Roopika Risam

Assistant Professor, World Literature and English Education, Salem State University  

Roopika Risam is an assistant professor of world literature and English education at Salem State University. Her literary research examines intersections between postcolonial, African American, and US ethnic literatures, and the role of digital humanities in mediating between them, while her education research focuses on digital pedagogy. She is a founder of Postcolonial Digital Humanities, an online community dedicated to global explorations of race, class, gender, sexuality, and disability within cultures of technology, and her co-authored monograph Postcolonial Digital Humanities is under contract with Northwestern UP. Roopika is currently in the initial stages of two projects: A Cultural Atlas of Global Blackness, an interactive database and digital map that traces representations of blackness across temporality and geography, and the study “Digital Humanities and the Common Core: Teacher Attitudes and Awareness,” which assesses opportunities and barriers that digital humanities pose for high school humanities teachers. Find her online at or on Twitter (@roopikarisam).