Christina Katopodis is a doctoral candidate in English at the Graduate Center, CUNY, a Futures Initiative Fellow, New Media Lab Researcher, HASTAC Scholar, and an adjunct at Hunter College. She was awarded the 2019 Diana Colbert Innovative Teaching Prize for her early American Literature survey course in which students co-created the syllabus.
Katopodis has a forthcoming article in ESQ, titled “Vibrational Epistemology in the Nineteenth-Century American Soundscape: Music and Noise in Walden,” in which she adds her own approach to sound studies based in new materialism. Her dissertation, “Vibrational Epistemologies: Music and Ecology in American Transcendentalism,” which examines changing literary insights and representations of human and nonhuman sounds before and after the advent of sound recording technology. Katopodis argues that embodiment, relationality, agency, and situatedness are key to the American Transcendentalists’ theory of sound as well as to the experience of reading and hearing nineteenth-century literature. Her research has been funded by a Ralph Waldo Emerson Society Research Grant (2016), and a Doctoral Student Research Grant from the Graduate Center, CUNY (2017-18). Her digital project, The Walden Soundscape, has received a Digital Dissertation Award (2018) and the Dewey Digital Teaching Award (2018) from the New Media Lab as well as two consecutive Provost’s Digital Innovation Grants (2016-17 and 2017-18).
Katopodis has served on the English Program Executive Committee (2017-19), as co-chair for the Ecocriticism Public Working Group (2017-19), as 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.