Jessica Lu

Jessica Lu received her Ph.D. in communication from the University of Maryland, College Park, where she now serves as a Postdoctoral Associate to the African American History, Culture, and Digital Humanities (AADHum) initiative and a Research Educator in the First-Year Innovation & Research Experience (FIRE) program. Trained as a rhetorical historian, she studies the history of ideas through analysis of public discourse, with a focus on black resistance and (re)invention. In both her research and teaching, she seeks to enrich humanist inquiry with digital tools and methods, while also interrogating how digital practices can sustain erasure, exclusion, and racial violence. She is currently working on a book project that amplifies and analyzes how black and African Americans create and engage in digital spaces that resist oppression, argue for freedom, and centralize blackness and black lives.

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