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Digital Humanities Pedagogy

Brett D. Hirsch

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1Olin Bjork is a lecturer in English at Santa Clara University, “the Jesuit University in Silicon Valley,” where he teaches first-year writing courses as well as upper-division courses in Internet culture and technical writing. His research interests include Computers and Writing, Digital Humanities, John Milton, and Textual Studies. In 2010, he completed a three-year post doc at Georgia Tech’s School of Literature, Media and Communication, were he taught courses in technical communication and Web design. He received his PhD in English from the University of Texas at Austin, where in addition to teaching literature and composition courses he served as assistant director of the Digital Writing and Research Lab, then known as the Computer Writing and Research Lab, worked as the English department’s webmaster, and collaborated on digital “audiotext” editions of John Milton’s Paradise Lost (​miltonpl. and Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass (​leavesofgrass. for UT-Austin’s Liberal Arts Instructional Technology Services. His current research centers on print and digital interface design for editions of literature and other texts.

2Vicki Callahan is an associate professor of Cinema Practice at the University of Southern California’s Institute for Multimedia Literacy (IML) in the School of Cinematic Arts. She is the author of Zones of Anxiety: Movement, Musidora, and the Crime Serials of Louis Feuillade (Wayne State University Press, 2004) and the editor for the collection, Reclaiming the Archive: Feminism and Film History (Wayne State University Press, 2010). Vicki is the author/organizer of the Feminism 3.0 website (​. and, with Lina Srivastava, she co-authors Transmedia Activism (​.. Her interests in silent cinema, feminist theory, and digital media intersect around questions of emergent/disruptive technologies, new modes of writing, social justice, and alternative or counter narrative forms.

3Tanya Clement is an assistant professor in the School of Information at the University of Texas at Austin. She has a PhD in English Literature and Language and an MFA in fiction. Her primary area of research is the role of scholarly information infrastructure as it impacts academic research libraries and digital collections, research tools and (re)sources in the context of future applications, humanities informatics, and humanities data curation. Her research is informed by theories of knowledge representation, information theory, mark-up theory, social text theory, and theories of information visualization. She has edited multiple digital editions of the poetry of Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven and published pieces on digital humanities in several books and on digital scholarly editing, text mining, and modernist literature in Journal of the Text Encoding Initiative, Literary and Linguistic Computing, and Texas Studies in Literature and Language. She is the co-director of the Modernist Versions Project, and associate editor of the Versioning Machine (

4Estelle Clements is a PhD student in media at the Dublin Institute of Technology, where she is completing her dissertation on digital civics in pedagogy on an ABBEST scholarship. A former high school teacher and theatre director, she completed a Master’s degree in the history of medicine at Newcastle University in 2007 on a Wellcome Trust Scholarship. Estelle also holds Bachelor’s degrees in education, classics, and theatre from Acadia University, Nova Scotia.

5Richard Cunningham is a professor of early modern English literature, rhetoric, and digital humanities in the Department of English and Theatre at Acadia University, Nova Scotia. He has published on Shakespeare, John Foxe, and on a variety of digital humanities topics. Since 2008, he has been the director of the Acadia Digital Culture Observatory. He is the administrative lead of, and a researcher on, the Textual Studies team, and a member of the executive board of the Implementing New Knowledge Environments (INKE) research initiative. He and a colleague in Acadia’s Psychology Department are engaged in a long-term project researching the point at which the cognitive overhead necessary to a reader of any material reaches overload when reading in a digital environment.

6Diane Favro is a professor of architecture and urban design at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), and former president of the Society of Architectural Historians. She is the author of The Urban Image of Augustan Rome (Cambridge University Press, 1996), as well as numerous articles on ancient architecture and urban design, the pedagogy of architectural history, and the impact of real-time simulations of historic environments on disciplinary inquiries. Diane headed the scientific committees for the UCLA Cultural VR Lab, which developed virtual reality models of historic environments for research and education, including the internationally acknowledged Rome Reborn Project (​.. Currently, she is director of the succeeding digital lab, the Experiential Technologies Center, which promotes the critical incorporation of new technologies into research and teaching as evident in the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) sponsored Digital Karnak Project (​projects/​Karnak/​., for which she is co-director, and the NEH Summer Institute “Models of Ancient Rome.”

7Christiane Fritze is a senior researcher at the Research and Development Department of the Göttingen State and University Library. Currently she is working as the scientific coordinator of the German chapter of the European Infrastructure Initiative DARIAH (Digital Research Infrastructure for the Arts and Humanities) and consults various research projects in their application of TEI. Before that, she worked as a research associate at the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities in several Digital Humanities projects such as the TELOTA Initiative and the German Text Archive. Christiane regularly teaches in the field of Digital Humanities at several German universities and co-organizes summer schools with a particular focus on XML technologies, TEI and digital edition-related matters.

8Matthew K. Gold is an associate professor at NYC College of Technology (English) and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York (Liberal Studies and Interactive Technology and Pedagogy). At the Graduate Center, he serves as advisor to the provost for Master’s Programs and Digital Initiatives, acting executive officer of the MA Program in Liberal Studies, director of the GC Digital Scholarship Lab, director of the CUNY Academic Commons, and co-director of the CUNY Digital Humanities Initiative. He is editor of Debates in the Digital Humanities (Minnesota, 2012) and has published work in The Journal of Modern Literature, Kairos, and On the Horizon, as well as in the edited collections From A to <A>: Keywords of Markup (Minnesota, 2010), Learning Through Digital Media: Experiments in Technology and Pedagogy (iDC, 2010), and the Johns Hopkins Guidebook to Digital Media and Textuality (Johns Hopkins, 2013). His digital humanities projects include “Looking for Whitman” and “The Commons in a Box,” supported by grants from the NEH Office of Digital Humanities, the National Science Foundation, the US Department of Education, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, and the Ford Foundation. He serves on the Executive Council of the Association for Computers and the Humanities.

9Cathy Moran Hajo is the associate editor of the Margaret Sanger Papers (​projects/​sanger/​., a scholarly editing project located at New York University. She has worked as a documentary editor for over twenty years, specializing in the publication of historical materials in digital form, and participating in scholarly conferences and meetings on digital issues. Cathy is a past president of the Association for Documentary Editing and the author of several articles on documentary editing. She teaches two courses for the archives and public history program at NYU, History and New Media and Creating Digital History.

10Brett D. Hirsch is a university postdoctoral research fellow in medieval and early modern studies at the University of Western Australia. He is coordinating editor of the Digital Renaissance Editions (​.//​.), co-editor of the Routledge journal Shakespeare, and vice president of the Australian and New Zealand Shakespeare Association (2010-2012). Brett’s research has appeared in The Ben Jonson Journal, Digital Studies, Early Modern Literary Studies, Early Theatre, Literature Compass, and Parergon, in edited collections for Brepols and Palgrave, and in the forthcoming Cambridge World Shakespeare Encyclopedia. In addition to his involvement with digital projects like The Map of Early Modern London (​. and The Lost Plays Database (​., he is currently working an electronic critical edition of Fair Em (with Kevin Quarmby), and a series of computational stylistics studies of English Renaissance drama (with Hugh Craig).

11Chris Johanson is an assistant professor in the Department of Classics at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). His research applies the tools and techniques of digital humanities and the analytical methodologies of classics to social historical problems. Chris is the associate director of the UCLA Experiential Technologies Center, and has worked for or collaborated on cultural mapping projects set in Bolivia, Peru, Albania, Iceland, Spain, Italy, and Turkey. He is currently developing a hybrid geotemporal publication entitled Spectacle in the Forum: Visualizing the Roman Aristocratic Funeral of the Middle Republic, which is a study of material and literary contexts set within a digital laboratory. Chris’s work explores the evolution of scholarly tools and engages in the development of new methods of historical visualization, knowledge representation, and geotemporal argumentation.

12Esther Katz is the editor and director of the Margaret Sanger Papers (​projects/​sanger/​.), a scholarly editing project located at New York University. She is an experienced documentary editor and project director who has served on the resident faculty for the Institute for the Editing of Historical Documents of the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) and as president of the Association for Documentary Editing. Esther previously worked on the printed editions of The Papers of William Livingston (New Jersey Historical Commission, 1979–1988), The Letters of William Lloyd Garrison (Harvard University Press, 1971–1981), and the microfilm edition of the National Women’s Trade Union League Papers (Schlesinger Library, 1981). At New York University she teaches twentieth-century United States and women’s history courses, as well as the seminar on Historical Editing in the Electronic Era for the archives and public history program.

13Melanie Kill is an assistant professor of English at the University of Maryland, College Park. Her scholarship is in digital rhetorics and rhetorical genre theory, with specific interests in the relationships between genre change and new writing technologies, as well as social change and rhetorical innovation. Her work has appeared in College Composition and Communication, JAC: A Journal of Rhetoric, Culture, and Politics, and the book Genre: An Introduction to History, Theory, Research, and Pedagogy (Parlor Press, 2010). In 2011, she joined an interdisciplinary team of scholars for the Wikimedia Summer of Research, which produced WikiHadoop (​whym/​wikihadoop/​. and a range of findings about new Wikipedia editors. She teaches courses on web authoring, information design, digital writing, and Internet culture, and has been incorporating Wikipedia-based assignments into her courses since 2007.

14Virginia Kuhn serves as associate director of the Institute for Multimedia Literacy (IML), and assistant professor at the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts. She directs the IML’s Honors in Multimedia Scholarship program and teaches a range of undergraduate and graduate courses, all of which marry theory and practice. Her most recent work centers on large-scale video analytics. With an award from the National Science Foundation’s Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment, her multi-institutional team is creating processes to harness both machine analytics and crowd-sourced tagging, in order to make sense of massive video archives that arise on a daily basis. Virginia serves on the editorial boards of Kairos: A Journal of Rhetoric, Technology, and Pedagogy; PRE/TEXT: A Journal of Rhetorical Theory; and The Journal of Interactive Technology and Pedagogy. Her work can also be found in Enculturation: A Journal of Rhetoric, Writing and Culture; ebr (electronic book review); the International Journal of Learning and Media; and Academic Commons. She also co-chairs the Media Literacy and Pedagogical Outreach Scholarly Interest Group of the Society for Cinema and Media Studies. In 2005, Virginia successfully defended one of the first media-rich, born-digital dissertations in the United States, challenging archiving and copyright conventions. Her dissertation, Ways of Composing: Visual Literacy in the Digital Age, was created in TK3, the precursor to the USC-based, open source media-authoring program, Sophie (​..​.). Committed to helping shape emergent tools for scholarly endeavors, she recently published the first article created in the authoring platform, Scalar​

15Simon Mahony is a teaching fellow at the Centre for Digital Humanities at University College London. His research interests are in the application of new technologies to the study of the ancient world, using new web-based mechanisms and digital resources to build and sustain learning communities, and collaborative and innovative working. He is active in the field of distance learning and a member of the University of London’s Centre for Distance Education. He is one of the founders of the Digital Classicist (​.), organizing its summer seminar series and various conference panels. He is also an editor at the Stoa Consortium weblog (​. and an associate fellow of the Institute of Classical Studies, University of London.

16Willard McCarty is professor of humanities computing at King’s College London, and a professor within the School of Computing, Engineering, and Mathematics at the University of Western Sydney. He is editor of the British journal, Interdisciplinary Science Reviews (2008–), founding editor of the online seminar Humanist (1987–), and founding convener of the London Seminar in Digital Text and Scholarship (2006–). He is recipient of the 2005 Canadian Award for Outstanding Achievement (Computing in the Arts and Humanities) as well as the Rockefeller Foundation 2006 Richard W. Lyman Award. He is editor of Text and Genre in Reconstruction (Open Book Publishers, 2010) and author of the first comprehensive theoretical treatment of his field, Humanities Computing (Palgrave, 2005). He lectures widely in Europe, North America and Australia. For more details, see his website (​..

17Elena Pierazzo has a PhD in Italian Philology. Her expertise is in Italian Renaissance texts and text encoding, and she has published and presented papers at international conferences in Renaissance literature, digital critical editions, text encoding theory and Italian linguistics. She is currently a lecturer at the Department of Digital Humanities at King’s College London, where she chairs the Teaching Committee and is director of the MA in Digital Humanities. Elena is also teacher of XML-related technologies at both undergraduate and master’s level, and was formerly a researcher at the University of Pisa, engaged in both teaching and research. She is actively involved in the TEI user community, with a special interest in the transcription of modern and medieval manuscripts. She serves as TEI Chair for the 2012-13 term.

18Todd Presneris an associate professor of Germanic languages at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), and is chair of the faculty advisory committee for the Center for Digital Humanities. He is the author of two books and director of two digital mapping projects that utilize geographic information systems (GIS) to explore the layered cultural histories of city spaces: Hypermedia Berlin (​. and HyperCities (​.). Todd’s current research and teaching focus on the development of the geospatial web, augmented reality, issues of temporality and GIS, and the technical media that enable visualizations of complex city spaces. At UCLA, he directs an initiative called Media, Technology, and Culture, which is charged with creating new intellectual tools, pedagogical and curricular practices, research methodologies, and disciplinary paradigms for the humanities in the twenty-first century.

19Stephen Ramsay is an associate professor of English and a fellow at the Center for Digital Research in the Humanities at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. He is the author of Reading Machines: Toward an Algorithmic Criticism (University of Illinois Press, 2011), and has written and lectured widely on subjects related to text analysis, visualization, and software design for the digital humanities. An experienced software developer, Stephen has worked on a number of digital projects in the humanities since the early nineties, including, most recently, the MONK Project (​.).

20Malte Rehbein is an assistant professor of history and faculty fellow of the Center for Digital Research in the Humanities at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He was previously director of the Center for Digital Editing at the University of Würzburg, where he taught courses in the BA in Digital Humanities. He studied history and mathematics at the University of Göttingen, where he also received his doctorate in history with a digital edition of the Göttinger kundige bok, a late medieval town law book. After his studies, Malte worked for several private companies as a software developer, project manager, and consultant, before turning to digital humanities. He concluded a two-year Marie Curie Research Fellowship with the Transfer of Expertise in Technologies of Editing (TEXTE) Project at the National University of Ireland, Galway. He is an active member of the special interest group on “Genetic Editions” of the Text Encoding Initiative (TEI), an elected member of the steering committee of Digital Medievalist (​.), and editor-in-chief of the Digital Medievalist Journal.

21Janice Reiff is an associate professor of history and statistics at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Her interests in cultural and conceptual mapping, geographic information systems, and the use of digital technologies in teaching reach back to her dissertation, for which she mapped settlement and migration patterns in nineteenth-century Seattle. Her first book, Structuring the Past: the Use of Computers in History (American Historical Association, 1991), introduced historians to quantitative and geographic analysis and also shaped her next two projects: developing the database for an archeological dig at Tell Nimrin, Jordan; co-editing an atlas entitled The Settling of North America (Macmillan, 1995; with Helen Tanner, Dirk Hoerder, John Long, and Henry Dobyns). Janice co-edited the Encyclopedia of Chicago (​., a project of the Newberry Library, with James R. Grossman and Ann Durkin Keating. The University of Chicago Press published the Encyclopedia in print in 2004, while the Chicago Historical Society published it online in 2005.

22Geoffrey Rockwell is professor of philosophy and humanities computing at the University of Alberta. He was previously director of the Humanities Media and Computing Centre (1994–2004) at McMaster University. He is the author of Defining Dialogue: From Socrates to the Internet (Humanity Books, 2003), associate interactive media editor for Digital Humanities Quarterly, and was the project leader for the Text Analysis Portal for Research (TAPoR) project. He is currently the Director of the Kule Institute for Advanced Study.

23Jon Saklofske is an associate professor in the Department of English and Theatre at Acadia University, Nova Scotia. His specialization in the writing of the British Romantic period and continuing interest in the ways that William Blake’s composite art illuminates the relationship between words and images on the printed page has inspired current research into larger correlations between media forms and cultural perceptions. In addition, he is actively pursuing the use of digital games in university-level research and learning. Recent and forthcoming work includes a reconsideration of virtual world design principles and the development and implementation of NewRadial (​projects/​newradial/​., a digital visualization tool that promotes collaborative scholarship relating to William Blake’s composite art.

24Stéfan Sinclair is an associate professor of digital humanities at McGill University. His research focuses primarily on the design, development, and theorization of tools for the digital humanities, especially for text analysis and visualization. He has led or contributed significantly to projects such as Voyeur Tools, Simulated Environment for Theatre, and BonPatron. Other professional activities include serving as associate editor for Literary and Linguistic Computing and Digital Humanities Quarterly, as well as serving on the executive boards of SDH/SEMI, ACH, ADHO, and centerNET.

25Lisa Spiro is director of National Institute for Technology in Liberal Education (NITLE) Labs, where she works with the liberal arts community to explore emerging educational technologies and develop collaborative approaches to integrating learning, scholarship and technology. Lisa has presented and published widely on the digital humanities, including contributions to Debates in the Digital Humanities (2012), #alt-academy: Alternate Academic Careers for Humanities Scholars (2012), Collaborative Approaches to the Digital in English Studies (2011), and The American Literature Scholar in the Digital Age (2010). She is the founding editor of the Digital Research Tools (DiRT) wiki and authors the Digital Scholarship in the Humanities blog. Before coming to NITLE, Lisa directed the Digital Media Center at Rice University’s Fondren Library, where she oversaw the campus’ central multimedia lab, led workshops on topics such as digital storytelling and digital research tools, and contributed to digital library projects. Lisa serves on the Executive Council for the Association of Computers and the Humanities and the Program Committee for the Joint Conference on Digital Libraries.

26Joshua Sternfeld has served since 2009 as a senior program officer at the National Endowment for the Humanities Division of Preservation and Access in Washington, DC. Prior to his arrival at the Endowment, Josh served as assistant director and postdoctoral scholar for the UCLA Center for Information as Evidence and the Information Studies Department from 2007–2009. He holds a BA in History from Princeton University and received his PhD in 2007 from UCLA. While at UCLA, he worked as program manager for the first annual Archival Education and Research Institute (AERI), an international gathering of faculty and doctoral students in archival studies. He also conducted a series of original graduate seminars that explored the methodological, theoretical, and practical considerations of digital history from a multi-disciplinary perspective. Joshua has conducted workshops and delivered papers on digital history and its intersection with archival and new media theory. His many interests include digital preservation, digital humanities, jazz and American studies, modern German studies, sound technology and history, oral history, and cultural heritage.

27Elaine Sullivan is a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Currently, she is the project coordinator of the W. M. Keck Program for Digital Cultural Mapping. Elaine is also the project coordinator of the Digital Karnak Project (​projects/​Karnak/​., a National Endowment for the Humanities funded online teaching and learning resource with virtual reality models and instructional materials documenting the ancient Egyptian temple of Karnak. She is currently developing an undergraduate research class for the Keck program that will use geographic information systems to analyze viewsheds between funerary monuments at the ancient Egyptian necropolis of Saqqara.

28Willeke Wendrich is an associate professor of Egyptian Archaeology at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). She is the editor-in-chief of the UCLA Encyclopedia of Egyptology (​., an award-winning digital encyclopedia supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities. Since 2005, Willeke has served as the director of the UCLA Digital Humanities Incubator Group, where she is closely involved with developing faculty research projects, many of which involve undergraduate students.

29Peter J. Wosh directs the graduate program in archives and public history at New York University, where he has taught since 1994. His archival career has included positions at the American Bible Society in New York (1984–1994) and at Seton Hall University and the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Newark in South Orange, New Jersey (1978–1984). His research and writing interests involve both archival topics and American religious history, and his books include Waldo Gifford Leland and the Origins of the American Archival Profession (Society of American Archivists, 2011), Covenant House: Journey of a Faith-Based Charity (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2005), Privacy and Confidentiality Perspectives: Archivists and Archival Records (Society of American Archivists, 2005) with Menzi Behrnd-Klodt, and Spreading the Word: The Bible Business in Nineteenth-Century America (Cornell University Press, 1994). Within the Society of American Archivists, he has served on the Governing Council and as editor of Print and Electronic Publications. He is a fellow of the Society of American Archivists and a recipient of the 2000 Fellows’ Ernst Posner Award for an outstanding essay in the American Archivist.

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