ALI RACHEL PEARL
Curriculum Vitae [click for PDF]
USC Dornsife Department of English
3501 Trousdale Pkwy
Taper Hall of Humanities 404
Los Angeles, CA 90089
Ph.D. English Literature, University of Southern California, expected May 2018
Graduate Certificate: Media Arts + Practice, University of Southern California, May 2016
M.A. English Literature, University of Utah, May 2012
B.A. English Literature, University of Colorado Denver, May 2009
Honors with distinction & Latin Honors: magna cum laude
My dissertation, Archiving Ephemerality, examines through three different case studies– street art, performance art, and born-digital literature/media—archival impulses and methodologies as they relate to ephemeral works that resist traditional archivization. I bookend Archiving Ephemerality in the beginning by illuminating those archival traditions and methodologies that underserve or exclude marginalized communities and in the end by considering archival futures and the possibilities of liberating memory, community, and documentation from oppressive archival traditions and institutions.
Peer-Reviewed Publications (Critical)
“Street Ghosts: Surveillance & The Unrepresentable.” Hyperrhiz: New Media Cultures. Issue 15. Fall 2016.
Editorially Reviewed (Critical & Creative)
“Out in this Desert, V.1.” Halophyte. Issue 0. April 2017.
“Black Hole.” Geometry. Issue 1. Spring 2017.
“Blood/Lines.” DIAGRAM. Issue 16.3. June 2016.
“What Is Not The Moon Will Only Make You Farther.” Hobart. June 29, 2016.
“In the Town of Milkcarton Kids.” Redivider. Blurred Genre Contest Winner: Flash Fiction. Issue 13.2. June 2016.
“Living in Unwitting Denial.” (“On Tinder, Off Sex” online) The New York Times. Sunday, October 18 (Oct 15 online), 2015.
“[Double] Negative[s].” Pilot Light. Issue 5. Winter 2014.
“Manifesto for the Desert.” LIES/ISLE. Issue 7. 2013
“Proliferation of Cognate.” The Fiddleback. Issue 3.3. June 2013
“Tribute to Jake Adam York.” The Volta. Issue 26. February 2013
“Review of Domesticated Wild Things.” The Journal. Issue 38.1. Winter 2014
“13 Notes for Reading Mario Benedetti’s The Rest is Jungle & Other Stories.” Quarterly West. Issue 77. Spring 2013
Assistant Lecturer, Writing Seminars I & II: Thematic Option Honors Program, University of Southern California, Fall 2014—Spring 2016, Fall 2017—Spring 2018
Assistant Lecturer, Writing & Critical Reasoning, University of Southern California, Fall 2013—Spring 2014
Instructor, Intermediate Writing, University of Utah, Fall 2011—Spring 2012
Editor-in-Chief, Gold Line Press, University of Southern California, January—September 2017
Fiction editor, Gold Line Press, University of Southern California, Fall 2016—Spring 2017
Fiction reader, Gold Line Press, University of Southern California, Fall 2012—Spring 2016
Fiction reader, Quarterly West, University of Utah, Spring 2011—Spring 2012
Volunteer After School Tutor, 826LA, Los Angeles, CA, Oct. 2012—present
Writing Mentor, Teens Write Program, SLCC Community Writing Center, UT Aug. 2011—May 2012
Teaching Assistant, Bad Dog Arts, Salt Lake City, UT, Jan. 2011—May 2012
Presenter: “Archival Futures,” HASTAC 2017: The Possible Worlds of Digital Humanities, Florida Interactive Entertainment Academy, November 2-4, 2017
Panelist: “Possibilities and Realities of Digital Humanities Across Disciplines,” HASTAC 2017: The Possible Worlds of Digital Humanities, Florida Interactive Entertainment Academy, November 2-4, 2017
Presenter: “Recounting its Presence on the Syllabus: White Imaginaries and Creative Writing Professionalization,” Thinking Its Presence 2017: The Ephemeral Archive, University of Arizona, October 19-21, 2017
Presenter: “Digital Shrapnel: Violence, Time, Memory, and Forgetting in ‘From then on Fire,’” Electronic Literature Organization Conference, University Fernando Pessoa, July 18-22, 2017
Presenter: “Disrupting Masculinity: On Kate Durbin’s ‘The Supreme Gentleman,’” Friends of English Southland Graduate Conference: Critical Recursions, UCLA, June 9-10, 2017
Presenter: “Street Ghosts,” Electronic Literature Organization Conference, University of Victoria, June 10-12, 2016
Presenter: “Street Ghosts: Surveillance & the Unepresentable,” (dis)junctions 2015: Strange Bedfellows, UC Riverside, November 2-3, 2015
Moderator & presenter: “Letters from the Desert,” “(Dis)Embodiment: Digital Performance Remix,” &Now Festival of New Writing, California Institute of the Arts, March 25-28, 2015
Presenter: “The Politics of Archiving the Street,” Abiding Cities, Remnant Sites, The Graduate Center, CUNY, November 13-14, 2014
Moderator & presenter: “The Digital Failure Manifesto,” “Digital Interventions: Crossing the Critical/Creative Divide,” &Now Festival of New Writing, University of Colorado Boulder, September 26-28, 2013
Presenter: “Exploring the Labyrinth: Typography and Reader Engagement in House of Leaves,” AAAS Pacific Division, University of San Diego, June 13, 2011
Organizer & moderator: “(di)visions of the page: (dis)connecting digital and analog,” &Now Festival of New Writing, University of California, San Diego, October 13-15, 2011
Participant, Feminist Digital Humanities: Theoretical, Social, & Material Engagements, Instructors: Jacque Wernimont & Elizabeth Losh, Digital Humanities Summer Institute, University of Victoria, June 13-17, 2016
Participant, Advanced Criticism & Authoring of Electronic Literature, Instructors: Sandy Baldwin & Aaron Reed, Digital Humanities Summer Institute, University of Victoria, June 15-19, 2015
Participant, Introduction to Electronic Literature in DH: Research & Practice, Instructors: Dene Grigar & Davin Heckman, Digital Humanities Summer Institute, University of Victoria, June 8-12, 2015
ACADEMIC HONORS & AWARDS
Digital Humanities Summer Institute Scholarship, Summers 2015 & 2016
HASTAC Fellowship, 2012—present
Dornsife College Graduate Merit Fellowship, USC, Fall 2012—present
Teaching Assistantship, University of Utah, 2011-2012 academic year
Electronic Literature Organization (ELO)
Humanities, Arts, Science, & Technology Alliance & Collaboratory (HASTAC)
Humanities and Critical Code Studies (HaCCS)