Jim Brown


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 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

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.


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.



Ronald Barr

Ronald is a third year at Rutgers, but he is a senior planning to graduate in Spring 2024. He is double majoring in Digital Studies and Applied and Computational Math with a minor in Physics. He is also the president of both the ACM club and the Math club. His interests are with aerospace and defense, and he desires to work in that industry one day.

Thomas MacPherson

Thomas “TJ” MacPherson has been in Rutgers’ English MA program since the Fall of 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.

Wayne Reynolds

Wayne Reynolds is a sophomore here at Rutgers. His main role at the Digital Studies Center is working with the Well-Played program. Outside of school, he is an aspiring writer, working on his dreams to become a show-runner.

Matthew Brodsky

Matthew is a junior at Rutgers-Camden with a major in Political Science with minors in Urban Studies and Philosophy. At DiSC he is apart of the Well Played Project. Additionally on campus he leads the RUC Votes Coalition and am a member of the SGA.

Shreya Desai

Shreya is a 2nd year Biology major, minoring in Chemistry and Economics. Some of her hobbies include playing sports, cooking, and reading. She is currently partnered with Rowan University to study the effects of lack of internet access among older adults who reside in assisted living facilities

Samantha Jacobs

Samantha is a second year Film and Digital Studies major, planning to graduate in May of 2025. She currently works at the Digital Studies Center as the social media coordinator, and hopes to work in the film industry post graduation.

Madona Soliman

Madona Soliman is a senior 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.

Victoria Scannella

Victoria “Tori” currently at Rutgers-Camden working towards her Masters degree in Public History! The era of history I study is the American Civil War, specifically Gettysburg and the latter half of the Civil War. She absolutely loves to read, her favorite genre is mystery and she loves Starbucks. Her favorite season is Fall and she is currently working with the Digital Studies Center as a historical researcher!


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