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Kush Upendra Patel
As Digital Pedagogy Librarian, I work with the Connected Scholarship team and Learning and Teaching (L&T) unit to develop and support course- and research-based initiatives for students, faculty, and wider community partners that enrich the projects of voice, care, and participation. Specifically, I partner with colleagues in the Library and on campus units to address the challenges and potentials of community-engaged learning and public humanities work in the digital age around such methods as digital storytelling and community archiving. I also consult with faculty and students on community-building opportunities within the classroom through social annotation, citation management, and blogging. In each of these collaborative roles, I am interested in asking how the Library might serve as a critical bridging institution for public scholarship and community-engaged practices that are grounded in the ethics and politics of care across cultural and digital divides.
Connected Scholarship maximizes the impact of the library and empowers learners at all levels by building sustainable, ethical, and mutually transformative relationships between people, collections, methods, and forms of knowledge. As a core member of this team, I serve on the U-M Library Diversity Council, L&T Leadership Council, and Instructor College Steering Committee.
I completed my Ph.D. in Architecture from the Taubman College at the University of Michigan, where I researched issues of participatory politics, narrative building, and social production of space in the radical French architectural works of the “post-68” period. Prior to joining the Library, I was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Institute for the Humanities and the Michigan Humanities Collaboratory, a graduate student Public Humanities Fellow with Rackham’s Arts of Citizenship program, an Engaged Pedagogy Initiative Fellow with LSA’s Office of Community-Engaged Academic Learning, a Mellon Public Humanities Summer Fellow at the U-M Detroit Center, and a Project Assistant in the Art, Architecture, and Engineering Library Special Collections.
In each of these hybrid roles, I extended my education in architecture and the humanities to develop academic initiatives along dialogic and participatory lines, as well support the capacity-building of graduate and undergraduate students in research, critique, and pedagogy. Nationally, I remain active in the communities of Digital Humanities Summer Institute and Imagining America (IA), and currently serve as co-director of IA’s Publicly Active Graduate Education (PAGE) Fellows Program, member of the IA Task Force, and co-convener of the IA Hybrid-Hyphenated Group.