Key Figures in the Digital Humanities

This page houses a list of rhet/comp scholars who do digital humanities work and their contact information.

danderson.jpgDaniel Anderson, Professor of English at the University of North Carolina

Director of the Studio for Instructional Technology and English Studies
Associate Chair of the Department of English and Comparative Literature
An early computers and writing enthusiast, Daniel Anderson’s work involves new media writing in the composition class and using technology as a literacy tool. He has not only created digital platforms for student writers but also digital guides and handbooks to online composing with new media. Find him on his website and Twitter.


Cheryl Ball, Associate Professor of New Media Studies at Illinois State University

Editor of Kairos: A Journal of Rhetoric, Technology, and Pedagogy
Cheryl Ball is a new media scholar whose work focuses on multimodal composing practices and teaching with digital media. Ball and James Kalmbach’s 2010 edited collection RAW: (Reading and Writing) New Media looks at online writing practices within specific and varying digital contexts. She has also recently developed an online guide to multimodal writing for students, visualizing composition (2010).
Find her on her digital portfolio and Twitter.

Kristine_Blair.jpgKristine Blair, Chair of the Department of English at Bowling Green State University

Editor of Computers and Composition Online (since 2002) and Editor of Computers and Composition (since 2011)
Blair, a self-proclaimed technorhetorician, has published two edited books: Webbing Cyberfeminist Practice: Communities, Pedagogies, and Social Action (2009) and Feminist Cyberscapes: Mapping Gendered Academic Spaces (2000). These, and her other published articles, focus on the intersections of gender, technology, and critical technological literacy. She has also published works on the multimodal classroom, electronic portfolios, and online teaching.
Find her on Twitter.

brookeccr.jpgCollin Brooke, Associate Professor of Writing and Rhetoric at Syracuse University

A writing and technology scholar, Collin Brooke’s research combines his interests in the history of rhetoric, new media, critical theory, network studies, genre studies, and game theory in order to remix rhetoric for a contemporary new media/technology context. His recent book, Lingua Fracta: Towards a Rhetoric of New Media (2009), rethinks traditional rhetorical tools, the canons and trivium, in order to engage with the dynamic complexities of digital rhetorical spaces.
Find him on his website, Twitter, and Facebook.

micahelday.gifMichael Day, Professor of English at Northern Illinois University

Director of the First-Year Composition Program
Michael Day’s work seeks to situate the role of technology for student writers, FYW instructors, and administrators. He has published articles in Academic Writing, Computers and Composition, and //Kairos//, and he has edited two books that explore the intersections of technology and communication: Technical Communication and the World Wide Web (2005) and The Online Writing Classroom (2000). His current research explores the sustainability of technology ecologies in academic programs and digital assessment methods.
Find him on his blog, Twitter, and Facebook.

Johanna_Drucker.jpgJohanna Drucker, Professor of Information Studies at UCLA

Find her at her UCLA faculty page.

Kathleen_Fitzpatrick.jpgKathleen Fitzpatrick, Co-founder of MediaCommons

Director of Scholarly Communication at the Modern Language Association
Professor of Media Studies at Pomona College
As evidenced by her affiliations, Fitzpatrick’s work is highly focused on new media, scholarly publishing, and the changing landscape of academia. Like the digital humanities, Fitzpatrick’s work is interdisciplinary—she has published articles in PMLA, Journal of Electronic Publishing, and Cinema Journal. Her two books are The Anxiety of Obsolescence: The American Novel in the Age of Television and Planned Obsolescence: Publishing, Technology, and the Future of the Academy.
Find her on her blog, Twitter, and Facebook.

Michael_Hart.jpgMichael Hart, inventor of the ebook and founder of Project Gutenberg

He passed away in 2011, but you can find out more about him at his Wikipedia entry.

Bill_Hart-Davidson.jpgBill Hart-Davidson, Associate Professor of Rhetoric and Writing at Michigan State University

Co-director of the Writing in Digital Environments (WIDE) Research Center
Hart-Davidson teaches courses in technical communication, human-computer interaction, and information design. His research centers around technology and literacy, focusing on the effects of new technologies on writing practices. He has work published in Computers and Composition, Intercom, Technical Communication, and Technical Communication Quarterly.
Find him on Twitter, Facebook, and Google+.

Gail_Hawisher.jpgGail Hawisher, Professor Emeritus of English at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Find her on her website, Twitter, and Facebook.

Johndan_Johnson-Eilola.jpgJohndan Johnson-Eilola, Professor of Communication and Media at Clarkson University

Johnson has contributed significant research to the areas of hypertext theory and practice, online communities, and technology politics. He has taught courses ranging from business and technical communication to information architecture and web design. Aside from articles and textbooks, Johnson has published three books that are directly relevant to the digital humanities: Datacloud: Toward a New Theory of Practice (2005) provides a framework for reconsidering how and why people communicate and work in information spaces. Johnson has also co-authored Writing New Media (2005), and Nostalgic Angels: Rearticulating Hypertext Writing (1999).
Find him on his website Twitter, and Facebook.

John_Jones.jpgJohn Jones, Assistant Professor of English at West Virginia University

An emerging scholar in the field, Jones's research lies in digital communication. His research and publications center around the way communication is digitally configured: the interactions between social media and persuasion, the digital composing process, and how classic rhetorical concepts are embodied in digital networks.
Find him on his website, blog, and Twitter.

Krista_Kennedy.jpgKrista Kennedy, Associate Professor of Writing and Rhetoric at Syracuse University

Find her on her blog(s), Twitter, and Facebook.

Brian_McNely.jpgBrian McNely, Assistant Professor of English at Ball State University

McNely’s research focuses on the connections between writing in digital environments and knowledge-making, and he has published articles that explore information ecologies, the digital publics, and social-networking sites. In a recent article (Fall 2011) in Present Tense, McNely explores the way people use services like Twitter in order to create sociotechnical networks that connect users with other people who can provide feedback on their ideas, ultimately allowing a short piece time to develop and grow into a longer scholarly projects.
Find him on his website and Twitter.

Matthew_Kirschenbaum.jpgMatthew G. Kirschenbaum, Associate Professor of English at University of Maryland

Director of the Maryland Institute Technology in the Humanities (MITH) and Director of Digital Cultures & Creativity (DCC)
Kirschenbaum is a digital humanist whose work centers on the critical and scholarly effects of digital creation and production. His 2008 book Mechanisms: New Media and the Forensic Imagination examines the materiality of new media production, e.g. digital storage devices, in order to draw connections to the new media and electronic writing that we are able to produce. More recently, Kirschenbaum co-authored Digital Forensics and Born-Digital Content In Cultural Heritage Collections, which introduces the field of digital forensics.
Find him on his blog or Twitter.

Clifford_Lynch.jpgClifford Lynch, Executive Director of the Coalition of Networked Information (CNI)

Adjunct Professor at UC Berkeley School of Information
Since 1997, Lynch has led the CNI, an organization that explores information technologies and their impact on academic scholarship. Lynch’s own publications examine issues of digital scholarship, library infrastructures, information technology, and the intersections of these themes with higher education.
Find him on the CNI website.

Derek_Mueller.jpgDerek Mueller, Assistant Professor of Written Communication at Eastern Michigan University

Mueller researches the intersections of writing, rhetoric, and technology; in particular, the articles he has published in JAC, Computers and Composition, and Kairos focus on new media, networked digital writing, and composition theory.
Find him on his blog, Twitter, Facebook, and Google+.

Alex_Reid.jpgAlexander Reid, Associate Professor at University of Buffalo

Reid has done illuminating research on digital media studies, composition, and game studies. Part of the New Media Theory series, Reid’s The Two Virtuals: New Media and Composition explores the shared spaces between our humanistic realm of thought and emerging virtual networked media. His blog, Digital Digs, received the John Lovas Memorial Academic Weblog award in 2008 for its contributions to Rhet/Comp.
Find him on his blog, Twitter, and Facebook.

Geoffrey_Sauer.pngGeoffrey Sauer, Associate Professor of English at Iowa State University

Director of ISU Studio for New Media and Director of ISUComm Technology
Director of
Sauer’s digital humanities interests include new media and the history of publishing and nonlinear video and audio production. Though Sauer has many print publications, he is webmaster and editor for a number of extensive digital research collections, including Rhetoric and Composition and The EServer, a collection of over 35,000 free texts.
Find him on his website, Twitter, Facebook, and Google+.

Jentery_Sayers.jpgJentery Sayers, Assistant Professor in the Department of English at the University of Victoria

Sayers is a digital humanist whose research centers on (trans)media studies, cultural histories of technology, and computers and composition. He has received numerous awards for service, research, and teaching, including an NEH fellowship. His work has been published in Kairos, and he is well known for the Virtual University Geoblogging Project, a way of bringing geoblogging into the composition classroom.
Find him on his HASTAC blog, website, Twitter, and Facebook.

Stuart_Selber.jpgStuart Selber, Associate Professor of English and Science, Technology, and Society at Penn State University

Affiliate Associate Professor of Information Sciences and Technology and Director of Composition Program
Selber’s research centers around computer literacies, rhetorics of the Internet, and the social and pedagogical dimensions of academic computing. His first book, Multiliteracies for a Digital Age, is a humanistic critique of computer literacy that acts as a guide for developing effective, responsible digital literacy programs. More recently, Rhetorics and Technologies: New Directions in Writing and Communication combines articles that explore the relationships between technological innovation and communication.
Find him on his website, Twitter, and Facebook.

Cynthia_Selfe.jpgCynthia L. Selfe, Humanities Distinguished Professor of English at Ohio State University

Selfe has had a profound impact on Rhet/Comp and the digital humanities. Her research interests include digital media studies, literacy, and technological pedagogies. She has authored and edited numerous publications, including Technology and Literacy in the 21st Century: The Importance of Paying Attention, Gaming Lives in the Twenty-First Century: Literate Connections, and Multimodal Composition: Resources for Teachers. Along with Gail Hawisher, Selfe is a series editor of New Directions in Computers and Composition Studies and New Dimensions in Computers and Composition, is a founding editor of Computers and Composition Digital Press, and edits Computers and Composition: An International Journal.
Find her on her website and Facebook.

Dickie_Selfe.jpgRichard (Dickie) Selfe, Director of the Center for the Study and Teaching of Writing (CSTW)

Instructional Technology Consultant at Ohio State University
Selfe consults on instructional technology projects and support system across the College of Humanities at Ohio State. His research interests include pedagogy, programmatic curricula, computer-intensive first-year English, and socio-institutional impacts of digital systems. He has a book published in the New Dimensions in Computers and Composition series entitled Sustainable Computer Environments: Cultures of Support in English Studies and Language Arts.
Find him on his website and Twitter.

Jody Shipka, Assistant Professor of English at the University of Maryland-Baltimore County

Shipka is a new media scholar whose research and teaching interests revolve around issues of multimodality, process studies, and digital literacies. Her 2011 book, //Toward a Composition Made Whole//, explores issues of integrating multimodality into composition classrooms, including benefits, potential drawbacks, and assessment frameworks. She has published widely in journals such as College Composition and Communication, Computers and Composition Online, and Kairos. Shipka is particularly known for her teaching practices, publishing on the multimodal texts that her students have created, such as a research paper that a student scripted onto a pair of ballet shoes.
Find her on her website, blog, and Facebook.

Clay_Spinuzzi.jpgClay Spinuzzi, Associate Professor of Rhetoric at University of Texas-Austin

Spinuzzi’s research interests revolve around research methods and methodology, workplace research, computer-mediated activity, and technical communication. He has published two books—Tracing Genres through Organizations: A Sociocultural Approach to Information Design and Network: Theorizing Knowledge Work in Telecommunications.
Find him on his blog, Twitter, and Facebook.

John_Unsworth.jpgJohn Unsworth, Professor of Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Director of the Illinois Informatics Institute
Unsworth has published many articles on electronic and networked scholarship, humanities computing, web 2.0, and open access. He has edited collections such as A Companion to Digital Humanities and Electronic Textual Editing.
Find him on his faculty page at UIUC or on Twitter.

Annette_Vee.jpgAnnette Vee, Assistant Professor of English at University of Pittsburgh

Vee’s work focuses on technology and literacy, intellectual property, digital games, and how computer code acts as a type of writing. She currently serves on the CCCC Intellectual Property Committee and has articles published in JAC and Computers and Composition.
Find her on her website and Twitter.

Anne_Wysocki.jpgAnne Wysocki, Associate Professor of English at Unviersity of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Wysocki is a new media scholar whose textbooks include Writing New Media: Theory and applications for expanding the teaching of composition; compose/design/advocate: a rhetoric for integrating the written, visual, and oral; and The DK Handbook. Her work, and these books in particular, explore new media composing and the intersections of written and visual texts.