Roopika Risam

Professional Details

Title Associate Professor
Department Secondary and Higher Education
Office Sullivan Building 303C
Phone 978.542.2662
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Recent and Upcoming Courses

ENG 998 Thesis Capstone

Professional Biography

As of July 1, 2022, Dr. Risam works at Dartmouth College and can be reached at

Roopika Risam is Chair of Secondary and Higher Education and Associate Professor of Education and English at Salem State University. She also serves as the Faculty Fellow for Digital Library Initiatives, Coordinator of the Graduate Certificate in Digital Studies, and Coordinator of the Combined B.A./M.Ed. in English Education.

Her research interests lie at the intersections of postcolonial and African diaspora studies, humanities knowledge infrastructures, and digital humanities.

Risam’s first monograph, New Digital Worlds: Postcolonial Digital Humanities in Theory, Praxis, and Pedagogy, was published by Northwestern University Press in 2018. She is the co-editor of Intersectionality in Digital Humanities (Arc Humanities/Amsterdam University Press, 2019). Risam’s co-edited collection The Digital Black Atlantic in the Debates in the Digital Humanities series (University of Minnesota Press) was published in 2021. Her current book project, “Insurgent Academics: A Radical Account of Public Humanities,” which traces a new history of public humanities through the emergence of ethnic studies, is under contract with Johns Hopkins University Press.

Her scholarship has appeared in Digital Scholarship in the HumanitiesDigital Humanities QuarterlyDebates in the Digital HumanitiesFirst MondayPopular CommunicationsCollege and Undergraduate Libraries, and Native American and Indigenous Studies, among other journals and volumes.

Risam’s work building humanities knowledge infrastructures has been supported by over $500,000 in grants from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, National Endowment from the Humanities, Institute for Museum and Library Services, Mass Humanities, and the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education.

She is currently developing The Global Du Bois, a data visualization project on W.E.B. Du Bois. She also co-directs Reanimate, an intersectional feminist publishing collective that recovers archival writing by women in media industries, and co-hosts Rocking the Academy, a podcast featuring conversations with the very best truth tellers, who are formulating a new vision of higher education. She is also a founding member of The Data-Sitters Club and co-editor of Reviews in Digital Humanities.

Currently co-vice president of the Association for Computers and the Humanities and co-chair of the ACH 2021 conference, Risam previously served as a founding board member of Global Outlook::Digital Humanities (GO::DH) and co-chair of the ACH 2019 conference. She also received the Massachusetts Library Association’s inaugural Civil Liberties Champion Award for her work promoting equity and justice in the digital cultural record.

Learn more about Roopika Risam at her website: or on Twitter (@roopikarisam).

Professional Interests

  • Digital Humanities
  • Postcolonial Literature (African Diaspora, South Asia, and Southeast Asia)
  • African American Literature
  • U.S. Ethnic Literature
  • Secondary English Education and Teacher Preparation

Selected Publications


Insurgent Academics: A Radical Account of Public Humanities. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press. (Under contract)

New Digital Worlds: Postcolonial Digital Humanities in Theory, Praxis, and  Pedagogy. Evanston, IL: Northwestern University Press, 2018.  

Roopika Risam and Kelly Baker Josephs, eds. The Digital Black Atlantic. Debates in the Digital Humanities. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2021.

Roopika Risam and Rahul K. Gairola, eds. South Asian Digital Humanities: Postcolonial Mediations Across Technology’s Cultural Canon. London: Routledge, 2020.

Barbara Bordalejo and Roopika Risam, eds. Intersectionality in Digital Humanities. York, UK: Arc Humanities Press, 2019.

Refereed Journal Articles and Book Chapters    

Meredith McCoy, Roopika Risam, and Jennifer Guiliano. “The Future of Land Grab Universities.” Native American and Indigenous Studies 8, no. 1 (2021): 169-175. doi:10.5749/natiindistudj.8.1.0169.

Jennifer Mahoney, Roopika Risam, and Hibba Nassereddine. “Data Fail: Teaching Data Literacy with African Diaspora Digital Humanities.” Journal of Interactive Technology and Pedagogy 18 (2020):

Amy E. Earhart, Roopika Risam, and Matthew Bruno. “Citational Politics: Quantifying the Influence of Gender on Citation in Digital Scholarship in the Humanities.” Digital Scholarship in the Humanities. Advance online publication. doi:10.1093/llc/fqaa011.

“Intersectionality.” Digital Pedagogy in the Humanities: Concepts, Models, and Experiments, edited by Rebecca Frost Davis, Matthew K. Gold, Katherine D. Harris, and Jentery Sayers. NY: Modern Language Association, 2019. intersectionality.

“Beyond the Migrant ‘Problem’: Visualizing Global Migration.” Television & New Media 20, no. 6 (2019): 566-580. doi:10.1177/ 1527476419857679.

“Insurgent Academics.” The SAGE Handbook of Media and Migration, edited by Kevin Smets, Koen Leurs, Myria Georgiou, Saskia Witteborn, and Radhika Gajjala, 119-126. London: SAGE, 2019. 

“The Stakes of Digital Labor in the 21st Century Academy: The Revolution Will Not Be Turkified.” Humans at Work in the Digital Age: Forms of Digital Textual Labor, edited by Shawna Ross and Andrew Pilsch, 239-247. London: Routledge, 2019.

“Torrents of Tweets: Teaching the Ibis with Digital Humanities.” Approaches to Teaching the Works of Amitav Ghosh, edited by Gaurav Desai and John C. Hawley, 186-196. NY: Modern Language Association, 2019. 

“Telling Untold Stories: Digital Textual Recovery Methods.” Research Methods for Digital Humanities, edited by Lewis Levenberg, David Rheams, and Tai Neilson, 309-318. London: Palgrave MacMillan, 2019.

“What Passes for Human? Undermining the Universal Subject in Digital Humanities Praxis.” Bodies of Information: Intersectional Feminism and the Digital Humanities, Debates in the Digital Humanities, edited by Jacqueline Wernimont and Elizabeth Losh, 39-56. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2018. 

“Decolonizing Digital Humanities in Theory and Praxis.” Routledge Companion to New Media and Digital Humanities, edited by Jentery Sayers, 78-86. London: Routledge, 2018. 

“Diversity Work and Digital Carework in Higher Education.” First Monday 23, no. 3 (2018):

Roopika Risam and Susan Edwards. “Transforming the Landscape of Labor at Universities through Digital Humanities.” Digital Humanities, Libraries, and Partnerships, edited by Robin Kear and Kate Joranson, 3-17. Oxford: Chandos, 2018. 

“Now You See Them: Self-representation and the Refugee Selfie.” Popular Communication 16, no. 1 (2018): 58-71. doi:10.1080/ 15405702.2017.1413191.

“Postcolonial Studies in the Digital Age.” The Bloomsbury Introduction to Postcolonial Writing: New Contexts, New Narratives, New Debates, edited by Jenni Ramone, 105-124. London: Bloomsbury, 2017. 

Roopika Risam, Justin Snow, and Susan Edwards. “Building an Ethical Digital Humanities Community: Librarian, Faculty, and Student Collaboration.” College and Undergraduate Libraries 24, no. 2-4 (2017): 337-349. doi:10.1080/10691316.2017.1337530.

“Other Worlds, Other DHs: Notes Towards a DH Accent.” Digital Scholarship in the Humanities 32, no. 2 (2017): 377-384. doi:10.1093/ llc/fqv063.

“Diasporizing the Digital Humanities: Displacing Center and Periphery.” International Journal of E-politics 7, no. 3 (2016): 65-78. doi:10.4018/ IJEP.2016070105.

“Breaking and Building: The Case of Postcolonial Digital Humanities.” The Postcolonial World, edited by Jyotsna G. Singh and David D. Kim, 345-362. London: Routledge, 2016.

“Navigating the Global Digital Humanities: Insights from Black Feminism.” Debates in the Digital Humanities, edited by Matthew K. Gold and Lauren F. Klein, 359-367. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2016.

Selected Presentations

2021    Keynote Speaker, “Beyond the Blacklist: Reanimating Intersectional Feminist Media Histories,” Association for Documentary Editing. Boston, MA

2021    Keynote Speaker, “Insurgent Pasts, Resurgent Futures: A New Genealogy of Digital Humanities,” Digital Humanities Summer Institute. University of Victoria, Victoria, Canada

2020    Keynote Speaker, “Rethinking Digital Colonialisms: The Limits of Postcolonial Digital Humanities,” Confronting the “Global,” Exploring the “Local”: Digital Apprehensions of Poetics in Indian Literature(s). Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi, India. 

2020    Keynote Speaker, “Postcolonial Approaches to Digital Pedagogy: Teaching for Social Justice,” Capacity Assessment of Latin American and Caribbean Partners. Council on Library and Information Resources, Florida International University, Miami, FL

2019    Keynote Speaker, Humanities Commons Twitter Conference. The Twitterverse

2019    Keynote Speaker, “Mobilizing New Digital Worlds: The Stakes of Postcolonial Digital Humanities,” Digital Diasporas Conference. University College London, London, United Kingdom

2018    Keynote Speaker, “On Academic Insurgency and Mobilizing the Humanities,” Nebraska Forum on Digital Ethnic Studies. University of Nebraska – Lincoln, Lincoln, NE

2018    Keynote Speaker, “Why Wait? Social Justice Digital Humanities for the End Times,” THATCamp. University of Ohio, Athens, OH

2017    Keynote Speaker, “Reconstructing the Global Du Bois,” Digital Humanities Fall Kickoff. Northeastern University, Boston, MA

2017    Keynote Speaker, “Networks of Pedagogy: Notes towards a Decolonized Classroom,” Blended Learning in the Liberal Arts Conference. Bryn Mawr College, Bryn Mawr, PA

2017    Keynote Speaker, “Decolonizing Digital Cultural Memory: Digital Humanities as Digital Activism,” Fembot Collective Conference. Bowling Green State University, Toledo, OH

2016    Royal Academy Colloquium Speaker and Masterclass, “Now You See Them: Self-Representation and the Refugee Selfie.” Royal Academy of the Netherlands, Amsterdam, Netherlands

2016    Keynote Speaker, “For the Love of Students: Why Digital Humanities Needs Community Colleges,” Community Colleges Humanities Association Pacific-Western Division Conference. Portland, OR

2016    Keynote Speaker, “Digital Humanities in (Other) Contexts: Locating Place as Method for Intersectional Praxis,” Digital Humanities Forum 2016. University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS

2016    Keynote Speaker, “Burning Down the Tent: New Futures for Social Justice and Digital Humanities,” Digital Frontiers. Rice University, Houston, TX

2016    Keynote Speaker, “Beyond Add and Stir: Intersectional Digital Humanities in Practice,” Intersectionality and Digital Humanities. KU Leuven, Leuven, Belgium

2016    Keynote Speaker, “Only Collaborate! Postcolonial Imperatives for Community in the Digital Humanities.” Keystone Digital Humanities Conference. University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA

2015    Keynote Speaker, “Digital Humanities After #Ferguson: Stakes and Challenges for Digital Scholarship in the New Civil Rights Movement.” Liberal Arts, Sciences, and Technology Summit. Pennsylvania State University, State College, PA

2015    Masterclass, “De/Post/Colonial Digital Humanities.” Humanities Intensive Learning and Teaching (HILT) 2015. Indiana University Purdue University-Indianapolis, Indianapolis, IN

2015    Masterclass, National Endowment for the Humanities Advanced Studies in Digital Humanities Institute. Lane Community College, Eugene, OR

2015    Keynote Speaker, “Across (Two) Imperial Cultures.” HASTAC 2015. Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI

2015    Plenary Speaker, “Subaltern Citizenship in/and Digital Humanities.” Digital Diversity 2015. University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada