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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 support course- and research-based initiatives for students, faculty, and wider community partners that enrich their projects of cultural and digital citizenship. 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.
I completed my Ph.D. in Architecture at the University of Michigan, where I researched issues of participatory politics, narrative building, and the 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-convenor of the IA Hybrid-Hyphenated Group.