Learn more about our campers below – in alphabetical order by last name. You can also browse the automated Campers page to view photos. (We will update this list periodically.)

Name (link)OrganizationDisciplineBio
Laurie AllenHaverfordAfter years as a Research Librarian, Data Librarian, and dabbler in all things digital at the University of Pennsylvania and Haverford College, I am now excited to start work as the Coordinator for Digital Scholarship and Services at Haverford.
Alexis AntracoliDrexelHistoryI am the Records Management Archivist at Drexel University where I do outreach to University units to bring new collections into the archives and to help them meet their records management needs. Read more
I also work with electronic records, including guidelines for creation, management, acquisition, processing, and preservation. Prior to my archival career I studied and taught American history, and have an interest in how digital preservation and the management of digital archival collections overlap with the work of historians, faculty, and students.
Samantha BarryPennVirtual Reference Services, Educational Technology, User Experience DesignI am an emerging technologies intern at the Van Pelt Library, and an intern at the Weigle Information Commons.
Kristina BaumliPennLinguisticsI received my B.A. in Individualized Study from the Gallatin School of Individualized Study at New York University in 2007 with a concentration derived from study in a variety of fields: philosophy, Classical Studies, and linguistics. After spending a year in the Post-Baccalaureate Program in Classical Studies at the University of Pennsylvania, I started a Ph.D. in linguistics at the same institution. Read more
The focus of my Ph.D. research is change in the syntax of Greek (mainly focusing on change between Homeric Greek and post-Classical New Testament and Hellenistic Greek). Towards this end I am in the process of building a syntactically parsed corpus of Greek (built from the texts made freely available by the Perseus Digital Library). The corpus is described in more detail on my website: Because of my experience starting to build a corpus, I have developed interests in the digital humanities, and I’m working towards learning more about various technologies (including XML, TEI, writing schemas with RELAX NG to automatically check the syntactic annotation in my corpus, database design to integrate different levels of annotation in my corpus) that could prove useful as my corpus project expands.
Alex BeatonDigital Humanities/scholarly communicationI am new to Philadelphia, but most recently worked as Library Relations Coordinator at Duke University Press. Before that, I received my MSLS degree from UNC’s SILS. Read more
Though I have an academic publishing background, I’m very interested in digital humanities and the ways in which different facets of an academic institution can overlap and share their strengths to produce innovative & practical digital projects.
Jana BeckPennEnglish/AfAm/Cinema Studies
Robert BerryArt, digital humanitiesCartoonist and designer of ULYSSES “SEEN”, a graphic novel adaptation of James Joyce’s novel complete with the annotative enhancements of the digital page.
Sharon BlackPennSupport for digital humanities, Communication, PoetryI’m the reference librarian at the Annenberg School for Communication where we have a number of digital projects in the works–for some time now!–including an archive of television scripts and a video collection of daily taped television shows (including all interstitials) spanning three decades (from the George Gerbner era). I have a personal interest in electronic poetry text generators from the user rather than programmer end (let’s be clear about that).
Valerie BoothDrexelEnglish, Technology, Teaching and LearningI teach writing and literature to undergraduates and am always trying to marry new technology and ideas with traditional instruction in my classroom. I particularly enjoy teaching classes that use digital technology, social networking and web-based programs as tools in order to generate student work ABOUT the ways that they use digital technology, social networking and web-based programs.
Lillyrose Veneziano BrocciaPennItalian Language, Literature, Culture, Cinema, etc., Second Language Acquisition, Language PedagogyLillyrose Veneziano Broccia is a native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and was raised bilingual in a Sicilian and English speaking home. She earned her BA in Italian and French from Temple University in Philadelphia, her MA in Italian Language at Middlebury College in Vermont and Italy, and her PhD in Italian from Columbia University in the City of New York. Read more
She is Co-Director of the Italian Language Program and Coordinator of Intermediate Italian at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia where she teaches all levels of Italian Language, as well as Cinema, History and Literature courses. Her research interests include Italian Renaissance Poetry, Contemporary Italian Literature, Italian Cinema, Teaching Pedagogy and Second Language Acquisition. She has published several translations as well as an original piece of poetic prose entitled, “Hyphenated Identity: Sicily in the Body of an American Poet” in Sweet Lemons: Writing With a Sicilian Accent (Legas, 2004), and has co-authored an Edizioni Farinelli Film Study Program based on the movie Il divo (2011). She presents at national conferences such as MLA, SaMLA, NeMLA, NEALLT, AAIS, and AISLLI. She is co-founder of The Italian Language Arts Community Service Course Collaboration, a weekly program of Italian lessons dedicated to helping Philadelphia VA Medical Center Veterans achieve their goals.
Martha BroganPennResearch Support for Digital HumanitiesI came to Penn Libraries in late 2006 as Director of Collection Development after nearly four years conducting research into digital project best practices and evaluating them as a consultant to the Digital Library Federation, the Council on Library Resources and the Mellon Foundation. Read more
This experience built on my 5-year tenure at Indiana University where I was involved in developing a robust digital library program and helped to spearhead the Wright American Fiction digital project.
Stephanie BrownPennPublishingI’m in the marketing department at the University of Pennsylvania Press. Penn Press publishes books and journals in the humanities and social sciences. I manage the Press’s social media outlets and edit its promotional emails.
Sharon BrubakerDrexelEnglish (Freshman Comp); library acqusitionsFull-time Acquisitions Tech at Drexel’s Hagerty Library and part-time adjunct teaching in the FWP (Freshman Writing Program). The arts and humanities rule my world so to speak. Read more
I am interested in the use of virtual presentation technologies and they can be incorporated into my teaching, as well as into my acquisitions work (the use of a virtual e-resource fair rather than f2f as has been done in the past, in order to reach potential new audiences).
Carolyn CannuscioPennSocial epidemiology, visual methods in health research, public art as public healthMy formal training is in social epidemiology, and my work centers on urban health disparities. My work explores this central question: How can we better understand and alleviate the human suffering that often accompanies poverty and social inequality? Read more
I am interested in how we–as human beings, as researchers, as teachers–see the world, document it, inspect and remedy social hazards, etc. Recently, I’m engaged with public artists, exploring how art can energize public health inquiry and practice.
Corey ChaoHaverforddigital humanities, videoCorey is an ethnographer, media educator and documentarian. He has managed Scribe Video Center’s community-produced documentary programs and produced and collaborated on projects at the Refugee Legal Aid Program in Istanbul, Turkey, Appalshop Media Center, Humanities Tennessee and the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. Read more
Corey currently works with students, staff and faculty who are developing digital media projects at Haverford College.
Charles CobinePennCinema Studies, SociologyAs the Coordinator for Digital Outreach Services, I oversee the Penn Libraries chat reference services and the interdepartmental team of librarians and staff who provide online research assistance to the Penn community and beyond. I am the liaison to Penn’s programs in Cinema Studies and Sociology. Read more
I came to Penn in 2007 after working as a reference librarian at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Peter Sachs CollopyPennHistory of Science and TechnologyI’m a historian of science and technology studying video as a technology that provoked Americans and Canadians to think in new ways about politics and consciousness in the years around 1970. Read more
I’m also occasionally a software developer, and I have unrealized ideas for timeline software and historical astronomical modeling, as well as realized ones for correspondence databases.
Maura Elizabeth CunninghamUniversity of California, IrvineChinese HistoryA Philadelphia native but honorary Southern Californian, I am a PhD candidate in Chinese history at UC Irvine, working on a dissertation about cartoons and other children’s media during the twentieth century. Read more
I am also a freelance writer/book reviewer, and for the past two years I have been an editor of The China Beat, a UCI-based blog that features commentaries on China by a wide range of academics and journalists seeking to bridge the divide that often separates scholarly and popular writing. I’m continuing that type of work during the 2011-2012 academic year as a fellow at the Asia Society in New York, where I’m on the editorial staff of a new site called “ChinaFile.”
Peter DecherneyPennEnglish and Cinema Studies
Ed DixonPennLanguagesEd has been a Lecturer for German and Coordinator for Technology in Foreign Languages at Penn since 2002. In March 2009, he became the Technology Director in the Penn Language Center. Read more
He is active in a variety of areas related to classroom instruction and faculty training with technology. He presents and collaborates regularly on papers, panels and presentations at regional, national and international conferences. In 2008, Ed co-presented at the 15th World Congress of Applied Linguistics, Essen, Germany on “The Articulation of a German Foreign Language program: Applying data from a CMC-based learner corpus”. Ed is past president of the Northeast Association for Language Learning and Technology and taught in summer 2010 the first distant learning course in a foreign language for credit from the University of Pennsylvania. In 2011, Ed received Penn’s affiliated faculty teaching award for distinguished teaching in the College of Liberal and Professional Studies. Besides his interest in things German, he enjoys classical guitar and piano.
Jessie DummerPennLibrariesI am currently managing a few digitization projects in the Schoenberg Center for Electronic Text and Image, including the digitization of the Fairman Rogers Collection on Horses and Equitation and the complete archives of the Daily Pennsylvanian, starting in 1885. I have been at SCETI in the Van Pelt library for 2 1/2 years and have previously worked part-time in the Rare Book and Manuscript library for 3 years.
Phillip EdwardsVirginia Commonwealth UniversityInformation Science, EducationI earned my B.S. in Chemistry with a Minor in Mathematics (2001) from the University at Buffalo–SUNY, my M.S. in Information with a specialization in Library and Information Services (2003) from the University of Michigan, and I was a Ph.D. candidate [A.B.D.] in Information Science at the University of Washington from 2003-2010. Read more
I was on the faculty at the School of Information and Library Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill from 2008-2011, and I joined the Center for Teaching Excellence at Virginia Commonwealth University in July 2011. My professional life currently involves working with individual faculty members, graduate students, and departments as they think about their teaching, courses, curricula, and student learning.
Jim EnglishPennEnglish
Mitch FraasPennHistory, LibraryI’m currently the Bollinger Fellow in Library Innovation at the University of Pennsylvania which is part of the Council on Library and Information Resources postdoctoral program. Prior to coming to Penn I was in the history department at Duke University where I got a PhD in legal history. Read more
Beyond my academic work on law I take an active interest in cartography, the history of printing and the book, the digital humanities, as well as the future of scholarly publishing and copyright.
Mark GermerUniversity of the ArtsLibraries, MusicologyMy background is in musicological research methods, and my Ph.D. thesis was on Central-European musical cultures, but current interests center on the organization and transmission of knowledge.
David GiovacchiniPennSupport for digital humanitiesI am the Middle East Studies Librarian at University of Pennsylvania. I have been an Area Studies Librarian for over 20 years. I have been at Penn for 6 months. I work with materials in Arabic, Persian and Turkish. Read more
I am particularly interested in the popular culture of the Middle East– music and films especially. I have built an extensive collection of materials about the Arab Spring revolutions in Egypt and Tunisia.
Margaret GrahamDrexelHistory, technology, storiesI’m an archivist and also passionate about visual expression. I like the cross-disciplinary opportunity of DH and I’m still identifying my role in the blurring of disciplinary lines. I’m based at Drexel but am interested in promoting DH in the region for as much cross-pollination and idea exchange as possible.
Devin GriffithsPennScience, Literature, Digital HumanitiesI work on science and literature in the nineteenth century, but I’ve got a growing engagement with DH work, from textual analysis of large and small corpora, largely using the Meandre software, to network analysis and visualization, and basic mapping.
Richard GriscomPennLibrary support for digital humanitiesInvolved in digitization projects related to audio and printed music. Team leader for the group developing the new Franklin catalog at
Rachel GubermanPennHistoryI’m a former NPR producer-turned-historian in my 5th year of the PhD program at Penn. Read more
My work explores the connections between metropolitan transformation and political realignment in the United States after the 1960s, offering a new explanation for political change that moves beyond conventional ideas about liberal decline and conservative ascendance. I’m also the co-founder of Penn’s Digital History Meet Up, an informal monthly gathering of History grad students to discuss both the hands-on and theoretical implications of DH for our work.
William B. HaffordPennArchaeology, ancient economics, ancient Near East, modern technology as applied to these disciplinesBrad Hafford is an archaeologist, writer and teacher who is currently managing a project to make available all data concerning one of the most important sites in Mesopotamia–the city of Ur. This site was excavated by the Penn Museum in conjunction with the British Museum from 1922-1934 and even though many publications arose from the data, there is much more to be done. Read more
The project is making all data from the site (such as field notes, catalogues, and photos) digital and accessible to researchers and the public alike, promoting collaborative thinking and modern publication that continues to evolve our understanding of Ur.
Marjorie HassenPenn
Matt HerbisonDrexelHistoryI’m an archivist who has worked in small and medium archives with niche-y content. I find that interacting with practicing humanities folks helps me understand and do my job better. I may have become a THATCamp addict.
Eric JanecPennPhilosophy, digital humanities, educational technology, user experience designI’m a newly-minted librarian from the Drexel MLIS program. I currently work in the Education Commons at Penn, and have a long-standing interest in philosophy, intellectual history, and technology. I’m very interested in digital librarianship and its use in promoting and supporting research and learning in the humanities, digital and otherwise.
Marie JaquishPennLibrary Science, Information Systems, ClassicsI am a current student at Drexel’s iSchool, working towards a dual MS/MSIS in Library & Information Science/Information Systems. I am a library intern at Van-Pelt, working with both the ScholarlyCommons repository and the Weigle Information Commons. Read more
Although now studying ultramodern technologies and trends, I also have more archaic interests, previously earning a B.A. in Ancient Greek/Latin from Ohio Wesleyan University.
Sarah JohnsonHistoryHmm, my background is not traditionally academic. My BA degree is in history, though I started out designing clothes for theater and entertainment professionally. This stage of my career taught me to take my work not myself too seriously. Read more
I’ve done jobs that range from the sublime (big budget/big designers/stars/egos) to the ridiculous (glueing eyes back onto woodpecker heads for the Macy’s Thanksgiving parade). My MA is in the history of clothing, and I wrote my dissertation about the industrial development of women’s clothing in American department stores 1850-1900, using mail order catalogs as primary source material. I started teaching design history at art and design schools when I finished my MA in 1990 in NYC and have done some museum curatorial work. At 48, I feel a bit neolithic about my tech skills and my approach to technology, though I feel I can contribute significantly in terms of historical content. I have used Blackboard, can scan images for powerpoint presentations, have set up and used relational databases in research but I need some new models about how to think digitally. When you are learning a foreign language, eventually you reach a point where you stop translating and start thinking in the language–that is where I would like to get digitally because not having these skills is impeding me, professionally.
David Zvi KalmanPennIslamic law, Jewish law, legal reform, universal accessibilityAt Penn, I study two things in parallel: Islamic law and Jewish law. My interests in these two fields is motivated by a desire to understand religious legal systems — and, hopefully, to use that knowledge for the good of the world.Read more
I believe that the world is most beautiful when viewed through a multitude of lenses, and in all my work I attempt to find ways of communicating this multitude to others.
Ayako KanoPennJapanese & comparative lit & history, film, graduate education
Louise KrazniewiczPennAnthropology
Matthew KruerPennHistoryI am a Ph.D. candidate in History at Penn, just beginning research for my dissertation on Native Americans, populist revolt, and imperial reconfiguration in the seventeenth-century American South.
Rashmi KumarPennInstructional TechnologyI am interested in three broad areas of research: STEM Learning, Instructional Technology, and Teacher Education. My dissertation explored parents’ initiatives in supporting their children’s interest and participation in STEM disciplines.
Eugene LewPennMusic, History of Art
John MacDermottPennEducational Technology
Shawn MartinPennLibraryShawn Martin is Scholarly Communication Librarian at the Van Pelt Library of the
University of Pennsylvania. He has a BA in history from Ohio State University and an MA in history from the College of William and Mary. Read more
He has worked for several years in digital libraries including the Digital Library Project at the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, the Ohio Memory Project at the Ohio Historical Society, and, most recently, the Text Creation Partnership at the University of Michigan. Shawn is also active in several library and scholarly associations and serves as the Executive Director of the American Association for History and Computing.
James McAdamsLehighEnglishJames McAdams received his B.A. in English/Creative Writing from the University of Pittsburgh and his M.A. in English from Villanova University. Prior to enrolling in higher education, he worked for many years in the web-site design industry. Read more
Currently, James is pursuing his Ph.D. in English and Digital Humanities at Lehigh University, where his primary areas of research consist of postmodernism, the contemporary American and anglophone novel, and the capacities for electronic literature to remediate traditional aesthetic and formal tendencies in fiction.
David McKnightPennDigital Humanities, Digital Libraries, History of the BookSince 1997, I have been building a variety of digital collections based on institutional print collections. As these collections are published, I remain very interested in their use, but I am also looking towards the future for new tools, trends and ideas which illustrate how digital content is used by the new Humanists.
Holly MengelPennHistory, Archives, Primary sources in curriculumFor more than two years, I was the manager for the PACSCL/CLIR “Hidden Collections” Processing Project hosted by the University of Pennsylvania. Currently, I work for on the “Promoting Research through Rare Book Cataloging partnerships” project, also funded by CLIR and hosted by Penn’s Rare Book Cataloging Department. Read more
I am interested in providing online access to primary source material and encouraging its use by all types of users, especially those teaching history.
Nick OkrentPennHistory
Hoi Ning NgaiPennHigher EducationMy name is Hoi Ning Ngai (with Hoi Ning being my first name), and I’m an Associate Director of Academic Affairs & Advising at the Wharton School. I did my undergraduate degree in Psychology at Dartmouth, my graduate work in Higher Education at UCLA, and my culinary work at the French Culinary Institute. Read more
So needless to say, I love the sciences, the social sciences, the humanities, and the arts. I also love technology, media, and social media. And I appreciate any opportunity to collaborate with new and current colleagues on interdisciplinary projects and initiatives. I’m really excited for this!
Marissa NicosiaPennEnglish, Book HistoryMarissa Nicosia is a PhD candidate in the Department of English at the University of Pennsylvania. Her work engages with the fields of early modern English literature, material texts studies, and political theory. Read more
Marissa’s dissertation, “Historical Genre and the Politics of Borrowing in Early Modern England,” studies the relationships between genres with historical ambitions, political and social upheavals, and local acts of literary appropriation across a long seventeenth century.
Noam OsbandPennDigital humanities, documentary film, anthropologyI’m a PhD candidate in anthropology whose heart lies with documentary film. As a former full-time teacher who is now a grad student, I’ve been trying throughout my time here to find innovative ways of combining my interests in film with academics. Read more
To that end, I created a online distance learning curriculum where students in Mississippi learned Bourdieu and posted videos about how his ideas apply to their lives, I helped students I TA’d in medical anthropology create videos for alternative assessments, and I’m now getting ready to start my dissertation which will be one of the first partially filmic dissertations at Penn.
Karrie PetersonPennDigital Scholarship TrendsI work in the part of the library that supports student learning of research and information skills in the digital age. As scholarship and the information landscape changes, the process and in some cases even the paradigm for research and research questions also changes. Read more
My professional interests are in the intersection of changing technology, the skills essential to success as we move deeper into a digital era, and epistemological questions about how knowledge and what it means to do quality scholarly work are affected in world of abundant and accessible data.
Alessandro PezzatiPennArchaeology, anthropology, museums, archivesI have worked in the Museum Archives since 1987, head archivist since 2002. The Archives of the University of Pennsylvania Museum house the administrative records of the 125 year old institution, as well as the expedition and research manuscripts of the many scholars who have worked here. Read more
In addition to field notes and correspondence, we hold over half a million images and nearly one thousand reels of motion picture film.
Kate PourshariatiPennFilm ArchivesKate Pourshariati is a film archivist at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, (Penn Museum) where she works with a range of culturally and historically significant motion picture films, dating from 1913 to the 1990s. Read more
Kate has been involved with restoration of the first documentary sound film “Matto Grosso, the Great Brazilian Wilderness” (1931) and the seminal series “Navajo Film Themselves” (AKA Through Navajo Eyes) (1966). In addition to the cataloging, restoration and digitization of films, she has been working with source communities to share back the Museum’s historic film materials for re-interpretation and revision. Most recently she has been curating cultural documentaries at the Museum, including a new occasional series called Live From the Archives!, which consists of films made using Museum archival footage. Screenings are generally free and all are cordially welcomed.
Tim PowellPennAnthropologyI have been involved for the past ten years in grant funded projects designed to utilize digital technology to make archival and museum holdings available to Tribal colleges. I work at the Penn Museum, Religious Studies dept, American Philosophical Society (APS), and as project director for three NEH grants with Ojibwe tribal colleges in Minn. Read more
I edit two websites, which are supported by Penn’s SAS computing: An Ojibwe Digital Archive ( and Digital Partnerships with Indian Communities ( I am currently directing a Mellon grant for the APS, which will digitize 3000 hours of Native American audio and work to create digital archives on reservations to help with language preservation and cultural revitalization.
Katie PricePennEnglishI am a PhD Candidate at the University of Pennsylvania, currently completing a dissertation entitled, “The Tangential Point”: ‘Pataphysical Practice in Post-War Poetry. I am also Interviews Editor at Jacket2 and an Associate Editor at Electronic Poetry Center. Read more
I am currently co-coordinating Penn’s Modernsim and Twentieth Studies reading group with Beth Blum. With Jonathan Fedors, I am organizing “Poetry Communities and the Individual Talent,” a conference on 20th and 21st century poetics that will take place on April 13-14 at Kelly Writers House.
Jen RajchelBryn MawrI am The Greenfield Project Assistant and Digital Initiatives Intern. For The Greenfield Digital Center, I am exploring the early dorm culture of Bryn Mawr in the archives as well as working in TEI and with Omeka to think about how to digitally archive contextual information. Read more
For the Tri-Co Digital Humanities Initiative, I work on developing collaborations within the Tri-Co (Bryn Mawr, Haverford, and Swarthmore Colleges) surrounding digital humanities.
Jennifer RedmondBryn MawrHistoryI am the Director of The Albert M. Greenfield Digital Center for the History of Women’s Education, a new digital portal for promoting research, teaching and discussion on the history of women’s education. We are using Omeka as the basis for our site and I am learning a lot about the ways in which the cataloging and display of material matters in the digital world. I am hoping to meet more people working in the digital arena in the local Philly area.
Dan RoylesTempleHistoryI’ve been a doctoral student in history at Temple University for the past five years, and I’m currently working on a dissertation about African American AIDS activism. I’ve also done some museum and public history consulting, and I’m generally interested in ways that ideas about the human body have historically been mapped onto conceptions of political community.
Jerry RudasillPennClassroom TechnologyI’ve worked in Classroom Technology Services since 1997. We configure and support the technology in the Central Pool, numbering 204 classrooms over 28 buildings. I am also responsible for administering the Echo 360 Lecture Capture system.
Jacqui SadashigePennCritical Writing, Cinema Studies, Asian American StudiesI am something of a restless spirit. After completing a BA in Fine Arts and English from Amherst College, I began PhD program in English and Medieval Studies at Indiana University. Read more
During that time, I became interested in Roman Literature. I eventually transferred my interests and my self and earned my PhD in Classical Studies from the University of Pennsylvania. Although I was hired as a Latinist, I found myself increasingly drawn to popular culture, especially film. These days I teach cinema-based courses for the Critical Writing program.
Elizabeth ScheyderPennTechnology, LanguagesI’m a Senior Instructional Technology Specialist in the School of Arts & Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania, where I lead a wide variety of projects assisting professors who want to improve their classes with instructional technologies. As part of this, I’m a primary campus contact for audience response systems and plagiarism detection tools and primary SAS contact for other instructional technologies and web-based tools.
Emogene SchillingNight Kitchen InteractiveDigital humanities, technology for non-programmers, digital education projects, content strategyHi! My name is Emogene and I am the Research Coordinator at Night Kitchen Interactive, an interactive design firm that works with museums and cultural heritage organizations. Prior to coming to Night Kitchen, I worked as an educator and program developer for the Walker Art Center and other art/non-profit organizations in the Minneapolis area. Read more
These days, I’m interested in learning more about digital educational projects, content strategy, and other best practices and tools that can make technology more accessible to me, the clients I work with, and the audiences they serve.
Eric SchnittkePennHistory, Digitization, Preservation, Digital HumanitiesI have been at the Penn Museum Archives for over a year. Professionally, my interests include preservation, open information, and access. Personally, I’m also interested in internet users’ rights, net neutrality, and open-source anything.
Caitlin ShanleyPennEducational Technology
Nancy ShawcrossPennManuscripts: American, European, IndicAs Curator of Manuscripts in Penn’s Rare Book & Manuscript Library, I have written and received two grants from the NEH to digitize the library’s Western manuscripts up to 1801. Read more
I am currently preparing a proposal to the NEH to digitize the library’s Indic-language manuscripts. I am interested in how to improve or enhance the library’s delivery system for digital facsimiles, as well as how to expand our delivery of digital facsimiles over the Web.
Sara Sieteski
Pushkar SohoniPenn
Felicia Jean SteeleCollege of New JerseyHistory of the English Language, British Literature before 1700, Literary TheoryWhen people ask what I teach, I often joke that I have “The Highlander Job” in the English department–there can be only one History of the English language specialist. My dissertation tracked changes to the modal verb system in English from Old to Middle English, primarily examining homiletic discourse. Read more
Over the years, my scholarship has focused on linguistic issues as they’ve manifested in British literature (in Beowulf, Chaucer, and Shakespeare), but I want to move more aggressively into corpus linguistics and digitally assisted textual scholarship, particularly on understudied British manuscripts.
Rebecca StuhrPennClassical Studies and History
Michael TedeschiInteractive MechanicsTechnology, Design, Interactive, UX DesignMichael is an interactive designer bringing a cumulative six years experience in the field since early 2006. Michael is the founder and creative director of Interactive Mechanics, an interactive design firm specializing in exciting and engaging experiences through web, mobile and installation platforms. Notable clients include Bryn Mawr College and ColdLight Solutions.
John TheibaultStockton CollegeDigital HumanitiesI direct Richard Stockton College’s South Jersey Center for Digital Humanities, a central meeting place for scholars at Stockton interested in working on digital projects. I started as a historian of early modern Europe. I have gravitated towards digital humanities via a stint working at a designer of online textbooks for the college market and director educational outreach at a library/museum/center for scholarship.
David ToccafondiPennGraphic Design, Educational TechnologyI work at Van Pelt Library, managing the Vitale Digital Media Lab in the Weigle Information Commons.
Jay TreatPennHumanitiesJay Treat came to graduate school at Penn because the Religious Studies program was actively involved in computer-assisted tools for textual analysis. Since 1994, he has worked for SAS Computing, where he supports the use of technology in teaching and research, especially in the humanities. Read more
Technology evolves rapidly. It’s worth assessing what’s available to empower a more participative learning process.
Catherine TurnerPennEnglish
Nicole Myers TurnerPennHistory
Leslie VallhonratPenn
Anu VedanthamPennEducational TechnologyMy 2011 dissertation looked at how theories on self-efficacy and technology acceptance could explain differences by gender in online video creation by college students. Read more
Through this work, I have become interested in why we adopt some new technologies and ignore others. I enjoy working with databases and statistics and have also recently come to enjoy qualitative research methodologies. I’ve studied computer science, public policy and higher education administration – so quite a mixed bag. I love trying out new tech tools, and helping others make sense of them. I’ve directed the Penn Libraries’ Weigle Information Commons since 2007. Looking forward to my first THATCamp.
Julie VickPennCareers for Humanities PhDsI have been a career advisor for PhD students at Penn for 25 years and work with them on academic and non-academic job/career searches. Like many I am concerned about job prospects for humanities PhDs and, hence, am interested in learning more about this evolving area of digital humanities. Read more
My own academic roots are in the humanities as my B.A. was in Classics and my M.A. in Folklore and Folklife. I also have an M.S. in Library Science.
Brian VivierPennChinese Studies, HistoryAs the Chinese studies librarian, I oversee Penn’s Chinese Collection and handle reference services for the community of Chinese studies scholars at Penn. My academic interests focus on medieval Chinese and Inner Asian history.
Bob WaltherPennPhilosophy, English, GermanI am a librarian at Penn with a long history of involvement with digital resources. Currently I am a member of the group working on Penn Library’s next generation catalog/discovery tool.
Elise WarshavskyPennDigital Libraries
William Patrick WendLehighAmerican Lit, Digital HumanitiesLiterature professor whose research and pedagogical focus is on the digital humanities. I helped coordinate ThatCamp Jersey Shore and have led discussions on using wikis in the classroom and working with students who have low technology skills at ThatCamp Jersey Shore and ThatCamp Philly respectively.
David WilliamsSupport for digital humanities/technologyI am a writer who is learning programming and have interest in learning more about the digital humanities and the intersection of storytelling and technology.
Scott WilliamsPennMuseum datasets/content, technology, access, presentation
Grant WythoffPrincetonEnglish, media theoryI work on media theory and science fiction with a particular emphasis on 19th and 20th century America.  My dissertation, Gadgetry: New Media and the Fictional Imagination, is a cultural history of that alternately physical and fictional device, the gadget. Read more
Though the word serves as a sort of empty container for any object whatsoever, the shape of that container changes drastically from its origins in late nineteenth century nautical jargon to its present day association with portable electronics. The basic idea is that the functionality of the gadget, as a perpetually evolving genre of tools, is redefined for the material needs and fictional desires of each new era. I am also project manager on the upcoming Princeton Prosody Archive, a full text searchable database of writing on prosody spanning 1750-1950. This includes thousands of manuscripts, manuals, articles, grammar books, and other materials on the rhythm, intonation, and utterance of language.
Mike ZarafonetisHaverfordHistoryI received a PhD in history from Auburn University in 2010, spent a year working in Digital Collections at the Hagley Museum and Library in Wilmington, DE, and joined the Haverford College library as Digital Scholarship Librarian at the end of 2011.
Amy ZollPennAnthropology, ArchaeologyI provide technical support for the Anthropology Dept and Penn Humanities Forum, but am also completing a dissertation on Latin votive inscriptions in the western Roman provinces. My analyses employ quantitative and geospatial techniques and I have long been interested in exploring ancient cultures using digital tools.