Lisa Rhody is Deputy Director of Digital Initiatives at The Graduate Center, CUNY. She is an administrator, teacher, and researcher whose work has considered the varied and often complicated ways in which emerging digital technologies change the ways we study, present, and teach the humanities and social sciences. Lisa directs the GC Digital Fellowship Programs, which include the GC Digital Fellows, the Program Social Media Fellows, and the Videography Fellows, coordinates the Provost’s Digital Innovation Grants, and holds a faculty appointment in the Master of Arts in Liberal Studies Program. As Director of Research Projects for the CUNY Academic Commons, Lisa works with the CAC team to consider ways to build scholarly research communities through a 24-campus network WordPress and Buddy Press multisite. She currently serves on the Executive Council of the Association for Computers in the Humanities (ACH) and on the steering committee of the NYC DH. Most recently, her essay “Why I dig: Feminist Approaches to Text Analysis” appeared in Debates in the Digital Humanities 2016, and “Beyond Darwinian Distance: Situating Distant Reading in a Feminist Ut Pictura Poesis Tradition,” appeared in the May 2017 issue of PMLA.
Formerly, Lisa was associate director of research and research assistant professor at the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media (RRCHNM) at George Mason University, where she oversaw technical development of Zotero and the PressForward project. Lisa served as editor of the Journal of Digital Humanities and Digital Humanities Now. She earned her Ph.D. in English Language and Literature from the University of Maryland. Her research combines advanced computational methods such as topic modeling and social network analysis with more traditional literary analysis to study 20th and 21st-century American literature, particularly ekphrastic poetry (poems that take the visual arts as their subject) by contemporary women poets. More broadly, she is interested in the 20th and 21st century American literature, verbal-visual studies, scholarly communication and digital humanities.
Lisa’s work has been supported by a Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities (MITH) Winnemore Dissertation Fellowship and grants from the Department of English and the Center for Teaching Excellence. Her experience in academic administration ranges from student affairs to project management to program coordination. She has won institutional grants to create online course curricular materials, awards for teaching excellence, and recognition for campus leadership. As editor for the Teaching and Learning News, she recruited, edited, and published articles about teaching with technology, improving pedagogy, and the University of Maryland’s transition to a new General Education curriculum. She also revised and edited the university-wide Teaching Resource Guide 2011-2012 for faculty, graduate students, and lecturers. Previously, she was the site manager for Romantic Circles, a refereed, scholarly website devoted to the study of Romantic-period literature and culture.