About Me

Headshot image of
                    Cara Marta Messina; she is a white woman with short blonde hair wearing a
                    lavender shirt in a coffee shop.

Cara Marta Messina [she/her]

Research: My overall research and pedagogy concerns the representation and celebration of counternormative narratives. My dissertation will create a Critical Fan Toolkit that fans can use to become more critical in their practices and teachers can use to incorporate critical fan pedagogies.

Current Position: I am the Assistant Director of the Digital Teaching Integration, part of Northeastern University's College of Social Sciences and Humanities initiative to better integrate digital tools, methods, and research in classrooms across the disciplines.

Pedagogy: I received the 2019 Kairos Graduate Student Teaching Award. I have taught First Year Writing and Advanced Writing in the Disciplines at St. John's University and Northeastern University. In my FYW courses, which you can read more about here, I integrate fan practices to empower and engage students so they think critically about how narratives may reinforce or subvert racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, and ableism.

Service: I co-lead the Feminist Coding Collective (formerly the Digital Feminist Commons), which prioritizes creating an inclusive feminist space for people to learn and practice coding. In October 2019, I will also be co-teaching a Girls Who Code course.

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