Ream Al-Ghamdi is in the Digital Humanities track. Her research interests are in social media, especially integrity on platforms. She holds a master’s degree from KSA in media and communication and a bachelor’s degree in library and information systems. She is a lecturer in the Media department at King Saud University -KSA. Recent presentations include Fan Studies Network, North America. To learn more, please visit Ream’s blog.
Bshaer Alharazi is in the emphasis in Digital Media. She has been selected as one of the UCF Global Student Ambassadors. She is an instructor at Taif University, Saudi Arabia. She holds a MA in Multimedia Journalism, and her BA was in the Mass Communication on the PR track. Her research interests include social media interpretation and memes.
Amanda Altamirano specializes in Scientific and Technical Communication. As a Graduate Research Assistant, her current research focuses on risk communication, usability and user experience (UX) for a community-oriented design project. To learn more about her transition to the interdisciplinary T&T program, check out Amanda’s CAH blog post. View her portfolio on amandaalta.com or connect with her via Twitter @AmandaAlta3.
Kendra Auberry is an Assistant Professor/STEM Librarian at Indian River State College in Fort Pierce. Kendra earned her Master of Library Science from Indiana University at Indianapolis. Her areas of interest include information literacy, especially regarding the effects of “fake news,” and the role of algorithms in finding and using information in ethical ways. Kendra plans to apply her research to understanding how these topics affect and are affected by students in the community college setting. Her recent publications include Increasing students’ ability to identify fake news through information literacy education and content management systems, (The Reference Librarian, 2018) and her professional website is http://kauberry-irsc.weebly.com/
Nikki Fragala Barnes
Nikki Fragala Barnes is an experimental visual poet and participatory installation artist. Her work is often collaborative, community-based and site-sensitive. An arts activist, Barnes centers material works on accessibility, land-based public histories, and the poetics of place. Also an independent editor and curator, Barnes served as the Poetry Editor and Editor-in-Chief of Obra/Artifact, a literary journal of experimental works. She is a poetry writing instructor with UCF’s English Department. Research areas of interest include geo/eco-poetics, public-facing museum practice and monument studies, multilingual/translated works across media, and the AR experience of digital archives. She can be found at @bynikkibarnes.
PS Berge (they/them) is a doctoral student at the University of Central Florida. Their research falls at the intersection of trans and queer game studies (especially tabletop roleplaying games, gaming fandoms, and power fantasies) and toxic technocultures on social media (including cross-platform dynamics and white supremacist recruitment). They are currently working on their dissertation, which explores transplay and “unplayable” games. Their work has appeared in Game Studies, New Media & Society, and elsewhere. Website: http://psberge.com/
Traci Billingsley is a Senior Technical Writer with 20+ years in the IT and Tech Comm industries. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Scientific and Technical Communication (with a minor in Computer Science), a Master of Science in IT (with a concentration in App Development), and is excited to round out her studies in the T&T Ph.D. program at UCF (with a concentration in Scientific and Technical Communication). Her doctoral research focuses on diversity, inclusivity, and accessibility in Sci/Tech Comm.
Jacob Boccio received an MA in Film Studies from the University of South Florida Tampa in 2016, and an MLA in Interdisciplinary Liberal Arts from USF Saint Petersburg in 2017. Boccio’s research interrogates how ideology and consumer culture is shaped by film and new media, software, interfaces, and online platforms, and he has presented at national and international organizations such as the Cultural Studies Association, Zizek Studies Conference, Media Ecology Association, and Popular Culture Association.
Tatyana Claytor holds an MA in Professional Writing and an M.Ed. in Technology Integration. She has taught high school and college courses for more than eighteen years. Her research interests include: Children and YA sci-fi literature and film, publishing, and education.
Alex Chabot completed his undergraduate work at State University of New York at Albany with a major in English. He holds an M.A. in English Education from the University of Central Florida. Alex has been an educator since 2010, teaching English and Education in both Brevard Public Schools and Eastern Florida State College. His current research interests are based in the development and utilization of educational technologies.
Nikki is looking to focus on composition and rhetoric. Nikki holds an M.A. degree in Composition, Rhetoric, and Digital Media from Nova Southeastern University (2020), and a B.A. from NSU in Communication (2017). Currently, Nikki is the Assistant Director of NSU’s Writing & Communication Center. Nikki is the Membership Officer for the Global Society of Literacy Educators (GSOLE) and a member of the GSOLE 2022 Conference Committee. Her research examines online literacy and online pedagogy, specifically in the fields of first-year writing and rhetoric.
Nada Chehab’s research interests are in postcolonial studies, medical humanities, data visualization, ethics, and ideologies and science as part of the Digital Humanities track. Nada graduated with a master’s in healthcare administration from the University of Central Florida in 2012. Her BS is in Medical Lab Technology from the American University of Beirut.
Dan Cox (he/him/his) is a Visiting Lecturer of Media Arts at Marist College in Poughkeepsie, NY. He studies digital platforms, game engine APIs, and authoring tool communities.
I received my Master of Arts degree from the University of Vermont in 2013. My research has focused on the interaction between science and literature, monsters, and storytelling in the horror genre. I am especially interested in interdisciplinary studies, especially neuroscience and literature. I have presented at several institutions such as the College English Association, Popular Culture Association, and the Victorian Institute. Currently, I am an English Professor at Valencia College.
Jennifer Crowell is interested in rhetorical and cultural identity; writing transfer; and, narrative, grounded theory, case study, interview, survey, and mixed methods study designs. She entered the Texts and Technology program in 2018 and holds a bachelor’s degree in English and a master’s degree in organizational leadership from Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana, where she focused on rhetoric, writing within and across disciplines, networked and organizational communication, and discursive leadership. She teaches first-year composition courses at Seminole State College of Florida.
Chris earned his M.A. in English from Eastern Kentucky University in 2014. He has had the pleasure of learning as a writing center tutor and coordinator, community college teacher, and instructor in the UCF Department of Writing and Rhetoric. His research interests are related to [writing] pedagogy, rhetoric, and ideology. He has presented research on writing center spaces and cultures at Conference on College Composition and Communication, Southeastern Writing Center Association, and HASTAC. His current research seeks to understand how critical discourse analysis can be used to address harmful ideologies encountered in the first year writing classroom.
Stephanie Garcia specializes in Digital Humanities. Prior to joining T&T, Stephanie earned a Masters of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies focusing in Cognitive Science and Emerging Media. She is a triple Knight and also received her Bachelors of Arts in Psychology from UCF. Her research interests are gender representation in media and the roles women, especially women of color, play in digital media.Her other research interests focus on cultural representation and trends in the arts, specifically how cultural trends are perpetuated through media and vise versa.
Kendra Gilbertson is a PhD Candidate specializing in the Rhetoric and Composition track. She earned her M.A. in Educational Leadership and graduate certificate in Professional Writing from UCF and her B.S. in Kinesiology with an emphasis in Sport Marketing & Management from Indiana University. Kendra’s research include social media, athlete activism, gender equality and women in sport. Her dissertation focuses on athlete activism in the WNBA during the 2020 season and the role of social media. She is currently the Interim Director in the College of Arts & Humanities Student Advising (CAHSA) office at UCF and previously taught Strategies for Student Success (SLS 1501) as an adjunct instructor.
Tami Gitto is a tenured instructor of Humanities with a specialization in Digital Humanities. She earned both her BA and MA From Stony Brook University. Her research explores digitally mediated communication (DMC) and its impact on interpersonal discourse when technology is embedded. She considers users’ experiences, interface and platform choices.
Anyssa is looking to contribute to the field of games in educational spaces. A life-long learner, Anyssa has spent her entire life as either a student or a teacher, having worked in secondary education for the last six years. She earned her M.A. in Composition, Rhetoric, and Digital Media at Nova Southeastern University last year with her thesis on implementing Dungeons & Dragons in the composition classroom. She is looking forward to the new dimensions of knowledge that Texts and Technology will bring to her work.
Mónica G. González Burgos
Mónica (she/her) holds a Bachelor of Arts from the Universidad del Sagrado Corazón (2017) in San Juan, Puerto Rico, majoring in Journalism and minoring in Digital Television Production. She also holds a Master of Arts from Syracuse University’s Audio Arts Program (2018). A recipient of UCF’s 2022 Summer Mentoring Fellowship, she will begin her research in audiobook production accessibility for independent authors, hoping to improve production and distribution within the literary industry. She also works as an Entertainment Stage Technician, primarily as an audio engineer. Her research interests include sound production, fiction, and YA literature, as well as pop culture theory, especially in the film, literature, and gaming industries.
Melissa Hanbery is a part-time student in Texts & Technology, with a concentration in the Digital Humanities track. She works full time as an instructional designer for a health care company and has almost 20 years of experience in education. She holds a B.S. degree in Journalism and an M.Ed. with a concentration in educational administration, both from the University of Florida. Her area of research will focus on the gamification of learning and the use of educational technology for adult learners.
Emily Hensley earned her M. A. in English in 2015 from Eastern Kentucky University, where she focused on digital media, writing studio pedagogy, and first-year writing. She currently teaches first-year composition at UCF where her current research focuses on best practices for teaching first-year writing students about rhetorical velocity and circulation using digital and networked media and how best to guide students through some of the difficult ethical choices they must make when writing in digital, networked spaces. A portfolio of her academic work can be found at ehensley.com.
Ha’Ani Hogan is the Development and Marketing Manager at the Downtown Arts District, where she is responsible for grants, sponsorships, event planning, and cultivating donors to support the local arts community. Hogan earned an M.A. in Arts Administration from the Savannah College of Art and Design. A strong believer in the importance of creative place-making, she applies this concept to her professional and academic work. Her research includes studying the impacts of public art and how technology can help public art creators educate communities, enhance economic development, and influence social change.
Bryce’s research examines code and algorithms, their social and cultural influence and power as code and communication, and the ways people interact, perceive, and perform through the mediums, applications, or platforms code produces. He recently co-presented at EDUCAUSE on “Developing a New Enterprise IT Organization by Starting in the Middle.” He is the IT Business Relationship Manager for UCF’s College of Arts & Humanities, College of Undergraduate Studies and Division of Teaching and Learning and graduated from UCF in 2014 with an M.A. in English – Technical Communication. More of his research interests and projects can be explored at brycejjackson.com.
Daniel J. King
Daniel J. King is studying how to integrate serious and casual game design principles, and he has published his “Activist-Casual Game Design Framework” at the 2021 International Conference on the Foundations of Digital Games toward this end. For his dissertation project, he is designing an original video game in order to demonstrate the Activist-Casual Framework. Before coming to UCF, Daniel completed his Master’s Degree in Writing at Nova Southeastern University in 2015. He is a part-time student and a full-time project manager for a digital marketing company.
Emily LaPadura is a PhD candidate specializing in Rhetoric and Writing. She earned her MA in Rhetoric and Composition from Colorado State University in 2015. Currently, Emily’s interest is in how marginalized and underrepresented student groups utilize technology. Through a feminist and critical race foundation, she strives to resist the white, westernized ideas of what defines technology through a more inclusive understanding of technology as existing both inside and outside of online spaces. Her dissertation research entails exploring the experiences of alumni from the Ronald E. McNair Scholars program in their transition from undergraduate to graduate school and how technology has played a role in that process. She currently serves as a Graduate Teaching Assistant for the Office of Graduate Studies, co-teaching a proposal writing course designed for students from low-income, first-generation backgrounds to apply to national fellowships, scholarships, and graduate programs
Kate Loesel received her bachelor’s degree in Broadcast and Cinematic Arts and her master’s degree in Film Theory and Criticism from Central Michigan University. Her research in Digital Humanities focuses on the two-way communication and relationship between content creators and content consumers. Her research interests include fan studies, queer studies, and parasocial relationships.
Alessandra Zinicola Lopez
MA English Technical Communication, University of Central Florida, 2020
Alessandra earned undergraduate degrees in psychology and marketing business administration and had a corporate career prior to turning her academic focus towards writing and texts during her graduate education. Within UCF’s Texts and Technology Ph.D. program, Alessandra’s research interests center around historical and modern domestic texts such as cookbooks and recipes as technical documentation, and the work they instruct on. This tech comm research includes intersecting topics of history, culinary arts, digital humanities, gender, household labor and care, foodways, domesticity, home economics, and digital curation. Find Alessandra online at https://madeofallwork.com/ and on Twitter @AMadeOfAllWork.
Kirk’s background is in computer engineering, mathematics, economics, and web design; he earned his master’s in technical communication from Auburn in 2014, and is now a student in the T&T program. His research interests focus on the philosophy of simulation, game design, and the pedagogy of games, particularly historical simulation games. In his work time, free time, and (intended) sleep time, you can find him making, playing, and breaking games of all kinds. http://kirklundblade.com/
Shelley Maccini’s research explores the power of digital engagement to spur advocacy on behalf of destinations, with an emphasis on the destination’s historical and cultural attributes. She has an extensive background in destination marketing. She holds a JD from George Washington University and received her MBA from UCF. Shelley serves as Lead Instructor for the Data Driven Decision Making course in UCF’s Integrated Business program.
Derek Manns’s professional development experience and teaching interests include Game Design, Level Design, 3D modeling, and Programming. He founded Sungura Games and went on to produce games and applications which included IGDA app, Call in Sick, and Zamboni Challenge.
Demagio Mansell’s research focuses on evolving interactive storytelling through user emotions and engagement. He hopes to develop immersive environments that will help influence user decisions. His previous work includes digital practices and creative production within digital advertising and web design. He holds a Master of Business Administration in Marketing from Nova Southern University and Bachelor of Business Administration from Florida Atlantic University in Management and Marketing. He has several years’ experience within the entertainment media from film, radio, to news.
David is the Associate Curator of Education at the Rollins Museum of Art, where he designs engaging learning experiences for Rollins College students and the community at large. He holds a BA in Studio Art and English and an MBA from Rollins. At UCF, his research encompasses the history and future of museums as spaces for informal learning. He is interested in how technology can be used to better engage museum visitors of all ages and abilities—believing that through effective museum practice we build empathy.
I am a United States Army Veteran of the 82nd Airborne Division and hold a MS in Global Strategic Communication from the Florida Institute of Technology (2013). I am also the founder and publisher of the bilingual newspaper AL DIA TODAY and the president and founder of the Brevard Hispanic Center. My research interests include doing research to help the blind to become great broadcasters and public speakers and games and devices based on noise and motion.
Specializing in digital humanities, Abigail’s research focuses on book studies, with an emphasis on feminist media and bibliography. Her dissertation examines women illustrators of the early 20th century wood engraving revival and how their work impacts the book as a material object. Abigail is managing editor for the James Joyce Literary Supplement, social media manager and researcher for Johnson’s Dictionary Online, and teaches literature and writing for UCF’s English department. Her work has been published in Nineteenth-Century Gender Studies and Feminist Media Studies.
Abigail Padfield Narayan
M.A. Early Modern History, University of York,’11 and M.A. Communications and Leadership Studies, Gonzaga University,’16
Abigail’s research interests include public and digital history, space and place, and memory. Her current research intersects all interests, looking at Civil War monuments in Maryland. She currently teaches technical writing at UCF. https://abigailkimpadfieldnarayan.wordpress.com/
Keidra Daniels Navaroli
Keidra is a McKnight Doctoral Fellow whose research in Public History focuses on the intersections of museum spaces, digital technologies, and underrepresented communities. Formerly, she worked as the assistant director and curator of the Ruth Funk Center for Textile Arts at Florida Institute of Technology (Florida Tech). She earned her M.A. in the History and Criticism of Art from Florida State University (B.A. in Art History from the University of Florida) and completed internships with the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Sotheby’s Auction House in New York. Keidra is an alumna of the Museum Leadership Institute’s NextGen Program for Museum Leaders and currently serves on the boards of the Association of Academic Museums and Galleries (AAMG) and the Surface Design Association.Learn more about her work and experience at https://www.kdnavaroli.com/.
Noemi Nunez received her M.A. in Composition, Rhetoric, and Digital Media from Nova Southeastern University and her B.A. in Communication Arts from Florida International University. There, she researched writing center theories with an emphasis on multilingual students, and speech communication projects. Her recent research interests include race and gender studies, feminist theories, transmedia storytelling, and fandom studies. As a first-generation student and Latina, Noemi explores the impact media has on society and culture, specifically first-generation BIPOC.
Christopher C. Odom
Christopher C. Odom is a PhD student in the Texts & Technology Program specializing in Digital Media. His research focuses on the visual imagery of social movements that lies at the intersection of visual and multimedia culture and rhetoric & digital activism. His research and teaching interests include counterpublics, critical communications, digital activism, social movements, and visual and multimedia culture and rhetoric. Christopher serves as a course director in the Creative Writing MFA Program at Full Sail University. He teaches graduate students screenwriting, video production, and social media personal branding. A published author and graduate of the UCLA MFA Program in Film, TV and Digital Media, Christopher C. Odom is a domestic and international award-winning filmmaker and voice over artist whose work has appeared in major cities worldwide including Cannes, Berlin, Tel Aviv, New York and Los Angeles. Learn more about Christopher C. Odom at https://cv.christopherodom.com.
Michael received his B.S in Information Technology with a minor in Digital Media from the University of Central Florida. After graduation, he started working for the University of Central Florida. During his time with the university, Michael continued his education completing an M.S. degree in Digital Forensics. His area of focus is on technology and its uses to improve efficiency in modern society. Currently Michael mentors groups of undergraduate Computer Science students. His recent publications include Redesigning the research design: Accelerating the pace of research through technology innovation (SeGAH 2016) and a workshop and presentation at HASTAC 2017.
Lauren Rouse’s dissertation research is on representations of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder in superhero television shows and corresponding fan fiction. They have been published in Social Media + Society, Transformative Works and Cultures, In Media Res, and Flow.
Marissa is a doctoral student studying the perceptions of digitally mediated soundscapes and its impact on conservation measures. She has presented papers on Tweets and Power, and Ethics and AI in Autonomous Vehicles at UCF’s Center for Ethics. Her national and international presentations were on feminism, communications, and publics in TV/film and Twitter. Her past research focused on queer geographies and politics some of which is in Queerying Planning: Challenging Heteronormative Assumptions and Reframing Planning Practice (Dr. P. Doan, ed.) and reported in NGLTF’s Same-sex Couple Households in the United States: A Report from the 2000 Census. Marissa earned her MSP in urban and regional planning from Florida State University, and focused on transportation, GIS, research, and applications. More about Marissa’s experience and research interests can be found on her site.
Carina Seagrave Fuller
Carina Seagrave Fuller holds her M.A. in Mass Communications with a focus in Journalism from the University of Florida. During her time at UF, her research focused on the social media usage of non-profit organizations to recruit volunteers. She was also a copywriter for the Independent Florida Alligator. Carina’s B.S. is in English Literature and Religion from the Florida State University. Carina currently teaches 9th grade ELA in Orange County. Her research interests are based in the consumption and accessibility of classic literature by grade school-aged students in the digital era.
Daria Sinyagovskaya is a Graduate Research Associate at the Center for Humanities and Digital Research working on projects including electronic publishing, digital book design, and social media management. Daria holds a MA in International Economics from Russian Foreign Trade Academy. She is the author of Easy Chinese, one of the four best-selling books on learning Mandarin Chinese in Russia, and Chinese Economic Modernization Experience. Her research interests are Chinese pedagogical practices within the Digital Humanities. She has studied topics within digital media, Chinese-language pedagogy, foreign-language learning in multilingual settings, cross-cultural communication, and Chinese history and art.
Francine N. Sutton
Francine is a Ph.D. candidate in the T&T program with a concentration in Digital Media. She obtained a BA in Art and MA in Urban & Regional Planning from Jackson State University. Her dissertation research aims to examine older adults’ user experience with mHealth applications through a three-phase mixed methods methodology. Her research interests include user experience design, popular culture, fandom studies, and video game studies. She had the opportunity to present her academic papers at several international, national, and regional popular culture conferences. To date, Francine has presented her preliminary dissertation research findings at SIGDOC ‘20 and SIGDOC ‘22.
MA, History, Appalachian State, 2018
With a background in Russian medieval studies focused on political theological interactions, Evan is interested in looking at both historical and contemporary use of platforms of media and rhetoric. With a digital humanities specialization, he hopes to employ inter- and multi- disciplinary methods to make connections between past and present. He is currently a Graduate Research Associate in the Center for Humanities and Digital Research. Evan will be presenting at the Baltic Connections conference in Helsinki, FI about Russian appropriated religious ideologies.