Roopika Risam

Professional Details

Title Assistant Professor
Department English
Office Meier Hall 102E
Phone 978.542.2662
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Recent and Upcoming Courses

EDC 762 Technology Methods
EDC 770 Methods of Teaching English I
EDC 804 School-based Internship
EDC 880PS Practicum Seminar in Teaching English
EDG 705 Culturally Responsive Teaching
EDU 498PS Practicum Seminar in Teaching English
EDU 500 Directed Studies in Education I
EDU 876 Global Perspectives in Cultural Diversity
EDU 925E Practicum in Teaching English (8-12)
EDU 925ES Practicum Seminar in Teaching English (8-12)
ENG 713 Digital Humanities
ENG 715 Topics in Digital Studies
ENG 748 Literature for Young Adults
ENG 821 Contemporary Approaches to Teaching Literature
ENG 830 Digital Writing
ENG 875 Directed Study
ENG 879 Internship in Digital Humanities
ENG 994 Portfolio Capstone
ENL 162 Foundations of World Literature
ENL 163 World Literature 18th Century-present
ENL 317 Digital Writing
ENL 353 Literature for Young Adults
ENL 500 Directed Study

Professional Biography

Roopika Risam joined the Salem State University faculty in 2013. She serves as Assistant Professor of English, Faculty Fellow for Digital Library Initiatives, Coordinator of the Digital Studies Graduate Certificate Program, and Coordinator of the Secondary English Education BA/M.Ed. Program. Risam is the author of New Digital Worlds: Postcolonial Digital Worlds in Theory, Praxis, and Pedagogy (Northwestern UP) and co-editor of The Digital Black Atlantic for the Debates in the Digital Humanities series (University of Minnesota Press). She is the director of the NEH and IMLS-funded Regional Comprehensive Digital Humanities Network and co-founder of Reanimate, an intersectional feminist publishing collective. Her scholarship has appeared in Digital Scholarship in the Humanities, Digital Humanities Quarterly, Debates in the Digital Humanities, Popular Communications, South Asian Review, and College and Undergraduate Libraries, among others. She is a frequent speaker on her research interests in race, difference, and the digital; globalization and technology; migration and media; pedagogy and technology; and social media and public scholarship. Risam is also a recent recipient of the Massachusetts Library Association's Civil Liberties Champion Award for her work promoting equity and justice in the digital cultural record. More information and her CV is available at


Ph.D. in English, Emory University, 2013

M.A. in English with Distinction, Georgetown University, 2007

B.A. in Creative Writing and South Asian Studies, University of Pennsylvania, 2003

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


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

Special Journal Issue

2018    “Gender and Digital Labor,” co-edited special issue of First Monday, vol. 23, no. 3, 2018. 

2015    “Gender, Globalization, and the Digital Humanities,” special issue of Ada: A Journal of Gender, New Media, and Technology, vol. 8, 2015.

Refereed Journal Articles and Book Chapters    

2019    “Intersectionality.” Digital Pedagogy in the Humanities: Concepts, Models, and Experiments, edited byRebecca Frost Davis, Matthew K. Gold, Katherine D. Harris, and Jentery Sayers, Modern Language Association. (Forthcoming)

2019    “Torrent of Tweets: Teaching the Ibis with Digital Humanities.” Approaches to Teaching the Works of Amitav Ghosh, edited by Gaurav Desai and John C. Hawley, Modern Language Association. (Forthcoming)

2019    “Telling Untold Stories: Digital Textual Recovery Methods.” Handbook of Methods in Digital Humanities, edited by Lewis Levenberg, David Rheams, and Tai Neilson, Palgrave MacMillan. (Forthcoming)

2018    “Small Wonder: Authorizing the Human in Computer-Generated Text.” Feminist Debates in the Digital Humanities, edited by Jacqueline Wernimont and Elizabeth Losh, University of Minnesota. Debates in the Digital Humanities Series. (Forthcoming)

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

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

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

2018    “Now You See Them: Self-representation and the Migrant Selfie.” Popular Communication, vol. 16, no. 1, 2018, pp. 58-71.

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

2017    “Building an Ethical Digital Humanities Community: Librarian, Faculty, and Student Collaboration.” College and Undergraduate Libraries, vol. 24, no. 2-4, 2017, pp. 337-349.

2017    “Other Worlds, Other DHs.” Digital Scholarship in the Humanities, vol.32, no. 2, 2017, pp. 377-384.

2016    “Diasporizing the Digital Humanities: Displacing Center and Periphery.” International Journal of E-politics,vol. 7, no. 3, 2016, pp. 65-78.

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

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

2015    “South Asia Digital Humanities: An Overview.” South Asia Review, vol. 36, no. 3, 2015, pp. 161-175.

2015    “Revising History and Re-authoring the Left in the Postcolonial Digital Archive.” Left History, vol. 18, no. 1, 2015, pp. 35-46. 

2015    “Beyond the Margins: Intersectionality and the Digital Humanities.” Digital Humanities Quarterly, vol. 9, no. 2, 2015.

2015    “Toxic Femininity 4.0.” First Monday, vol. 20, no. 4, 2015.

2014    “Rethinking Peer Review in the Age of Digital Humanities.” Ada: A Journal of Gender, New Media, and Technology, vol.4, 2014.

Selected Presentations

2019    Keynote Speaker, Digital Diasporas Conference. University College London, London, United Kingdom

2018    Keynote Speaker, Nebraska Forum on Digital Humanities. University of Nebraska – Lincoln, Lincoln, NE

2018    Keynote Speaker, THATCamp. University of Ohio, Athens, OH

2017    Keynote Speaker, Digital Humanities Fall Kickoff. Northeastern University, Boston, MA

2017    Keynote Speaker, 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