MemberKerim Yasar

I teach modern Japanese literature and film at the University of Southern California. I was previously Assistant Professor of Japanese at The Ohio State University and had visiting appointments at Boston University and the University of Notre Dame. I was the East Asian Studies-Cotsen Postdoctoral Fellow in the Society of Fellows in the Liberal Arts at Princeton University between 2009-12.

MemberPatricia Taylor

​Beginning Fall 2019, I will be a Lecturer in the Writing Program at the University of Southern California. From 2016-2019, I was an Assistant Professor of English at Briar Cliff University in Sioux City, IA, where I taught a mix of British literature and composition. From 2013-2016, I was a Marion L. Brittain Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, Georgia. I attended graduate school at the University of Connecticut, where I specialized in early modern religious literature. I’m currently working on a book project, Writing with the Word: Imitation of Christ and Collaborative Authorship in Early Modern England.

MemberHeidi Hong

…University Of Southern California…

Heidi Hong is a Ph.D. candidate and Provost Fellow in the department of American Studies and Ethnicity at the University of Southern California. Her dissertation, tentatively titled A Contaminated Transpacific: Ecological Entanglements in the Afterlives of Empire, tracks ecological collapse as the material legacy of multiple forms of empire, militarism, and global capitalism in Southeast Asia and the Pacific. Engaging cultural texts encompassing postcolonial literature, visual art, and film, her research and teaching is situated at the nexus of Transpacific studies, the environmental humanities, and gender and sexuality studies. Her writing has also been published in the Los Angeles Review of Books and Pacific Standard, and is forthcoming in the Asian American Literary Review

MemberChristina Dunbar-Hester

Researcher of the politics of technology and faculty member, Annenberg School for Communication, University of Southern California. Lately, moving towards lively and deadly envirotechnical systems, writing a book on multispecies life and death in the Ports of Los Angeles/Long Beach, under contract with University of Chicago Press. Author of two monographs on activism in technical communities: most recently, Hacking Diversity: The Politics of Inclusion in Open Technology Cultures (Princeton U. Press, 2020); and Low Power to the People: Pirates, Protest, and Politics in FM Radio Activism (MIT Press, 2014).

MemberHenry Colburn

A once and future classicist, my research focuses on the art and archaeology of ancient Iran, and on the regions of the Near East, Eastern Mediterranean, and Central Asia that interacted with Iran prior to the advent of Islam. I am especially interested in reconstructing the social, cultural, political and even economic environments in which objects were created. I am also interested in how our modern knowledge of the ancient world was created, since this affects how we interpret objects and the conclusions we draw about the people who made them. I have held fellowships at the Harvard Art Museums, the Getty Research Institute and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and teaching positions at the University of California, Irvine, the University of Southern California and the University of California, Riverside. I am currently a Fields of the Future Fellow at the Bard Graduate Center in New York. I am also adjunct faculty at the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art and, by virtue of my work on the seals of the Persepolis Fortification Archive, a Research Associate of the Kelsey Museum of Archaeology.

MemberMark C. Marino

Mark C. Marino is a writer and scholar of digital literature living in Los Angeles. He is  the Director of Communication of the Electronic Literature Organization ( His works include “Living Will,” “a show of hands,” and  “Marginalia in the Library of Babel.” He was one of ten co-authors of 10 PRINT CHR$(205.5+RND(1)); : GOTO 10 ( (MIT 2013) and was a collaborator with Jessica  Pressman and Jeremy Douglass on Reading Project: A Collaborative Analysis of William Poundstone’s Project for Tachistoscope {Bottomless Pit} (Iowa Press 2015). Mark is currently working with his two children on a series of interactive children’s stories  entitled Mrs. Wobbles and the Tangerine House. He is an Associate Professor (Teaching) at the University of Southern California where he directs the Humanities and Critical Code Studies (HaCCS) Lab ( His complete portfolio is here:

MemberRebecca Ruth Gould

I am the author of Writers and Rebels: The Literature of Insurgency in the Caucasus (Yale University Press, 2016), which was awarded the University of Southern California Book Prize in Literary and Cultural Studies and the best book award by the Association for Women in Slavic Studies, and the translator of After Tomorrow the Days Disappear: Ghazals and Other Poems Hasan Sijzi of Delhi (Northwestern University Press, 2016), and The Prose of the Mountains: Tales of the Caucasus (Central European University Press, 2015). I post video reviews of books I am reading on my YouTube channel. My articles have received awards ranging from the International Society for Intellectual History’s Charles Schmitt Prize to the Women’s Caucus for the Modern Languages Association’s Florence Howe Award for Feminist Scholarship. From 2018-2023, I am PI for the ERC-funded project, “Global Literary Theory: Caucasus Literatures Compared.”  I have taught at Yale-NUS College, the University of Bristol, and am currently Professor, Islamic World and Comparative Literatures, at the University of Birmingham.

MemberKathi Inman Berens

  Dr. Kathi Inman Berens, Associate Professor of English at Portland State University, has published peer-reviewed research about digital humanities, contemporary publishing, and digital literature. A Ph.D. from UC Berkeley, Dr. Berens conducted grant-supported research for IBM when she was faculty and a Fellow of the Annenberg Innovation Lab at the University of Southern California. She is co-editor of the Electronic Literature Collection Volume 4 (forthcoming 2021), and was the 2014-15 U.S. Fulbright Scholar of Digital Culture to Norway. Her essays have been published by Oxford University Press, Electronic Book Review, Digital Humanities Quarterly, the University of Minnesota Press, and other venues. Dr. Berens consults with Portland, OR companies on VR medical therapies, immersive storytelling, and mobile web interface design. Two years of survey work about book festivals and book discovery provide foundational data for insights about consumer behavior at the Portland Book Festival. She is advisory council for arts non-profits Literary Arts, NW Film Center, and Oregon Storyboard.