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 a doctoral candidate in the Department of English 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, NY, and now resides in Atlanta GA.

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).

She has taught three courses in the English department at Emory: ENG210W: Major Authors – “Shelley, Atwood, Le Guin”; ENG181: Writing About Literature – “Diversity in Science Fiction”; and ENG101: Expository Writing – “Food, Feelings, & Film.” See Teaching page for more information.

Since 2017 she has worked as a digital scholarship assistant at the Emory Center for Digital Scholarship, and currently serves as the center’s social media coordinator. She provides walk-in consultation help with video editing (Final Cut Pro, iMovie), audio editing (Audacity), WordPress, etc.

In her spare time she has self-published a free monthly zine called RIOT GRRRD, available in print and digital form (request past editions 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.

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