Kathi Berens

Associate Professor, Publishing and Digital Humanities

Research Keywords:

Book publishing: consumer behavior, literary festivals, live experience/co-presence, book metadata and race

Online learning: digital pedagogy, co-presence, engagement, accessibility accommodation

Digital literature: Instagram Poetry (“Instapoetry”), VR, MR (“mixed reality”), immersive media, open access publishing, videogames and electronic literature


Dr. Kathi Inman Berens publishes peer-reviewed scholarship about digital humanities, contemporary book publishing, and digital literature. She occasionally publishes popular press articles in Publisher’s Weekly and the L.A. Review of Books

On the PSU faculty since 2015.

Academic Awards:

  • Hayles Prize in Criticism, Electronic Literature Organization, shortlist 2020
  • U.S. Fulbright Scholar of Digital Culture, Norway, 2014-15
  • Annenberg Innovation Lab Research Council, University of Southern California, 2012-14
  • Digital Humanities Award nominee: Best DH Project for a Public Audience, 2012
  • Mobile Technology Research Initiative, Washington State University Vancouver, Post-Doctoral Fellow, 2011

Teaching Awards:

  • John Eliot Allen Teaching Award, Portland State, 2020
  • Center for Excellence in Teaching, University of Southern California, Distinguished Fellow, 2006-2009

External Grants:

  • Panorama Project Immersive Media Study, 2020 (Principal Investigator: Dr. Rachel Noorda) Funders: American Library Association, Book Industry Study Group, Independent Book Publishers Association, Overdrive
  • Co-Presence in Virtual Classroom Software, 2013, (Principal Investigator: Kathi Inman Berens) Funder: IBM J-Start Emerging Technologies

Industry Advisor:

  • Portland Book Festival Advisory Council
  • SuperGenius Games Studio: VR medical therapies, immersive storytelling, and mobile web interface design
  • NW Film Center: VR and education

Recent Publications: 

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  • B.A. English
    Tufts University
  • M.A. English
    Tufts University
  • Ph.D. English
    U.C. Berkeley