Kenny Scott Ligda

Academic Technology Specialist, English Department

I work as the Academic Technology Specialist for the English Department.  This means that I work for Academic Computing Services in Lathrop Library and my office is in the English Department.  I work for the English Department and the Library, and facilitate collaboration between the two.  My core focus is the intregration of online technology in education.  I work extensively with the Vice Provost for Online Learning to design and implement online material for Stanford students as well as for open online courses.  I also coordinate the CS+English joint major program, and collaborate on a number of digital humanities projects.


  • Ph.D. Stanford University, English Literature. Degree conferred January 2012
  • M.A. Stanford University, English Literature, 2005
  • Cambridge Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults, 2002
  • B.A. University of Washington, English Literature, summa cum laude, 1999
  • B.A. University of Washington, Danish Language, summa cum laude, 1999

Selected Publications 

Serious Comedy: British Modernist Humor and Political Crisis.  Under review.

“Comedy in the Work of George Orwell.”  Forthcoming in Twentieth-Century Literature, Winter 2015

Nostromo.”  Essay.  Yale Modernism Lab, March 2009

Look, Stranger!  Essay.  Yale Modernism Lab, March 2009

More about me 

I have a PhD in English, two kids, love biking, and come from Seattle.  That's about all there is to know!