Curriculum Vitae


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Amanda M. Licastro

The Graduate Center, CUNY
English Program, 4406
365 5th Ave.
New York, NY 10016


Ph.D., The Graduate Center, CUNY, New York, NY, expected August 2015
English Literature with a concentration in Composition and Rhetoric and Digital Humanities, Certificate in Interactive Technology and Pedagogy (awarded 2013)
Dissertation: “Excavating Eportfolios: Digging into a Decade of Student-Driven Data.”
Adviser: Matthew K. Gold. Committee: Sondra Perl, David Greetham, Cathy Davidson.

M.A., DePaul University, Chicago, IL, 2008
English Literature, Certificate in Teaching in the Two-Year College (with honors)

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


“The Roots of an Academic Genealogy: Composing the Writing Studies Tree.” Co-authors Ben Miller and Jill Belli. Kairos: A Journal of Rhetoric, Technology, and Pedagogy. Under review.

“Data in the Digital Age.” Gayle Morris Sweetland Digital Rhetoric Collaborative. University of Michigan Press. Nov. 27, 2013.

“Digital Literary Pedagogy: An Experiment in Process-Oriented Pedagogy.” Co-created with Roger Whitson and Kimon Keramidas. 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”

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

Digital Projects

The Writing Studies Tree. Co-founder and project manager. Co-PIs Ben Miller and Jill Belli.  2011-present.

The Digital Humanities Initiative. Co-director with Matt Gold, Steve Brier, and Charlie Edwards. 2012-present.

English Student Associate Website. Co-founder Paul Herbert. 2013-present.

Teaching Experience


New York University, Gallatin School of Individualized Study, New York, NY
Adjunct Instructor, present

  • 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, New York, NY
Adjunct Instructor of English, 2010-12

  • English 101: Composition (6 sections, customized each semester)
  • English 201: Introduction to Literature (2 sections, customized each semester)

Marywood University,Scranton, PA
Adjunct Instructor, 2008-10

  • Early American Literature I and II: “Canon Wars”
  • World Literature: “An Epic Quest”
  • Composition: “Riots and Revolutions”

Wilkes University, Wilkes-Barre, PA
Adjunct Instructor, 2008-10

  • Composition for Pharmacy Majors
  • Early American Literature

King’s College, Wilkes-Barre, PA
Adjunct Instructor, 2008-10

  • Writing Skills (basic writing)
  • Composition

Harold Washington Community College, Chicago, IL
Supplemental Instructor, 2007-08

  • Writing Skills and Research Writing

The Learning Bank, Baltimore, MD
Adult Literacy Center, SumServe Fellow (via Loyola College)

  • Teaching Assistant and Tutor across the curriculum


Professional Experience

Instructional Technology Fellow, Macaulay Honors College, CUNY, New York, NY
Baruch College and Brooklyn College, 2012- present

Editor, Journal of Interactive Technology and Pedagogy,
The Graduate Center, CUNY, New York, NY, 2012-present

Conference organizer. THATcamp Digital Writing. New York, NY May 2014.
Graduate Research Assistant, Shakespeare Studies Journal,
Fairleigh Dickinson University Press.
Worked remotely from The Graduate Center, CUNY, New York, NY, 2011-12

Facilitator for Certification Program, The School of Professional Studies,
CUNY-wide, via Blackboard, 2011

College Assistant, The Center for the Study of Women and Society
The Graduate Center, CUNY, New York, NY, 2010-11


Invited talks

“Digital Humanities and Digital Publishing.” NFAIS Humanities Roundtable 2014. National Federation of Abstracting and Information Services. New York, NY. September, 2014.

“What is a Dissertation? New Models, Methods and Media.” Part of the CUNY Future Initiative project, co-sponsored by HASTAC, CUNY DHI, and PhD Lab in Digital Knowledge at Duke University. New York, NY. Oct. 2014.

“Designing Digital Projects.” University of Findley, Ohio. July 2014.

Conference Presentations


“Disciplinary Adventures: Data, Making, and Risk at the Intersections of Composing and the Digital Humanities.” Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC). Tampa, FL. March 2015.

“What Does It Mean to Publish? New Forms of Scholarly Communication.” Modern Language Association (MLA). Vancouver. Jan, 2015.

“A Decade in Digital Literacy: a Case-Study of Student Writing in Online Open Spaces.” Association for Authentic, Experiential and Evidence-Based Learning (AAEEBL). Boston. July 2014.

“Opening Up: How Information Technologies Alter Composition Research Methodologies.” Conference on College Composition and Communication. Indianapolis, IN. March 2014.

“Digital Humanities from the Ground Up.” Modern Language Association Conference. Chicago, IL. Jan, 2014.

“Blogging in the TYC?: Pedagogical Strategies for Integrating Online Writing in Literature Courses.” Transitions and Transactions II: Literature and Creative Writing Pedagogies Conference. New York, NY. April 2014.

“The Writing Studies Tree: Coding Composition Genealogies.” Computers & Writing. Frostburg, MD. June 2013.

“Disciplinary Data on Display: Visualizing Keywords in CompPile, Dissertations, and the Writing Studies Tree.” Conference on College Composition and Communication. Las Vegas. March 2013.

“Composing Genealogies: A Family Tree of Composition/Rhetoric.” Featured Session A.37. Conference on College Composition and Communication. St. Louis, MO. March 2012.

“What Works? Integrating Culture into First-Year English and Foreign Language Courses.” Modern Language Association. Seattle, WA. Jan. 2012.

“Open Door, Open Source: Toward a Sustainable Future in WPA Training.” Working Outside the Framework: Bottom-Up Training for Future WPAs. Writing Program Administrators Conference. Baton Rouge, LA. June 2011.

“Bursting the Bubble.” College English Association Conference. Pittsburgh, PA. 2009.


“Forum on Digital Initiatives and Fellowships.” CUNY Graduate Center Archival Research Conference. September, 2014.

“Enabling Advances in Digital Humanities: GC Provost’s Digital Innovation Grants.” 12th Annual CUNY IT Conference, New York, NY. December 2013.

“Introducing the Writing Studies Tree: An Interactive Composition & Rhetoric Archive.”11th Annual CUNY IT Conference, New York, NY. November 2012.

“Five Minutes of Fame.” BMCC TechDay. New York, NY. Feb. 2012.

“Reconstructing Gender in Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night.” DePaul University Research Colloquium in English & Writing. Chicago, IL. 2007.


“How to Start an Academic Blog (Parts I&II).” The Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College. New York, NY. November 2013.

Teaching Workshop. The Pipeline Program. Graduate Center, CUNY, New York, NY. Twice yearly: 2011-present.

Intersession Teaching Workshop. The Graduate Center, CUNY, New York, NY

Summer and Winter intersessions, 2012-present.

Grants and Awards

“Composing a Discipline: Views from the Branches of the Writing Studies Tree” (with Benjamin Miller and Jill Belli). CCCC Research Initiative, $10,000..2015-2017.*application under review

Doctoral Student Research Grant. The Graduate Center, CUNY. March 2014. $1,000.

The Provost’s Digital Innovation Grant. The Graduate Center Digital Initiatives. The Graduate Center, CUNY. 2013-14: $8,000; 2012-13: $3000.

The Diana Colbert Innovative Teaching Prize. May 2013.

Passed Oral Comprehensive Examination with Distinction. May 2013 .

Tuition Fellowship, Digital Humanities Winter Institute. 2013.

Full Tuition Fellowship, Digital Humanities Summer Institute. 2012.

THATcamp Fellowship, New England, 2010.

Graduated with Distinction, DePaul University, 2008.

Partial-Tuition Scholarship, DePaul University, 2007, 2008 (Merit based).

Sigma Tau Delta (English Honors Society), Inducted 2004 (Undergraduate), 2008 (Graduate).

Lambda Pi Eta (Communications Honors Society), Inducted 2003.

Dean’s List, Loyola College, 2001-05.

English Department Award, Loyola College, 2003, 2005.


English Program, The CUNY Graduate Center, NY

  • Executive Committee, present
  • Website Committee, elected yearly, 2011- present
  • Course Assessment Committee, elected, 2012-13

Doctoral Student’s Council, The CUNY Graduate Center, NY

  • Co-chair, Graduate Center Composition and Rhetoric Group, elected, 2012-13
  • Representative–at–large, elected, 2012-13

Professional Memberships


Modern Language Association (MLA)

National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE)

Alliance of Digital Humanities Organizations (ADHO)

Walter Ong Society


Writing Program Administrators Metro-Area-Affiliate (WPA-Metr0)

New York City – Digital Humanities (NYC-DH)

CUNY-Wide Composition and Rhetoric Community (CCRC)

Digital Studies Group (CUNY-Wide)

Internet Research Team (IRT)

Graduate Center Composition Community (formerly GCCRC)

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