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Amanda Marie Licastro , Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Digital Rhetoric
English | School of Humanities and Social Sciences
Amanda Licastro
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Ph.D. in English. Graduate Center of the City University of New York (CUNY), New York, NY. 2016.

Certificate in Interactive Technology and Pedagogy. Graduate Center of the City University of New York (CUNY), New York, NY. 2013.

M.A. in Literature. DePaul University, Chicago, IL. 2008.

B.A. English Literature and Creative Writing, Honorary Minor in Italian. Loyola University, Baltimore, MD. 2005.

Professional Experience

Selected Teaching and Publishing Experience

Stevenson University, English Department, Stevenson, MD. 2015-present.

Assistant Professor. Full-time faculty member focusing on digital publishing, media history, and composition. Courses: Composition and Writing with Sources; Remix: Digital Media and Literature; Introduction to Digital Publishing; The Cyborg Apocalypse: Cybernetic Technology in Literature; Publishing From Gutenberg to Google Books.

New York University, Gallatin School of Individualized Study, New York, NY. 2014-2015.

Adjunct Instructor. Courses: First-Year Writing Seminar: “Thinking and Writing Through New Media;” First-Year Research Seminar: “Robots, Apes, and Electric Sheep: A digital approach to investigating our cybernetic culture.”

Borough of Manhattan County Community College, CUNY, New York, NY. 2010-12.

Adjunct Instructor of English. Courses: English 101: Composition; English 201: Introduction to Literature.

Macaulay Honors College, CUNY. New York, NY. 2012-15.

Instructional Technology Fellow, helped professors across the disciplines integrate technology into their courses in pedagogically sound ways. Built and maintained course sites, led workshops for students, gave demonstrations for fellows, and organized cultural events.

Journal of Interactive Technology and Pedagogy (JITP). 2012-present.

Founding member of the Editorial Collective, Lead Editor Issue 10, Short Forms Editor, Communications Committee, and Article Reviewer.


Research interests: composition and rhetoric, digital humanities, digital publishing, media history, and dystopian literature.



Licastro, Amanda. “Learning at the Intersections.” Critical Digital Pedagogy, Hybrid Pedagogy Inc., 2020.,

Licastro, Amanda, Katina Rogers, and Danica Savonick. “Collaboration.” Digital Pedagogy in the Humanities: Concepts, Models, and Experiments. MLA 2020.

Licastro, Amanda. "The Past, Present, and Future of Social Annotation." Digital Reading and Writing in Composition Studies. Eds Mary Lamb and Jennifer M. Parrott. Routledge: NY, NY. 2019.

Licastro, Amanda. “The Problem of Multimodality: What Data-Driven Research Can Tell Us About Online Writing Practices.” Communication Design Quarterly. 4.4 (2-16): 55-73. Dec. 2016.

Licastro, Amanda, Benjamin Miller, and Jill Belli.  “The Roots of an Academic Genealogy: Composing the Writing Studies Tree.” Kairos: A Journal of Rhetoric, Technology, and Pedagogy. 20.2 (2016): n. pag. Web. Jan. 2016.

Licastro, Amanda, Jill Belli, and Benjamin Miller. “The Writing Studies Tree.” REx: The Research Exchange Index: a peer-reviewed cumulative database of international writing research. May 2016.

Licastro, Amanda. “What is a Dissertation? New Models, Methods and Media.” Beyond the Proto-Monograph: New Models for the Dissertation, part of Graduate Training in the 21st Century, #Alt-Academy. MediaCommons. Sept. 2014.

Licastro, Amanda, Whitson, Roger and Kimon Keramidas. “Digital Literary Pedagogy: An Experiment in Process-Oriented Pedagogy.” The Journal of Interactive Technology and Pedagogy. Issue 4. Nov, 2013. *Won “First Runner Up” DH Award in Spring 2014 under the category of “Best DH blog post, article, or short publication”


Licastro, Amanda, Anne Donlan, and Dominique Zino. “Challenging the Boundaries of ePortfolio Scholarship.” The Journal of Interactive Technology and Pedagogy. Issue 10. Nov, 2016.

Licastro, Amanda. “Exploring New Media.” Writing True: The Art and Craft of Creative Non-Fiction. Contributor. Authors Sondra Perl and Mimi Schwartz. Cengage: Feb, 2013.

Licastro, Amanda, Miller, Benjamin, and Belli, Jill.  “Crowdsourcing Disciplinary Data: The Process Of Building The Writing Studies Tree.” Gayle Morris Sweetland Digital Rhetoric Collaborative blog carnival on “Dealing with Data Digitally.” November 27, 2013.


Licastro, Amanda, Danica Savonick, Laura Kane. "Who Guards the Gates? Feminist Methods of Scholarly Publishing." Revealing Meaning: Feminist Methods in Digital Scholarship. Eds. Kimberly Martin and Heather Froehlich. Under contract with Wilfred Laurier Press. Forthcoming 2021.

Eds. Amanda Licastro and Ben Miller. Composition as Big Data. Under Contract. University of Pittsburgh Press.

 “Teaching Empathy Through Virtual Reality.” Digital Humanities Quarterly. Will be submitted 2020 for guaranteed acceptance.


Courses Currently Offered at Stevenson University

ENG 151 Composition and Writing with Sources

ENG 256 Introduction to Digital Publishing (Service Learning Course)

ENG 281 The Cyborg Apocalypse: Cybernetic Technology in Literature

ENG 337 Introduction to Medical Humanities 

ENG 337 Grant Writing 

ENG 381 Gutenberg to Google Books

ENG 401: Major Author: Margaret Atwood


DIGITAL PROJECTS                     

Writing Studies Tree. 2011-present.

Co-founder and project manager for open-access, crowdsourced database of scholarly relationships within writing studies, composition/rhetoric and related academic fields.

Stevenson Literary Magazine. 2016-present.

Technical advisor and WordPress manager for student-run online literary magazine The Greenspring Review. Oversee 7 student editorial interns and manage the design, maintenance, and hosting of the website.

CUNY Digital Humanities Initiative. 2011-2015.

Co-directed with Matthew K. Gold. Organized speaker series and workshops. Maintained website, social media, and contact list.


Calder Dissertation Award in Digital Humanities. 2016.

Awarded by a committee of faculty members at the Graduate Center, CUNY.

Kairos Service Award. 2015.

Rewarding “activities that promote excellent computers and writing pedagogy, theory, and community building.” With Ben Miller and Jill Belli, for the Writing Studies Tree.

The Diana Colbert Innovative Teaching Prize. 2013.

The Diana Colbert Innovative Teaching Prize “honors excellence in course design in three areas close to Diana’s heart: nineteenth-century literature and culture, African American literature and Africana studies, and politics and literature.”

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