Grace Afsari-Mamagani



Theorizing, designing, and managing communities and resources at the intersection of education, technology, and culture.


Hi, I’m Grace.

I’m a project manager, educator, and researcher living and working in New York City. Academically, I’m a doctoral candidate in American literature at NYU, where my scholarship examines relationships between contemporary literature (especially im/migrant and “multiethnic” literature), critical race and feminist theory, interaction design, and digital methods and pedagogies. In short, I work on applications of humanities methodologies for imagining, designing, and building tech-enhanced education resources.

As an instructor in the undergraduate classroom, my interest in thinking critically about how we arrange and design information informs a pedagogical approach that foregrounds epistemology: I use literature as a way to push students to think about how we learn to know things, reminding them that the organization of information is never perfectly neutral or transparent. I’ve taught college courses in American literature, European philosophy, and critical data studies, in addition to K-12 classes in ESL and digital publishing.

Beyond the classroom, I manage and support projects and programs for clients ranging from university-based research collaboratives to social enterprises. My skills and experience include: cross-platform marketing campaign design; user experience research and design, from ideation to testing; Agile & Waterfall project development; community organization and management; art and library collections management; creative asset production and content generation; event planning and execution; and technology integration consulting in higher education.

Whether I’m managing a college seminar or an application build, I strive for a practice that’s human-centered, adaptive, and intellectually rigorous and generous.