Degrees

PhD, M.Phil., M.A. – Columbia University (2004)
B.A. – Washington University (1996)

Marisa Parham is Professor of English at Amherst College, and directs the Immersive Reality Lab for the Humanities, which is an independent workgroup for digital and experimental humanities (irLh). irLh develops and incubates digital projects for AR, VR, and screen, and supports the work of digital scholars. Parham also serves as a faculty diversity and inclusion officer (FDIO) at Amherst College. As FDIO, Parham serves as an advocate, strategist, and consultant for diversity and inclusion, supporting both individual faculty and academic departments.

Dr. Parham's current teaching and research projects focus on texts and technologies that problematize assumptions about time, space, and bodily materiality. She is particularly interested in how such terms share a history of increasing complexity in texts produced by African Americans, and how they also offer ways of thinking about intersectional approaches to digital humanities and technology studies. Recent classes include Videogames and the Boundaries of Narrative, Black Speculative Fiction, and Deep Time: memory, media, and ecological imagination in the Americas.

Marisa Parham is also the author of Haunting and Displacement in African-American Literature and Culture (2008), The African-American Student’s Guide to College (1998), and is co-editor of Theorizing Glissant: Sites and Citations (2015). She is also the author of numerous digital curation and essay projects, including Black Haunts in the Anthropocene, Precipitation, Finding Estella: an Octavia Butler Research Pocket, and IFTTT: African American Lifeworlds and the Internet of Things.You can read more about Dr. Parham's work in The L.A. Review of Books, Amherst Magazine, Inside Higher Edand at the Connected Learning Alliance.

Marisa Parham currently serves on the Board of Directors for Amherst Media, and formerly served on the founding Board of Directors for the Amherst Cinema Arts Center, and on the board for the Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities. She is also a former director of the Five College Digital Humanities Initiative, serving Amherst, Hampshire, Mt. Holyoke, and Smith Colleges, and the University of Massachusetts-Amherst.

You can click here to learn more about Dr. Parham's work and also find a CV.