kris Shaffer is a data scientist and Technical Director, Web Intelligence for Yonder. He co-authored “The Tactics and Tropes of the Internet Research Agency”, a report prepared for the United States Senate Select Committee on Intelligence about Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election on social media. Kris has consulted for multiple U.S. government agencies, non-profits, and universities on matters related to digital disinformation, data ethics, and digital pedagogy. Kris is the author of Data versus Democracy: How Big Data Algorithms Shape Opinions and Alter the Course of History, published July 2019 by Apress. In a former (professional) life, Kris was an academic and digital humanist. He has taught courses in music theory and cognition, computer science, and digital studies at Yale University, the University of Colorado–Boulder, the University of Mary Washington, and Charleston Southern University. He holds a PhD from Yale University.

Bonnie Stewart is an educator and social media researcher interested in the implications of digital networks for institutions and society. Assistant Professor of Online Pedagogy and Workplace Learning at the University of Windsor in Canada, Bonnie is interested in what it means to know, to learn, and to be a citizen in our current information ecosystem.

Jesse Stommel is co-founder of Digital Pedagogy Lab and Hybrid Pedagogy: the journal of critical digital pedagogy. He has a PhD from University of Colorado Boulder. He is co-author of An Urgency of Teachers: the Work of Critical Digital Pedagogy. Jesse is a documentary filmmaker and teaches courses about pedagogy, film, and new media. Jesse experiments relentlessly with learning interfaces, both digital and analog, and his research focuses on higher education pedagogy, critical digital pedagogy, and assessment. He’s got a rascal pup, Emily, two clever cats, Loki and Odin, and a badass daughter, Hazel. He’s online at jessestommel.com and on Twitter @Jessifer.

Joseph Stommel (@JoeStommel) has been a mental health professional and instructor since 1974 and was Colorado Department of Corrections Administrator of Alcohol and Drug Services from 1990-2008. He has done extensive training and authored numerous publications. He retired in 2008 and is now a consultant and online college instructor.

Shea Swauger is a librarian and Senior Instructor at the Auraria Library which serves the Community College of Denver, Metropolitan State University of Denver, and the University of Colorado Denver.

Audrey Watters is a writer and independent scholar who focuses on education technology – its politics and its pedagogical implications. She is the author of several books, including The Monsters of Education series and the forthcoming book Teaching Machines. Her work can be found online at Hack Education.

Robin Wharton is a writer who lives and works in Atlanta, Georgia. She holds a law degree and a PhD in English, both from the University of Georgia. You can follow her as @rswharton on Twitter and Instagram.

Anne-Marie Womack is a Professor of Practice in English at Tulane University. Her work focuses on disability studies and writing pedagogy and has appeared in College Composition and Communication, Pedagogy, and The Chronicle of Higher Education. She runs AccessibleSyllabus.com, a universal design guide for instructors.

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