Hello my name is Whitney Phillips.
I have a BA in Philosophy (Humboldt State University, 2004), an MFA in Creative Writing (Emerson College, 2007), and in 2012 received my PhD in English with Folklore structured emphasis (digital culture focus) from the University of Oregon. I am currently an Assistant Professor of Literary Studies and Writing at Mercer University.
My academic research focuses on digital media and technology studies, communication studies, cultural studies, folklore studies, literary studies, and critical race, gender, and sexuality studies. I’m the author of This is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things: Mapping the Relationship between Online Trolling and Mainstream Culture (2015). My second book, co-authored with my ongoing collaborator Ryan Milner of the College of Charleston, is titled The Ambivalent Internet and will be released in the US on June 6.
I tweet at @wphillips49 and can be contacted there. Please direct media requests specifically related to trolling to David Weininger at MIT Press: firstname.lastname@example.org. Requests related to online ambivalence or humor or anything connected to the new book should be directed to Polity Press. For UK or European requests, please contact Emma Longstaff, Emma.Longstaff@politybooks.com; for US requests, contact Lucas Jones, email@example.com.
On and a note on this blog, it’s more of a graduate school time capsule.
(Oh, and why “billions and billions?”)