Ream Al-Ghamdi

Ream Al-Ghamdi is a second-year Ph.D. Student 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

Bshaer Alharazi is a Ph.D. student in the Texts and Technology program with an 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. 

William Allen

William Allen is a third year PhD student in the Texts and Technology program with an emphasis in Digital Media at the University of Central Florida. He holds an MFA in Web Design and New Media from the Academy of Art University. His current research interests include studying changes in cinematic codes between two-dimensional and 360 cinematic spaces and the impact that has on short-term learning behavior and cognitivism. Portfolio:

Amanda Altamirano

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 or connect with her via Twitter @AmandaAlta3.

Anshare Antoine

I am a first-year Ph.D. student in the Technical and Scientific Communication track. In 2017, I received my Master’s degree at the University of Central Florida in Literary, Cultural, and Textual Studies. My research examines how African Americans create alternate online spaces on social media platforms to resist devaluation of Blackness and rhetorically represent and perform their race as first-class citizens of American society, deserving of equal rights, treatment, and legitimate recognition as other privileged races. My other research interests include Online Activism, Black Culture, Social Media Trends, Popular Culture, Gender Studies, Technical and Professional Communication, and Inclusive Interface Design.

Kendra Auberry
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

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.

P.S. Berge
P.S. Berge is a PhD student, mixed-media writer, and gamedesigner currently studying digital media and games at UCF. Their researchfocuses on virtual reality experiences that ‘outmerse’ players, queer gamefandoms on social media, and approaches to game-based pedagogy. They hold an MAin composition and rhetoric and an MFA in hybrid fiction from the University ofAlabama. You can see what they’re up to at their website,    

Jacob Boccio
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.

Rachel Braaten
Rachel’s research interests include film history, feminist film theory, international new wave film movements, film festival theory, and how these subjects intersect. Her current research involves recovering the life and works of female filmmakers and their contributions to feminist movements, gender equality, social justice, and the future of women in film. Rachel holds a B.A. from St. Olaf College, and an M.A. from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota. Her recent publications include The Historical Dictionary of Hong Kong Cinema, 2020, published by Rowman and Littlefield. She is a faculty member at Seminole State College, where she teaches courses in Humanities and Film Studies.

Tatyana Claytor
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
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.

Nada Chehab
Nada Chehab is a student in the T&T program. Her research interests are in cultural studies, civilizations, postcolonial studies, and interdisciplinary research as part of the Digital Humanities track. Nada graduated with a Masters in healthcare administration from the University of Central Florida in 2012. Her BS is in Medical Lab Technology from the American University of Beirut. 

Daniel Cox

MA Rhet Comp, Old Dominion Univ., 2017

Dan Cox researches the ways in which >protocols control, <technology is granted agency, and video games influence gender performances in digital spaces. Portfolio:

Bonnie Cross

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

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.

Ruth Currey

Ruth is currently a Computer Animation/AP Studio Art Instructor for Orange County Public Schools who received her M.Ed. in Art Education from UCF in 2010. Ruth hopes to find a way to effectively combine the teaching of English with a focus on literature, with a technology-based art curriculum in animation and digital graphics using a standardized digital portfolio platform.

Ray Eddy

Ray had a 20-year career in the entertainment industry before joining the T&T program in 2018. His background in production led to his interest in the concept of immersive experiences, whether they be in virtual reality, film/television, video games, or live interactions at theme parks. Ray is analyzing these areas to explore what exactly makes an experience truly immersive, and what breaks the connection. Ray received his Master of Arts in Teaching degree from Duke University, and currently teaches in Rosen College’s Entertainment Management Department here at the University of Central Florida.

Sahar Eissa

Sahar Eissa received her MA in Political Communication from Cardiff University, in 2016. Her research focuses on analyzing digital media interfaces to create new social experiences for teaching and learning different fields such as civics, history, and arts. Eissa’s areas of interest include communication, design, mobile learning, games and AR/VR. She created a multimedia video for the St. Augustine Cemetery field trip while working with the Veterans Legacy Program at UCF, and now is developing a mobile app for the cemetery.  In her T&T internship course, Eissa designed and developed a website for the Flickering Landscapes conference.

Christopher Foley
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
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. 

Linda Garrison
Linda received her MS in Library Information Studies from FSU in 2006 and is currently Librarian and Digital Citizenship instructor at Canterbury School of Florida in St. Petersburg, FL. Her research interest is library classification systems as they affect young library users’ sense of self, with special interest in students who belong to marginalized populations. Her recent publications include “Cataloging and Gender Studies.” (Gender Issues and the Library: Case Studies of Innovative Programs and Resources, 2017) and “Lifestream Mobile Application: Navigating Transgender Healthcare in Metropolitan Orlando” (IEEE Global Humanitarian Technology Conference, 2015).

Kendra Gilbertson

Kendra Gilbertson 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. She is currently the Associate Director in the College of Arts & Humanities Student Advising (CAHSA) office at UCF and previously taught Strategies for Student Success as an adjunct instructor. Kendra’s current research interests include social media, hashtag activism, gender equality and women in sport.

Theresa Gindlesperger

Theresa Gindlesperger earned her B.S. degree in English Language Arts Education in 1999 and her M.Ed in Educational Leadership in 2002, both from the University of Central Florida. She has served as an English teacher, a Library Media Specialist, an Instructional Coach, and a district Curriculum Specialist. She is currently a Reading Specialist at a K-12 virtual school, and teaches developmental reading and writing at Valencia College. Her research interests include the psychosocial impact of social media rhetoric on adolescents, and the outreach potential of school libraries in impoverished communities as public schools move to fully digitize curricula.

Tami Gitto-Kania

MA History and Social Science, SUNY, 1995

My area of interest will be digital global communication with a focus on strategies for employing more consistent applications and uses of these technologies in order to promote less fragmented interpersonal discourse in digital spaces.

Carolyn Glasshoff
Carolyn Glasshoff received her M.A. from UCF in Composition and Rhetoric, focusing on technical and science writing. Her research interestes are centered on writing in the sciences and how science-based information is adjusted as it moves from a scientific sphere to a public one. She is also interested in environmentalist rhetoric and how the sciences are used within this movement as a rhetorical tool. Before graduate studies, she earned a B.A. from the University of Florida in English with a minor in mathematics, and before that earned an A.A. in pre-engineering from Pensacola Junior College, forming a basis for her focus on writing in science and technical fields. In addition to technical and science writing, Carolyn’s interests include writing pedagogy and writing center theory. She has presented at writing center conferences concerning the use of technology in peer tutoring and the use of handouts in tutor training. She currently teaches first year writing courses at UCF and is interested in the application of new technologies in teaching writing and how technology helps shape students as writers.

Emily Hensley

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

Erika Heredia

Erika M. Heredia’s research explores how national identities are expressed in digital environments, with a special interest in narratives that build a sense of community in social media. She believes that the study of technological tools from a critical point of view provides a path toward social justice, the final purpose of all academic intervention in society. Her previous studies include a  M.A. in Humanistic Studies (Tec. De Monterrey, Mex. 2014) and a B.A. in Audiovisual Communication (UBP, Arg. 2005). For more information, see

Jasara Hines

Jasara received her B.A. in English Literature with a minor in Philosophy from New Mexico State University (2004). That same year she began teaching for Osceola County Public schools, and has been teaching in the public school system since then. In 2008, she completed her M.A. in English Literature at UCF. Her area of focus is the remediation of collective memory, memorials, and other objectives of collective memory, and her recent publications include “Collective Memory in a Prosumer Society” in Hypercultra, Cultural and Institutional Memory as (a) Means of Progress (2016).

Ha’ani Hogan

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.

Kenton Taylor Howard

MA in English with an emphasis on Science Fiction and Fantasy Literature, Florida Atlantic University, 2012

Taylor studies video games, digital media, Writing Across the Curriculum, and critical theory. He is particularly interested in scholarship that explores connections between these areas and teaching and tries to put them into practice while teaching courses as a full-time instructor in Games and Interactive Media at UCF. He will also be building a video game as part of his dissertation to demonstrate how games can teach these concepts.

John Hughes

MA Creative Writing/Non-Fiction, UCF, 2016

By training, I am an essayist, literary journalist, and teacher, and I have a deep interest in philosophy, ethics, and gaming. My research interests combine this background to examine tabletop gaming as a mechanism for content-based instruction in history, philosophy, and/or religion in secondary and postsecondary academic settings. I hope to develop and assess methods of instruction using both traditional and pen-and-paper gaming designs.

Bryce Jackson

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

L. Corinne Jones

L. Corinne Jones is a PhD candidate in the Texts and Technology Program at the University of Central Florida. She is specializing in Rhetoric and Composition and she studies digital rhetoric and circulation studies. She is particularly interested using queer and intersectional feminist methodologies and methods toe thically study discourses on social media platforms and the Internet more broadly. She also has taught first year composition (ENC 1101), first year research writing (ENC 1102), writing for the technical professional (ENC 3241),and legal grammar.

Jessica Kester

Jessica Kester received her MA in writing from DePaul University in 2006. Currently, she is a professor of English in the School of Humanities and Communication and the Quanta-Honors College at Daytona State College. Her doctoral work in Texts & Technology centers on composition studies, specifically the affordances of social media in first-year writing; how students transfer their writing skills and knowledge; the politics of literate practices; and Writing about Writing pedagogy. Jessica also co-founded and currently coordinates a Writing Across the Curriculum and Writing in the Disciplines Program (WAC/WID) at Daytona State College and serves as poetry editor for the Journal of Florida Studies, a born-digital interdisciplinary, peer-reviewed academic journal about the idea and place that is Florida.

Daniel J. King

Daniel J. King is designing a serious casual video game called Field of Cures, which presents a simple model of Mendelian genetic inheritance, argues for biodiversity conservation, and explores ethical issues in pharmaceutical drug development. For his dissertation, he plans to conduct participatory design research into how to implement freemium monetization mechanics ethically. 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.

Robin Koman

Robin is a game designer, author, and educator who has been with Full Sail University since 2004. She currently serves as Department Chair for the Game Design Master of Science program and teaches a course on game design. Robin earned dual bachelors degrees from Stetson University in Theater and Sociology and she has an MFA in Creative Writing from UCF. She speaks regularly on the topics of aging and game design, diversity and game design, and game design in higher education. Her current research is focused on gerontoludic design–the design of games and interactive media for older adults. Robin has also been nominated for multiple Pushcarts and for Best New American Voices for her short fiction.

Emily LaPadura

MA English Rhetoric and Composition, Colorado State Univ, 2015

For the past five years, I’ve had the pleasure of teaching First-Year Writing in a college setting as well as various writing classes at a college-access non-profit in the Bronx. My research interests center on the effects digital composing can have on different populations of students in First Year Composition, specifically students of color from low-SES communities, given the data profiles compiled by advertisers, government agencies, and law enforcement. As I consider the ethical implications of asking students to compose on social media, and further contribute to their data profiles, I hope to better understand the ways in which our data is used by third-parties, and how those uses vary for marginalized populations.

Kirk Lundblade

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.

Shelley Maccini
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.   

David Matteson

MBA, Rollins College, Winter Park, FL, ’18 |  

David is the Associate Curator of Education & Outreach at the Orlando Museum of Art, where he oversees adult and community access programming.  His research encompasses technology’s application 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 and community.

Christine McClure

Christine I. McClure is a second year Texts and Technology student in the Scientific and Technical Communication track taking courses in Instructional Design through the College of Education and a full time instructor in the Humanities and Communication Department at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.  Christine received her MA degree in English Literature from the University of Toledo in 1998 and has been teaching in higher education for 19 years.  Her research interests include educational interface design and the ethical implications of using Web 2.0 tools in the classroom focusing on rhetorical strategies used in privacy policies and the collection of student data.

Javier Molinares

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.

David Moran

David Thomas Moran’s (MFA – Emerging Media, UCF 2014) research develops an integrated data justice-transit justice methodology that analyzes inequalities embedded in public transit schedule data (General Transit Feed Specification). He has spent over a decade spanning the non-profit, government and private sectors in transmedia production and storytelling, art as social practice, community engagement, urban studies and social entrepreneurship. In 2013, David co-founded a public art collective called the Transit Interpretation Project (TrIP) with Orlando-based art curator Patrick Greene, and building from TrIP co-founded Omnimodal, a transportation tech company, with Orlando-based artist and software programmer Nathan Selikoff in 2017.

Abigail Moreshead

Specializing in digital humanities, Abigail researches digital archival practices and textual scholarship, women’s writing and publishing history, canon formation, intellectual/literary networks and intellectual labor. Abigail earned an MA in Literary, Cultural, and Textual studies at UCF, during which she served as assistant editor of The Faulkner Journal. Abigail also teaches literature and writing courses for UCF’s English department and is an intern with the Johnson’s Dictionary Online project.

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.

Christopher C. Odom

Christopher C. Odom is a PhD student in the Texts & Technology program with Digital Media emphasis. His research and teaching interests include social media, social justice, social, change, digital media, digital humanities, and visual narrative, rhetoric, and semiotics. Christopher serves as a course director in the Creative Writing Master of Fine Arts (MFA) Program at Full Sail University. He teaches graduate students screenwriting, video production, website production, and social media personal branding. A published author and graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) Master of Fine Arts Program in Film, Television and Digital Media, Christopher is a domestic and international award-winning filmmaker and voice over talent 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

Jesslyn Parrish

Jesslyn Parrish’s academic background includes cultural anthropology and applied linguistics with research projects focusing on the Deaf community and Sign Language acquisition. Since starting in T&T, she has begun researching immersive experiences and blending humanities and programming. Her research focuses on digital immersion and technical communication used for informal learning experiences. Jesslyn has interned with Orlando Science Center and recently participated in a grant with Orlando Museum of Art to create an interactive timeline to be incorporated with student visits. Jesslyn is a Graduate Research Associate working in the Center for Humanities in Digital Research (CHDR) and is a HASTAC Scholar. Website:  

Michael Powell

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.

Melissa Ringfield

Melissa earned her M.A in English Literature from the University of Central Florida in 2006 and is currently an instructor for UCF’s Department of Writing and Rhetoric. Her research interests include rhetorical theory, writing pedagogy, and writing for social justice. Melissa hopes to empower her students to critically and ethically analyze, respond to, and produce the texts that drive our culture. Another key research interest scholar-activism–particularly in the field of prison reform–and she is currently working with the Florida Prison Education Project.

Alex Rister

Alex Rister is a second year Ph.D. student in the Texts and Technology program simultaneously seeking a Graduate Certificate in Gender Studies. She is employed as an Assistant Professor of Communication at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s Worldwide campus and holds the following degrees: M.A. in Communication from University of Central Florida, M.A. in English from University of North Florida, and B.A. in English from University of Florida. Her research interests include social media and hashtag activism related to feminist causes, especially human trafficking awareness. Alex is currently serving as the 2019-2020 Vice Chair of the Graduate Student Committee of NCA’s Activism and Justice Division and does volunteer work related to human trafficking awareness in the Greater Orlando community.

Elena Maria Rogalle

Elena holds an M.F.A in Creative Writing (Full Sail University, 2013), a graduate certificate in Gender Studies (University of Central Florida, 2009) and an M.A. in English (UCF 2008), and is currently a Course Director in the Media Design M.F.A. Program at Full Sail University. Her research interests focus on the intersection of the women writers of the Beat Generation’s manuscript culture and the digital archive through the lens of female affiliation, community, and collaboration. Recent presentations include the UCF English Symposium and Hawaii International Conference on Arts & Humanities.

Joshua Roney

Josh completed his M.A. in Rhetoric & Composition at UCF in 2012. He works in the Office of Research at the UCF main campus. His research interests include technical communication, collaborative writing, and technology-supported collaboration.

Lauren Rouse

Lauren Rouse(she/her) graduated with her MA in English from DePaul University in 2019. Her research in the T&T program focuses on the rhetoric and discourses that fans use in online communities, specifically in conversations about and fanworks on disability, mental illness, and neurodiversity. Her other research interests include critical code studies, Black feminist scholarship, and queer theory. More information on recent talks, publications, and other scholarship can be found at:

Daria Sinyagovskaya

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 N. Sutton is a first-year Ph.D. student in Texts and Technology with a concentration in Digital Media. She received a B.A. in Art and M.A. in Urban & Regional Planning from Jackson State University in Jackson, MS. She intends to refine research interest in improving the user experience of older adults with little to no technology experience with mobile devices. Her goal is to use an interdisciplinary approach to define the user’s needs to improve the overall quality of life through the iterative design process. This research will culminate through a mixed-methods research methodology.

Emily Tarvin

Emily received her M.A. in American Studies at the University of Alabama in 2016. Currently, her research interests includes using subcultural studies to examine how YouTube audiences use the platform to develop online communities. Her research focuses on the various strategies YouTube creators use to balance economic motivations and still maintain a sense of community on their channels. She is also interested in how users and the YouTube company describe the platform as democratic and how this relates to historical representations of democracy and technology.

Mia Tignor

Mia Tignor has a M.A. in Library and Information Science from the University of South Florida. Her research interests include the intersection of librarianship and critical theory and the creation of digital humanities visualizations. Her recent publications include Focus on the Facts: A news and information literacy instructional program (Reference Librarian, 2018) and “Case Study: Press Record” (Moving beyond the wow factor: The savvy academic librarian’s guide to technological innovation, 2018, co-written with T&T student Kendra Auberry). For more information, visit She works at Indian River State College as the Emerging Technologies Librarian.

Amy VanSchaik

Amy VanSchaik has 15+ years of experience in design, web development, information architecture, user research, and UX engineering. She received a B.A. in Digital Arts from Stetson University in 2002, and an M.A. in Digital Media: Visual Language and Interactive Media from the University of Central Florida in 2008. Her research interests are in tangible technologies, games and play, computational crafting, experiential learning, and the creative process. She was recently accepted into the Designing for Digital Conference in Austin, Texas to present her user research methods in gathering feedback from both employees and customers with a website redesign. Website:

Evan Wallace

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.

Rachel Winter

Rachel graduated with her M.A. in English from Eastern Kentucky University in 2015 where she focused on learning space design and Writing Studio Pedagogy. Her interests in the T&T program include multimodal writing studio studies and digital media as political and social activism. She is currently working with the Computational Simulation of Online Social Behavior team at the University of Central Florida to simulate the spread of information through social media platforms. Her dissertation research focuses on the creation of memes about political candidates as a form of fan activity that constitutes political participation. Rachel’s portfolio can be viewed here.