Lisa Marie Rhody, a scholar of 20th and 21st-century American poetry, has served as deputy director of Digital Initiatives at The Graduate Center, CUNY since 2015. She holds faculty appointments in the M.A. in Liberal Studies, M.A. in Digital Humanities, M.S. in Data Visualization, and Interactive Technology and Pedagogy Doctoral Certificate programs. Prior to arriving at The Graduate Center, she was associate director of research and research assistant professor at the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media (RRCHNM) at George Mason University and worked on public and digital humanities projects, including Zotero and PressForward. Lisa earned her Ph.D. in English Language and Literature from the University of Maryland, where she deposited one of the first “digital dissertations” in the humanities. received my B.A. cum laude in English with an emphasis in writing from Denison University.
At the intersection of literary studies and digital humanities, Lisa’s research explores how poetry and humanistic inquiry can help us to read against the grain of computational logics to uncover systems of power and inequity. Combining more traditional methods with emerging quantitative approaches, Lisa argues that literary studies has much to offer the field of computational text analysis, teaching us important strategies for reading against the grain of algorithmic logic. Her work has appeared in PMLA, Debates in the Digital Humanities, differences, and The Journal of Digital Humanities.
As principal investigator of a National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) project, Lisa directs the Digital Humanities Research Institutes, which provide a comprehensive introduction to foundational digital research skills, a portable curriculum, and professional development community for 15 emerging digital humanities leaders as they develop their own projects and lead local digital humanities institutes at local humanities organizations across the U.S. Digital Humanities Research Institutes expand communities of practice through a grassroots approach.
She is a member of the NYC Digital Humanities steering committee, the Modern Language Association (MLA) Committee on Information Technology, the Association for Computers in the Humanities liaison to the MLA, and recently elected to the executive committee for the MLA TM Forum on Libraries and Research.
Lisa can be found on Twitter @lmrhody and on email at lrhody [@] gc [dot] cuny [dot] edu.