Meet our New Faculty!

Amy Fatzinger, Affiliate Faculty

Amy Fatzinger, Ph.D. (American Indian Studies, University of Arizona, 2008) is an Associate Professor in American Indian Studies.  She currently serves as the Director of Undergraduate Studies for AIS and as the Associate Curator for the University of Arizona's American Indian Film Gallery (, a collection of more than 400 historic films by and about Indigenous people.  Dr. Fatzinger primarily teaches courses in American Indian cinema and American Indian literature, including American Indians in Film; Ancient and Contemporary Voices; and Mixed Media Storytelling, a course that explores Indigenous narratives that have been adapted for the screen.  Her research also focuses on Indigenous adaptations and representations of American Indians in literature and film.  

Select Publications

“Amid the Mockingbird’s Laughter:  Non-Indian Removals in Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Depression-Era Novels.”  Western American Literature 52.2 (2017): 181-212.

“Echoes of Celilo Falls and Native Voices in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.”  Mosaic:  A Journal for the Interdisciplinary Study of Literature 50.2 (2017): 117-132.

Winter in the Blood:  A Case for Maintaining Cultural Content in Adaptations of Indigenous Stories.” Adaptation (Spring 2016).  Advance access digital copy available at: doi:10.1093/adaptation/apw025.

“‘Can you imagine a real, live Indian right here in Walnut Grove?’:  American Indians in Television Adaptations of Little House on the Prairie.”  Dialogue:  The International Journal of Popular Culture and Pedagogy 2:1 (2014): n. pag. Web.

“Little House in a Big Depression: The Little House Narrative as Depression-Era Children’s Literature.”  Twentieth Century Literary Criticism:  Laura Ingalls Wilder.  Ed. Lawrence J. Trudeau. Vol. 344.  Farmington Hills, MI: Gale, 2017.  266-282.

“Expectations and Exceptions in the Women of the Little House: The Little House Texts as a Woman’s Frontier Narrative.”  Twentieth Century Literary Criticism:  Laura Ingalls Wilder.  Ed. Lawrence J. Trudeau. Vol. 344.  Farmington Hills, MI: Gale, 2017.  282-296.



Ann Shivers-McNair

Ann Shivers-McNair is Assistant Professor and Director of Professional and Technical Writing in the Department of English at the University of Arizona. Her research and teaching interests are situated at the intersection of technical communication, computers and composition, and human-computer interaction. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in such journals as Technical Communication, Computers and Composition, Kairos: Rhetoric, Technology, and Pedagogy, and College Composition and Communication, as well as edited collections and conference proceedings. Her current projects include a monograph on professional communication in makerspaces and a collaborative digital project on social justice and community action. She also serves as associate director and affiliate researcher at Sites of Translation User-Experience Research Center ( She completed her PhD at the University of Washington, where she specialized in rhetoric, composition, and professional communication and was an assistant writing program director. Previously, she was an instructor and coordinator of basic writing at the University of Southern Mississippi. 


Judd Ruggill, Affiliate Faculty

Judd Ruggill joined the University of Arizona in 2016 as part of the Computational Media Cluster initiative. He is an Associate Professor and Department Head of Public and Applied Humanities, and an affiliate faculty member of the Department of English, the School of Information, the School of Theatre, Film & Television, and the Graduate Interdisciplinary Program in Social, Cultural, and Critical Theory. From 2008-2016, he was a faculty member in the School of Social and Behavioral Sciences at Arizona State University and a member of the graduate faculty of the Department of English, the Hugh Downs School of Human Communication, the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, and the New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences. He holds a PhD in Comparative Cultural and Literary Studies from the University of Arizona (2005), and co-directs the Learning Games Initiative, a transdisciplinary, inter-institutional research group he co-founded in 1999 to study, teach with, build, and archive computer games.

Dr. Ruggill's research and teaching interests center on mass media history, theory, and business, with a particular emphasis on computer game technologies, play, and cultures.

His essays have appeared in a variety of journals and anthologies, and his books include Inside the Video Game Industry: Game Developers Talk About the Business of Play (Routledge, 2017), Tempest: Geometries of Play (U. of Michigan, 2015), AZ 100 Indie Film: A State of Arizona Centennial Celebration (Confluencenter/AZMAC, 2012), Gaming Matters:

Art, Science, Magic, and the Computer Game Medium (U. of Alabama, 2011), The Computer Culture Reader (CSP, 2009), and Fluency in Play:

Computer Game Design for Less Commonly Taught Language Pedagogy (CERCLL, 2008).


Ragini Tharoor Srinivasan

Ragini Tharoor Srinivasan joins the University of Arizona as an Assistant Professor of English. She holds a B.A. in Literature from Duke University and a Ph.D. in Rhetoric with an emphasis in Women, Gender, and Sexuality from the University of California, Berkeley. Trained as an interdisciplinary cultural theorist, Srinivasan's recent publications include work on South Asian Anglophone literatures and travel writing, museum exhibits, digital archives, anticolonial rhetorics, the institutional history of Postcolonial Studies, and an experiment in cross-generational dialogue. Her current book project is a study of the literary and critical discourses on an emergent, global India in the “Asian” 21st century. 

Srinivasan has recent or forthcoming essays in journals of Comparative Literature (Comparative Literature Studies; The Comparatist), South Asian Studies (South Asian Review), Media Studies (Studies in South Asian Film and Media), Asian/American Studies (Verge: Studies in Global Asias), Women's Studies (Women and Performance), and Urban Studies (Room One Thousand)--in addition to edited volumes and academic review forums like post45 Contemporaries, Qui Parle, and Public Books. 

 She is on the Academic Council of the South Asian American Digital Archive and is an invited contributor to MLA’s Teaching Options series and the Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Literature. A former journalist and editor of India Currents magazine, she wrote an award-winning, syndicated personal essay column for 15 years. Her work has been published in over two dozen journalistic venues in the United States, United Kingdom, and South Asia, including, LA Review of Books, openDemocracy, The Caravan, and Himal Southasian.  

Before coming to UA, Srinivasan taught at UC Berkeley, where she won two teaching awards, and the University of Nevada, Reno, where her first batch of graduate students gave her the delightfully named EGO award (English Graduate Organization award) for best seminar. 

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