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Let's Start at the Very Beginning

... a very good place to start when you're entering a new community of totally rockstar scholars. 

See, I'm in the fourth year of my PhD program at the University of California, Davis and while I'm working on a dissertation (tentatively a digital one in Scalar; if anyone has advice on that process, I'm all ears - er, eyes? - and am eagerly anticipating the live stream of the Remix the Dissertation event), I still feel like I'm at the beginning of my journey to become a digitally-minded scholar. Linear, alphabaetic text is my jam and has been that way for as long as I can remember. I'm excited by the process and challenge of thinking more digitally and multimodally, knowing that this expands and enhances the possibilities for my abilities to communicate both to the scholarly community and a broader public. 

I'm working on a project that explores the importance of materiality/tactility in various reading and writing spaces. Specifically, I'm focusing on a cluster of books by folks who would typically be deemed "luddites" and am trying to figure out the implications of their rhetoric around the loss of print culture for twenty-first century readers and writers. I love teaching writing in computer-assisted environments and have enjoyed hybrid and online teaching. I'd like my dissertation to engage in humanistic inquiry all while thinking through pedagogical implications. It's exciting! Plus, I'm a graduate fellow for the Sweetland Center for Writing's Digital Rhetoric Collaborative and also lead the graduate fellows through our university's Writing Across the Curriculum Program

Plus, I'm getting involved in the IMMERSe Research Network, which has folks based out of a whole slew of universities, including UC Davis where I am. I'm looking forward to networking here and getting some tips on more DH methods and ways of thinking. Is it bad that I'm inclined to write "#blessed?" So be it. 


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