Christina Boyles

Bessey Hall
434 Farm Ln
East Lansing, MI 48824

FacultyWriting, Rhetoric, and CulturesExperience ArchitectureRhetoric and WritingFirst Year WritingProfessional and Public Writing

Assistant Professor
Culturally Engaged Digital Humanities


Christina Boyles is an Assistant Professor of Culturally Engaged Digital Humanities at Michigan State University. Her research explores the relationship between disaster, social justice, and the environment. She is the director of the Archivo de Respuestas Emergencias de Puerto Rico, a project that works with community organizations to collect and preserve oral histories and disaster-related artifacts about Hurricane María. She also is the co-founder of SurvDH, a community that explores the intersections between surveillance and the humanities. Her published work appears in enculturation, Digital Humanities Quarterly, Bodies of Information: Feminist Debates in the Digital Humanities, American Quarterly, Studies in American Indian Literatures, and more.

Research Areas

Digital Humanities, Data Ethics, Community Engagement/Archives, Surveillance and Privacy, Decoloniality, Digital Pedagogy 


Ph.D., Baylor University

Research or Academic Affiliations



Archivo de Respuestas Emergencias de Puerto Rico (AREPR):

“Resilience, Recovery, and Refusal: The (Un)tellable Narratives of post-María Puerto Rico.” enculturation. 32 (Fall 2020):

“Counting the Costs: Funding Feminism in the Digital Humanities.” Feminist Debates in the Digital Humanities. Eds. Jacqueline Wernimont and Liz Losh. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2019.

“In Deep Water: Mapping Silko’s Discussion of Water Scarcity in the Southwest Studies in American Indian Literatures. 30.2 (Fall 2018).

“Water is Life: Ecologies of Writing and Indigeneity.” Studies in American Indian Literatures. 30.2 (Fall 2018). Authors: Christina Boyles and Hilary Wyss.

“Precarious Labor in the Digital Humanities.” American Quarterly. 70.3 (Fall 2018). Authors: Christina Boyles, Anne Cong-Huyen, Carrie Johnston, Jim McGrath, and Amanda Phillips.

Awards and Honors

University News

Responding Ethically to Disasters
Published March 3, 2021 in College of Arts & Letters
While spending a lot of time looking to the past, Christina Boyles has her sights set on influencing the future as she creates archives that provide useful tools, resources, and protocols for…Read now »
Emergency Response Archive of Puerto Rico Receives Mellon Foundation Grant
Published October 1, 2020 in College of Arts & Letters
sky view photo of Puerto Rico
The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded Michigan State University a $325,000 grant to support the first phase of the “Emergency Response Archive of Puerto Rico,” a digital open-access…Read now »
LAE Podcast Hosts Assistant Professor Christina Boyles
Published April 7, 2020 in College of Arts & Letters
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Episode five of the Liberal Arts Endeavor Podcast is now live! Our host, Christopher P. Long, Dean of the College of Arts & Letters, met with Christina Boyles, Assistant Professor…Read now »
College Welcomes 30 New Faculty and Staff Members
Published August 30, 2018 in College of Arts & Letters
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This year, the College of Arts & Letters welcomes 30 new faculty and staff members. They include the following:  Qais Assali Qais Assali, Visiting Assistant Professor and…Read now »