Rachel Dean-Ruzicka

About Rachel Dean-Ruzicka

Rachel Dean-Ruzicka graduated from Bowling Green State University with a degree in American Culture Studies. Her dissertation covered ideas of tolerance, cosmopolitan ethics, and young adult Holocaust literature. Her interest in digital pedagogy is closely aligned with feminist pedagogy and attempts to decentralize the classroom and create collaborative environments for students. Currently, she is working on two projects: a piece on Alison Bechdel's graphic novel Fun Home and an article covering representations of Neo-Nazis in young adult literature. Despite all the Holocaust studies, she's really quite a cheerful person.

Propose a THATCamp Session!

Plans for THATCamp Southeast, to be held March 9th & 10th, are moving right along.  The organizers (myself included!) are very happy to announce two things: It’s time to Propose a Session!  Please check this link and think about what YOU want to use THATCamp to accomplish.  Then propose something related to it! We are still accepting New Registrants!  We are now accepting applications until March 1st.  If you thought it was too late, it’s … Continue reading

Anticipating THATCamp

Register » THATCamp Southeast 2013

I’ve been a member of the digital humanities community here at Georgia Tech for the past year and a half (+!) and yet here I am, THATCamp-less.  It’s a shame.  I’m ashamed!  THATCamp is one of the hallmarks of what we at the Brittain Fellowship try to do on a regular basis: to get smart people together, learn about the intersections of technology and humanities research, share ideas, and learn how to better communicate them.  … Continue reading

Hate Studies and the Holocaust Memorial Museum


What is hate, and how do we combat it?  Recently, I attended a symposium organized by Gonzaga University’s Institute for Hate Studies and American University’s Washington College of Law.  The symposium was on “Hate and Political Discourse” and was organized by John Shuford and Robert Tsai in honor of the Journal of Hate Studies 10th Anniversary issue that is forthcoming this October.  Additionally, I visited the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum for the first time … Continue reading

Hybrid Pedagogy- Definition and Documentation

Pushing for Definitions along the Fuzzy Boundaries of Hybridity Last week in our Brittain Fellow research seminar on Hybrid Pedagogy, we discussed definition and documentation.  What would an Encyclopedia of Hybrid Pedagogy look like?  What kinds of entries would be necessary?  These were the questions that prompted our discussion. We brainstormed a list of possible entries for an Encyclopedia of Hybrid Pedagogy including types of tools one might employ; the differentiation between hybrid classrooms, lessons, … Continue reading

WOVEN Field Trip

To cap off my introductory week with my new 1102 students I decided to do a field trip. The general trajectory of my first week was a sort of “show not tell” conceptual introduction to the course (with the incredibly important yet always boring syllabus day in the middle). In order to introduce course concepts we watched and discussed a brief excerpt of Kwame Anthony Appiah‘s section from The Examined Life.  This served to define … Continue reading

Notes from National Women’s Studies Association

Normally, I would sit down to write a blog of this sort saying I’d “just returned” from a particular conference.  However, that language doesn’t really work this year as I was lucky enough to move to Atlanta just before this year’s National Women’s Studies Association annual conference.  This year it was a 20 minute train ride (and an hour getting lost my first day—the Sheraton is hard to find!)  Good location luck aside, I thought … Continue reading

D-Ped 10/12/11 The Digital Divide

Hello all, The digital divide!  This week we  question how issues of power, privilege, and access intersect and collide with categories like race and class.  While “the digital divide” is commonly discussed in terms of global access, we would like to limit our examination of the phenomenon to America for this session. There are, of course, ongoing debates whether or not the digital divide exists, such as these two brief articles: The Digital Divide: Where … Continue reading

Hello! (Better Late than Never!)

Another new Britt!   I’m excited to be here at Georgia Tech this fall, and looking forward to working with the group of students I have this semester.  As promised, they are a great bunch (although we’re still in the honeymoon phase pre-grading!)  Prior to arriving here I taught writing and literature at Colorado State University and women’s studies and literature at Bowling Green State University.  The student demographic at Tech is both similar to … Continue reading