Jesse Stommel is currently a faculty member in the Writing Program at University of Denver. He is also co-founder of Hybrid Pedagogy: the journal of critical digital pedagogy and Digital Pedagogy Lab. He has a PhD from University of Colorado Boulder. He is author of Undoing the Grade: Why We Grade, and How to Stop and co-author of An Urgency of Teachers: the Work of Critical Digital Pedagogy.

Jesse is a documentary filmmaker and teaches courses about pedagogy, film, digital studies, and composition. Jesse experiments relentlessly with learning interfaces, both digital and analog, and his research focuses on higher education pedagogy, critical digital pedagogy, and assessment. He’s got a rascal pup, Emily, a clever cat, Loki, and a badass daughter, Hazel. He’s online at and on Twitter @Jessifer.

Recent Work

Jesse has 12 new publications since 2020, including: 3 pieces in Academe: "Care is a Practice; Care is Pedagogical," "The Human Work of Higher Education Pedagogy," and "Bad Data Are Not Better Than No Data." And an edited collection, Critical Digital Pedagogy: A Collection. He was recently interviewed for stories in New Scientist, The New Yorker, The Washington Post, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Chemical & Engineering News, and more. In 2019, a feature about him and his work appeared in the print and online versions of The Chronicle of Higher Education. In the last two years, he's given over two dozen keynotes, including at The Teaching Professor Conference, at ASU, at the "Against Surveillance Teach-in," and more.

In 2021, he opened PlayForge, a game store with a makerspace and classroom in Old Town Littleton with his husband (and help from then 4-year-old Hazel).

To book Jesse Stommel for a speaking engagement, visit my speaking page for more information or contact:
Jamie Brickhouse
redBrick Agency
(646) 281-9041

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