Christina Katopodis is a doctoral candidate in English at the Graduate Center, CUNY, a Futures Initiative Fellow, New Media Lab Researcher, HASTAC Scholar, and an adjunct at Hunter College.
Katopodis’s dissertation explores the influences of music, nonhuman sounds, and sonic vibrations on 19th-Century American thought and literature, examining three major Transcendentalist figures, Margaret Fuller, Henry David Thoreau, and Ralph Waldo Emerson, as well as Pragmatist William James. Her research has been funded by a Ralph Waldo Emerson Society Research Grant (2016), and a Doctoral Student Research Grant from the Graduate Center, CUNY (2017-18). Her digital project, The Walden Soundscape, has received a Digital Dissertation Award (2018) and the Dewey Digital Teaching Award (2018) from the New Media Lab as well as two consecutive Provost’s Digital Innovation Grants (2016-17 and 2017-18).
Katopodis serves on the English Program Executive Committee (2017-19), as co-chair for the Ecocriticism Public Working Group (2017-present), as founder and co-chair of Better to Speak (2016-present), an advocacy group for women and gender-nonconforming adjuncts, and as the web developer and editor for the Margaret Fuller Society website (2017-present).