Sean is a doctoral candidate in the Department of English at University of Texas, Austin, in the Digital Literacies and Literatures concentration. His dissertation explores the intersections between digital literacy and community engagement theory and practice.

Tentatively titled "Networked Engagement," this digital-born project argues that digital culture offers humanities disciplines innovative approaches to collaborating with non-academic partners but also presents distinct challenges for traditional research and teaching practices to adapt to such innovation.

Sean is currently an assistant director at the Digital Writing and Research Lab at UT, Austin ( He is also a HASTAC scholar and a Publicly Active Graduate Education Scholar with the Imagining America consortium.

Sean McCarthy was a Summer Fellow at the Summer Institute 2011 hosted by UCHRI's Digital Media and Learning Research Hub (

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