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Helen Burgess


Department of English

Tompkins Hall 237A


Helen J Burgess is Associate Professor of English. She received her BA(Hons) and MA(Dist.) in English Language and Literature from Victoria University of Wellington, in New Zealand, and her PhD in English from West Virginia University. She has previously taught at Washington State University-Vancouver and UMBC.

Dr Burgess is active in the new media research community as editor of the online journal Hyperrhiz: New Media Cultures, technical editor of Rhizomes: Cultural Studies in Emerging Knowledge, and editorial board member for thresholds journal. She is also on the Board of Directors of the Electronic Literature Organization, and co-editor of Hyperrhiz Electric, a monograph series for born-digital multimedia and digital humanities projects.

Office Hours

  • Thu: 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Or By Appointment


Research Publications

Major works include Red Planet: Scientific and Cultural Encounters with Mars (2000) and Biofutures: Owning Body Parts and Information (2008), both titles published in the Mariner10 interactive DVD-Rom series at the University of Pennsylvania Press, and Highways of the Mind (2015) an interactive book for iPad from Penn Press coauthored with Jeanne Hamming, as well as The Routledge Research Companion to Digital Medieval Literature (2018) coedited with Jen Boyle.

She recently completed a digital humanities project, Intimate Fields, for publication in the University of Victoria’s Kits for Culture Series with fellow NCSU faculty member Margaret Simon.


B.A. English Language and Literature Victoria University of Wellington 1993

M.A. English Language and Literature Victoria University of Wellington 1997

Ph.D. English West Virginia University 2003

Area(s) of Expertise

Digital humanities, electronic literature, multimodal composition, critical code studies, multimedia and web development, feminist crafting.