As we ramp up to the release of our first issue (stay tuned for an upcoming release date announcement), I wanted to introduce you to our roster of digitalcultureweek authors. I’d also like to invite you to take a look at last week’s post announcing the formation of DCW and consider becoming a contributor yourself!
Matt Burton is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Michigan’s School of Information. His dissertation project concerns the use of blogs within the realm of humanities scholarly communication—in particular how the Digital Humanties (re)configures traditional understandings of scholarship, publishing, and communication. Matt has experience as a software developer, having worked on Zotero at George Mason University’s Center for History and New Media and as an information security engineer (i.e. l337 haxor). He also has an extensive background studying the long-term production and management of scientific data within the field of ecology. He’s deeply invested in sociological questions about how communities (especially scholarly ones) interact with technology and how their discourse and behavior change as a result of these interactions.
Daniel Chamberlain is the Director of the Center for Digital Learning and Research at Occidental College. He teaches courses on emergent media and leads efforts to advance digital scholarship across disciplines at the College. In addition to his own teaching and research, Daniel works with faculty to explore new ways of teaching with media technologies in and out of the classroom, to consider how their research and publication strategies might benefit from networked collaboration and open access platforms, and to partner with colleagues and projects at other institutions. Daniel serves on the HASTAC Steering Committee and is the Technical Editor of the Archive Journal.
Brian Croxall is a CLIR Postdoctoral Fellow and the Emerging Technologies Librarian in the Robert W. Woodruff Library at Emory University. In this position, he is helping to establish the new, Mellon Foundation-sponsored Digital Scholarship Commons (DiSC). Along with developing and managing digital scholarship projects in collaboration with faculty, graduate students, librarians, developers, and more, he teaches a new undergraduate “Introduction to Digital Humanities” and works to integrate digital technologies into the whole of the library. His interests in the digital humanities include visualizing geospatial and temporal data as well as integrating digital approaches into pedagogy. He has also co-edited a journal issue on the subject of steampunk, contributed to the #alt-academy project, and The Chronicle of Higher Education’s group blog ProfHacker. Elsewhere on the web, he has been known to use Twitter and Zotero.
Korey Jackson (@koreybjackson) is a Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) Fellow at the University of Michigan’s MPublishing, a Press-Library collaboration designed to rethink (and rewrite) the future of scholarly publishing. Currently he is working in the Publishing Services & Outreach division on a range of digital humanities publishing initiatives and programs. He also serves as the communications coordinator for U-M Press’s digitalculturebooks imprint.
Shana Kimball is Interim Director of MPublishing and Head of Publishing Services, Outreach & Strategic Development. She is broadly responsible for representing and promoting the capacity of MPublishing to the University of Michigan campus, potential external partners, and beyond. She recommends, develops and pilots new services and imprints, and assists in creating plans for locating those imprints and services permanently in MPublishing. Shana is also the editor of The Journal of Electronic Publishing. You can find her on Twitter, LinkedIn, and delicious.
Aaron McCollough is the Librarian for English Language and Literature and Comparative Literature at the University of Michigan’s Hatcher Graduate Library. He has a PhD in English Literature from the University of Michigan and an MFA in creative writing from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. Aaron was previously the Project Outreach Librarian for the Text Creation Partnership (TCP), which converts early modern texts from Early English Books Online, Eighteenth Century Collections Online, and the Evans Early American Imprints into machine-readible, TEI-compliant text. He is co-convener, with Korey Jackson and Justin Joque, of U-M’s Digital Scholarship Special Interest Group (digSIG). McCollough’s books include an edited volume of early 20th Century interviews with the Gullah inhabitants of Murrells Inlet, South Carolina called Coming Through: Voices of a South Carolina Gullah Community from WPA Oral Histories (University of South Carolina Press, 2008). His published poetry collections include: Underlight (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2012); No Grave Can Hold My Body Down (Ahsahta Press, 2011); Little Ease (Ahsahta Press, 2006); Double Venus (Salt,2003); and Welkin (Ahsahta Press,2002).
Miriam Posner (@miriamkp) is the Digital Humanities program coordinator at the University of California, Los Angeles, where she teaches, advises students, and helps guide this new interdisciplinary program. Her Ph.D., in Film Studies and American Studies, is from Yale University, and her specialization is in the visual culture of medicine. She can also be found at miriamposner.com.
Mark Sample (@samplereality) teaches and researches contemporary literature and new media in the Department of English at George Mason University. A vocal practitioner and critic of the digital humanities, Professor Sample has contributed to Hacking the Academy (University of Michigan Press) and Debates in the Digital Humanities (University of Minnesota Press). Forthcoming work will appear in Digital Humanities Quarterly, as well as in 10 PRINT CHR$(205.5+RND(1)); : GOTO 10 (MIT Press). Sample’s research often combines critical code studies, platform studies, and new media studies, as well as more traditional forms of literary and textual scholarship to understand digital objects. He is a regular contributor to ProfHacker, a feature at the Chronicle for Higher Education that focuses on pedagogy and scholarly productivity. He also writes for Play the Past, a collaboratively edited scholarly blog that explores the intersection of cultural heritage and games.
Tom Scheinfeldt (@foundhistory) is Director-at-Large of the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media (CHNM) and Research Assistant Professor of History in the Department of History and Art History at George Mason University. For more than a decade, Tom has provided strategic vision for CHNM and has directed many of its award-winning digital humanities projects, including THATCamp, Omeka, and the September 11 Digital Archive. In addition to his duties at CHNM, Tom is President of the Corporation for Digital Scholarship, the organization behind Zotero Storage and Omeka.net. Tom is a contributor to Debates in Digital Humanities (University of Minnesota Press) and co-editor of Hacking the Academy (University of Michigan Press). Tom blogs about digital humanities and the business of digital humanities at Found History and co-hosts the Digital Campus podcast with his colleagues Dan Cohen, Amanda French, and Mills Kelly.
Ed Whitley (@EdwardWhitley) is Associate Professor of English and Director of American Studies at Lehigh University. A scholar of Walt Whitman and nineteenth-century American Literature, he recently published American Bards: Walt Whitman and Other Unlikely Candidates for National Poet. Within the field of the digital humanities, he published an essay on information visualization in the University of Michigan Press volume, The American Literature Scholar in the Digital Age, co-directs The Vault at Pfaff’s with Robert Weidman, and received an NEH Digital Initiatives Start-Up Grant with Andrew Jewell. He is also a member of the Compatible Data Initiative and serves on the editorial board for Archive.
Roger Whitson is an Assistant Professor of 19th Century British and Anglophone Literature at Washington State University. Before his appointment at WSU, he worked at the Digital Scholarship Commons at Emory University and in the Marion L. Brittain Fellowship at Georgia Tech. He is primarily interested in the relationship between digital media, literature, and visual culture, and also gets really excited about open access, open source, linked open data, and forms of digital textual analysis like topic modeling, and network relational mapping. He is also interested in the ways that teaching can become a form of scholarship, and the uses of digital technology in achieving that synthesis. Finally, he enjoys discussing issues like #altac, and the way that graduate education should adapt to the new challenges academia faces in the 21st century. He’s currently finishing a book entitled William Blake and the Digital Humanities: Collaboration, Participation, and Social Media that explores Blake’s art as a form of proto-social media that entices his audiences to adapt his work into new creative media forms.