digital humanities • data ethics • community archives

Christina Boyles

About Me

My work examines the relationship between disaster, social justice, and the environment. Using an interdisciplinary approach, I examine the impact of disaster response mechanisms on communities and envision new possibilities for the future—collective work that informs my scholarship, teaching, outreach, and service.

I am an active researcher, writer, and collaborator. In the last two years, I have collaboratively developed five software extensions and published three peer-reviewed journal articles and four book chapters in field-leading publications including enculturation, American Quarterly, Digital Humanities Quarterly, and the Debates in the Digital Humanities series. I also am the principal investigator for a $325,000 Mellon Foundation grant project, Archivo de Respuesta Emergencia de Puerto Rico (Emergency Response Archive of Puerto Rico), which highlights the innovative disaster response strategies implemented by community organizations across Puerto Rico during and after Hurricanes Irma and María (2017), the Puerto Rican earthquake swarm (2019-2022), and COVID-19 (2020-present).

More important than these numbers, however, is the impact of my scholarship; how it supports my research, teaching, and service; and my plans to continuously grow through this work—and to impact, innovate, and transform the conversations and scholarship happening in my field. Learn more about that work here.