Amy S. Li, PhD, is currently the Communications Specialist postdoctoral fellow (2020-2021) at the Emory Center for Digital Scholarship (ECDS), where she also serves as a communications specialist for the National Emerging Special Pathogens Training and Education Center (NETEC). She additionally works as a social media manager for Aviary Beauty + Wellness in Atlanta.
As a Communications Specialist she writes, edits, and coordinates with subject matter experts on original content as principal writer for the official ECDS project team blog and NETEC blog. She also manages and creates content for ECDS and NETEC social media platforms, often consulting with others on best practices and communications strategies for accessible and engaging online content. (See Amy’s resume for more details.)
She graduated with her PhD in English (with a focus on science fiction and embodiment) in May 2020. She was previously the 2019-2020 Emory Libraries/ECDS Graduate Fellow in Digital Humanities, and 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.
Her research interests include science fiction literature and media, with a particular focus on gender, feminism, disability, race, 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 “porridge sf” stories of Xia Jia, and hit films Ex Machina (2014) and Get Out (2017). See Research page for more information.
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.
As the 2019-2020 Woodruff Library Digital Humanities Fellow, she worked on a project to digitize punk fanzines from the Stuart A. Rose Library‘s Atlanta Punk Periodical collection. She was also an Associate Editor of Atlanta Studies, an online, open-access peer-reviewed journal.
From 2018-2020 she served as the ECDS Social Media Coordinator in a graduate student capacity, managing the center’s social media (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn) which she still maintains as the ECDS Communications Specialist. In this 2020-2021 postdoctoral fellowship role, she handles internal and external communications and digital outreach. She also writes, edits, publishes, and makes/edits graphics for the ECDS blog. From 2017-2019 she worked as a digital scholarship assistant at the ECDS, where she successfully completed her digital scholarship internship and provided walk-in consultation help with video editing (Final Cut Pro, iMovie, Adobe Premiere Pro), podcast and audio editing (Audacity), graphics and photo editing (Adobe Photoshop), website design (WordPress), and other digital scholarship/pedagogical projects for Emory faculty, students, and staff.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org), 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. See Projects page for more information.