Christina Katopodis is a doctoral candidate in English and Futures Initiative Fellow at the Graduate Center, CUNY, and an adjunct instructor at Hunter College. She is a scholar of environmental studies, sound studies, and American literature. She has written articles published or forthcoming in ESQ: A Journal of Nineteenth-Century American Literature and Culture, ISLE: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment, and Profession. She is this year’s recipient of the Ralph Waldo Emerson Society’s Graduate Student Paper Award for her paper, “Emerson’s Sonic Self and the Tuning of the World.”
Katopodis is the co-author with Cathy N. Davidson of the forthcoming book, “Transforming Every Classroom: A Practical Guide” (under contract to Harvard University Press). In 2019, she was awarded the Diana Colbert Innovative Teaching Prize, which honors excellence and ingenuity in course design, for her early American Literature survey course in which students co-created the syllabus. She manages the “Progressive Pedagogy Group” on HASTAC.org, which features a live crowd-sourced bibliography of readings about critical pedagogy.
Her dissertation, “Vibrational Epistemologies: Music and Ecology in American Transcendentalism,” argues that embodiment and relationality are key to the American Transcendentalists’ theory of sound as well as to the experience of reading and hearing nineteenth-century literature. Her companion website, “The Walden Soundscape,” which received the 2018 Digital Dissertation Award from the New Media Lab at CUNY, examines changing literary insights and representations of human and nonhuman sounds before and after the advent of sound recording technology. Her work has been supported by the Ralph Waldo Emerson Society and the National Science Foundation, and numerous grants from her home institution.
Katopodis has served on the English Program Executive Committee (2017-20); as co-chair for the Ecocriticism Public Working Group (2017-19); as co-founder and co-chair of Better to Speak (2016-present), an advocacy group for women and gender-nonconforming adjuncts; as the web developer and editor for the Margaret Fuller Society website (2017-present); and as a web developer and co-creator of Teaching Climate Change in the Humanities, a website that offers resources and reading lists that can be integrated into a college course syllabus.