Annette Vee

  • Associate Professor, Department of English

Annette Vee is Associate Professor of English and Director of the Composition Program, where she teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in writing, digital composition, materiality, and literacy. Her teaching, research and service all dwell at the intersections between computation and writing. She is the author of Coding Literacy: How Computer Code is Changing Writing (MIT Press, 2017), which demonstrates how the theoretical tools of literacy can help us understand computer programming in its historical, social and conceptual contexts. Her work is read inuniversity courses in literacy, composition, textual studies, digital humanities, and computer science education.

Current projects consider: the history of the Basic programming language; how blockchain technology affects rhetorics of trust; and how computational algorithms that write and read are affecting human writers and relationships. Past work relevant to the Center for Governance and Markets has explored: the role of bots online to spread fake news; the connections between computation and rhetoric; NFTs and scarcity; and the strange status of computer code as a form of writing protected by both copyright and patent law.

Recent media appearances or videos of talks include a panel conversation on “AI & Ethics in Creativity,” for City of Asylum, a talk for The Future of Law in Technology and Governance series on “NFTs, Digital Scarcity, and the Computational Aura,” a keynote on “Coding and Literacy Connections” for Jornadas Argentinas de Didáctica de las Ciencias de la Computación (a virtual computer science education conference in Argentina), and a PopLife podcast interview on “Welcome to NFT 101.” 

Visit her website for syllabi and other examples of her work. Downloads are available on Pitt’s institutional repository and further citations here:

Education & Training

  • University of Wisconsin-Madison. PhD, English, Program in Composition and Rhetoric, 2010
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison. MA, English, Program in Literary Studies, 2004
  • Princeton University. BA, English, cum laude, 1999
  • Certificates in African American Studies and High School English Education