Letter from the Chair
Derek William Attig
Instructor of Gender and Women's Studies
Specializations / Research Interest(s)
- United States since 1830
- Comparative Women's & Gender History
- Print & Popular Cultures
- Science & Technology Studies
Derek Attig is a Ph.D. candidate in History at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Derek's dissertation, "Here Comes the Bookmobile: Public Culture and the Shape of Belonging," examines the roles played by bookmobiles in imagining, forming, and contesting communities in the twentieth-century United States. In particular, it explores the rise of an idea about community--as "common consciousness" produced by shared infrastructure and shared culture--and the fate of that idea in a century often marked by discrimination, dislocaton, and distrust.
During the summer of 2012, Derek served as a Google Policy Fellow and an OITP Research Associate at the American Library Association's Office for Information Technology Policy, researching and writing a report designed to help libraries adapt to new technologies and emerging networks.
Derek is also the creator and editor of bookmobility.org--a website dedicated to exploring information in motion--and a contributor to LibraryLab, a collaboration between Boing Boing and the American Library Association, and Book Riot.
Derek is currently at work on an article about You've Got Mail (1998) titled "Retail, Reluctance, and the Romance of Big-Box Bookselling."
- M.A., History - University of Illinois, 2009
- B.A., History and Women's Studies - Beloit College, 2006
Distinctions / Awards
- Graduate Student Paper Prize (2013) | University of Kansas Institute for Digital Research in the Humanities
- Graduate College Dissertation Completion Fellowship (2012-2013) | University of Illinois
- Google Policy Fellowship (2012) | Google, Inc.
- IPRH Prize for Research in the Humanities (2012) | Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities
- William C. Widenor Teaching Fellowship (2011) | Department of History, University of Illinois
- John G. & Evelyn H. Heiligenstein Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching (2011) | Department of History, University of Illinois
- Katzman-Yetman Graduate Paper Prize (2011) | Mid-America American Studies Association
- Twentieth-Century History Fellowship (2009-2010) | Massachusetts Historical Society
- HASTAC Scholarship (2009-2010; 2010-2011; 2011-2012) | Humanities, Arts, Science, and Technology Advanced Collaboratory
- Women's & Gender Studies Leadership Award (2006) | Beloit College
- Joseph Ward Swain Seminar Paper Prize (2009) | Department of History, University of Illinois
- Sereno Taylor Merrill Prize in History (2006) | Beloit College
- GWS/HIST 387: History of Sexuality in the U.S. (Instructor, Fall 2013)
- HIST 498: Information in Motion (Instructor, Spring 2012)
- HIST 281: Constructing Race in America (TA, Spring 2011)
- HIST 170: U.S. to 1877 - Advanced Composition (TA, Fall 2009)
- HIST 173: U.S. since 1877 - Advanced Composition (TA, Spring 2010)
- HIST 274: U.S. and the World since 1917 (TA, Spring 2009)
- HIST 142: Western Civilization since 1660 (TA, Fall 2008)
- Hetrick, Ashley, and Derek W. Attig. "Sitting Pretty: Fat Bodies, Classroom Desks, and Academic Excess." The Fat Studies Reader. . Ed. Esther Rothblum and Sondra Solovay. New York: New York University Press, 2009.
- "Time-Traveling Librarians from Outer Spa...from Texas." Boing Boing. 19 Oct. 2012.
- "Thinking Broadly about Publishing and the Academy." Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities. 5 Oct. 2013.
- "Reimagining Folk and Fairy Tales (with Kink, Joy, Nudity)." Book Riot. 20 May 2013.
- "Scandalous Works of Library Art." Book Riot. 9 May 2013.
- "Visiting the Center for Children's Books." Book Riot. 8 May 2013.
- "What Can You Learn from a Bookmobile in an Oil Crisis?." District Dispatch. 27 Jul. 2012. American Library Association Washington Office.
- "Turning Classic Novels into Video Games." Huffington Post. 15 Jul. 2013.
- "Lesbopolis: On Lesbian Activism in Toulouse." Kritik. 29 Aug. 2012.
- "SparkTruck: Taking Making on the Road." Boing Boing. 20 Aug. 2012.
- "Google Fellows Connect over Lunch and Libraries." District Dispatch. 2 Aug. 2012. American Library Association Washington Office.
- "Xbox, Cylon, and Other Words You Don't Usually See in Poetry." Book Riot. 23 Apr. 2013.
- "How Libraries Respond to Disaster." Book Riot. 11 Apr. 2013.
- Attig, Derek. Rev. of Swindled: The Dark History of Food Fraud, from Poisoned Candy to Counterfeit Coffee, by Bee Wilson. Enterprise & Society 12.3 (2011): 435-437.