The Humans of Digital Humanities
James Adams is the Data and Visualization Librarian at Baker-Berry Library, where he works with faculty and student researchers on wrangling and representing their data. He holds a Master’s Degree in Library and Information Science from the Pratt Institute, and was named in the 2016 cohort of Emerging Leaders by the American Library Association. James has taught and assisted with classes at the Claremont MakerSpace and is a volunteer instructor with Software Carpentry, a group that teaches computing skills to encourage reproducible research. To see what James is working on currently, check out his profile on GitHub.
Memory Apata is a Southern-fried New Englander from Little Rock, Arkansas. She is a Music Library Specialist at the Paddock Music Library at Dartmouth College working in Serials Management, Education and Outreach. Memory has worked as the lead teaching assistant for two Dartmouth MOOCs (massive open online courses) on opera and American Renaissance literature. She is especially interested in exploring improvements to foreign language courses online and in the classroom. Beyond Dartmouth, Memory is a freelance actor and musician in theater, musical theater, jazz, opera, and liturgical music.
Jill Baron is the librarian for Romance Languages and Latin American, Latino/a and Caribbean Studies at Dartmouth College. In this role she is dedicated to building and sustaining research collections of note, and to connecting faculty and students to materials, both print and digital, that drive knowledge-production. She also writes stories and manages a catering business in her spare time.
John Bell is a software developer and data artist at Dartmouth College, where he is the architect for the Media Ecology Project and the Dartmouth Research Commons, and the Still Water Lab, where he is senior researcher. His research focuses on creative collaborative processes and has produced everything from utilitarian open publishing platforms to aggressively useless installation art. The diversity of his work is reflected in the variety of places it has been featured, spanning arts festivals including Ars Electronica and ISEA, research groups like DOCAM and Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society, and publications ranging from WIRED to the Chronicle of Higher Education.
Laura R. Braunstein is the Digital Humanities and English Librarian at the Dartmouth College Library. She has a doctorate in English from Northwestern University, where she taught writing and literature classes. She has worked as an index editor for the MLA International Bibliography, and serves as a consultant for the Schulz Library at the Center for Cartoon Studies in Vermont. Her research interests include collaborative learning, the use of archival materials in teaching, and the impact of the digital humanities on teaching and learning. Most recently, she co-edited Digital Humanities and the Library: Challenges and Opportunities for Subject Specialists.
Nicola Camerlenghi is assistant professor of architectural history in the Department of Art History, where he specializes in the study of medieval architecture, with particular interest in the city of Rome and the area of the Mediterranean. He received art and architectural history degrees from Yale University, MIT, and Princeton University. He is currently preparing a digital humanities project provisionally entitled MappingRome aims to create a website and mobile application, which will serve as an encyclopedic platform comprised of multi-layered historic maps replete with dynamic features keyed to a timeline, vetted annotations, patrons, artists, relevant bibliography, historic and photographic images and other data.
Jesse Casana (Associate Prof.) is an archaeologist in the Department of Anthropology whose research explores the settlement, land use, and environmental histories of the ancient Near East. His work combines traditional archaeological survey and excavation with an emerging set of geospatial technologies including satellite and aerial remote sensing, ground-based geophysics, and 3D modeling of artifacts, sites and landscapes. His DH projects include an initiative to make declassified 1960s CORONA imagery more widely available, an effort to remotely monitor looting occurring in the context of Syria’s civil war, as well as the development of new methods for archaeological aerial thermography. Having previously run field projects in Syria, Turkey, and Dubai, he currently co-directs the Sirwan Regional Project, an archaeological survey in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq.
Michael Casey is jointly appointed in the Department of Music and the Department of Computer Science at Dartmouth. He is director of the graduate program in Digital Musics and was chair of the Department of Music (2009-2013). His courses include interactive music and art, music theory, music cognition and neuroscience, sound analysis and synthesis, and music information retrieval. His research lab works on music understanding by humans and machines, how the human brain represents music, theories of music and mind, and neural decoding of musical sound from human brain imaging.
Barbara DeFeliceProgram Director for Scholarly Communication, Copyright, & Publishing, Dartmouth College Library
Barbara DeFelice has worked on projects such the Regiomontanus manuscript, Dartmouth’s journal publishing program, ebook publishing, digital libraries for education, and a review of the institutional copyright guidelines. She advocates for the broader dissemination of scholarship and author rights to reuse their own work. Barbara consults on a wide range of related publishing issues, such as copyright, author rights, open access, and publishing contracts. She helps researchers develop data management plans for grants, and can address other issues in fulfilling requirements for public access to the results of funded work.
James E. “Jed” Dobson is Lecturer of English, Writing, and Liberal Studies at Dartmouth College. He also has an appointment as a Data Scientist in Dartmouth’s Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences. He is the author numerous articles and book chapters on grid computing, scientific workflows, and methods for neuroimaging as well as theoretical accounts of the nineteenth-century phenomenological experience of time, early twentieth-century autobiography, the campus novel, and machine learning and the digital humanities. He has conducted research and written on major literary authors including Mark Twain, Lucy Larcom, Ambrose Bierce, and Shirley Jackson. He is presently team-teaching an edX Massive Open Online (MOOC) course on nineteenth-century American literature called The American Renaissance with his colleague Donald E. Pease. Visit his website at CultCritLab.org.
Christiane Donahue is Associate Professor of Linguistics and Director of the Institute for Writing and Rhetoric. She works cross-culturally and cross-disciplinarily with research groups in the U.S. and Europe. She is currently pursuing inquiry into the effects of globalization on scholarly communication in what has been called our “translingual” future: a future in which all scholars will of necessity work across language frontiers that are increasingly fluid, but many will have to publish in English, no matter their background. Her project maps and indexes scholarship about higher education writing published in languages other than English in 15 European countries; it is the first step of a long-term bibliographic mapping project that will be represented graphically, interactively, and in text.
Mary Flanagan, the Sherman Fairchild Distinguished Professor in Digital Humanities at Dartmouth College, is an artist, designer, and theorist who investigates everyday relationships in light of contemporary technology, with a particular interest in games and play. She is the founding director of the Tiltfactor Laboratory, a research and creation lab dedicated to socially conscious games and software development. Flanagan is a MacDowell Fellow and the PI or Co-PI on six National Science Foundation awards. She holds an MFA in Film and Video and a Ph.D. in Computational Media with a focus on game design from Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London, and is a Professor in the Department of Film and Media Studies.
Steve Gaughan is a Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Specialist with the Research Computing department. Steve provides geographic information systems support, training and development including spatial data analysis, spatial research techniques and cartographic display techniques. Steve attributes his life-long love of maps and geographic information to growing up running and biking on a trail system in Wellesley, Massachusetts designed by the firm of the renowned landscape architect Frederick Law Olmstead.
Lewis Glinert is a linguist and scholar of culture. His published research has a dual focus: Jewish and Hebrew language, literature and song and the language of consumer risk communication, particularly medical and financial information. He holds a Ph.D. in linguistics from London University. His books include The Grammar of Modern Hebrew, Hebrew in Ashkenaz and The Joys of Hebrew, Mamme Dear: A Turn-of-the-Century Collection of Model Yiddish Letters and (co-author Jon Schommer) A Screenful of Sugar: Prescription Drug Websites Investigated. Glinert is founder and cultural director of the Dartmouth Jewish Sound Archive, one of the world’s leading online Jewish audio resources.
Anthony Helm is Head of Digital Media and Library Technologies in the Dartmouth College Library, where he oversees the Jones Media Center and the Digital Library Technologies Group. Prior to this position, he served as Director of the Arts & Humanities Resource Center at Dartmouth. He has a background in instructional technology and media arts, as well as foreign language instruction. Additionally, he has a particular interest in copyright and fair use issues in academia. Anthony holds an M.A. in Japanese Language, Literature, and Culture from the University of Texas at Austin.
Kirstyn Leuner is currently a postdoctoral fellow in the Neukom Institute and the English Department at Dartmouth College. She earned her Ph.D. in Romantic-era literature at the University of Colorado, Boulder. Her research interests include 18th-19th century literature, Digital Humanities, media history, Romanticism, and women’s writing. Follow her research at http://kirstynleuner.wordpress.com.
LORIE LOEB is a professor in the Computer Science Department, Director of the Digital Arts Minor/Grad Program, the Executive Director of the Digital Arts Leadership and Innovation (DALI) Lab. Lorie’s work focuses on information visualization, including humanities works. At the DALI Lab, we design and develop technology tools to help our partners communicate effectively and maximize impact. Before coming to Dartmouth, Lorie was Senior Research Scientist at Stanford University. Lorie is an artist as well as a technologist. Films she worked on won many awards, including two Emmy Awards and a Cine Golden Eagle Award. Films she animated have had screenings at the Museum of Modern Art, the Sundance Film Festival, the NY Film Festival, the London Film Festival and the Whitney Biennial.
In teaching and scholarship, Tomas Luxon has focused on literature of the English Renaissance and Reformation, with a particular interest in John Milton, John Bunyan, and 17th-century English religion and politics. Luxon is keenly interested in technological innovations for teaching and learning. He served from 2004 to 2013 as the inaugural Cheheyl Professor and director of the Dartmouth Center for the Advancement of Learning.
Emily Klancher Merchant is a Neukom postdoctoral fellow at Dartmouth College in the Department of History and Department of Geography. She holds a Ph.D. in History and a graduate certificate in Science and Technology Studies, both from the University of Michigan. She is currently working on a book on the history of demography in the twentieth century, titled “Prediction and Control: Global Population, Population Science, and Population Politics in the Twentieth Century.” The project draws on computational analysis of the demography journal literature along with archival methods of historical research, focusing on the ways in which U.S.-based scientists analyzed and intervened in population growth worldwide. At Dartmouth, Emily teaches an introduction to digital history titled “U.S. History Through Census Data.”
Edward Miller is a historian of American Foreign Relations and modern Vietnam, with special expertise in the Vietnam War. His scholarship explores the international and transnational dimensions of the war, and is based on research in archives in Vietnam, Europe, and the United States. Professor Miller is interested in political and military conflicts in Vietnam and the rest of Southeast Asia after 1945. His first is book is entitled Misalliance: Ngo Dinh Diem, the United States, and the Fate of South Vietnam (Harvard University Press, 2013). Professor Miller is also a principal investigator in The Dartmouth Vietnam Project.
Jennifer M. Miller offers courses on the history of U.S. foreign relations and the Cold War. She received her Ph.D. in U.S. foreign relations and international history from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2012. Professor Miller’s main research interests are the early Cold War, U.S.-Japanese relations, and Pacific History. Her research has been published in the Journal of Contemporary History and Diplomatic History. In conjunction with the Wisconsin Historical Society, Miller is also the author of two oral history collections on the Korean and Vietnam Wars. She is also a principal investigator in The Dartmouth Vietnam Project.
Scott Millspaugh is an instructional designer with the Educational Technologies group at Dartmouth College. He holds a Ph.D. in Italian and Medieval Studies from the University of California, Berkeley, and has published on thirteenth-century Italian lyric poetry and rhetorical culture. He is co-leader, along with Laurence Hooper and Graziella Parati, of DanteLab, which updates Robert Hollander’s Dartmouth Dante Project with a customizable interface that allows users to read across the text of the Divine Comedy, translations of the poem, and over 75 commentaries from the fourteenth century through today. In addition to the Romance lyric, medieval rhetorical practice, and Dante, Scott’s research interests also include the intersection between digital scholarship, technology in the classroom, and experiential learning.
Daniel Rockmore is the Director of the Neukom Institute, the William H. Neukom 1964 Distinguished Professor of Computational Science, and the Chair of the Mathematics department at Dartmouth College. Dan is a member of the external faculty at the Santa Fe Institute and has directed its Complex Systems Summer School since 2005. The Santa Fe Institute is the pre-eminent center in the world for research in complex systems, the discipline that brings to bear computational methods for investigations into the structure of evolutionary phenomena.
Scott M. Sanders is an Assistant Professor of French in the Department of French and Italian at Dartmouth College. Before joining the department, Professor Sanders taught at Columbia University’s French Department and at the Yale School of Drama. His teaching interests include theater and performance, music, and eighteenth-century French literature, and his research focuses on the intersection between music, sound, and theories of sensibility.
Schweitzer’s fields of specialization are American literature, especially early American studies, women’s literature and culture, and feminist studies. Her interests also include National identities and performance, black-Jewish relations, gender, sexualities and cultural representations. She is currently completing a three-year NEH-funded scholarly digital edition, entitled The Occom Circle, a website of documents by and about Samson Occom, an 18th-century Mohegan writer and activist.
Visual Artist Christina Seely is assistant professor in Studio Art. Her photographic practice stretches into the fields of science, design and architecture. Interested in human understandings of time and the natural world, her expedition based work explores global systems, both built and natural, and finds its home in the conversation between the photographic image and our contemporary relationship with the planet. Her work has been widely exhibited nationally and internationally, is featured in many public and private collections, she has been a MacDowell and an Smithsonian Artist Research Fellow, and her monograph Lux was published through the Museum of Contemporary Photography. Seely’s collaborative partners include: Civil Twilight design collective, Unknown Fields Division (out of the Architectural Association in London), and the Canary Project.
Michelle Warren is Professor of Comparative Literature, Faculty Coordinator of the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship, and a Senior Fellow of Dartmouth’s Society of Fellows. Her academic interests include medieval studies, postcolonial theory, and the politics of knowledge. She is Project Lead for Dartmouth’s Research Cluster in Digital Humanities and Social Engagement. Her own research in digital humanities is a long-term effort to understand how digital tools are shaping the medieval archive, currently underway as Remix the Manuscript: A Chronicle of Digital Experiments.
Mark Williams received both of his graduate degrees in Critical Studies from The School of Cinema-Television at The University of Southern California. He has previously taught at USC, Loyola Marymount, UC Santa Barbara, and Northwestern. His courses at Dartmouth include surveys of U.S. and international film history, television history and theory, and new media history and theory. He directed the Leslie Center Humanities Institute entitled Cyber-Disciplinarity. In conjunction with the Dartmouth College Library, he is the founding editor of an e-journal, The Journal of e-Media Studies.
Effective democratization can always be measured by this essential criterion: the participation in and access to the archive, its constitution and its interpretation.
The writer of originality, unless dead, is always shocking, scandalous; novelty disturbs and repels.
Simone de Beauvoir
Any medium powerful enough to extend man’s reach is powerful enough to topple his world. To get the medium’s magic to work for one’s aims rather than against them is to attain literacy.
Reading is going toward something that is about to be, and no one yet knows what it will be.