About Amy

selfie of Amy Li; she has short purple hair, wears wide-framed glasses, and wears a black cotton dress with a silver necklace

Amy S. Li is currently an English Ph.D. student (ABD) at Emory University. She graduated from Cornell University in 2014 with a B.A. in English, a B.A. in Feminist, Gender, & Sexuality Studies, and a minor in Music.

Born in Boston, she grew up in Ithaca, New York, and now resides in Atlanta.

Her research interests include science fiction literature and media, with a particular focus on gender, feminism, disability, and embodiment (e.g. the portrayal of female bodies and representation of prosthetics in cyberpunk literature). Her dissertation project analyzes Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, or, The Modern Prometheus (1818), episodes from the television shows Orphan Black (2013-2017) and Black Mirror (2011-present), the cyberpunk short stories of William Gibson, and hit films Ex Machina (2014) and Get Out (2017).

Thus far, she has taught two writing composition courses at Emory: ENG 101, Expository Writing – “Food, Feelings, and Film”; and ENG 181, Writing About Literature – “Diversity in Science Fiction,” and is currently preparing a literature course for the Spring 2019 academic semester entitled Major Authors – “Shelley, Atwood, Le Guin” (ENG 210W – Major Authors).

She is a digital scholarship assistant at the Emory Center for Digital Scholarship, and currently serves as the center’s social media coordinator.

In her spare time she self-publishes a free monthly zine called RIOT GRRRD, available in print and digital form (contact/join the mailing list at: riotgrrrd@hotmail.com), which focuses on subversive and collaborative media, music, art, and politics. She has also co-created a popular education/educational entertainment project called “Badaptations” which analyzes book-to-film adaptations.