Donna Maria Alexander is the DARIAH Ireland postdoctoral researcher with digital arts and humanities in University College Cork as part of a project that explores the ways in which digital literacies are/can be embedded in HEIs. Previous to this she lectured in in the School of English, Department of SPLAS, and the Digital Arts and Humanities programme in UCC. She was nominated for a UCC President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2016 and 2017. In 2017 Donna completed an online certificate in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education.
Donna’s research and teaching interests include contemporary American women’s poetry, documentary poetics, postcolonialism, digital pedagogy, critical theory, digital narratives, and intersectional DH.
She completed her IRC-funded PhD thesis at UCC in 2015, titled, Chicana Poetics: Genre and Style in Gloria Anzaldúa and Lorna Dee Cervantes. Recently, Donna was awarded the Runner-up in the Peter Lang Young Scholars Competition in Women’s Studies, and am currently working on my first monograph, titled: Weeder of Wreckage: Documentary and Death in the Poetry of Lorna Dee Cervantes.
During her doctoral studies Donna became increasingly interested in digital and experimental pedagogies, particularly as she received an increasing number of opportunities to design, deliver and examine research-based lectures, seminars and workshops. Donna also participated in a number of digital research projects which developed her interests in digital humanities.
Donna has published her research in a range of OA journals and websites, including the Forum for Inter-American Research, Hybrid Pedagogy, and American Studies Today. Further information about Donna’s research, teaching and other professional activities can be found on her blog.