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Courtney Rivard, Ph.D. is the Director of the Digital Literacy and Communications (DLC) Lab and Teaching Associate Professor in English & Comparative Literature at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

Her interdisciplinary work brings together Composition and Rhetoric, Digital Humanities, and Feminist Studies to study the rhetoric of history as it unfolds in the space of archives. By focusing on the intersection of digital protocols and the rhetoric of archival structures, such as categorization, indexing, and tagging practices, she interrogates how notions of race, gender, and national belonging are produced in and through archival spaces. Her work can be found in College Composition and Communication, Rhetoric Review, Digital Humanities Quarterly, and Settler Colonial Studies. She is currently working on a digital manuscript on the Southern Life History Project, a New Deal initiative that documented the lives of everyday Southerners with special attention to marginalized voices during the Great Depression.

As Director of the DLC Lab, Dr. Rivard leads the development of the lab as a space for innovation in digital pedagogy and digital storytelling. Recently, she received a Lenovo Instructional Innovation Grant to bring gaming pedagogies into Humanities classrooms through the creation of the Greenlaw Gameroom.


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