Hi! I'm Amy Hildreth Chen.
As an alternative-academic, I research, teach, and serve in both academic libraries (my job) and literature (my field).
In the four years since I earned my doctorate, I've moved twice, worked three different jobs, taught myself game design and quantitative methods, and written two books. The first book, Miracle and Mystery: A Guide to the Wade Hall Collection, is forthcoming from NewSouth Books. The second book, Archival Bodies: The American Literary Collections Market since 1944, is due to a university press in June 2018. Plus, I've given workshops at the Iowa Writers' Workshop and Columbia University and even chatted on Iowa Public Radio.
As a result, I know that the humanities are as vibrant as ever, but what they require now is the determination to do humanities differently: to occupy changing roles, negotiate new methodologies, and reach out to wider audiences.