Program Officer for Scholarly Publishing and ACLS Public Fellow
Rikk Mulligan was appointed ARL program officer for scholarly publishing, effective July 14, 2014. His two-year fellowship position is funded by the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) through their Public Fellows Program.
Rikk is working with a joint task force of ARL and the Association of American Universities (AAU) to promote the use of the enhanced capabilities of digital technology to move the academy towards new, sustainable, affordable, innovative forms of scholarship. He is assisting the initiation and development of the ARL/AAU task force work within ARL member libraries and facilitating the task force’s consultations with key sectors of higher education. Rikk is also working on other collaborative scholarly communication activities with the academy.
Rikk holds a PhD in American studies from Michigan State University and has a strong background in both publishing and technology. His research is interdisciplinary and he is an author in the area of popular culture. Through his scholarly and professional work, he has been encouraging the move of research and scholarship to an online environment. Rikk currently serves on editorial boards or reviews for Dialogue: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Popular Culture and Pedagogy, Digital Humanities Now, and the Journal of Popular Culture. From 2011 to 2014, he served as a visiting assistant professor in the Department of English and Modern Languages at Longwood University.