Stacey Berry is an Associate Professor of English for New Media and Digital Humanities at Dakota State University


My area of specialization is American literature, with a particular focus on multicultural narratives and spaces of violence and oppression in the post-1945 American novel. I am the author of a book chapter in Critical Essays on John Edgar Wideman and journal articles focusing on authors Wideman, Sherman Alexie, and Don DeLillo. I currently serve as co-director of the Digital Humanities project The Museum of Fictional Literary Artifacts and the forthcoming South Dakota Humanities Council grant funded project Honoring the Dead: A Digital Archive of the Insane Indian Asylum.

I am a member of the General Beadle Honors Program faculty, the Graduate Faculty, and the faculty advisor of The Alliance at DSU representing the LGBTQ+ and Ally community. At DSU, I created a Graduate Certificate in Digital Humanities starting Fall 2018.




My research work examines multicultural narratives as sites of social protest. The research shows how literary and historical narratives from a wide range of ethnic, gender, and socioeconomic perspectives can both resist and change oppressive discourses.

Current projects include an object-based digital thematic research collection to support scholarly and critical approaches to literature, a South Dakota Humanities Grant to support research and digitization work related to the Canton Indian Asylum, and a book manuscript examining the role of violence in literature.

I recently presented my research work at the Utah Symposium on the Digital Humanities at the University of Utah and HASTAC in Orlando, Florida. I was awarded the 2017-18 Change Network Bush Foundation Fellowship, a program to support my work with students to create and implement system and community change related to diversity and inclusion.


I teach upper-division courses in the English for New Media major, including Digital Collection and Curation, English Informatics, The Evolving Stage, and Senior Seminar. I supervise Undergraduate Research Project courses as well as Honors Capstone projects. I frequently offer special topics and interdisciplinary courses such as Interface, Postmodern Literature and Beyond, Monsters in Literature and Film, Comic Books and Graphic Novels, and Hackers, Hacking & Hacktivism.

Spring 2018 classes include:

  • Contemporary Rhetoric: Hoaxes, Humbug, Plagiarists, and Fakers
  • English Informatics: American Protest Literature
  • Honors Composition: Philosophy through Film
  • Introduction to Literature: The Truth About Stories


Dakota State University, College of Arts and Sciences, 820 N. Washington Ave. Madison, SD 57042