“Why read and write about literature while the world burns?” Because, in working to end the oppression faced by so many, the humanities can help.
Roopika Risam is Chair of Secondary and Higher Education and Associate Professor of Education and English at Salem State University. She is the author of New Digital Worlds: Postcolonial Digital Humanities in Theory, Praxis, and Pedagogy (Northwestern University Press, 2018) and co-editor of The Digital Black Atlantic (University of Minnesota Press, 2021). Risam also co-edits the journal Reviews in Digital Humanities, which offers peer review of digital scholarly outputs. Risam is the Principal Investigator of the Digital Ethnic Futures Consortium, an initiative supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to build capacity for teaching at the intersections of digital humanities and ethnic studies. Her current book project, “Insurgent Academics: A Radical Account of Public Humanities,” traces a new history of public humanities through the emergence of ethnic studies.