Author Biographies

Karen J. Lunsford is an associate professor of Writing at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She teaches courses in scientific, technical, and health professional writing, as well as graduate courses on new literacies, pedagogy, and publication. She has published on research methods, multimodal research, and international writing studies, and she was the editor of a previous Kairos special issue on Multimodal Research Within/Without/Across Borders. She is currently working on a multi-campus study of the lifelong writing practices of alumni.

James P. Purdy is an associate professor of English and director of the University Writing Center at Duquesne University. In 2016, he received Duquesne's Presidential Award for Excellence in Teaching. In addition to publishing in numerous scholarly journals and edited volumes, he has co-edited four books, most recently Making Space: Writing Instruction, Infrastructure, and Multiliteracies with Dànielle DeVoss and The Future Scholar: Researching and Teaching the Frameworks for Writing and Information Literacy with Randall McClure. His The New Digital Scholar and The Next Digital Scholar collections with McClure won silver and bronze medals, respectively, at the Independent Publisher Book Awards.

Erika B. Carlos is a journalist and multimedia designer. As the Digital Editor for the Santa Barbara Independent, Erika produces videos, photographs, and other visual content for the print and online newspaper. She is interested in local reporting and documentary work that informs and strengthens marginalized communities. You can find some of her work at