Roopika Risam

Assistant Professor of English

Salem State University

Roopika Risam currently serves as Assistant Professor of English, Coordinator of the Digital Studies Graduate Certificate Program, Digital Humanities Coordinator, and Chair of the Program Area for Content Educators at Salem State University.

Her research examines intersections between postcolonial, African American, and US ethnic studies, and the role of digital humanities in mediating between them. My monograph New Digital Worlds: Postcolonial Digital Humanities in Theory, Praxis, and Pedagogy will be published by Northwestern University Press in 2018. Her current book project examines W.E.B. Du Bois’s influence on knowledge infrastructures in the humanities. She is also also co-editor of Debates in the Digital Black Atlantic for the Debates in the Digital Humanities series (University of Minnesota Press)

Roopika's work has appeared in Digital Humanities Quarterly, Digital Scholarship in the Humanities, First Monday, Left History, South Asian Review, Colleges and Undergraduate Libraries, Debates in the Digital Humanities, and Ada: A Journal of Gender, New Media, and Technology, among others.

Digital projects include The Harlem Shadows Project, a digital critical edition of Claude McKay’s poetry; Visualizing Du Bois, a mapping project of W.E.B. Du Bois’s correspondence; and Digital Salem, a portal for small-scale, student-led digital humanities projects that tell the untold stories of Salem, Massachusetts. She also is director of the project “Networking the Regional Comprehensives,” an NEH ODH-funded project to develop a network of digital humanities practitioners at regional comprehensive universities.

Roopika's teaching experience includes African American, Black British, and African diaspora literatures; world literature; feminist theory; young adult literature; digital literary studies; digital writing; digital pedagogy; and English teaching methods.

She is proud to serve on the Association for Computers and the Humanities Executive Council, GO::DH Executive Board, and the Digital Scholarship in the Humanities editorial board.