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Teaching Associate Professor / Director of Digital Literacy and Communications Lab

2012, Ph.D., University of California, Santa Cruz


Courtney Rivard, Ph.D. is the Director of the Digital Literacy and Communications (DLC) Lab and Teaching Associate Professor in English & Comparative Literature at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

Her interdisciplinary work brings together Composition and Rhetoric, Digital Humanities, and Feminist Studies to study the rhetoric of history as it unfolds in the space of archives. By focusing on the intersection of digital protocols and the rhetoric of archival structures, such as categorization, indexing, and tagging practices, she interrogates how notions of race, gender, and national belonging are produced in and through archival spaces. Her work can be found in College Composition and Communication, Rhetoric Review, Digital Humanities Quarterly, and Settler Colonial Studies. She is currently working on a digital manuscript on the Southern Life History Project, a New Deal initiative that documented the lives of everyday Southerners with special attention to marginalized voices during the Great Depression. She received an Institute of Arts & Humanities Fellowship to work on this project during Spring 2021.

As Director of the DLC Lab, Dr. Rivard leads the development of the lab as a space for innovation in digital pedagogy and digital storytelling. Recently, she received a Lenovo Instructional Innovation Grant to bring gaming pedagogies into Humanities classrooms through the creation of the Greenlaw Gameroom.

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  • Turning Archives into Data: Archival Rhetorics and Digital Literacy in the Composition Classroom,” College Composition and Communication (June, 2019)
  • “Collaboration, Teaching, and Interpretation: Making Data Construction Visible” with Lauren Tilton and Taylor Arnold for publication in DH Quarterly. (forthcoming 2019)
  • “Decolonizing Projects: Creating Pluriversal Possibilities in Rhetoric.” With Ellen Cushman, et. al. Rhetoric Review. 38.1
  • “Archival Recognition: The Pointe-au-Chien’s and Isle de Jean Charles Band of the Biloxi-Chitmacha Confederation of Muskogees’ Fight for Federal Recognition.” Settler Colonial Studies. (2015)
  • “Introduction: Indigeneity and the work of settler archives.” Co-written with Adams-Campbell and Ashley Glassburn Falzetti. Settler Colonial Studies. (2015)
  • “Archiving Disaster and National Identity in the Digital Realm: The September 11 Digital Archive and the Hurricane Digital Memory Bank” in Identity Technologies: Producing Online Selves.  Eds. Julie Rak and Anna Poletti.  University of Wisconsin Press. (2014)


  • 2019 Center for Faculty Excellence – Lenovo Instructional Innovation Grant
  • 2018  UNC / Adobe Course Development Grant, Center of Faculty Excellence
  • 2017 Course-based Research Experience Development Grant
  • 2016 ACLS Digital Extension Grant
  • 2016 Data@Carolina Course Development Grant
  • 2016 Carolina Digital Humanities Course Development Grant

Courses Taught:

  • ENGL105
  • ENGL 118
  • ENGL149
  • ENGL 318
  • ENGL 482

Curriculum Vitae / Resume