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John D. M. Arnold John D. M. Arnold is research assistant professor in the Department of Social Sciences at Michigan Technological University, and is a licensed architect working on a diversity of projects in Michigan and Wisconsin. His design interests lie at the intersection of creating sustainable and meaningful built environments and the study of the use and reuse of the living postindustrial landscape.

Christina Boyles Christina Boyles is assistant professor of writing, rhetoric, and American cultures at Michigan State University. She is the founder of the Hurricane Memorial project ( and the cofounder of the Makers by Mail project ( Her research explores the relationship between surveillance, social justice, and the environment. Her published work appears in the Southern Literary Journal, the South Central Review, and Plath Profiles, and her forthcoming work will appear in the next two iterations of the Debates in the Digital Humanities series, as well as Digital Humanities Quarterly and Studies in American Indian Literatures.

Ruth Nicole Brown Ruth Nicole Brown is associate professor in gender and women's studies and education policy, organization, and leadership at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She has authored two books: Black Girlhood Celebration: Toward a Hip Hop Feminist Pedagogy (Peter Lang Press, 2009) and Hear Our Truths: The Creative Potential of Black Girlhood (University of Illinois Press, 2013).

Jordan Buysse Jordan Buysse is a doctoral candidate in English at the University of Virginia. His dissertation, "The Word and the Bit: Information in 20th/21st Century Fiction," joins the recent history of the term information with literary aesthetics in order to assess the legacy and future of the technologized word. His teaching in the English department includes such courses as The Literature of Artificial Intelligence and Writing about the Internet.

Genevieve Carpio Genevieve Carpio is assistant professor of Chicana and Chicano studies at the University of California, Los Angeles. Her interests include relational ethnic studies, twentieth-century US history, space and place, and the digital humanities. Her book, Collisions at the Crossroads: How Place and Mobility Make Race, is forthcoming by the University of California Press in 2019. Her previous digital humanities work can be found in Information, Communication and Society and Boom California.

Alicia Caticha Alicia Caticha is a doctoral candidate in the history of art and architecture at the University of Virginia. Her dissertation, "Étienne-Maurice Falconet and the Matter of Sculpture: Marble, Porcelain, and Sugar in Eighteenth-Century Paris," understands the sculptor Falconet as a key interlocutor between Enlightenment aesthetic theory and artisanal production outside the Academic sphere.

Marika Cifor Marika Cifor is assistant professor of information science in the School of Informatics, Computing and Engineering at Indiana University, Bloomington. She holds a doctorate in information studies as well as graduate certificates in gender studies and the digital humanities from the University of California, Los Angeles. Her research focuses on archives, cultural and critical theories, gender and sexuality, and digital cultures.

Alyssa Collins Alyssa Collins is a doctoral candidate in the English department of the University of Virginia. Her dissertation, "Racing the Posthuman: Blackness, Technology, and the Literary Imagination," looks at the intersections of race and technology as depicted in twentieth-century and contemporary African American literature, digital culture, and new media. When she is not writing her dissertation, she writes about race, superheroes, and embodiment around the internet.

Anne Cong-Huyen Anne Cong-Huyen is associate librarian of digital pedagogy at the University of Michigan Libraries. She was previously the digital scholar and coordinator of the Digital Liberal Arts Program at Whittier College, and a Mellon visiting assistant professor of Asian American studies at University of California, Los Angeles. She is a cofounder of #transformDH and serves on the steering committee of HASTAC and Situated Critical Race + Media committee of FemTechNet.

Maria Cotera Maria Cotera is associate professor of Women's Studies and American Culture at the University of Michigan. Her first book, Native Speakers: Ella Deloria, Zora Neale Hurston, Jovita González, and the Poetics of Culture (University of Texas Press, 2008), received the Gloria Anzaldúa book prize for 2009 from the National Women's Studies Association. Since 2009 she has been building Chicana por mi Raza, a digital archive documenting Chicana Feminist Praxis in the 1970s.

T. L. Cowan T. L. Cowan is assistant professor of media studies in the Department of Arts, Culture and Media and the Faculty of Information at the University of Toronto. Her recent essays are published in Women & Performance (2018), First Monday (2018), Liminalities (2016), and More Caught in the Act: An Anthology of Performance Art by Canadian Women (XYZ, 2016). She is completing a monograph, Transmedial Drag: Cross-Platform Cabaret Methods. She is co-director of the Digital Research Ethics Collaboratory (DREC) and the Cabaret Commons.

Matthew Delmont Matthew Delmont is professor of history and director of the School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies at Arizona State University. He is the author of three books: Making Roots: A Nation Captivated (University of California Press, 2016); Why Busing Failed: Race, Media, and the National Resistance to School Desegregation (University of California Press, 2016); and The Nicest Kids in Town: American Bandstand, Rock 'n' Roll, and the Struggle for Civil Rights in 1950s Philadelphia (University of California Press, 2012). He is also the author of the digital history project "Black Quotidian: Everyday History in African-American Newspapers," which is under contract with Stanford University Press. He is currently working on a book tentatively titled "To Live Half American: African Americans at Home and Abroad during World War II," for which he was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship.

Amy E. Earhart Amy E. Earhart is associate professor of English and affiliated faculty of Africana studies at Texas A&M University. She is the author of Traces of the Old, Uses of the New: The Emergence of Digital Literary Studies (University of Michigan Press, 2015), coeditor of The American Literature Scholar in the Digital Age (University of Michigan Press, 2010), and has published numerous articles and book chapters in venues including the Debates in Digital Humanities series, DHQ, Textual Cultures, and Humanities and the Digital.

Will Fenton Will Fenton is director of Scholarly Innovation at the Library Company of Philadelphia and creative director of Redrawing History: Indigenous Perspectives on Colonial America (The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage). He specializes in early American literature and the digital humanities, for which he has received support from the American Philosophical Society; Haverford College Quaker and Special Collections; the Humanities, Arts, Science, and Technology Alliance and Collaboratory; the Modern Language Association; and the Omohundro Institute of Early American History & Culture.

Susan Garfinkel Susan Garfinkel is a research specialist at the Library of Congress, where she especially works with the Library's digital collections. Her research interests center on expressive culture in context, with publication topics ranging from Quaker meeting houses in the Delaware Valley to the history of breast cancer surgery in early America, to elevators in film and fiction, to 3-D printing and the Smithsonian's Lincoln life mask. In 2009 she was a founder of the American Studies Association's Digital Humanities Caucus.

Porshé R. Garner Porshé R. Garner received her Ph.D. in educational policy studies with a graduate minor in gender and women's studies from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Her work interrogates Black girlhood spirituality as it is practiced in the collective SOLHOT (Saving Our Lives, Hear Our Truths) and beyond. More specifically, she is interested in how otherworld making through the metaphysical and futurity is made possible through the lived experiences and relationships created and maintained through Black girlhood. Contact her at

Jen Jack Gieseking Jen Jack Gieseking is a queer-feminist cultural geographer engaged in research on co-productions of space, gender, and sexuality in digital and material environments. He is presently finishing A Queer New York: Geographies of Lesbians, Dykes, and Queers, 1983–2008, which is under contract with New York University Press. He is assistant professor of geography at the University of Kentucky. Jack can be found at or @jgieseking.

Justin Greenlee Justin Greenlee is a doctoral candidate in art history at the University of Virginia, where he works on topics pertaining to late medieval and early modern art in Italy. His research often deals with objects that are created, acted on, and restored many times—works that frustrate a study of the moment of creation and require an analysis that moves across time and geographic borders. His areas of interest include the history of art and humanism, the collecting practices of the Byzantine émigré Basilios Bessarion, and the Kardashians.

Aimi Hamraie Aimi Hamraie is assistant professor of medicine, health, and society and American studies, and director of the Critical Design Lab and Mapping Access project, at Vanderbilt University. Hamraie specializes in critical disability studies, feminist technoscience studies, and design studies. They are author of Building Access: Universal Design and the Politics of Disability (University of Minnesota Press, 2017), as well as articles in Built Environments, Design and Culture, philoSOPHIA, Foucault Studies, Hypatia, Disability Studies Quarterly, The Politics of Place and Space, and Disability, Space, Architecture.

Jason A. Heppler Jason A. Heppler is the digital engagement librarian and assistant professor of history at the University of Nebraska Omaha. He is a historian of the United States specializing in the North American West, with particular interests in politics and political culture, urban environmental history, and digital humanities. He is currently working on his first book, which explores environmental politics in Silicon Valley and how communities confronted the challenges of urban growth.

Jessica Marie Johnson Jessica Marie Johnson is a historian of Atlantic slavery in the Department of History and the Center for Africana Studies at Johns Hopkins University. She is the author of Practicing Freedom: Black Women, Intimacy, and Kinship in New Orleans Atlantic World (University of Pennsylvania Press, forthcoming) and coeditor with Mark Anthony Neal of "Black Code: A Special Issue of the Black Scholar" (2017). Her work has appeared in a number of publications including Slavery & Abolition, The Black Scholar, Meridians: Feminism, Race and Transnationalism, Debates in the Digital Humanities, Bitch Magazine, Black Perspectives (AAIHS), and Post-Colonial Digital Humanities (#DHPoco).

Carrie Johnston Carrie Johnston is the Digital Humanities Research Designer at Wake Forest University. Her research and teaching focus on women's literary labor in the US and its intersections with technological advancement and political discourse.

Jesse P. Karlsberg Jesse P. Karlsberg is senior digital scholarship strategist at Emory University's Emory Center for Digital Scholarship (ECDS). His work leverages digital methods to analyze connections between race, place, folklorization, and American music in historical texts. Jesse is editor in chief of Sounding Spirit, a collection of digital editions of vernacular sacred American music copublished by ECDS and the University of North Carolina Press, editor of the open access multimodal journal Atlanta Studies, and editor of Original Sacred Harp: Centennial Edition (Pitts Theology Library, 2015).

David J. Kim David J. Kim is visiting assistant professor in English and the project manager of the Colored Conventions Project at the University of Delaware, where he is spearheading the effort to design digital project-based courses in collaboration with community partners.

Don Lafreniere Don Lafreniere is associate professor of geography and GIS and director of the Geospatial Research Facility at Michigan Technological University. His research interests center on creating GIS methodologies for re-creating historical environments and spatializing populations. His recent work includes creating historical spatial data infrastructures for heritage preservation and education and using historical geospatial methods for uncovering the relationships between the built environment and life course health and well-being.

Sarah Whitcomb Laiola Sarah Whitcomb Laiola is assistant professor of digital culture and design at Coastal Carolina University. She specializes in new media poetics, contemporary digital technoculture, and twentieth- and twenty-first-century American literature. Her most recent publications appear in the journal Television and New Media as well as the edited collection Civic Media: Technology, Design, Practice (MIT Press, 2016). She has work forthcoming in Criticism, American Book Review, and a special issue of Hyperrhiz titled "Buzzademia: Scholarship in the Internet Vernacular."

Doran Larson Doran Larson is Walcott-Bartlett Professor of Literature and Creative Writing at Hamilton College. He is the founding organizer of the Attica-Genesee Teaching Project and of the Mohawk Consortium College-in-Prison program. His most recent book is Witness in the Era of Mass Incarceration: Discovering the Ethical Prison (Rowman and Littlefield, 2017). He is the editor of Fourth City: Essays from the Prison in America (Michigan State University Press, 2014), and directs the NEH-funded The American Prison Writing Archive.

Elizabeth Losh Elizabeth Losh is associate professor of English and American studies at William and Mary with a specialization in new media ecologies. She is a core member and former cofacilitator of the feminist technology collective FemTechNet, which offers a Distributed Open Collaborative Course; a blogger for Digital Media and Learning Central; and part of the international organizing team of The Selfie Course. She currently serves on the Executive Council of the Modern Language Association. She is the author of Virtualpolitik: An Electronic History of Government Media-Making in a Time of War, Scandal, Disaster, Miscommunication, and Mistakes (MIT Press, 2009) and The War on Learning: Gaining Ground in the Digital University (MIT Press, 2014). She is the coauthor of the comic book textbook Understanding Rhetoric: A Graphic Guide to Writing (Bedford/St. Martin's, 2013; second edition, 2017) with Jonathan Alexander. She published the edited collection MOOCs and Their Afterlives: Experiments in Scale and Access in Higher Education with the University of Chicago in 2017. She is coeditor of a forthcoming volume on feminist digital humanities from the University of Minnesota Press and author of a forthcoming book on the hashtag as a cultural object from Bloomsbury. Her current work-in-progress focuses on ubiquitous computing in the White House in the Obama and Trump administrations. She has also written a number of frequently cited essays about communities that produce, consume, and circulate online video, video games, digital photographs, text postings, and programming code in journal articles and edited collections from MIT Press, Routledge, University of Chicago, Minnesota, Oxford, Continuum, and many other presses. Much of this body of work concerns the legitimation of political institutions through visual evidence, representations of war and violence in global news, and discourses about human rights. In addition to thinking about the intersections of lived realities with digital culture in the United States, this work addresses digital practices in the Netherlands, India, and Ukraine.

Alexis Lothian Alexis Lothian is assistant professor of women's studies and core faculty in Design Cultures & Creativity at University of Maryland, College Park. She is the author of Old Futures: Speculative Fiction and Queer Possibility (New York University Press, 2018) and has published with Poetics Today, International Journal of Cultural Studies, Cinema Journal, Camera Obscura, Social Text Periscope, Journal of Digital Humanities, Extrapolation, Transformative Works and Cultures, and Ada: A Journal of Gender, New Media, and Technology.

H. N. Lukes H. N. Lukes is associate professor of critical theory and social justice at Occidental College.

Monica Muñoz Martinez Monica Muñoz Martinez is the Stanley J. Bernstein Assistant Professor of American Studies and Ethnic Studies at Brown University and an Andrew Carnegie Fellow. Her book, The Injustice Never Leaves You: Anti-Mexican Violence in Texas (Harvard University Press, 2018), inspired the digital research project Mapping Violence. She is cofounder of the nonprofit organization Refusing to Forget, which calls for a public reckoning with racial violence in Texas. She helped develop an award-winning exhibit on racial terror for the Bullock Texas State History Museum and secured four state historical markers along the US–Mexico border. She was born and raised in Texas and received her PhD in American studies from Yale University.

Sarah McEleney Sarah McEleney is a doctoral candidate in Slavic languages and literatures at the University of Virginia, studying the postwar literary history of the Soviet Union. Her participation in the DASH-Amerikan project was an element of her role as a fellow in the Praxis Program during 2016–17. Her interests include digital humanities, data science, and twentieth-century Eastern European literature and cultural history.

Erin McElroy Erin McElroy is a doctoral candidate in feminist studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz, studying frictions of socialist and Western technological modernities in postsocialist times, looking to Romania and Silicon Valley. Erin is also cofounder of the Anti-Eviction Mapping Project, a digital countercartography collective documenting dispossession and resistance in the San Francisco Bay Area, Los Angeles, and New York City, as well as the Radical Housing Journal, which features housing justice struggles transnationally.

Jim McGrath Jim McGrath is currently a postdoctoral fellow in Digital Public Humanities at Brown University's John Nicholas Brown Center for Public Humanities and Cultural Heritage. His research interests include public humanities, digital humanities, archives, urban spaces, digital countercultures, and media history.

Linda Garcia Merchant Linda Garcia Merchant is a doctoral student at the University of Nebraska– Lincoln specializing in Chicana/Latina literary and cultural studies, and digital humanities. In 2009 Garcia Merchant, along with Maria Cotera, created the Chicana por mi Raza Digital Memory Collective. In 2017 Garcia Merchant's essay on life in her hometown of Chicago, "The Urban Rural," was featured in the anthology Rust Belt Chicago by Rust Belt Publishing.

Angel David Nieves Angel David Nieves is associate professor of history and digital humanities at San Diego State University in the Area of Excellence in Digital Humanities and Global Diversity. From 2017 to 2018 he was Presidential Visiting Associate Professor at Yale University in the Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program and an affiliate in the Yale DHLab. He recently published An Architecture of Education: African American Women Design the New South with the University of Rochester Press (2018).

Marisa Parham Marisa Parham is professor of English at Amherst College and directs the Immersive Reality Lab for the Humanities. She is the author of Haunting and Displacement in African American Literature and Culture (Routledge, 2009) and coeditor of Theorizing Glissant: Sites and Citations (Rowman & Little-field, 2015). She is also a faculty diversity and inclusion officer at Amherst and a former director of the Five College Digital Humanities Initiative, serving Amherst, Hampshire, Mt. Holyoke, and Smith Colleges, and the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

Robert Pastel Robert Pastel is associate professor of computer science at Michigan Technological University. His research interests are software development processes, especially for mobile and web-based user interfaces and the evaluation of mobile user interfaces. His recent work includes multidisciplinary team dynamics during software development of citizen science web apps, and community participation during software design and evaluation.

Amanda Phillips Amanda Phillips is assistant professor of English and film and media studies at Georgetown University. She serves as chair of the American Studies Association Digital Humanities Caucus and is coeditor of the Game Studies special issue on queerness and video games. Her publications can be found in Debates in the Digital Humanities, Queer Game Studies, Games and Culture, and Digital Creativity. Previously, she was the IMMERSe Postdoctoral Fellow in the ModLab at the University of California, Davis.

Miriam Posner Miriam Posner is assistant professor at the UCLA School of Information. She is also a digital humanist with interests in labor, race, feminism, and the history and philosophy of data. As a digital humanist, she is particularly interested in the visualization of large bodies of data from cultural heritage institutions, and the application of digital methods to the analysis of images and video. A film, media, and American studies scholar by training, she frequently writes on the application of digital methods to the humanities. She is at work on two projects: the first on what "data" might mean for humanistic research; and the second on how multinational corporations are making use of data in their supply chains.

Jessica L. Robinson Jessica L. Robinson is a doctoral student in media and cinema studies (Institute for Communications Research) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her work focuses on the politics and poetics of the life-making/life-saving practices of black girlhood. With specific focus on art-making legacies of black feminisms, her research and artist practice interrogates black girl creations of soundscapes as well as analog and digital landscapes. Her work is made possible and nurtured by SOLHOT (Saving Our Lives, Hear Our Truths), a collective based in Champaign-Urbana, which she started working with as an undergraduate student in 2008.

Bonnie Ruberg Bonnie Ruberg is assistant professor of digital media and games in the Department of Informatics at the University of California, Irvine. Their research explores gender and sexuality in digital media and digital cultures. They are the coeditor of the volume Queer Game Studies (University of Minnesota Press, 2017), the author of the monograph Video Games Have Always Been Queer (New York University Press, forthcoming), and a cofounder and long-time organizer of the annual Queerness and Games Conference.

Sarah Fayen Scarlett Sarah Fayen Scarlett is assistant professor of history at Michigan Technological University. Her current book project focuses on the spatial, material, and experiential aspects of early twentieth-century domestic architecture and landscapes to examine relational social identities. Her research in public history explores the applications of GIS-based models of postindustrial landscapes in heritage management. Former curator at the Chipstone Foundation, she brings to her research and teaching a background in design history and material culture studies.

Sara L. Schwebel Sara L. Schwebel is professor of English and women's and gender studies at the University of South Carolina. She is the author of Child-Sized History: Fictions of the Past in U.S. Classrooms (Vanderbilt University Press, 2011), and editor of Island of the Blue Dolphins: The Complete Reader's Edition (University of California Press, 2016) and The Lone Woman and Last Indians Digital Archive (

Blair Ebony Smith Blair Ebony Smith a doctoral candidate in Cultural Foundations of Education and Women's and Gender Studies at Syracuse University. Her artistic and scholarly work is with Saving Our Lives, Hear Our Truths, a practice-based and organizing collective that labors to envision Black girlhood anew. Her particular artist inquiry obsessions seek to document, analyze, and interrogate Black girlhood and Black girls' relationships with each other and to power through creative sound and music-making exploring praxis' of Black girlhood, collective care, sound, and Black feminist poetics specifically as they are practiced and theorized in SOLHOT. "Cruisings, Crossings, and Care: Sounds of Collective Black Girlhood" is the title of her forthcoming dissertation.

Joseph Thompson Joseph Thompson is a doctoral candidate in the University of Virginia's Corcoran Department of History. His dissertation, "Sounding Southern: Music, Militarism, and the Making of the Sunbelt," traces the economic and symbolic connections between popular music and the US Cold War military to reveal defense spending's disproportionate influence on the formation of sonic and political color lines in the late twentieth century.

Lauren Tilton Lauren Tilton is assistant professor of digital humanities in the Department of Rhetoric & Communication Studies and research fellow in the Digital Scholarship Lab at the University of Richmond. Her research focuses on twentieth-century US visual culture. She is a codirector of Photogrammar, a digital public humanities project mapping New Deal and World War II documentary expression, and coauthor of Humanities Data in R: Exploring Networks, Geospatial Data, Images, and Texts (Springer, 2015).

Daniel J. Trepal Daniel J. Trepal is a PhD candidate in the Industrial Heritage and Archaeology program at Michigan Technological University. His research focuses on integrating approaches from spatial history, industrial heritage, and archaeology to the study of postindustrial landscapes. His current research involves using detailed GIS-based models of postindustrial landscapes to explore the dynamic, cumulative historical processes that formed and continue to shape them. He is also engaged in developing archaeological applications for GIS-based historical big data.

Melanie Walsh Melanie Walsh is a PhD candidate in English literature at Washington University in St. Louis. Her dissertation explores the recirculation of postwar American fiction by networks of readers in the twenty-first century, such as those found on Twitter, Amazon, and underground libraries. Her research combines digital and computational methods, literary analysis, media studies, and readership/reception theory.

Jacqueline Wernimont Jacqueline Wernimont is an antiracist, feminist scholar working toward greater justice in digital cultures. She writes about long histories of media and technology—particularly those that count and commemorate—and entanglements with archives and historiographic ways of knowing. Her book, Numbered Lives: Life and Death in Quantum Media, is out with MIT Press in November 2018. She is a network weaver across humanities, arts, and sciences. This work includes codirecting HASTAC and serving as the Inaugural Chair of Digital Humanities and Social Engagement at Dartmouth College.

Christine "Xine" Yao Christine "Xine" Yao is Lecturer in American Literature in English to 1900 at University of College London. She is working on a book manuscript about the racial, sexual, and cultural politics of unfeeling in long nineteenth-century America. Xine co-hosts PhDivas, a podcast about academia, culture, and social justice across the STEM–humanities divide.

Magdalena J. Zaborowska Magdalena J. Zaborowska is professor and John Rich Faculty Fellow at the Institute for the Humanities, Departments of American Culture and Afroamerican and African Studies, University of Michigan. She researches literary and cultural studies approaches to intersections of social space and transatlantic discourses on race, nationality, (queer) sexuality, and gender; African American literature, immigrant ethnicities, feminist, and critical race theory; and post-totalitarian east-central Europe. Among others, she is the author of Me and My House: James Baldwin's Last Decade in France (Duke University Press, 2018).

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