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About Kathi Inman Berens


Kathi Inman Berens researches contemporary books, digital-born literature and narrative-based videogames. Short-listed for the 2020 Hayles Prize in Criticism by the Electronic Literature Organization, and winner of the 2014–15 U.S. Fulbright in Digital Culture for yearlong residence in Norway, Dr. Berens examines new storytelling practices across media: from data poetry, virtual and mixed reality, and Big 5 Publishing, to interactive fiction, literary festivals, and the ways readers' actions are converted into data. Berens is Associate Professor of English, teaching book publishing and digital humanities. While a research fellow at the Annenberg Innovation Lab at the University of Southern California, where she was faculty 2000-2014, Dr. Berens was Principal Investigator of IBM-funded research about how teleconferencing software changes what and how we learn in university classrooms, nearly a decade before COVID made such practices standard. Her experiments in digital pedagogy impelled her to write several articles about digital teaching-and-learning best practices, and have won university teaching prizes at PSU (2020) and USC (2006-09).

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Present Assistant Professor, Portland State University English
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