Graduate Student Profile

Viola Lasmana

Status: Pre_Qual

Contact Information



  • NONE Foothill College
  • B.A. English, University of San Francisco, 05/2004
  • M.A. English, San Francisco State University, 08/2010

Employment History

  • Assistant Lecturer, The Writing Program, University of Southern California, 2012-2013
  • Assistant Lecturer, The Writing Program, University of Southern California, 2013 - 2014


Summary Statement of Research Interests

  • American literature post-1945, Transpacific studies (focusing on the intersections of American and Indonesian literatures and cultures), postcolonial studies, digital humanities, theories of the archive, remix culture, and pedagogies.

Research Keywords

  • American literature, postcolonial studies, transpacific studies, digital humanities, remix, pedagogy, archives.

Conference Presentations

  • “Knowledge, Democracy, and the Aesthetics of New Media.” Crossroads in Cultural Studies Conference, Sorbonne Nouvelle University, Paris, 7/2012
  • "Hacking the Classroom: A Roundtable of Lightning Talks." Computers and Writing Conference, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC , 5/2012
  • “The Weight of Memory: Li-Young Lee’s Poetry and the Materiality of Language.” Humanities Education and Research Association Conference, San Francisco, CA, 3/2011
  • “New Media Literacies and Representation.” Digital Media in a Social World Conference, Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, 2/2010
  • “Making Public, and Being Made Public: Dilemmas of Social Media In/Out of the University Classroom.” Co-presented with David Malinowski. The Future of the Forum: Internet Communities and the Public Interest Symposium, The Berkeley Center for New Media, UC Berkeley, CA, 12/2009
  • “(Re)Mediated Intertextualities in the 21st Century: YouTube and the Age of Digital Reproduction.” Literature and Film Association Annual Conference, Dickinson College, Carlisle, PA, 10/2009

Other Presentations

  • "Digital Pedagogy in the Humanities (Participant) ", Summer Institute, Digital Humanities Summer Institute, University of Victoria, BC, 08/04/2012-08/08/2012  
  • "Text-Encoding Fundamentals and Their Application (Participant)", Summer Institute, Digital Humanities Summer Institute, University of Victoria, BC, 06/07/2010-06/11/2010  


  • Book Review
    Lasmana, V. (2009). Review of Mechanisms: New Media and the Forensic Imagination, by Matthew G. Kirschenbaum. Resource Center for Cyberculture Studies. Link to article
    Journal Article
    Lasmana, V. (2010). A Time of Opening: Literary Practices in the Age of New Media and Digital Textuality. Interdisciplinary Humanities: Publication of the Humanities Education and Research Association. Vol. 27:1
    Magazine/Trade Publication
    Lasmana, V. Srikandi's Shadow Warriors: An Interview with Laura Coppens and Stea Lim. make/shift: feminisms in motion.

Service to the Profession

Professional Memberships

  • Alliance of Digital Humanities Organizations, 2011-  
  • HASTAC, 2009-  
  • Humanities Education and Research Association, 2009-  
  • Modern Language Association, 2008-  



  • USC Dornsife Department of English
  • 3501 Trousdale Parkway
  • Taper Hall of Humanities 404
  • University Park
  • Los Angeles, CA 90089-0354
  • Fax: (213) 741-0377