Laini Kavaloski
Department of English
State University of New York at Canton

ACADEMIC EMPLOYMENT_______________________________________

2019- present  Associate Professor of English, State University of New York at Canton

2015-2019 – Assistant Professor of English, State University of New York at Canton


Ph.D. University of Wisconsin-Madison, English

M.A. Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel, Literary Studies

B.A. Edgewood College, Madison, Wisconsin, English

Digital media poetics, twentieth and twenty-first century American literature, transnational Jewish literature/media, critical security studies, game studies, diaspora and migration, graphic narratives


“Redrawing the Historical Past: History, Memory, and Multiethnic Graphic Novels.” MELUS, 44.3 (2019), 209-211.

“Digital Jews.” MLA Approaches to Teaching Jewish-American Literature. Edited by Roberta Rosenberg and Rachel Rubenstein. New York: Modern Language Association Press, 2020.

“Security Games: The Coded Logics of the Playable War on ISIS.” Critical  Studies on Security 6.1 (2018), 100-117.

“Adventures in Augmented Reality: Place-based Game Design in University   Courses.” Teacher Pioneers: Visions from the Edge of the Map, edited by Caro Williams, Pittsburgh: Carnegie Mellon University Press, 2016.

“Contested Spaces in Graphic Narrative: Refiguring Intersecting Homelands through Miriam Libicki’s jobnik!: an american girl’s adventures in the israeli army.Studies in Comics 6.2 (2015), 231-51.

“Territorializing the Good Life: Fetishism of Commodity and Homeland in Nicole Krauss’s Great House.” The Good Life and the Greater Good in a Global Context. Eds.Laura E. Savu. New York: Rowman and Littlefield, 2015.

Bernard Kops: Fantasist, London Jew, Apocalyptic Humorist.” Comparative  Drama 48.3 (2014), 315-18.

MANUSCRIPTS IN PROGRESS________________________________

The In/Security of New Media: Palimpsest, Procedure, Network

This book project argues that rhetorical infrastructures in emerging media forms are creating an alternate conception of territoriality/colonial topography. That is, the structures themselves, the networks, palimpsests, and procedures that constitute these forms are significantly shifting conventional perceptions of bounded territory. In areas of conflict, these digital forms reshape feelings of belonging, military processes, and modes of resistance. In particular, the media forms in this project focus on the relationship between discourses of contemporary homeland and increasingly militarized and bounded spaces of imagined return and redemption in the US, Israel/Palestine, and beyond. A comparative media method structures In/Security of New Media to place contemporary writers such as Nicole Krauss into conversation with emerging literary forms such as a graphic novel by Miriam Libicki, the Israeli activist site, digital games such as IS Defense, This War of Mine and PeaceMaker. Transmedial representations of increasingly global conflict reveal that representations of homeland have become tied to militarized and often sacralized processes of possession and retaliation.

ACADEMIC AWARDS and HONORS_______________________________

2020-present SUNY University Faculty Senator, SUNY Canton Representative for SUNY System Faculty Senate

2019  Institute for Research in the Humanities Fellowship, Univ of Wisconsin-Madison. Honorary Fellow. Declined.

2017 Principal Investigator, SUNY IITG Grant for collaborative Digital Studio and research. $60,000 awarded.

2015 Chancellor’s Dissertation Fellowship Award, University of Wisconsin-Madison (declined)

2015 Innovation in Teaching Award, University of Wisconsin-Madison Campus-Wide Teaching Award (4 given, out of 2,000 TAs on campus)

2014 HASTAC Scholar: Humanities, Arts, Science and Technology Alliance and Collaboratory, Duke University

2013 English Department Summer Dissertator Fellowship Award, University of Wisconsin-Madison

2013 Dartmouth Futures of American Studies Scholarship Award, Department of English, University of Wisconsin-Madison

2013 Hermes World Literature Consortium Fellowship Award, Hermes Symposium, Madison, Wisconsin

2013 Natelson Award for the Best Jewish Studies Student 2012-2013, Mosse/Weinstein Center for Jewish Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison

2012 Lipton Essay Award for Best Graduate Essay in Jewish Studies, Mosse/Weinstein Center for Jewish Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison

2011 Chair’s Essay Prize for Best Essay by a PhD student in English, Department of English, University of Wisconsin-Madison
2011 Bernice D. Kuney Scholarship Award, University of Wisconsin-Madison

2002 Lafer Scholarship Prize for Outstanding Thesis Research, Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel

SELECT CONFERENCE and PUBLIC PRESENTATIONS _________________________________________

“‘An Enabling Optimism’: Affect in Contemporary Jewish Narratives.” Modern Language Association Convention.                              Seattle, WA, January 2020.

“Anti-Colonial Cartographies in the Graphic Narrative.” Comics and Graphic Narrative Circle Panel. American                                           Literature Association Conference, Boston, MA, June 2019.

“Beyond the Screen: Engaging Learners and Transforming Communities Through Location-based Technologies.”                                  MIT Connected Learning Summit, Cambridge, MA, August 2018.

“Transversal, Maker-based Pedagogies: From the Classroom to the Public Sphere.” The Teaching of Literature and the                            Public Humanities Panel. Modern Language Association Convention. New York, NY, January 2018.

“Geopolitical Bodies: Reading Insecurity through Jewish Graphic Narratives.” Mapping Jewish Geographies Panel. Modern Language Association Convention. New York, NY, January 2018.

“Interactive Homelands: Processes of Play and Resistance in Digital Games.” Colonialism and Digital Games Panel. National Women’s Studies Association Conference. Montreal, Canada, November 2016.

“Diffractive Games: The Structures and Logics of the Playable War on ISIS.” War Seminar  Symposium. Colgate University, September 2016.

“Teaching Augmented Reality Games as Historiography.” Games in Education Conference. Troy, NY August 2016.

“Fragmentary Returns: Object Fetishism in Post-Holocaust Literature.” Modern Language Association Convention. Austin, Texas, January 2016.

“Intimate Activist Technologies: Universities, Surveillance and Participatory Mapping.” Performance Philosophy Conference, University of Chicago, April 10-13, 2015.

“Digital Homelands: Refiguring Landscapes and Belonging in” Modern Language Association Convention, MLA Presidential Theme Session, Vancouver, Canada, January 2015.

“Inquiry and Learning Through Mobile Game Design.” Games and Learning Society Conference, Madison, Wisconsin, June 10-13, 2014.

“Digital Homelands: Co-Territorialism in Israel and Palestine.” American Studies Association Conference, Los Angeles, CA, November 6-9, 2014.

“Contested Spaces in Graphic Narrative: Refiguring Bordered Homelands through Miriam Libicki’s jobnik! and Sarah Glidden’s How to Understand Israel in 60 Days or Less.” Graphic Details: Communities of Experience Conference. London, UK, November 11- 13, 2014.

“Messianic Architectures: Fetishism of Territory and Commodity in Nicole Krauss’s Great House.” Dartmouth Futures of American Studies Institute, Dartmouth College, NH June 17-22, 2013.

“Performing Violence and Victory: Kairos and the Politics of Memorial Narratives in Israel.” The Arts of Jewish Memory Symposium, University of Chicago, February 2013.

Organizer and Panel Chair at the National Women’s Studies Association. “Memorial Panel for Shulamith Firestone and Adrienne Rich.” Oakland, CA, November 2012.

RESEARCH AND GRANT WRITING_______________________________

2017 Principal Investigator for IITG (Innovative Instruction Technology Grant).  SUNY-wide Grant to start digital writing lab at SUNY Canton. Includes space renovation, games consuls and software, independent server, moveable and configurable furniture, and writeable walls. $60,000 granted.

2014-2015 Project Assistant, Digital Humanities Initiative, University of Wisconsin-Madison. Assisted with the development of digital studies infrastructure in the university and the English Department including Grant applications (Proctor and Gamble; Adobe; Mellon); built support across sciences and humanities at UW-Madison for an interdisciplinary Design Center that addresses real-world problems through design thinking and interdisciplinary design solutions; and developed English Department collaboration with local communities to develop transmedia storytelling projects.

2014-2015 Project Assistant on Global Midwest Mellon Grant, an interdisciplinary collaboration between UW-Madison, U of Iowa, and U of Minnesota to create community storytelling infrastructures in juvenile justice programs and VA hospitals and other groups.

2013-2018 ARIS (Augmented Reality Interactive Storytelling) International Instructional Development Group. Compiling and creating materials for the accessible learning and teaching of ARIS games for communities, museums, and schools.

2011- 2013 Research Assistant to Professor Susan Friedman, University of Wisconsin- Madison. Assisted with editing, research, and administration for Comparison: Theories Approaches Uses (Johns Hopkins UP, 2014); Provocations: A Planetary Modernist Studies for the Twenty-First Century (Columbia UP, 2015); and Sisters of Scheherazade: Muslim Feminisms and Diasporic Women’s Writing (forthcoming).

2011-2012 Editorial Assistant to Susan Stanford Friedman, editor, Contemporary Women’s Writing Journal, Oxford University Press.

TEACHING ___________________________________________________

2015-Present    Assistant Professor of English, SUNY Canton

  • English 211 Modern American Novel
  • English 214 Contemporary American Fiction                   
  • English 270 Writing, Games, and New Media
  • English 290 Mobile Media Stories and Games
  • English 314 Digital Graphic Storytelling
  • English 321 Ghosts and the Undead: Racial Hauntings in American Literature
  • English 350 Electronic Literature: From Cybertext to Video Games

English 321 Ghosts and the Undead: Racial Hauntings in American Literature: This course focuses on ghosts and the undead in contemporary American literary texts. We investigate child ghosts, haunted houses, vampires, and zombies and their connections to erased and obscured U.S. histories. By probing unspeakable representations of violence and racism that hide in the shadows of contemporary American culture, we begin to bring the origins of these apparitions to light. Events that are central to the hauntings in this course include slavery, the colonization of native peoples and lands, the Jim Crow south, and the memories of atrocities that travel with immigrants to North America.

English 270 Writing, Games, and New Media: This course explores the creative practices and theories of writing in new media through graphic narratives, visual images, maps, and games. Students will learn digital literary and communication skills by utilizing industry design frames like CAT, experience design, information design, information architecture. Exploring the stories and maps of our own lives as well as  local New York archives, we will learn methods for thinking and living in the 21st century while contributing to the future of the New York experience.

English 395 Digital Graphic Storytelling: This course asks how graphic narratives shift from print to digital medium. In order to answer this question, students explore the literary, architectural, interactive, and design elements of graphic narratives by reading and engaging novels, online memoirs, and narrative games written from the 1970s to the present. Students critique several germinal graphic works and then apply their knowledge of this visual medium to create their own effective graphic narratives. The class will design original graphic works in various  software platforms (Google Earth, Comic Life, InDesign, Pixton, Comic Maker) using both literary and design frameworks.

2012-2013 Teaching Assistant and Consultant at UW- DesignLab, University of Wisconsin-Madison. Consulted with students and faculty at DesignLab, a writing center for media projects that supports design arguments and experience design in multimedia platforms using image, text, sound, and data. Led several media design and media assignment workshops for faculty

2010-2014 Teaching Assistant, English Department, University of Wisconsin-Madison

  • Eng 571 Remix, Mash up, and Digital Design in Literature
  • Eng 550 Studies in Criticism: Smart Media and Critical Information Design
  • Eng 177 Stories, Maps, Media: Designing the Wisconsin Experience
  • Eng 177 The Graphic Novel
  • Eng 169 Violence in Modern American Literature

2004-2010 Lecturer, English Department and Women’s and Gender Studies Program, Edgewood College, Madison, Wisconsin

  • Eng 259 Comics and Politics
  • Eng 259 Faulkner and Morrison
  • Eng 250 Contemporary Caribbean Writers
  • Eng 210 Introduction to Literature
  • WGS/Eng 159 Literature and Gender Studies
  • INS 150 The Fairy Tale in our Cultural Consciousness
  • WGS/Eng 150 Introduction to Women’s and Gender Studies
  • Eng 110 College Composition
  • Eng 101, 102 Research Writing

PROFESSIONAL SERVICE_________________________________________

2020-2023 SUNY University Faculty Senator

2018-2019 SUNY Faculty Senate member, Ethics Committee

2017-2018 Teaching, Learning, and Technology Governance Committee

2017-2019 Principal Investigator for IITG (Innovative Instruction Technology Grant). Ongoing pedagogical research project based on StudioLab Manifesto (book project) facilitated by SUNY-wide Grant to start collaborative digital writing lab at SUNY Canton. Includes space renovation, games consuls and software, independent server, VR technology, moveable and configurable furniture, writeable walls, and pedagogical assessment plan. $60,000. Granted.

2017-present Co-editor of Grasse Roots, the SUNY Canton journal of writing

2017-2019 Development Committee and Principal Grant Writer for cross-disciplinary Digital Studio for game design and digital writing

2017-2018 Search Committee for Dean of School of Liberal Arts

2015-present  Co-developer of New Media Writing program and major, (includes developing new courses, justification for major, lab development and so forth), SUNY Canton

2015-2016    Co-organizer of THAT Camp North Country (The Humanities and Technology Camp for faculty of St. Lawrence University and SUNY Canton)

2015-present Professional Development Committee, SUNY Canton

2015  Organizer and director of first annual Global Game Jam, SUNY Canton

2015-present School of Liberal Arts Committee, SUNY Canton
2013-2015 Co-director of Contemporary Literature Colloquium, UW-Madison
2011-2014 Graduate Student Committee, Department of English, UW-Madison
2011-2012 Vilas Research Grants Committee, UW-Madison
2010-2013 Chair of the Jewish Caucus, National Women’s Studies Association

Hebrew (fluent speaking and reading)
French (proficient reading)

DIGITAL MEDIA PRODUCTION____________________________________

“UW-Madison’s Graphic Novels.” Collaboratively created website with 60 students in English 169, “The Graphic Novel”. Digital assignments included leading students to create a UW-Madison graphic novel website with interactive timelines, splash page, book reviews, film clips, and live links

“Remembering a Future: A Digital Performance of Memorial Narratives in Israel,” Smart media project for public presentation using Keynote, Garage Band, and iMovie. Presented at the National Women’s Studies Association, Atlanta, November, 2011.

“All Aboard: Wisconsin Death Trip,” collaborative, interactive Prezi museum project using Information Architecture, Information Design, and Experience Design concepts. Based on Wisconsin Death Trip by Michael Lesy, 2011.

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS___________________________________
2014-2018 Games Learning Society
2014-2018 HASTAC
2012-Present American Studies Association
2012-2018 Association of Jewish Studies
2008-Present Modern Language Association
2008-Present National Women’s Studies Association


Susan Stanford Friedman
Director, Institute for Research in the Humanities
Virginia Woolf Professor of English and Women’s Studies
7103 Helen C. White Hall, 
600 Park Street
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Madison, WI 53706

Michael Bernard-Donals
Vice Provost
Nancy Hoefs Professor of English
117 Bascom Hall
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Madison, WI 53706

Jon McKenzie
Visiting Professor of English
Dean’s Fellow for Media and Design
104 Klarman Hall
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY 14853

Russ Castronovo
Dorothy Draheim Professor of English
7195 Helen C. White Hall, 600 Park Street
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Madison, WI 53706