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ALI RACHEL PEARL
Curriculum Vitae [click for PDF]

CONTACT INFO

USC Dornsife Department of English
3501 Trousdale Pkwy
Taper Hall of Humanities 404
University Park
Los Angeles, CA 90089

 

EDUCATION

PhD     University of Southern California, English Literature, expected May 2018

Graduate Certificate: Media Arts + Practice

MA      University of Utah, English Literature, 2012

BA       University of Colorado Denver, English Literature, 2009

Honors with distinction & Latin Honors: magna cum laude

 

ACADEMIC HONORS & AWARDS

Digital Humanities Summer Institute Scholarship, 2015 & 2016
HASTAC Fellowship, 2012—2018
Dornsife College Graduate Merit Fellowship, University of Southern California, 2012—present
Teaching Assistantship, University of Utah, 2011—2012

 

RESEARCH

Dissertation

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.

 

PUBLICATIONS

 Peer-Reviewed

“Street Ghosts: Surveillance & The Unrepresentable.” Hyperrhiz: New Media Cultures. Issue 15. 2016. http://hyperrhiz.io/hyperrhiz15/gallery/pearl-street-ghosts.html

Editorially Reviewed

 “Out in this Desert, V.1.” Halophyte. Issue 0. 2017. Nonfiction

“Black Hole.” Geometry. Issue 1. 2017. Nonfiction

“Blood/Lines.” DIAGRAM. Issue 16.3. 2016. Interactive short fiction

“What Is Not The Moon Will Only Make You Farther.” Hobart. 2016. Nonfiction

“In the Town of Milkcarton Kids.” Redivider. Blurred Genre Contest Winner. Issue 13.2. 2016. Fiction

“Living in Unwitting Denial.” (“On Tinder, Off Sex” online) The New York Times. 2015. Nonfiction (Translated into Portuguese for Diario de Noticias)

“[Double] Negative[s].” Pilot Light. Issue 5. 2014. Critical essay

“Manifesto for the Desert.” LIES/ISLE. Issue 7. 2013. Hybrid genre

“Proliferation of Cognate.” The Fiddleback. Issue 3.3. 2013. Nonfiction

“Tribute to Jake Adam York.” The Volta. Issue 26. 2013. Nonfiction

Book Reviews

Review of Xhenet Aliu’s Domesticated Wild Things. The Journal. Issue 38.1. 2014

“13 Notes for Reading Mario Benedetti’s The Rest is Jungle & Other Stories.” Quarterly West. Issue 77. 2013

 

TEACHING

Assistant Lecturer, Thematic Option Honors Program: Writing Seminars I & II, University of Southern California, 2014—2016 & 2017—2018

Self designed, self-taught courses:

“Re-Writing History,” a multimedia course on race and history featuring work by Toni Morrison, Layli Long Soldier, Kara Walker, and Micha Cárdenas (Spring 2018)

“Los Angepocalypse”, a literary course on Los Angeles, race, and the apocalypse featuring work by Octavia Butler, Karen Tei Yamashita, Paul Beatty, and Salvador Placensia (Spring 2016)

“Violence in the Deserts of the American West”, a literary course featuring work by Cormac McCarthy, Joan Didion, Claire Vaye Watkins, and Michael Ondaatje (Spring 2015)

Assistant Lecturer, Writing & Critical Reasoning, University of Southern California, 2013—2014

Instructor, Intermediate Writing, University of Utah, 2011—2012

 

SERVICE

Institutional

Nonfiction editor, Gold Line Press, University of Southern California, 2017—2018

Editor-in-Chief, Gold Line Press, University of Southern California, 2017

Fiction editor, Gold Line Press, University of Southern California, 2016—2017

Fiction reader, Gold Line Press, University of Southern California, 2012—2016

Fiction reader, Quarterly West, University of Utah, 2011—2012 

Extra-Institutional

Volunteer, Legal Aid Pop Up Clinic, Los Angeles, CA, 2017

After School Tutor, 826LA, Los Angeles, CA, 2012—present

Writing Mentor, Teens Write Program, SLCC Community Writing Center, UT, 2011—2012

Teaching Assistant, Bad Dog Arts, Salt Lake City, UT, 2011—2012

 

PRESENTATIONS

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

 

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

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 MEMBERSHIP

Electronic Literature Organization (ELO)

Humanities, Arts, Science, & Technology Alliance & Collaboratory (HASTAC)

Humanities and Critical Code Studies (HaCCS)