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Shaping the Digital Dissertation

Virginia Kuhn
Anke Finger

Contributor Biographies

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1Dr. Nicky Agate is the Snyder-Granader Assistant University Librarian for Research Data & Digital Scholarship at the University of Pennsylvania and a co-PI on the HuMetricsHSS initiative, which promotes a values-based, process-oriented approach to evaluative decision making in the academy. She serves on the steering committee of the Force Scholarly Communication Institute and the editorial board of the Journal of Librarianship and Scholarly Communication.

2 Cécile Armand is currently a Postdoctoral researcher in the European Research Council (ERC)-funded project “Elites, Networks and Power in modern China” (Aix-Marseille University). Prior to assuming this position, she obtained a two-year postdoctoral fellowship from the Foundation for International Scholarly Exchange (2018–2020) and the Andrew Mellon Foundation as part of the DHAsia Program at Stanford University (2017–2018). She completed her PhD in History at the Ecole Normale Supérieure of Lyon (ENS Lyon, France) in June 2017. Her dissertation dealt with a spatial history of advertising in modern Shanghai (1905–1949). She also led an interdisciplinary junior research lab devoted to digital humanities at ENS Lyon.

3 Cheryl E. Ball directs the Digital Publishing Collaborative and the Vega publishing project at Wayne State University. She is executive director for the Council of Editors of Learned Journals, serves as the Editor-in-Chief for the Library Publishing Curriculum, and is editor of Kairos, the longest continuously running scholarly multimedia journal in the world. See for her full CV.

4 Allison C. Belan is the Director for Strategic Innovation at Duke University Press. Allison leads critical strategic initiatives and drives the development and execution of the organization’s strategic plan. She manages the Press’s IT, business systems and digital content teams. Prior to assuming this role, Allison worked at Duke University Press in a variety of roles, including Journal Production Manager and Director for Digital Publishing.

5 Sarah-Mai Dang is Principal Investigator of the BMBF research group “Aesthetics of Access. Visualizing Research Data on Women in Film History” (DAVIDF) at the Institute of Media Studies, Philipps University Marburg, Germany. Additionally, she is project leader of the international DFG research network “New Directions in Film Historiography”. With a doctoral degree in Film Studies from Freie Universität Berlin and a Master of Arts from the University of Michigan, her current research and teaching focus on digital data visualization and the production and dissemination of scholarly knowledge. Based on her research interests, she founded the hybrid self-publishing project oa books, where she published her dissertation on aesthetic experience, feminist theory and chick flicks and blogs about academic publishing. She also initiated the Open Media Studies Blog and the Open Media Studies working group.

6 Anke Finger is Professor of German and Media Studies and Comparative Literary and Cultural Studies at the University of Connecticut. She has published widely in Modernism, Media Studies, and Intercultural Communication. She is the co-founder and co-editor (2005–2015) of the multilingual, peer reviewed, open access journal Flusser Studies. From 2016 to 2019 Anke Finger served as the inaugural director of the Digital Humanities and Media Studies Initiative at the Humanities Institute; she also co-founded the German Studies Association’s Network on Digital Humanities and served as co-director from 2017–19. She founded the NEHC-DH network, affiliated with the New England Humanities Consortium; and she co-founded the CTDH network.

7 Kathleen Fitzpatrick is Director of Digital Humanities and Professor of English at Michigan State University. Prior to assuming this role in 2017, she served as Associate Executive Director and Director of Scholarly Communication of the Modern Language Association, where she was Managing Editor of PMLA and other MLA publications, as well as overseeing the development of the MLA Handbook. She is project director of Humanities Commons, and co-founder of the digital scholarly network MediaCommons. She currently serves as the chair of the board of directors of the Council on Library and Information Resources.

8 Erin Rose Glass is a researcher and consultant whose works focuses on education and ethics in digital environments. She is co-founder of the online learning community Ethical EdTech, co-founder of Social Paper, a networked platform for student writing and feedback, and founder of KNIT, a non-commercial digital commons for higher education in San Diego. She currently works as a Senior Developer Educator at Digital Ocean.

9 Kathie Gossett received her PhD from the Center for Writing Studies at the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana. She is currently a member of the faculty in the University Writing Program and an affiliate member of the Digital Humanities Institute at the University of California, Davis. Kathie has published in journals such as Kairos: Rhetoric, Technology, and Pedagogy, Computers and Composition Online and MediaCommons. She has also contributed multiple book chapters to edited collections, and has led several digital development projects. Before returning to graduate school, she worked in the information technology sector as a project manager, systems designer, user experience specialist, web designer/ architect and technical communicator.

10 Virginia Kuhn is Professor of Cinema and Associate Director of the Institute for Multimedia Literacy in the Division of Media Arts + Practice at the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts. In 2005, she successfully defended one of the first born-digital dissertations in the United States, challenging archiving and copyright conventions. Kuhn has published (with Vicki Callahan) an anthology titled Future Texts: Subversive Performance and Feminist Bodies (Parlor Press, 2016) and has edited several digital anthologies including: ‘The Video Essay: An Emergent Taxonomy of Cinematic Writing’ (The Cine-Files, 2017) with Vicki Callahan; MoMLA: From Panel to Gallery (Kairos, 2013) with Victor Vitanza; and From Gallery to Webtext: A Multimodal Anthology (Kairos, 2008) with Victor Vitanza.

11 Anthony Masure is the Head of Research at HEAD—Genève (HES-SO). He is a graduate of the École Nationale Supérieure (ENS) of Paris-Saclay, where he studied design. He is a research fellow of the lab LLA-CRÉATIS at Toulouse—Jean Jaurès university. His research focuses on social, political and aesthetic implications of digital technologies. He cofounded the research journals Réel-Virtuel and Back Office. His essay Design et humanités numériques (Design and digital humanities) was published in 2017 by Les Éditions B42 (Paris). Website: http://www.

12 Monica McCormick is Associate University Librarian for Publishing, Preservation, Research and Digital Access at the University of Delaware Library, Museums and Press, where she leads IT, Digital Scholarship & Publishing, Digital Collections & Preservation, and the University of Delaware Press. The first half of her career was in university press publishing, mostly as acquiring editor for history and ethnic studies at the University of California Press. She received her MSLS at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

13 Joshua Neds-Fox is Coordinator for Digital Publishing at Wayne State University Libraries. He helps guide the development and direction of the Libraries’ digital collections infrastructure and institutional repository, and collaborates with Wayne State UP to house their online journals. He co-edited the Library Publishing Coalition’s Ethical Framework for Library Publishing, and serves on the Editorial Board of the Library Publishing Curriculum.

14 Thomas Oates is an Associate Professor with the Department of American Studies and the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Iowa. His research focuses on sports media and critical/ cultural studies.

15 Lena Redman (aka Elena Petrov) completed her PhD at the Faculty of Education, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia. During her doctoral study, she developed the methodology of multimodal cinematic bricolage as an approach for knowledge construction. Redman generated a pedagogical model of Ripples, which integrates the agentic values of the individual with the concept of privatized tools of knowing. She is the author of Knowing with New Media: A Multimodal Approach For Learning. Detailed information for the Ripples pedagogy can be found at

16 Liza Potts is a Professor at Michigan State University where she is the Director of WIDE Research and the Co-Founder of the Experience Architecture program. Her research interests include networked participatory culture, social user experience, and digital rhetoric. She has published three books and over 70 publications focused on disaster response, user experience, and participatory memory, as well as several digital projects from community archives to leading the Sherlockian. net team. Her professional experience includes working for startups, Microsoft, and design consultancies..

17 Celeste Sharpe is faculty in the History and Political Science department at Normandale Community College. She earned her PhD in History from George Mason University in Fall 2016 and successfully defended the department’s first born-digital dissertation. Previously, she was Interim Director for Academic Technology at Carleton College, a Penn Predoctoral Fellow for Excellence Through Diversity at the University of Pennsylvania. Additionally, she worked at the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media on a number of history education and public history projects.

18 Lisa Tagliaferri is an interdisciplinary scholar in literature and the computer sciences. Currently, she is the Kress Digital Humanities Fellow at Harvard University’s Center for Italian Renaissance Studies. Previously, she was a postdoctoral researcher at MIT in the Digital Humanities program. Her widely downloaded programming book, How to Code in Python, has been adopted in classrooms as an open educational resource. She holds a PhD in Comparative Literature and Renaissance Studies from the City University of New York and an MSc in Computer Science from the University of London.

19 Katherine Walden is an Assistant Teaching Professor in the Department of American Studies at the University of Notre Dame. She holds concurrent appointments in Gender Studies and Computer Science and Engineering. Her research and teaching focus on critical approaches sport, data, and digital technology.

20 Christopher Williams is a Senior Scientist/Postdoctoral Fellow at the Doctoral School for Artistic Research, University of Music and Performing Arts Graz. He holds a PhD from Leiden University and a BA from the University of California, San Diego. Williams makes, curates, and researches (mostly) experimental music. As a composer and contrabassist, Williams’ work runs the gamut from chamber music, improvisation, and radio art to collaborations with dancers, sound artists, and visual artists. He co-curates the Berlin concert series KONTRAKLANG. His artistic research focuses on improvisation and notation; it takes the forms of both conventional academic publications and practice-based multimedia projects.


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