Dr Helen J Burgess

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Associate Professor

Biography

Helen J Burgess is Associate Professor of English. She received her BA(Hons) and MA(Dist.) in English Language and Literature from Victoria University of Wellington, in New Zealand, and her PhD in English from West Virginia University. She has previously taught at Washington State University-Vancouver and UMBC.

Dr Burgess is active in the new media research community as editor of the online journal Hyperrhiz: New Media Cultures, technical editor of Rhizomes: Cultural Studies in Emerging Knowledge, and editorial board member for thresholds journal and the Bloomsbury series Electronic Literature. She is also on the Board of Directors of the Electronic Literature Organization, and co-editor of Hyperrhiz Electric, a monograph series for born-digital multimedia and digital humanities projects.

Teaching and Research Interests

Digital humanities, electronic literature, multimodal composition, critical code studies, multimedia and web development, feminist crafting.

Publications

Major works include Red Planet: Scientific and Cultural Encounters with Mars (2000) and Biofutures: Owning Body Parts and Information (2008), both titles published in the Mariner10 interactive DVD-Rom series at the University of Pennsylvania Press, and Highways of the Mind (2015) an interactive book for iPad from Penn Press coauthored with Jeanne Hamming. Her latest work is The Routledge Research Companion to Digital Medieval Literature (2018) coedited with Jen Boyle.

She is currently preparing a digital humanities project, Intimate Fields, for publication in the University of Victoria's Kits for Culture Series with fellow NCSU faculty member Margaret Simon.

Education

  • PhD in English from West Virginia University, 2003
  • MA (Dist.) in English Language and Literature from Victoria University of Wellington, 1997
  • BA(Hons) First Class in English Language and Literature from Victoria University of Wellington, 1993