People

Jim Brown

Director
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jim.brown@rutgers.edu

Jim Brown is Associate Professor of English and Director of the Digital Studies Center. His research focuses on the ethical and rhetorical dimensions of new media technologies, and he teaches courses in new media, digital rhetoric and writing, videogame studies, and electronic literature. His work has been published in journals such as Philosophy & Rhetoric, Computers and CompositionCollege Composition and Communication, and Pedagogy and in various edited collections, including The Computer Culture Reader and Rhetoric and the Digital Humanities. His book, Ethical Programs: Hospitality and the Rhetorics of Software, was published by the University of Michigan Press in 2015.

Anthony WrightAnthony Wright

Associate Director
anthony.wright@rutgers.edu

Anthony Wright is Assistant Professor of Childhood Studies and Associate Director of the Digital Studies Center. He received his Ph.D. in medical anthropology in 2019 from the University of California, Berkeley and San Francisco, and his research focuses on the technological mediation of communicative practices among children and youth in contexts of severe illness and violence. He teaches courses on digital research methods, digital youth cultures, childhood and violence, and critical studies of pediatric medicine. His work has been published in Culture, Medicine, and Psychiatry and Journal of Urban Health, and he is currently working on a book manuscript tentatively titled The Promise Poison: Technologies of Pediatric Cancer Patienthood.

Doreen Wheeler

Program Coordinator
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wheelerd@camden.rutgers.edu

Doreen Wheeler is the Program Coordinator for Digital Studies as well as the Writing and Design Lab and provides support to the department including supervision of student workers, overseeing the budget, student advising, and coordination of all administrative duties of the department.  She is also the coordinator of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences Donor Scholarships, which works with students, college administrators, and departments.  She joined Rutgers University in 2007 as Development Assistant in the Development Office where she worked with both Alumni and Students to navigate Faculty of Arts and Sciences Scholarships and donor relations with the students who were awarded scholarships.  She later worked for the Faculty of Arts and Sciences Dean’s Office until she joined the Digital Studies Department and the Writing and Design Lab in Fall of 2018.

Emmons interviewing with CameraRobert A. Emmons Jr.

Co-Founder
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raemmons@camden.rutgers.edu

Robert is a documentary filmmaker. His films include:Enthusiast: The 9th Art, Smalltown USA, Wolf at the DoorYARDSALE!Goodwill: The Flight of Emilio Carranza (2007), and De Luxe: The Tale of Blue Comet (2010). Goodwill has had the privilege to be screened as part of the Smithsonian exhibition “Our Journeys/Our Stories: Portraits of Latino Achievement”
at the New Jersey Historical Society and won “Best Homegrown Documentary Feature” at the 2008 Garden State Film Festival. In 2009 he received Mexico’s Lindbergh-Carranza International Goodwill Award as a “Messenger of Peace” for his work on Goodwill. From February to August of 2010 Emmons created two short documentaries a week. The 52 short documentaries formed the weekly internet series MINICONCEPTDOCS and can be viewed on his YOUTUBE CHANNEL. Emmons teaches courses in film and media. His latest documentary, Diagram for Delinquents, is about Fredric Wertham and comic books in the 1950’s. Emmons is currently editing his forthcoming documentary, Sickies Making Films, in collaboration with director Joe Tropea.


Researchers

Paige Arnold

Paige is junior this year majoring in computer science, planning to graduate in 2023. She is currently working on our Johnson Park Ethnography project where researchers are collaborating with IDEA and several other organizations to reexamine the history of Johnson Park and the Cooper Branch Library. Previously she has worked for the Digital Studies Center on the R-CADE project modding GameCube controllers.

Aditya Birla

Aditya is an undergraduate student working towards completing their Bachelor of Science- majoring in Computer Science. They have a keen interest in Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning and an aspiration of being a Data Scientist. They believe in being more street smart (learning from experiences) rather than being book smart.

Shaheera Hussein

Shaheera is a senior this year, double majoring in criminal justice and theatre with a concentration in musical theatre planning to graduate in Spring 2022. She is currently working on the Voices of Immigration project, where our researchers are creating an interdisciplinary podcast focusing on several different topics, telling personal experiences dealing with these issues. She is also very involved with the theater department here as she has taken a part in many shows, both onstage and backstage

Lavanya Kumar

Lavanya is a freshman, majoring in computer science and planning to graduate in May of 2025. She is currently working on the project Voices of Immigration.

Thomas MacPherson

Thomas “TJ” MacPherson is entering Rutgers’ English MA program in Fall 2021. He graduated with a BA in English in Spring 2021 while earning honors in the process for completing a project on ‘new old tech’. At the Digital Studies Center he works on multiple podcast production teams as an audio engineer and editor. In his free time, he likes playing videos and pretending to be an aspiring writer.

Tania Martinez

Tania is a senior this year majoring in Political Science with a minor in Philosophy, graduating in spring of 2022. She is currently working on the Voices of Immigration project where our researchers are creating an interdisciplinary podcast focusing on several different topic, telling personal experiences dealing with these issues. Not only that, but she is also involved on campus as the President of College Dems and Vice President of Define American.

Wayne Reynolds

Salutation! Wayne Reynolds is a 22 year sophomore at Rutgers. His main role is Social media coordination and website maintenance. Outside of school, he is an aspiring writer, working on his dreams to become a show-runner.

Dhrruv Singroha

Dhrruv is a senior this year majoring in finance and economics with a minor in statistics, planning to graduate in May of 2022. He is currently working on the Voices of Immigration project where researchers are creating an interdisciplinary podcast focusing on several different topic, telling personal experiences dealing with these issues. He also says that his name is the Hindi translation of the English word Polaris which is the name of the brightest star in the constellation of Ursa Minor. It is commonly known as the North Star.

Kaitlyn Rich

Kaitlyn is a graduate student at Rutgers working towards an MA in English and Media Studies. After working for ten years in digital advertising in NYC, Kaitlyn is excited to pivot her career from corporate to academic. She is currently working on the Johnson Park Untour research project.

Maria Alcantara

Maria is a senior majoring in English and minoring in Digital Studies. She works as the Social Media Coordinator for the Digital Studies Center and plans on doing research on the first female video game developer over the summer.

Madona Soliman

Madona Soliman is a third-year student majoring in English and minoring in Digital Studies. Her current work explores copyright laws involving video games and how they prevent video game preservation.

Liam Fleming

Liam Fleming is a graduate student in English, with a concentration in Literature and Social Justice. He received his undergraduate degree from Rutgers Camden, where he majored in English and Minored in Digital Studies. He is currently a writer and producer on the Untour project, which is a podcast focused on lost places and spaces in the city.


Fellows

Each year, DiSC invites applications for Digital Studies Fellowships. Fellows commit to teaching in the Digital Studies program while also doing research. Residency is not required, and fellows can propose online courses.

2019-2020 Fellows
2018-2019 Fellows
2017-2018 Fellows
2016-2017 Fellows
2015-2016 Fellows