Jo Anne Harris

Dr. Jo Anne Harris

Associate Professor of English

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Dr. Jo Anne Harris is associate professor of English at Georgia Gwinnett College in Lawrenceville, Georgia. She holds an M.A. in 18th-century English literature and a Ph.D. in language and literatures of the Anglophone Caribbean from the University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras. Post-graduate studies include a postdoctoral fellowship and digital pedagogy certification from the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Segueing from extensive research on literary and digital representations of people and cultures in the Caribbean, her ongoing project is the "Virtual Caribbean: A Common Place in Cyberspace." Current research includes development of a student-mediated portal site developed in collaboration with the Library and the Center for Teaching Excellence at Georgia Gwinnett College.


  • Doctorate – literature, language and culture of Anglophone Caribbean – University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras
  • Master's – 18th century British literature – University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras
  • Bachelor's – English – Interamerican University, San Juan, Puerto Rico

Academic Interests

  • Digital and literary representations of people and cultures
  • Digital pedagogy
  • Early Caribbean literary history
  • Irish identity in the Caribbean
  • Pirates and empire

Professional Affiliations

  • American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (ASECS)
  • Caribbean Studies Association
  • Digital Library of the Caribbean – scholarly advisory board (2008–2017)
  • Early Caribbean Society
  • Barbados Museum and Historical Society
  • Modern Language Association (MLA)