Roopika Risam

Professional Details

Title Assistant Professor
Department English
Office Meier Hall 102E
Phone 978.542.2662

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
EDU 335 Secondary School Curriculum Materials and Methods-english (pre-practicum)
EDU 498PS Practicum Seminar in Teaching English
EDU 500 Directed Studies in Education I
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 744 English Language Arts Curriculum, Materials, and Methods (8-12)
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 455 Contemporary American Literature
ENL 500 Directed Study
ENL 601H Senior Honors Project in English

Professional Biography

Roopika Risam joined the Salem State University faculty in 2013. She serves as Assistant Professor of English, Coordinator of the Secondary Education English Undergraduate Program, Coordinator of the Digital Studies Graduate Certificate Program, and Chair of the Program Area for Content Educators. She is finishing a monograph on the intersections of postcolonial studies and digital humanities, which is under contract with Northwestern University Press. Her other major project examines postcolonial and global themes in W.E.B. Du Bois's writing. Additionally, she is the co-founder of Postcolonial Digital Humanities, a movement and emerging academic subfield within digital humanities that foregrounds global explorations of race, class, gender, sexuality, and disability within cultures of technology. She is a frequent speaker on issues of race, difference, and the digital; globalization and technology; pedagogy and technology; and social media and public scholarship. Visit her webpage 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

“Torrents of Tweets: Teaching the Ibis Trilogy with Digital Humanities.” Approaches to Teaching the Works of Amitav Ghosh. Eds. Gaurav Desai and John C. Hawley. NY: Modern Language Association. (forthcoming)

“Postcolonial Studies in the Digital Age: An Introduction.” The Bloomsbury Introduction to Postcolonial Writing: New Contexts, New Narratives, New Debates. Ed. Jenni Ramone. London: Bloomsbury.  (forthcoming 2017)

“Other Worlds, Other DHs.” Digital Scholarship in the Humanities. (forthcoming 2017)

“Decolonizing the Digital Humanities.” Routledge Companion to New Media and Digital Humanities. Ed. Jentery Sayers. NY: Routledge. (forthcoming 2017)

“Breaking and Building: The Case of Postcolonial Digital Humanities.” The Postcolonial World. Eds. Jyotsna G. Singh and David D. Kim. NY: Routledge, 2017. 345-362.

“Diasporizing the Digital Humanities: Displacing the Center and Periphery.” International Journal of E-Politics 7.3 (2016): 65-78.

"Navigating the Global Digital Humanities: Insights from Black Feminism." Debates in Digital Humanities 2016 (forthcoming)

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

"Revising History and Re-authouring the Left in the Postcolonial Digital Archive." Left History 18.2 (Fall/Winter 2015): 35-46.

“South Asian Digital Humanities: An Overview.” South Asian Review 36.3 (2015): 161-175.

"Beyond the Margins: Intersectionality and the Digital Humanities." Digital Humanities Quarterly 9.2 (2015).

"Toxic Femininity 4.0." First Monday 20.4 (2015).

"Rethinking Peer Review in the Age of Digital Humanities." Ada: A Journal of Gender, New Media, and Technology 1.4 (2014).

Selected Presentations

Academy Colloquium Speaker, Royal Academy of the Netherlands, December 2016, Amsterdam, Netherlands.

Keynote Speaker, Community Colleges Humanities Association Pacific-Western Division Conference, November 2016, Portland, OR

Keynote Speaker, Digital Humanities Forum 2016. University of Kansas, October 2016, Lawrence, KS

Keynote Speaker, Digital Frontiers. Rice University, September 2016, Houston, TX

Keynote Speaker, Intersectionality and Digital Humanities. KU Leuven, September 2016, Leuven, Belgium

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

Invited Speaker, “Decolonizing Digital Humanities: Towards New Communities of Practice.” Grinnell College, March 2016, Grinnell, IA 

Invited Speaker, “Digital Humanities in Practice.” University of Houston, March 2016, Houston, TX

Invited Speaker, Digital Humanities Bootcamp Catalyst. University of Florida, January 2016, Gainesville, FL

Invited Speaker, “The Ethics of New Media.” Drake University, November 2015, Des Moines, IA

Invited Speaker, “Careers in Digital Humanities and Social Sciences.” University of Chicago, October 2015, Chicago, IL

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, September 2015, State College, PA

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

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

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

Plenary Speaker, Digital Diversity 2015, University of Alberta, May 2015, Edmonton, Canada

Invited Talk, Temple University Libraries, Temple University, March 2015, Philadelphia, PA

Invited Talk, 5College Digital Humanities Speaker Series, University of Massachusetts - Amherst, February 2015, Amherst, MA

Invited Talk, Disruptive Digital Humanities Symposium, George Washington University, January 2015, Washington, DC

Invited Speaker, “In Conversation with Al Filreis.” University of Pennsylvania, October 2014, Philadelphia, PA

Invited Speaker, “The Race for Digitality,” African Diaspora 2.0, Harriet Tubman Institute, September 2014, York University, Toronto, Canada

Invited Speaker, “Getting Started with Digital Humanities.” University of Maryland – College Park, May 2014, College Park, Maryland

Invited Speaker, “Toxic WOCs: Constructing Race and Gender in Digital Spaces.” University of Umea, March 2014, Umea, Sweden

Invited Speaker, “Breaking or Building: The Curious Case of Postcolonial Digital Humanities.” University of New Hampshire, February 2014, Durham, NH

Invited Speaker, “Theories and Practices of Postcolonial Digital Humanities.” University of Virginia, January 2014, Charlottesville, VA

Invited Speaker, “Social Media and the #dhpoco Lifecycle.” Research Without Borders, Columbia University, September 2013, NY