Dr. Gian Pagnucci
Dr. Kenneth Sherwood
Dr. Dan Weinstein

Affiliate Faculty

Dr. Todd Thompson – English
Dr. Matt Vetter – English

Dr. Ben Ford – Anthropology
Dr. Tanya Heflin – English
Dr. Melanie Holm – English
Dr. R. Scott Moore – History
Dr. Amanda Poole– Anthropology
Dr. Mike Sell – English

Graduate Students



Dr. Gian Pagnucci
Gian is Chair of IUP’s Department of English. He was selected as IUP’s University Professor for 2009-2010, IUP’s highest academic award. He has been an English faculty member at IUP for 17 years. Dr. Pagnucci’s teaching specialties are technical writing, composition, and technology-based pedagogy. He has won a Reflective Practice Teaching Award and an international award for innovative teaching with technology. Dr. Pagnucci is the author of Living the Narrative Life: Stories as a Tool for Meaning Making, published Heinemann Boynton/Cook. He also was co-editor for Re-Mapping Narrative: Technology’s Impact on the Way We Write, published by Hampton Press. In addition, Dr. Pagnucci has published in such leading journals as Computers and Composition, English Journal, and English Education. While these other accomplishments are nice, he is probably most proud of writing the book Don’t Count Your Chickens! Stories for Kids to Tell, a big hit with children at library story hours across the country.

Dr. Kenneth Sherwood
Ken is Associate Professor of English and co-founded the Center for Digital Humanities and Culture at IUP. He has designed and taught graduate courses in contemporary Electronic Literature, Digital Scholarship in English Studies, and Digital Teaching; most recently he proposed and has taught the workshop in Digital Writing for the undergraduate writing track. He conducts research in poetics, oral performance, digital culture, and new media literature. He edited poet Louis Zukofsky’s A Useful Art Essays and Radio Scripts on American Design (Wesleyan UP, 2003). His research in oral performance “Elaborate Versionings: Characteristics of Emergent Performance in Three Print/Oral/ Aural Poets” (Oral Tradition 21.1) is reflected in the prototype website His engagement with digital culture and writing dates back to 1993, when he co-founded the first “e-zine” of postmodern literature at SUNY Buffalo. In 2009, he curated an exhibition of new media literature along with graduate students at Indiana University of PA; the companion website can be found at He has been actively involved in academic computing at IUP, leading a digital repository initiative, proposing IUP’s blog service, and implementing prototype wiki, audio blogging ( and digital journal services. Currently, he chairs the ACPAC Emerging Technology Committee. In 2013, he participated in the High Performance Sound Technology for Access and Scholarship initiative at UT Austin, sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humantities. A published poet and oral performer, his chapbooks include That Risk, Text2 Box, and Hard Return. He also presents original, digitally-mediated creative writing. Creative research focuses on the programming language and development tool “Processing” as a composition environment for poetry.

Dr. Dan Weinstein
Dan, who joined IUP as Assistant Professor of English in 2012, also serves as a Mentor in IUP’s Mindfulness Living Learning Community.

Dan brings nearly twenty years of online teaching and educational technology training experience to his position. A pioneer in the use of computer technology for teaching writing remotely, in 1996 Dan designed and taught the first online English Composition course ever offered at the University of Buffalo, State University of New York. Since that time he has continued to innovate teaching techniques that harness the potential of digital technologies to support students’ creative growth.

Dan’s academic research, positioned at the intersection of educational technology and the psychology of creativity, tends to focus on how teachers may best use new technologies to help students succeed as learners and creators.

Dr. Todd Nathan Thompson
Todd is Associate Professor of English and Assistant Chair of IUP’s English Department.Todd is co-editor (with IUP Literature and Criticism PhD alumnus Jessica Showalter) of an ongoing digital edition project entitled Hosea Biglow in Context: James Russell Lowell’s Biglow Poems in the Newspapers. An early, partial version of this edition was published in Scholarly Editing 36 (2015): Todd’s interest in digital archives has also led him to take a TEI course at Penn State and to publish (again with Jessica) a blog post for EBSCO called “Databases and Digital Editions of Nineteenth-Century Newspaper Poetry” (2015). Todd and Jessica has co-presented a talk called “Databases and Digital Editions of Nineteenth-Century Newspaper Poetry” at the American Antiquarian Society’s Digital Antiquarian Conference (2015) and another
called “On Creating a Small-Scale Digital Edition of Antebellum Periodical Poetry” at Penn State’s Liberal Arts Scholarship and Technology Summit (2014). Before becoming an academic, Todd was a project manager at Cognitive Arts, which created e-learning systems for corporate clients. While there he helped to write Roger Schank’s book Designing World-Class E-Learning (2001).


Dr. Matthew Vetter

Matt is Assistant Professor of English and affiliate faculty in the Composition and Applied Linguistics PhD program at IUP, where he teaches graduate courses in rhetorical theory, composition, critical pedagogy, and digital rhetoric and literacy. His research asks questions related to technology, writing, pedagogy, and digital culture with a specific interest in investigations of the ideological and epistemological functions of digital communities. Vetter’s critical work has appeared or is forthcoming in Composition Studies, Computers and Composition Online, the Digital Rhetoric Collaborative, Harlot, Pedagogy, Hybrid Pedagogy, and publications sponsored by the Wiki Education Foundation. He is a contributor to the open-access collection Digital Pedagogy in the Humanities: Concepts, Models, and Experiments (MLA, 2018). He has recently served as a graduate fellow at the Digital Rhetoric Collaborative and is currently an Associate Editor at Kairos: A Journal of Rhetoric, Technology, and Pedagogy. A former Wikipedia Campus Ambassador, he began teaching with Wikipedia in 2011 and continues to partner with the Wiki Education Foundation to incorporate Wikipedia-based assignments in his undergraduate and graduate courses. In the spring of 2017, Vetter teamed up with the Center for Digital Humanities and Culture, IUP Libraries, and Women’s and Gender Studies to organize IUP’s first Arts+Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-thon. He holds a PhD in English from Ohio University (2015) and an MFA in Creative Writing from Spalding University (2008). His creative work has appeared in numerous national and regional literary journals including Midwest Quarterly, American Life in Poetry, The Louisville Review, and the Journal of Kentucky Studies. His chapbook of poetry, Kentucky Lullaby, is forthcoming from Finishing Line Press (2018).


Former members

Dr. Adrian S. Wisnicki

Adrian joined IUP as Assistant Professor of Nineteenth-Century British Literature and Co-Director of the DHC from 2011-2013. He is also Project Director of the David Livingstone Spectral Imaging Project (, Project Co-Director of Livingstone Online (, and an Honorary Research Fellow in the Department of English and Humanities at Birkbeck, University of London. Adrian specializes in nineteenth-century British literature, colonial and postcolonial literature, and the digital humanities. His most recent research explores the role of intercultural dynamics in the development of Victorian colonial literature and discourse, especially in the context of Africa. He also has interests in collaborative digital project development, and in the application of advanced digital imaging to the study of damaged nineteenth-century manuscripts. Wisnicki’s monograph, Conspiracy, Revolution, and Terrorism from Victorian Fiction to the Modern Novel (2008), is published by Routledge. Articles have appeared in Victorian Studies, Victorian Literature and Culture, Studies in Travel Writing, History in Africa, and the Journal of Colonialism and Colonial History. His research projects have been funded by grants from the U.S. National Endowment for the Humanities and the British Academy.

Dr. Alexis Lothian
Alexis Lothian joined IUP in 2012 from the University of Southern California. A former HASTAC scholar, she researches and teaches at the intersections of cultural studies, digital media, speculative fiction, and queer theory. Her research focuses on speculative fiction’s engagements with race, gender, and sexuality, and she also works on digital artistic forms that are emerging from science fiction fan communities, especially as these forms engage critical readings of media texts and are used to participate in social justice activism. She is the editor of an upcoming special issue of the open access peer reviewed journal Ada: A Journal of Gender, New Media, and Technology on feminist science fiction, coeditor of a Social Text Periscope dossier on Speculative Life, and a founding member of the editorial team for the journal Transformative Works and Cultures. Her work has been published in International Journal of Cultural Studies, Cinema Journal, Camera Obscura, and Journal of Digital Humanities; in addition to HASTAC, her participation in the digital humanities community has included THATCamp and an MLA unconference on digital pedagogy. She maintains an academic blog at and tweets as @alothian.

Eliza Albert: Developer
Eliza aids in the development of and transcription of materials for the Livingstone Online website. Eliza is a doctoral candidate in the Literature and Criticism program with specialization in graphic novel. She will soon be finishing coursework and preparing for her comprehensive exams.

Annie Lin: Lead Developer
Annie currently works on the Livingstone Online site in both front- and back-end development. She is currently a junior in the Languages and Systems track of the Computer Science department. She has interests ranging from web development to software design, and she’s always open to tackling new technologies and systems.

Dr. Oriana Gatta
Oriana is an assistant professor of Writing Studies, affiliate Women’s & Gender Studies faculty, and English B.A. program internship coordinator at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Her research interests include visual rhetoric/culture; postmodern, postcolonial, and intersectional feminist theory and praxis, comic book studies, critical pedagogy, digital pedagogy, multimodal composition, and digital archival methods and methodologies. She has published in Composition Studies, Peitho, Works & Days, Image/Text, and the Journal of Pedagogic Development, and both her scholarship and teaching evidence her significant investment in the cultural critique and production of digital media.Working at the intersection of digital media, visual rhetoric, and postmodern theory, her master’s thesis drew connections among the print practice of journal writing, blogging, self help culture, and gender representation to argue that identity construction afforded by blogging represents acts of self-remediation. As a New & Emerging Media doctoral fellow, Oriana participated in research on educational game design and big data mining and presented on Chela Sandoval’s concept of “differential consciousness” as a new paradigm for cyberfeminist praxis. To facilitate cross-program analyses of humanities-based, undergraduate, degree-granting programs in digital media, Oriana also created and presented on the Digital Media Program Archive. Most recently, Oriana has begun researching and writing about how data mining and visualization methods might inform and be used to identify often implied feminist historiographic methods and methodologies. Oriana’s teaching philosophy is grounded in the rhetorical analysis of ideology as it functions in print and digital genres of popular culture, as well as the expectation that students will move from passive consumption, to critique, to the conscious production of print and digital media designed to reflect their own ideological perspectives. For example, her research-based first year composition course asks students to consider the role design plays in maintaining social injustice and how students’ own designs might facilitate the social justice the seek for themselves and/or others. A full CV and links to her course websites and examples of her digital printmaking can be found at

Adam Colton
Adam is currently developing Livingstone Online, an online archive of the letters and journals of Dr. David Livingstone. He has been developing websites and programs for over 15 years and has experience in a variety of web-based/programming languages. Adam is currently a doctoral candidate in the IUP Literature and Criticism program. His scholarly interests include modern science fiction, digital literature, and digital/technological pedagogy.


Shane Sedlemyer: Graduate Assistant, 2017-2019

Dr. Mary Stewart – English

Dr. Mary Stewart

Mary K. Stewart earned her PhD in Education from the University of California-Davis, with a designated emphasis in Writing, Rhetoric, and Composition Studies. She also holds an MA in Literature and a BA in English, and has professional experience as a copywriter and an instructional designer of online courses. Her research, which is primarily qualitative or mixed methods, focuses on collaborative and interactive learning, writing pedagogy and online writing instruction, and digital literacies.

Dr. David Loomis – Journalism