Roopika Risam

|Associate Professor
Academic Appointments
  • Associate Professor, Film and Media Studies & Comparative Literature

  • Digital Humanities and Social Engagement Cluster

  • Director, Digital Ethnic Futures Consortium

  • Editor, Reviews in Digital Humanities

  • Co-founder, New England Equity and Engagement Consortium

  • President, Association for Computers and the Humanities

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Dr. Risam's research focuses on data histories, ethics, and practices at intersections of postcolonial and African diaspora studies, digital humanities, and critical university studies. Her work has been supported by over $4.3 million in federal, state, and foundation grants, from funders including the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Mellon Foundation. Risam received the Massachusetts Library Association Civil Liberties Champion Award (2018) for her work promoting equity and justice in the digital cultural record and the 2023 International Association for Research in Service Learning and Community Engagement Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Award for her work on anti-racist community engagement.

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Visual Arts Center, Room 206
HB 6194


Film and Media Studies


  • Ph.D., Emory University
  • M.A., Georgetown University
  • B.A., University of Pennsylvania

Selected Publications