Christina Katopodis, PhD, is the Postdoctoral Research Associate and Associate Director of Transformative Learning in the Humanities at the City University of New York. She is the winner of the 2019 Diana Colbert Innovative Teaching Prize, the 2018 Dewey Digital Teaching Award, and the 2018 Digital Dissertation Award. Katopodis’s research has been supported by the Ralph Waldo Emerson Society Research Grant (2016), and two consecutive GC Provost’s Digital Innovation Grants (2016-18). Her current book project, “Sound Ecologies: Listening to America’s Literary Vibrations from Margaret Fuller to Standing Rock,” examines the influence that human and nonhuman sounds and sonic vibrations had on American thought and literature in the nineteenth century before and after sound recording technology. Katopodis records sounds at Walden Pond for her digital humanities project, The Walden Soundscape, an award-winning website that makes sounds at Walden Pond accessible to a wide audience, and calls for a new approach to reading as listening to a text.


Ph.D. in English, Certificate in Women’s and Gender Studies, Certificate in American Studies, The Graduate Center, CUNY, February 2021.
M.Phil. in English, The Graduate Center, CUNY, September 2016.
M.A. in Liberal Studies, American Studies, The Graduate Center, CUNY, February 2011.
B.A. in English and Creative Writing, The George Washington University (GWU), May 2009.


Davidson, Cathy N. and Christina Katopodis, The New College Classroom, Harvard University Press, Forthcoming August 30, 2022.

Katopodis, Christina. “The Music of the Spheres in Emerson, Fuller, and Thoreau: Lyell’s Principles and Transcendental Listening,” ISLE: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment, vol. 28, no. 3 (Autumn 2021): 839-867.

Katopodis, Christina, “A Pedagogy of Self-Care for a Post-Pandemic Fall,” Hybrid Pedagogy, 29 July 2021.

Katopodis, Christina, “Emerson and Antaeus, the Broken Giant,” The Ralph Waldo Emerson Society, 25 May 2021.

Katopodis, Christina, and Cathy N. Davidson. “Contract Grading and Peer Review” in Ungrading: Why Rating Students Undermines Learning (and What to Do Instead), edited by Susan D. Blum. West Virginia University Press, 2020.

Davidson, Cathy N., and Christina Katopodis, “8 Ways to Improve Group Work Online,” Inside Higher Ed, October 28, 2020.

Davidson, Cathy N., and Christina Katopodis, “Trust your students to be active participants in their learning,” Times Higher Ed, June 26, 2020.

Davidson, Cathy N., and Christina Katopodis, “In a Pandemic, Everyone Gets an Asterisk,” Inside Higher Ed, March 23, 2020.

Davidson, Cathy N., and Christina Katopodis, “Transforming Your Online Teaching from Crisis to Community,” Inside Higher Ed, March 11, 2020.

Katopodis, Christina. “Vibrational Epistemology in the Nineteenth-Century American Soundscape: Music and Noise in Walden.” ESQ: A Journal of Nineteenth-Century American Literature and Culture vol. 65, no. 3 (Fall 2019): 382-423.

Katopodis, Christina, and Cathy N. Davidson. “Changing Our Classrooms to Prepare Students for a Challenging World.” Profession (Fall 2019).

Katopodis, Christina. “Listening in the Field: Recording and the Science of Birdsong.” Configurations vol. 27, no. 1 (January 2019): 120-2. [Book Review]

Katopodis, Christina. “Thoreau at 200: Essays and Reassessments.” Emerson Society Papers vol. 29, no. 1 (Spring 2019): 7-8. [Book Review]

Katopodis, Christina. “‘A remaking of the mind itself’: Margaret Fuller’s Pedagogy & Mine.” Conversations vol. 2, no. 1 (2018): 12.

Blog Posts


The Walden Soundscape, an award-winning website and teaching tool that brings an immersive experience to a public audience.

Progressive Pedagogy Group, a guide for active learning on HASTAC.org with a live public bibliography of #ProgressivePedagogy texts.

Teaching Climate Change in the Humanities, a resource for educators created by members of the Ecocriticism Public Working Group, Center for the Humanities, The Graduate Center, CUNY.

“Better Meetings Through Pedagogy,” The Chronicle of Higher Education Prof Hacker, originally posted as “Revolutionary Office Meetings,” Futures Initiative, May 24.

“Addressing Despair in the Classroom: An Ecocritical Approach to Non-Canonical American Writers,” Pedagogy & American Literary Studies Guest Blog Post, May 18, 2016.

“Student-Driven Pedagogy in the Early American Survey Course,” Pedagogy & American Literary Studies Guest Blog Post, May 16, 2016.


American Literature Association (ALA); American Studies Association (ASA); Association for the Study of Literature and Environment (ASLE); C19: The Society of 19th-Century Americanists; Margaret Fuller Society; Modern Language Association (MLA); Northeast MLA (NeMLA); Ralph Waldo Emerson Society; Society for Science, Literature, and the Arts (SLSA); Thoreau Society; William James Society (WJS)

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