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Kathi Inman Berens, Ph.D.


Kathi Inman Berens is the 2014-15 Fulbright Scholar of Digital Culture at the University in Bergen, Norway. She is nominated to the Executive Council of the Modern Language Association. She lectures at the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School of Communication and is on the Research Council for the Annenberg Innovation Lab.  She was Associate Professor of Writing (Teaching) from 2000-2009 at the USC Dornsife College Writing Program until she moved to Portland, Oregon in 2009. Her research practice reflects her dual backgrounds in literary criticism and communication interfaces. A Ph.D. in English Literature from U.C. Berkeley, Kathi curates and researches electronic literature; her students made this video explaining e-lit. She co-curated the first show of e-lit at the Library of Congress in April 2013, among other shows. Kathi teaches and researches writing studies, transmedia branding, communication interfaces and hybrid pedagogy. She consults with academic and business clients about emergent story platforms and multimodal curricular design.


Ph.D. in English, U. C. Berkeley
M.A. and B.A. in English, Tufts University


1. Writing Studies and Digital Humanities, including Electronic Literature
2. Media Studies
3. Virtual Classroom Software & Experiential Learning

Principal Investigator: “Co-Presence in Virtual Classroom Software” funded by IBM’s J-Start Emerging Technologies team
Co-Principal Investigator: USC “Inverted Classroom” Project, funded by the Center for Scholarly Technology
Post-Doctoral Fellow: Mobile Research Technology Initiative, Washington State University at Vancouver. Summer 2011.
Principal, Big Digital Idea Consulting


Electronic Literature Showcase,” Library of Congress. April 3-5, 2013.

Avenues of Access“: New and Emerging Work of Electronic Literature. January 4-6, 2013 at the Annual Convention of the Modern Languages Association, Hines Convention Center, Boston, MA. Storify Electronic Literature” Modern Language Association’s first exhibit of electronic literature January 6-8, 2012 at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle. Storify here.

My poem “Tournedo Gorge” was exhibited in the Ars TechnoLOGIKA show Dec. 7-29, 2012 in Vancouver, WA.


Double-Flip: 3 Insights Flipping the Humanities Seminar in Hybrid Pedagogy 23 January 2014.

Use the # and Tweet Yr Escape“: in L.A. Review of Books, co-authored with Davin Heckman.

“A Hack of One’s Own: Feminist UX of Virtual Classroom Software,” presentation at MiT8: Media in Transition at M.I.T. May 3-5, 2013.

Judy Malloy’s Seat at the (Database) Table: A Feminist Reception History,” presentation at the Digital Humanities conference in Lincoln Nebraska July 17-19, 2013.

“Racism is Always-On: L.A. Flood‘s Procedural Rhetoric” forthcoming from electronic book review.

A One-Line Poem as Book: 10PRINT,” a guest post in the Prof. Hacker column of the Chronicle of Higher Education (December 3, 2012).

“Tournedo Gorge,” a digital poem, published in Ailementum: the Literature of Food (winter 2013).

“Virtual Classroom Software and Embodiment,” a “The Classroom as Interface” MLA panel I convened in Boston, Massachusetts Jan. 4-6, 2013. Storify here.

“Geolocative Storytelling Off the Map” at “Electrifying Literature: Affordances and Constraints,” the Electronic Literature Organization Conference, Jun. 20-23, 2012. University of West Virginia: Morgantown, West Virginia.

“Failure is Frictive” at the Digital Humanities Summer Institute, Jun. 4-8, 2012 at the University of Victoria: Victoria, BC, Canada.

“Peer To Here”: Using a QR-Code Scavenger Hunt to Activate Student Learners” also published in Conference Proceedings from the Experiential Learning Conference at the University of California at San Diego, Jan. 26, 2012.

Mapping Occupy: Digital Pedagogy on a Deadline,” part of the electronic roundtable “Building Digital Humanities in the Undergraduate Classroom” at the Modern Language Association Convention in Seattle, Washington Jan. 6-8 2012.

“Hacking F2F” at the Center For Scholarly Technology’s “Teaching With Technology” conference. University of Southern California, May 2, 2011.

“Beyond the A: Pedagogical Applications of Electronic Publication” paper delivered at the Convention for Teachers of College Composition and Communications, New Orleans, LA, April 2-4, 2008.

“Social Media, Presence and Invisible Learning in the College Writing Classroom,” at the New Media Consortium Summer Conference, Anaheim, CA, 6-9 June 2010.

“The Digital Writing Classroom,” to the humanities faculty at Harvard-Westlake School, North Hollywood, CA, 15 November, 2007.

‘Assessing Multimedia Elements in College Writing” for USC Center for Excellence in Teaching, Doheny Library, March 8, 2007.

“Blogs, Discussion Boards, and Online Journals: Strategies to Promote Student-Centered Learning in the Writing Classroom,” for Center for Excellence in Teaching on November 15, 2006.

“Charting the Course,” on course design for Future Professoriate, for USC Center for Excellence in Teaching, Doheny Library, Nov. 11, 2006.

‘‘Some sort of praise I have wisely stolen’: Laetitia Pilkington’s Appropriation of Pamela,” Conference on Eighteenth and Nineteenth Century British Women Writers, University of California at Davis, March, 1997.

“Laetitia Pilkington’s ‘incurable disease’: Reading and Its Effects in her Memoirs,” Western Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, University of California at Berkeley, February 1997.

“Rethinking the Spinster: Miss Bates as Disruptive Trope in Emma,” Conference on Eighteenth and Nineteenth Century British Women Writers, University of Oregon, May 1992.


“Optimizing Student Engagement with Technology,” at the International Leadership Association’s Annual Conference, Denver, CO. October 23-26, 2012.

THATCamp Hybrid Pedagogy:  led “Online 2.0″ and “F2F 2.0,” Marylhurst University, Lake Oswego, OR, Oct. 20-21, 2012.

SCribe (formerly AngeLingo). Co-founder & co-advisor. Among the first online, multidisciplinary, journals of arts, culture and science created entirely by undergraduates. First issue published in 2003–when every page had to be hand-coded. Student editors culled the best essays written in USC’s advanced writing classes, and collaborated with the authors to transform them into multimodal essays. Essays that were produced for a required writing class found audiences across the world and persist through time: several essays have been taught in college and high school classes.

Undergraduate Writers’ Conference, Every spring 2004-2009. Created a conference and awards competition for undergraduate writers to present their works on scholarly subjects on academic-style panels. Grew the event from 80 participants to 350. Designed the event competition categories; hired & advised judges; trained student leaders to moderate panels; invited keynote speakers and arranged a celebratory banquet.

Pen Pal Project. I collaborated in 2001-02 with a former student, now herself a teacher, to create a year-long pen pal letter exchange between one hundred and twenty USC upperclassmen and thirty inner-city sixth graders at Audubon Junior High School. The year culminated in a campus tour for the 6th graders and a meeting with the USC director for the Center for Black Cultural and Student Affairs, who instructed them how to prepare and apply for college.


    Introduction to Digital Humanities & New Media
    Cultures of New Media
    Advanced Social Media
    Communication Interfaces
    Networked Cultures
    Electronic Literature
    Advanced Writing for Humanities Majors
    Advanced Writing for Social Sciences Majors
    Madness and Reason: 18th and 19th Century British Literature


IBM Faculty Award to beta test a proprietary co-browsing and video conferencing platform.

First non-tenure track faculty member appointed to USC’s Center for Excellence in Teaching. I continue as a Distinguished Fellow.

Grant to start an online journal from USC’s Fund for Innovative Undergraduate Teaching. First-year project summary (2003-04).

General Education Teaching Excellence Award for Advanced Writing, December 2003, USC

Teaching With Technology grant, spring 2005, USC

Teaching Has No Boundaries Award, April 2005, USC


Coca Cola Transmedial Analysis

Reflection on Making Coke Transmedia Analysis

DigiToolSC, a web app optimized for mobile that gathered all classes offering digital learning spring 2012.

E-Literature Map: Authors To Be Exhibited at Library of Congress Show

Occupy g-map authored by eight undergraduates in my “Networked Cultures” class. Lead author: Nicole Buckner. See also the talk I gave about it [referenced above]: “Mapping Occupy: Digital Pedagogy on a Deadline.”

Hidden USC, a virtual tour of USC.


Available upon request.

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