Readers of ARCADE may have noticed that we have some new bloggers who have joined our ranks this fall, and there are a couple more who will be coming out with their first posts soon. I am writing this post by way of welcome and to introduce you to them, along with some of their areas of interest:
Former Philippine Undersecretary of Education Isagani R. Cruz is President of The Manila Times College and a consultant to the president of Far Eastern University. He is a Professor Emeritus and University Fellow of De La Salle University. He belongs to the Hall of Fame of the Don Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards in Literature and is one of the 2010 Outstanding Filipinos. He writes about the interactions between language, literature, and education, such as his first post on the competing linguistic and literary interests of a scholar in the Philippines.
Anne Dewitt is a lecturer in the Princeton Writing Program, where she teaches a class on Darwin. Her research focuses on Victorian literature and culture, particularly the novel and its manifold contexts. She is currently finishing a book about novelistic responses to the changes in science's status during the nineteenth century, and starting a new project about best-selling religious novels in the 1880s, which was the subject of her first post. She plans to write on Victorian literature and culture, the novel, science, and feminist issues.
Ed Finn is a University Innovation Fellow at Arizona State University. He earned his Ph.D. in English from Stanford University in 2011 for work exploring the changing nature of contemporary American literature and the networks of readers, critics and algorithms that define book culture. He also likes to think, write and edit around digital narratives, especially games, where questions of agency can have a whole new set of answers. You can follow him as @zonal on Twitter or just visit him in Phoenix. If this proves logistically difficult, you may also read his first post on how the Internet is affecting current conceptions of the contemporary novel.
Lauren Klein is an Assistant Professor in the School of Literature, Communication, and Culture at Georgia Tech. She received her A.B. from Harvard University and her Ph.D. from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York (CUNY). Her research interests include early American literature and culture, food studies, and the digital humanities. Her writing has appeared in Early American Literature, Transformations, and In Media Res. Between 2007 and 2008, she worked as an educational technology consultant for One Laptop per Child, a non-profit aimed at bringing low-cost laptops to children in the developing world.
David Palumbo-Liu is professor of comparative literature at Stanford. His most recent publications include a volume on world-systems analysis co-edited with Bruce Robbins and Nirvana Tanoukhi entitled Immanuel Wallerstein and the Problem of the World: System, Scale, Culture (Duke University Press, 2011), and a forthcoming book, The Deliverance of Others: Reading Literature in a Global Age (also from Duke). He is the founding editor of Occasion: Interdisciplinary Studies in the Humanities, which is housed here on ARCADE. Most recently he was faculty co-organizer of the BiblioTech conference at Stanford. He can be followed on Twitter @palumboliu. David has had a prolific first few weeks as an ARCADE blogger, writing on why the humanities are indispensible, forms of attention, and horse vibes.
Sarah Senk is an Assistant Professor in the Department of English at the University of Hartford, where she specializes in postcolonial literature in English. She earned a B.A. in Literature from Yale University, an M.St. in English (1900-present day) from the University of Oxford, and a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from Cornell University. Her research focuses on twentieth-century and contemporary Anglophone writing and trauma studies, examining the ways in which literary production in former British colonies has responded to a legacy of colonial violence and loss. Currently, she is working on a book manuscript based on her Ph.D. dissertation, tentatively called Original Skin: Melancholy Returns, Postcolonial Mourning. She plans to write about pedagogy and forms of commemoration.