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Dr Kenton Rambsy

[Dr Kenton Rambsy]

Assistant Professor
Last Updated: October 24, 2021
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Education

Education

    • 2015 PhD in English
      University of Kansas
    • 2012 MA in English
      University of Kansas
    • 2010 BA in English
      Morehouse College

Appointments

Appointments

    • Sept 2015 to Present Assistant Professor
      English, The University of Texas at Arlington (Arlington, TX, United States)
      On September 1, 2015, I began a tenure track position at the University of Texas at Arlington as an assistant professor of African American literature & Digital Humanities.

Awards and Honors

    • Jan  2020 Open Scholarship Awards - Honourable Mention (#TheJayZMixtape) sponsored by Electronic Textual Cultures Lab

News Articles

News Articles

    • May 2019 Illinois News Bureau
      In February, PWW published “Lost in the City: An Exploration of Edward P. Jones’s Short Fiction” by Kenton Rambsy, a University of Texas, Arlington professor of African American literature, and Peace Ossom-Williamson, a librarian and the director of Research Data Services at the Arlington campus libraries.
    • Feb 2017 KERA: Art & Seek
      Of the five films nominated for best documentary this year, three of them focus on African Americans. This week, we conclude our Oscar preview series talking about “I Am Not Your Negro,” a film that reminds us of writer James Baldwin’s significance – 30 years after his death.
    • Apr 2016 Dallas Morning News
      It's crunch time in English 3347, only two weeks to go in the semester, and University of Texas at Arlington professor Kenton Rambsy is urging his class to buckle down. "This is our jam, everybody," he says calmly. "We're training ourselves to become better thinkers and writers. We have to be like LeBron in the fourth quarter."

      This is definitely not your mother's English class. For one, there's the subject: Jay Z, the multimillionaire hip-hop mogul and husband of Lemonade-sipping superstar Beyoncé. Then there's the method. While Rambsy and his class of 30 students parse Jay's lyrics for meaning, they also spend a lot of time crunching numbers and presenting the results in graphs, pie charts and other data tools.

      Call it "Big Pimpin'" meets Big Data. In analyzing the stats, Rambsy and his students seek to find the quantifiable elements of Jay's work, from the number of slant rhymes in his lyrics to the geographic locale of the artists he samples. It's a digital humanities course with a hip-hop flavor.
    • Mar 2016 KERA News
      Usually students get to class early to pick a good seat. Get to Kenton Rambsy’s class early and you’ll hear Jay Z’s music playing in the room. The artist is the subject of a debut course called “The Life and Times of S. Carter.” Sean Carter is the given name of the Brooklyn-born rapper.
    • Feb 2016 NBCdfw
      Jay Z is already a force in the worlds of music, entertainment, fashion, and sports. Now it seems he's poised to take over the academic world, as well. This semester, UT-Arlington debuted a literature course dedicated entirely to the hip hop mogul and businessman. It's the brainchild of African American Literature and Digital Humanities professor, Dr. Kenton Rambsy, who believes history will look at Jay Z as one of the great literary minds of our time.
    • Feb 2008 KERA: Art & Seek
      Films that open early in the year are rarely remembered at the end of the year by Oscar voters. “Get Out” is an exception, earning four nominations – including best picture. We continue our Oscars preview series with a look at the film’s lasting appeal — and how it relates to the success of “Black Panther.” Joining us for the conversation is Kenton Rambsy, assistant professor of African American Literature & Digital Humanities at the University of Texas at Arlington.

Support & Funding

Support & Funding

Publications

Presentations

    • May  2020
      Rambsy, Kenton, "Jay-Z, a Gateway Figure to African American Literature & Digital Humanities", Evergreen College Art Lecture Series, Olympia, Washington (Held virtual). (May 27, 2020).
    • January  2020
      Rambsy, Kenton, "Lost in the City: Mapping Edward P. Jones's short fiction", New York, NY. (January 5, 2020).
    • November  2019
      Rambsy, Kenton, "Towards a Critical Black Digital Humanities Pedagogy for Undergraduate, Graduate, and Public Education", Honolulu, Hawaii. (November 8, 2019).
    • April  2019
      Rambsy, Kenton, "The Edward P. Jones Project – A Collaborative Graduate Project", Raleigh, NC. (April 11, 2019).
    • March  2019
      Rambsy, Kenton, "AFRO PWW: Digital Technology as a Transformative Tool for Black Studies", New Orleans, LA. (March 18, 2019).
    • January  2018
      Rambsy, Kenton, "Pedagogies of Excellence: HBCUs and the PhD Pipeline", New York City, New York. (January 5, 2018).
    • October  2017
      Rambsy, Kenton, "#TheJayZMixtape", Arcadia University, Glenside, PA . (October 3, 2017).
    • September  2017
      Rambsy, Kenton, "Experiencing Digital Publishing: The 21st Century Answer to Disseminating Black Studies Scholarship", Cincinnati, Ohio. (September 29, 2017).
    • June  2017
      Rambsy, Kenton, "Black Studies and Digital Humanities", Harlem, NY. (June 26, 2017).
    • April  2017
      Rambsy, Kenton, "Innovative Teaching, Engaged Learner/Learning?, and Digital Humanities – A Roundtable", Columbia, MO. (April 6, 2017).
    • March  2017
      Rambsy, Kenton, "The Life and Times of S. Carter", Houston, Texas. (March 9, 2017).
    • January  2017
      Rambsy, Kenton, "The Production of Black Literature Is an Art in Itself: A Digital Study of the Black Arts Movement", Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (January 5, 2017).
    • December  2016
      Rambsy, Kenton, "30th Bi-Annual Symposium on African American Culture and Philosophy", West Lafayette, Indiana. (December 1, 2016).
    • November  2016
      Rambsy, Kenton, "Looking for the Perfect Beat:" African American Literary History--Technology and Texture", University of Maryland, College Park, MD. (November 15, 2016).
    • October  2016
      Rambsy, Kenton, "Geo-Tagging Edward P. Jones’s Short Fiction", Savannah, Georgia. (October 21, 2016).
    • April  2016
      Rambsy, Kenton, "From Frederick Douglass to Jay-Z", Houston, Texas. (April 8, 2016).
    • April  2015
      Rambsy, Kenton, "The Histories of African American Short stories: A Digital Humanities Exhibit and Presentation", Dallas, Texas. (April 9, 2015).
    • October  2014
      Rambsy, Kenton, "Enriching the Teaching and Learning Environment: UNCF/Mellon Digital Humanities Teaching and Learning Institute", Atlanta, GA. (October 4, 2014).
    • January  2014
      Rambsy, Kenton, "The Black Book: Creating an Interactive Research Environment", Chicago, IL. (January 10, 2014).
    • June  2012
      Rambsy, Kenton, "Black Studies and Digital Humanities", Kansas City, MO. (June 20, 2012).

Students Supervised

    • Present
      Doctoral Comprehensive Exam Committee Member
      Alyssa Compton, For this committee, I offered my expertise in African American literary studies, critical race theory, and/or digital humanities to facilitate the completion of the researcher’s project. My activities primarily involved recommendation of sources and editorial feedback.
    • May 2021
      Dissertation Committee Member
      Kassandra Ramirez-Buck, For this committee, I offered my expertise in African American literary studies, critical race theory, and/or digital humanities to facilitate the completion of the researcher’s project. My activities primarily involved recommendation of sources and editorial feedback.
      Decentering White Space in the Two-Year College English Classroom: A Perspective through CRT, TribalCrit, and LatCrit
    • May 2021
      Dissertation Committee Member
      Terrence Ford, For this committee, I offered my expertise in African American literary studies, critical race theory, and/or digital humanities to facilitate the completion of the researcher’s project. My activities primarily involved recommendation of sources and editorial feedback.

      Specifically for this project, I played a pronounced role with data storytelling and distant reading methodologies. (English)
      Sermonic Figures Evaluated in a Thematic Collection of African-American Homiletical Responses to the 9/11 Tragedy Using Distant Reading Analysis
    • May 2021
      Master's Thesis Committee Member
      Brittany Boisvert, For this committee, I offered my expertise in African American literary studies, critical race theory, and/or digital humanities to facilitate the completion of the researcher’s project. My activities primarily involved recommendation of sources and editorial feedback.
      Race and Social Injustice: The Representations In Children’s Picture Books, 2016 - 2020
    • July 2020
      Doctoral Comprehensive Exam Committee Member
      Terrence Ford, For this committee, I offered my expertise in African American literary studies, critical race theory, and/or digital humanities to facilitate the completion of the researcher’s project. My activities primarily involved recommendation of sources and editorial feedback. (English)
    • Dec 2019
      Undergraduate Honors Activities
      Lexus Mccullough, Below, I have provided a link to the final two projects as well as a description.

      Website link: https://public.tableau.com/profile/lexus.mccullough#!/vizhome/OTRIITour/Dashboard1

      This graphic visualization will analyze where in the world Beyonce most visited during her "On the Run," "Formation," and "On the Run II" tours using a map that pinpoints the tour locations. This data will be taken directly from Beyonce's official site (https://www.beyonce.com/tour/). I will also create a graph that shows the attendance and revenue of each show during those tours. This data will be taken from Wikipedia's site (Formation, for example: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Formation_World_Tour). This graphic visualization combination will track where Beyonce has been during these major world tours to reveal a trend in audience attention and overall revenue. (English)
      On the Run II: 2018 Was the Year for the Carters
    • Aug 2019
      Master's Thesis Committee Chair
      Jade Harrison , As Jade's committee chair, I helped her craft her project related to post 1970s African American women's writers. I also helped her develop a methodology related to digital archiving. I guided her efforts in creating and publishing a comprehensive metadata record related directly to her thesis. I also provided guidance for her when preparing conference panel proposals, presentations, and graduate school applications. Jade successfully defended her thesis and was accepted to the University of Kansas with full funding. (English)
      The Core Four: An Examination of Contemporary Black Women’s Writing in The Norton Anthology of African American Literature
    • May 2018
      Master's Thesis Committee Member
      Terrance Raper, For this committee, I offered my expertise in African American literary studies, critical race theory, and/or digital humanities to facilitate the completion of the researcher’s project. My activities primarily involved recommendation of sources and editorial feedback. (Art and Art History)
      The Blackest Sheep
    • May 2018
      Master's Thesis Committee Member
      Joshua Gallas, For this committee, I offered my expertise in African American literary studies, critical race theory, and/or digital humanities to facilitate the completion of the researcher’s project. My activities primarily involved recommendation of sources and editorial feedback. (Art and Art History)
      Here Now
    • May 2018
      Master's Thesis Committee Member
      Odunze Oguguo, For this committee, I offered my expertise in African American literary studies, critical race theory, and/or digital humanities to facilitate the completion of the researcher’s project. My activities primarily involved recommendation of sources and editorial feedback. (Art and Art History)
      Influencer
    • Aug 2016
      Doctoral Comprehensive Exam Committee Member
      Shewanda Riley, For this committee, I offered my expertise in African American literary studies, critical race theory, and/or digital humanities to facilitate the completion of the researcher’s project. My activities primarily involved recommendation of sources and editorial feedback. (English)

Courses

      • ENGL 3345-001 AFRICAN-AMERICAN LITERATURE
        (Course Id: 104416)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2021 Download Syllabus
      • ENGL 4399-001 SENIOR SEMINAR
        (Topic: Storytelling with Data | Course Id: 104503)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2021 Download Syllabus
      • HIST 5365-001 READING COLLOQUIUM: TOPICS
        (Topic: The New Jim Crow | Course Id: 112338)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2021 Download Syllabus
      • ENGL 5698-039 THESIS
        (Course Id: 104567)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2021
      • ENGL 3347-001 TOPICS IN MULTICULTURAL US LIT
        (Topic: #TheJayZCourse | Course Id: 104418)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2021 Download Syllabus
      • ENGL 4399-001 SENIOR SEMINAR
        (Topic: Beyoncé | Course Id: 104503)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2020
      • ENGL 5327-001 TOPICS AMERICAN LIT AFTER 1900
        (Topic: Black to the Future | Course Id: 104528)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2020 Download Syllabus
      • HIST 4325-001 HISTORY OF HIP HOP
        (Course Id: 113615 | Xlist Coursepre: HIST | Xlist Coursenum: 4325)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2020 Download Syllabus
      • AAST 4350-004 SPECIAL TOPICS AFR AMER STUDY
        (Topic: History of Hip Hop | Course Id: 112142)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2020 Download Syllabus
      • AAST 3347-001 TOPICS IN MULTICULTURAL US LIT
        (Course Id: 104418)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2020 Download Syllabus
      • ENGL 3347-001 TOPICS IN MULTICULTURAL US LIT
        (Topic: #TheJayZCourse | Course Id: 104418 | Xlist Coursepre: ENGL | Xlist Coursenum: 3347 | Mav Course: No)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2020 Download Syllabus
      • ENGL 4399-001 SENIOR SEMINAR
        (Topic: Storytelling with Data | Course Id: 104503 | Xlist Coursepre: ENGL | Xlist Coursenum: 4399)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2019 Download Syllabus
      • ENGL 5324-001 TOPICS IN AMERICAN LIT GENRES
        (Topic: Data Mining Black Short Fictio | Course Id: 104525 | Xlist Coursepre: ENGL | Xlist Coursenum: 5324 | Mav Course: No)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2019 Download Syllabus
      • ENGL 5698-039 THESIS
        (Course Id: 104567)
        Summer - Eleven Week - 2019
      • HIST 4388-004 SEL TOP HIST
        (Topic: History of Hip Hop | Course Id: 105187)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2018
      • AAST 3347-002 TOPICS IN MULTICULTURAL LITS
        (Topic: Life and Times of S.Carter | Course Id: 104418)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2018
      • ENGL 3347-002 TOPICS IN MULTICULTURAL LITS
        (Topic: Life and Times of S.Carter | Course Id: 104418)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2018
      • ENGL 4399-001 SENIOR SEMINAR
        (Topic: Negro Expression | Course Id: 104503)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2017
      • ENGL 5324-001 TOPICS IN AMERICAN LIT GENRES
        (Topic: Lost in the City | Course Id: 104525)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2017
      • ENGL 3340-002 HISTORY OF AMERICAN LITERATURE
        (Course Id: 104411)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2017
      • AAST 3347-002 TOPICS IN MULTICULTURAL LITS
        (Topic: Multicultural Topics in Litera | Course Id: 104418)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2017
      • ENGL 3347-002 TOPICS IN MULTICULTURAL LITS
        (Course Id: 104418)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2017
      • AAST 3345-001 AFRICAN AMERICAN LITERATURE
        (Course Id: 104416)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2016
      • ENGL 3345-001 AFRICAN AMERICAN LITERATURE
        (Course Id: 104416)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2016
      • AAST 3347-002 TOPICS IN MULTICULTURAL LITS
        (Topic: Greatest Beefs | Course Id: 104418)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2016
      • ENGL 3347-002 TOPICS IN MULTICULTURAL LITS
        (Topic: Greatest Beefs | Course Id: 104418)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2016
      • AAST 3345-001 AFRICAN AMERICAN LITERATURE
        (Course Id: 104416)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2016
      • ENGL 3345-001 AFRICAN AMERICAN LITERATURE
        (Course Id: 104416)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2016
      • AAST 4350-003 SPECIAL TOPICS AFR AMER STUDY
        (Course Id: 112142)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2016
      • ENGL 3347-002 TOPICS IN MULTICULTURAL LITS
        (Course Id: 104418)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2016
      • AAST 3345-001 AFRICAN AMERICAN LITERATURE
        (Course Id: 104416)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2015
      • ENGL 3345-001 AFRICAN AMERICAN LITERATURE
        (Course Id: 104416)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2015
      • AAST 4350-006 SPECIAL TOPICS AFR AMER STUDY
        (Topic: Empire State of Mind | Course Id: 112142)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2015
      • ENGL 2303-008 TOPICS IN LIT
        (Topic: Empire State of Mind | Course Id: 104364)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2015

Service to the University

    • Sept 2017 to  Present Committee Member
      Media & Technology Committee
      This committee is charged with making decisions about media and technology in the department ranging from hardware, software purchases, department projects, and technology troubleshooting.
    • Sept 2015 to  Present Committee Member
      Graduate Studies Committee
      As a member of this committee, I review and recommend proposals and recommendations regarding graduate courses and programs. Also, I vote on and recommend policies affecting graduate matters such as academic standards, degree requirements, and admission policies.
    • Sept 2015 to  Present Committee Member
      Scholarships and Awards Committee
      As a member of this committee, I help to oversee the annual scholarship and to ensure the timely and fair disposition of scholarship funds. The committee is charged with publicizing and soliciting applications and making decisions based on the applicants' responses.
    • Mar 2020 to  July 2020 Committee Member
      Center for African American Studies Search Committee
      As an affiliate faculty for CAAS, my participation on the committee was a service to the center. In this role, I paid close attention to what CAAS would need in terms of an affiliate faculty, and made the case for the center. Specifically, I offered feedback on the job announcement letter, and helped to narrow the pool of over 30 applicants down to five semi-finalists. I participated in five different virtual interviews before deliberating with the rest of the committee to narrow down candidates to two finalists. I attended two teaching sessions and provided feedback.
    • Sept 2019 to  May 2020 Committee Member
      Theme IV: Data Driven Discovery
      The certificate proposal relates to UTA's strategic goal of Data Driven Discoveries.We worked collectively to develop key themes for the proposed certificate. In addition, we were able to design key courses with skillsets. Each committee member proposed a course at the graduate level that aligned with a particular theme. I proposed two courses that were approved with the certificate program.

    • Feb 2018 to  Feb 2018 Guest Speaker
      Critical Issues in the Black Community: HIP HOP: The Art and Activism of Inequality (Center for African American Studies)
      The Center for African American Studies presents its 6th Annual Conference, "Critical Issues in the Black Community: HIP HOP: The Art and Activism of Inequality", to profile progressive solutions to social problems and to identify strategies that will drive social change within the Black community specifically and the broader society generally. The conference will also provide students with opportunities to examine their development and role in the community.
    • Feb 2018 to  Feb 2018 Guest Speaker
      Black Leadership Institute Conference 2018
      Black Leadership Institute is an annual 1-day conference hosted by the Multicultural Mavericks, which provides an excellent opportunity for coalition building through a series of workshops designed to enhance leadership skills, educate on the African culture from a historical framework, and motivate students to be successful inside and outside the classroom.

      Based on my faculty profile , I served as a workshop facilitator on the topic of Black Expression that coincided with content from my courses.
    • Sept 2015 to  May 2016 Committee Member
      Task Force on COLA Communications and Marketing
      The Task Force was charged with assessing and casting a future direction for the College of Liberal Arts. This report details the key methods and research for the improvements needed in order to begin building a cohesive, enduring, and forward-thinking identity for COLA. After initial research that involved reviewing and evaluating communications and marketing materials within COLA as well as benchmark institutions, the TASK Force developed recommendations aimed to provide guidance with respect to the following issues:

      • obtaining funds and resources from potential donors
      • identifying how the Humanities fit within the broader strategic plan of the University
      • instituting a comprehensive alumni strategy
      • growing enrollment within COLA that aligns with the University’s targeted growth rate
      • solidifying our brand identity among key target audiences
    • Feb 2016 to  Feb 2016 Guest Speaker
      Black Leadership Institute Conference 2016
      Black Leadership Institute is an annual 1-day conference hosted by the Multicultural Mavericks, which provides an excellent opportunity for coalition building through a series of workshops designed to enhance leadership skills, educate on the African culture from a historical framework, and motivate students to be successful inside and outside the classroom.

      Based on my faculty profile , I served as a workshop facilitator on the topic of Black Expression that coincided with content from my courses.

Service to the Profession

    • Mar 2021 to  Present
      Board of Advisors (Urbana-Champaign, Illinios, USA)
      Publishing Without Walls - Illinois Open Publishing Network
      I provide services in the form of an advisor, speaker, consultant, and as scholar of African American Literature and Digital Humanities specialist.

      My work revolves around three specific initiatives:

      (1) The centerpiece of our activities is an innovative curriculum developed by Marilyn Thomas Houston for a virtual institute entitled “Developing Scholarship in the Digital Age.” This gives us more instructional time and flexibility to offer the program to more people and with lower costs.

      (2) Continuing digital publications, with a focus on projects in the pipeline, out-of-print novels by Black writers; and new proposals from participants in our continuing virtual institutes.

      (3) A focused effort on capacity building to strengthen our capabilities for continue this work in the future.
    • Dec 2019 to  Present
      Board of Advisors (Atlanta, Georgia, USA)
      Post45 Data Collective (Emory University)
      The immediate motivation for the collective is that a group of scholars are separately producing data about contemporary literature, sometimes duplicating work, and this data—publishers; literary agents; prizes; race, gender, and MFA of authors—would be more powerful together than separate.

      We will produce standards and protocols by which these datasets are peer reviewed and thus citable—a (still) innovative proposal for even existing digital humanities publications.

      Our hope is that, by curating and annotating these metadata, we can further enable computational approaches to post45 literature and literary culture, supporting a growing number of scholars at the nexus of these exciting fields.
    • Aug 2018 to  Present
      Editorial Review Board Member (University Park , Pennsylvania, USA)
      The Langston Hughes Review
      I am the book review editor for this journal. In my role, I solicit book reviews from scholars related to Langston Hughes and Black poetry more broadly. I also edit submissions and recommend reviews for publication.
    • June 2018 to  Present
      Workshop Organizer (Washington, DC, USA)
      Howard University Mellon-Mays Undergraduate Research Fellowship
      Since June 2018, I have served as the director of the Digital Humanities summer institute for Howard University's Mellon-Mays Undergraduate Fellowship.

      The Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship is the centerpiece of the The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation's initiative to increase diversity in the faculty ranks of institutions of higher learning. The MMUF at Howard University is administered by the Department of History on behalf of Howard University in partnership with The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The selection committee named the inaugural five-member class during the 2018 Spring Semester. The fellowship is a two-year training, mentoring, and research program for undergraduates who plan to enter PhD programs en route to the professorate. The Howard University MMUF is currently the only independent Mellon Mays Fellowship at an HBCU.
    • June 2016 to  June 2016
      Workshop Organizer (West Lafayette, Indiana , USA)
      Space and Place in Africana/Black Studies: An Institute on Spatial Humanities Theories, Methods and Practice for Africana Studies (NEH Sponsored)
      From June 5 – 26, I had the privilege to serve as institute faculty at the NEH funded “Space & Place in Africana/Black Studies” summer institute co-directed by Professors Kim Gallon (Purdue University) and Angel David Nieves (Hamilton College).

      The institute brought together twenty early and mid-career Africana/Black Studies scholars, graduate students, librarians and archivists as a means of “bringing Africana/Black Studies scholars into the fold of digital humanities through the critical nexus of race and space. The Institute also prepared participants to view Black Digital Humanities as a way to challenge and transform discourse and activities across the humanities.”

      My presentation addressed how geography can facilitate engagements with African American literature and digital humanities. Specifically, I focused on aspects of cultural geo-tagging (similar to my work on writer Edward P. Jones) as I explored 10 short stories by Zora Neale Hurston and Richard Wright and explain how quantitative data can assist in identifying a variety of stylistic features of the South and southern literature.

    • June 2015 to  June 2015
      Workshop Organizer (Tougaloo, Mississippi, USA)
      Faculty Development in the Digital Humanities Masterclass: A UNCF Mellon Funded Institute at Tougaloo College
      Tougaloo College, with generous support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, will be hosting an Education Technology Masterclass, with special focus on the Digital Humanities. The two-week Masterclass will be held June 15-26.

      With my expertise in the area of Digital Humanities, I would participated in the institute as a literary scientist. I engaged faculty in my research as well as facilitated workshops on productivity tools, applications, and trends in the digital humanities and research.

Service to the Community

Service to the Community

    • Dec 2017 to  Dec 2017
      Guest Speaker (Dallas, Texas, United States)
      Dallas Institute for the Humanities and Culture (James Baldwin Masterclass)
      During the month of December (2017), Dr. Kenton Rambsy will offer a three-part class on writer and social critic James Baldwin at the Dallas Institute for Humanities. The course, “A Different Perspective: Reading James Baldwin in the Digital Age,” will draw on various online data sources to situate Baldwin’s life and works within a larger continuum of African American literary history.

      With the renewed attention on Baldwin, this course will use quantitative data and geographic coordinates to explore the literary imagination of the late writer. The course will explore the writer from three different dimensions: as an essayist, a short fiction writer, and “Baldwin online.” The interactive, discussion-based course will provide context in that helps explain the emergence of Baldwin during the 1950s and his impact on African American social thought.

      https://artlibrarydeco.space/2017/11/28/literary-art-dallas-humanities-institute-presents-a-different-perspective-reading-james-baldwin-in-digital-age/

    • Sept 2017 to  Sept 2017
      Workshop Organizer (Dallas, Texas, USA)
      Dallas Institute for the Humanities and Culture (Jay-Z DH Listening Session))
      In this interactive listening session, I'll be sharing a preview of an multi-modal essay I'm working on about the rapper. Over the last decade, scholars have conceived of the “digital humanities” as a way of extending the toolkits of traditional scholarship by using machine learning techniques to analyze literary art. Copyright laws and access to digitized sources, however, are a big hurdle to overcome when trying to conduct text mining experiments on traditional traditional literature. In terms of hip hop, however, there is a large online community of people using technology to compile and organize rap lyrics, in far more advanced ways than in African American and American literature.