About Me

RobinDeRosaMy current research and advocacy work focus on open education, and how universities can innovate in order to bring down costs for students, increase interdisciplinary collaboration, and refocus the academic world on strengthening the public good.  I am a professor at Plymouth State University, part of the University System of New Hampshire, where I direct the Interdisciplinary Studies program.  I am also an editor for Hybrid Pedagogy, an open-access, peer-reviewed journal that combines the strands of critical pedagogy and digital pedagogy to arrive at the best social and civil uses for technology and new media in education. I grew up in Concord, Massachusetts, where I first fell in love with museums and historical reenactments related to the Revolutionary War.  After doing a dual degree in English and Women’s Studies at Brown and teaching high school for a year, I went to Tufts to do my Ph.D. in English, with a focus on early America.  My interest was in how we produce “history” through narrative and popular culture, and my research includes work on the Salem Witch Trials in American memory, postmodern redefinitions of the tourist, and simulated environments in contemporary media.  In 2015, I produced a tourbook focused on women’s history for Bodie State Historic Park in California, and more recently, I’ve enjoyed teaching at Digital Humanities Summer Institute and working with graduate students as an Affiliate Faculty member at Prescott College in Arizona, a highly interdisciplinary school with integrated commitments to the environment, the liberal arts, and social justice. Though I work with students and faculty across a wide variety of disciplines, I still find that I rely heavily on my Humanities training to help me think critically about the future of higher education, and the ways that we can work together to help make academic scholarship more relevant and accessible to the public. You can read more about my work here.

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