Whitney Phillips

Whitney Phillips

Whitney M. Phillips

Assistant Professor of Literary Studies and Writing
Department of Liberal Studies

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B.A., Humboldt State University
M.F.A., Emerson College
Ph.D., University of Oregon


Whitney Phillips is an Assistant Professor of Literary Studies and Writing, and holds a PhD in English with a folklore structured emphasis (digital culture focus). She is the author of This is Why We Can't Have Nice Things: Mapping the Relationship between Online Trolling and Mainstream Culture, and the co-author of The Ambivalent Internet: Mischief, Oddity, and Antagonism Online with Ryan M. Milner of the College of Charleston. Across her books, numerous journal articles and book chapters, and popular press pieces in outlets like The New York TimesThe Atlantic, and Slate, Dr. Phillips' work explores antagonism and identity-based harassment; the reciprocal relationship between public expression, corporate and state institutions, and technological affordances; political memes and other forms of ambivalent civic participation; and digital ethics, including journalistic ethics and the ethics of everyday social media use.

Teaching & Research Interests

Dr. Phillips' teaching and research interests--both academic and creative--engage with the intersection(s) of digital media and technology studies, communication studies, cultural studies, folklore studies, literary studies, and critical race, gender, and sexuality studies. She is particularly interested in creative approaches to non-fiction (including academic writing), participatory cultures, ambivalent online behavior, television, "so-bad-it's-good" fandoms, computer mediated communication, transgressive humor, and the myriad infrastructures (interpersonal, political, and technological) undergirding the culture industries.