MLA 2013 workshop experts

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Ronald Bernier

Ronald R. Bernier is Chair of the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences at Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston, MA, where he teaches art history and visual culture. He holds MA and Ph.D. degrees in Art History and Theory from Essex University (UK), and an MBA from the Whittemore School of Business and Economics at the University of New Hampshire. More recently, he earned a master’s degree in Theology and Religious Studies from the University of Scranton, PA, and is currently enrolled in Advanced Theological Study at Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge, MA. Bernier is the author of numerous exhibition catalogues and scholarly essays, including, “The Economy of Salvation: Narrative and Liminality in Rembrandt’s Death of the Virgin (2005); Monument, Moment, and Memory: Monet's Cathedral in Fin-de-Siècle France (2007); Beyond Belief: Theoaesthetics or Just Old-Time Religion? (2010), and is currently completing the manuscript of a forthcoming book on American video artist, Bill Viola.

Rebecca Davis (NITLE)

Dr. Davis develops programs and conducts research about the digital humanities, digital scholarship, and the integration of inquiry, pedagogy, and technology for teaching and learning across the humanities. She also writes and consults in these areas, drawing on a deep background in helping faculty and staff at liberal arts colleges explore these areas via a variety of workshops and seminars. She has particular expertise in intercampus teaching and virtual collaboration. She holds a Ph. D. and M.A. in classical studies from the University of Pennsylvania, and a B.A. (summa cum laude) in classical studies and Russian from Vanderbilt University. She blogs at

Quinn Dombrowski (DHCommons, Bamboo DiRT)

Quinn Dombrowski is a Research Applications Developer at UC Berkeley, and a Slavic linguist who applies digital humanities analytic methodologies to the birchbark letters of medieval Novgorod. Quinn has developed numerous Drupal-based sites for digital humanities projects, including DHCommons and the Bamboo DiRT directory of digital research tools, services and collections. She is currently writing Drupal for Humanists an extensive online guide to using Drupal as a platform for digital humanities projects.

Julia Flanders (Brown University Women Writers Project, Center for Digital Scholarship)

Julia Flanders is the Director of the Women Writers Project, part of the Center for Digital Scholarship at the Brown University Library, where she has worked since the early 1990s. She also serves as editor-in-chief of Digital Humanities Quarterly, and as President of the Association for Computers and the Humanities. She is a member of the steering committee of centerNet and ADHO, and served for ten years on the board of directors of the Text Encoding Initiative. Her research interests focus on digital modes of scholarly communication and research, the transformation of textual information into data, and the organization of scholarly work in the digital humanities. She is also interested in how digital humanities projects are developed, funded, managed, and documented. She is currently overseeing two NEH grants: "Cultures of Reception" (focusing on the emergence of transatlantic cultures of readership and reception of women's writing in the late 18th and early 19th centuries) and "Taking TEI Further", a series of advanced digital humanities workshops beginning in 2012.

Amanda French (THATCamp)

Amanda French is currently the THATCamp Coordinator at the Center for History and New Media, and her primary professional interest is in teaching digital methods to the next generation of humanities scholars. She has pursued that interest both for the Digital History Across the Curriculum project at NYU and as a Council on Library and Information Resources Postdoctoral Fellow at NCSU. She earned her doctorate in English from the University of Virginia in 2004, where she encoded texts in TEI for the Rossetti Archive and the Electronic Text Center. Her dissertation is a history of the villanelle, the nineteen-line poetic form of Dylan Thomas's "Do not go gentle into that good night"; she is currently at work on a book titled Here is a Verbal Contraption: The Art of Twitter.

Jennifer Guiliano (Building a DH Center)

Jennifer Guiliano serves as an Assistant Director at the Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities at the University of Maryland, where she is in charge of project development including grant writing, project management, and staff supervision, and is a Center Affiliate of the National Center for Supercomputing Applications. She has over four years of experience in building and developing individual projects and center agendas in digital humanities.

Matthew Gold (Looking for Whitman, The Commons in a Box)

Matthew K. Gold is Associate Professor of English at New York City College of Technology. At the CUNY Graduate Center, he serves as Advisor to the Provost for Master’s Programs and Digital Initiatives and Acting Executive Officer of the M.A. Program in Liberal Studies (MALS) and teaches in both MALS Program and in the Doctoral Certificate Program in Interactive Technology and Pedagogy. He also serves as Director of the GC Digital Scholarship Lab, Director of the CUNY Academic Commons, Co-Director of the CUNY Digital Humanities Initiative, and Director of the “Looking for Whitman” project. 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 forthcoming collections Teaching Digital Humanities (Open Book Publishers, 2012) and The Johns Hopkins Guide to Digital Media and Textuality (Johns Hopkins, 2012). His digital humanities projects, including “Looking for Whitman” and “The Commons In A Box,” have been supported by grants from the NEH Office of Digital Humanities, the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Department of Education, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, and the Ford Foundation. He was recently elected to the Executive Council of the Association for Computers and the Humanities.

Matthew Jockers

Matthew L. Jockers is Assistant Professor of English and Faculty Fellow in the Center for Digital Research in the Humanities at the University of Nebraska. Prior to that he was a Lecturer in the Department of English at Stanford where he co-founded and co-directed, with Franco Moretti, the Stanford Literary Lab. Jockers’s published work includes essays on computational approaches to authorship attribution, as well as papers on Irish and Irish-American literature. His book, Macroanalysis: Digital Methods and Literary History, will be published by University of Illinois Press in 2013. A full bio and other information is available at

Laura Mandell (18th Connect)

Laura Mandell is the author of Misogynous Economies: The Business of Literature in Eighteenth-Century Britain (1999), a Longman Cultural Edition of The Castle of Ortanto and Man of Feeling, and numerous articles primarily about eighteenth-century women writers. Her recent article in New Literary History, "What Is the Matter? What Literary History Neither Hears Nor Sees," describes how digital work can be used to conduct research into conceptions informing the writing and printing of eighteenth-century poetry. She is Editor of the Poetess Archive, on online scholarly edition and database of women poets, 1750-1900; Associate Director of NINES; and Director of 18thConnect. Her current research involves developing new methods for visualizing poetry, developing software that will allow all scholars to deep-code documents for data-mining, and improving OCR software for early modern and 18th-c. texts via high performance and cluster computing.

Patrick Murray-John

Patrick Murray-John began his arc toward digital humanities as a newly-minted Ph.D. in Anglo-Saxon literature from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In his hunt for the elusive tenure-track position, he aimed to combine expertise in very old texts with very new "texts", especially online texts for teaching and learning. He then made the gentle switch to becoming an educational technologist at the University of Mary Washington, then to a Research Assistant Professor at George Mason University at the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media. Patrick now manages the development team for and works on the Omeka publishing platform, works with Linked Open Data, has built sites with WordPress, Omeka, and Drupal, and is fascinated by what pops out when "traditional" research and teaching collide with the possibilities of new digital and online forms. He also does various duties as assigned, and tries to do creative things with the technologies he knows.

Bethany Nowviskie (ACH: Association for Computers & the Humanities)

Dr. Bethany Nowviskie is is president of the Association for Computers and the Humanities and director of Digital Research and Scholarship at the University of Virginia Library, a department that includes the Scholars' Lab, creators of a newly-released tool for geo-temporal interpretation called Neatline. Nowviskie is also associate director of the Scholarly Communication Institute and chair of MLA's Committee on Information Technology. She has co-directed and designed a number of digital humanities projects from the mid-1990s to present. Her recent projects at ACH include DHAnswers. A more complete bio is available here.

Jason Rhody (NEH)

Jason Rhody is a Senior Program Officer in the Office of Digital Humanities (ODH) at the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). Prior to joining the Endowment in 2003, he was a founding employee of the Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities (MITH), where he contributed to and advised digital humanities projects while teaching courses in literature and digital media. His scholarly research focuses on the influence of material conditions and modes of production on the delivery of narrative across a variety of media, from print fiction to computer games.

Jentery Sayers (University of Victoria)

Jentery Sayers is an Assistant Professor of English and Director of the Maker Lab in the Humanities at the University of Victoria. His research interests include comparative media studies, digital humanities, sound studies, and computers and composition. His work has appeared in Kairos: Rhetoric, Technology, and Pedagogy; Computational Culture; The Information Society; Collaborative Approaches to the Digital in English Studies; ProfHacker; Sounding Out!; The New Everyday; The New Work of Composing; Off Paper; The Digital Rhetoric Collaborative; and Writing and the Digital Generation, among others. His research has been supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Simpson Center for the Humanities, Implementing New Knowledge Environments, the Nebraska Digital Workshop, and HASTAC. His first book project, How Text Lost Its Source: Magnetic Recording Cultures, is under construction with the University of Michigan Press.

David Shepard (HyperCities)

David Shepard is a PhD student in English at UCLA, where he supervises the technical development of HyperCities, a tool for creating narratives combining spatial and historical data. With Todd Presner and Chris Johanson, he received a Google Digital Humanities Award to develop Geoscribe, a tool for annotating Google books with geo-spatial content. His dissertation focuses on the history of digital humanities and its impact on postmodern literature. His other research focuses on mapping and visualizing social media data, with a project called HyperCities Now.

Lisa Spiro (NITLE)

As the director of NITLE (National Institute for Technology in Liberal Education), Dr. Spiro works with liberal arts colleges to promote innovative approaches to pedagogy and technology. Lisa also serves as the program manager of Anvil Academic, a new digital, non-profit publisher for the humanities. Currently she serves on the Executive Council for the Association for Computers and the Humanities (ACH) and is the Communications Officer for the Association of Digital Humanities Organizations (ADHO). Lisa was 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 university’s central multimedia lab, led workshops on topics such as digital storytelling and digital research tools, and contributed to digital library projects. While a graduate student in English at the University of Virginia,Lisa encoded texts at the Electronic Text Center and worked briefly as managing editor of Postmodern Culture.

Kathryn Tomasek (Encoding Financial Records)

Kathryn Tomasek co-directs the Wheaton College Digital History Project with Wheaton College Archivist and Special Collections Curator Zephorene L. Stickney. Students in her courses do original research with documents from the founding period of the college. Tomasek's research project, Encoding Financial Records, received a Start-Up Grant from the Office of Digital Humanities at the National Endowment for the Humanities in 2011.

John Unsworth

In February of 2012, John Unsworth begins an appointment as the Vice-Provost for Library and Technology Services and Chief Information Officer at Brandeis University. He moves to this post from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he has been Dean of the Graduate School of Library and Information Science (GSLIS) at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign from 2003 to 2012. In addition to being a Professor in GSLIS, at Illinois he also held appointments in the department of English and on the Library faculty; also,from 2008 to 2011, he served as Director of the Illinois Informatics Institute, a campus-wide organization that serves to coordinate and encourage informatics-related education and research. During the ten years before coming to Illinois, from 1993-2003, he served as the first Director of the Institute for Advanced Technology in the Humanities, and a faculty member in the English Department, at the University of Virginia. For his work at IATH, he received the 2005 Richard W. Lyman Award from the National Humanities Center. He chaired the national commission that produced Our Cultural Commonwealth, the 2006 report on Cyberinfrastructure for Humanities and Social Science, on behalf of the American Council of Learned Societies, and he has supervised research projects across the disciplines in the humanities. He has also published widely on the topic of electronic scholarship, as well as co-directing one of nine national partnerships in the Library of Congress's National Digital Information Infrastructure Preservation Program, and securing grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Science Foundation, the Getty Grant Program, IBM, Sun, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and others. His first faculty appointment was in English, at North Carolina State University, from 1989 to 1993. He attended Princeton University and Amherst College as an undergraduate, graduating from Amherst in 1981. He received a Master's degree in English from Boston University in 1982 and a Ph.D. in English from the University of Virginia in 1988. In 1990, at NCSU, he co-founded the first peer-reviewed electronic journal in the humanities, Postmodern Culture (now published by Johns Hopkins University Press, as part of Project Muse). He also organized, incorporated, and chaired the Text Encoding Initiative Consortium, co-chaired the Modern Language Association's Committee on Scholarly Editions, and served as President of the Association for Computers and the Humanities and later as chair of the steering committee for the Alliance of Digital Humanities Organizations, as well as serving on many other editorial and advisory boards. He was born in 1958, in Northampton, Massachusetts; in 1978, he married Margaret English, with whom he has three children: Bill, Thomas, and Eleanor. Further information is at: