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Biographies & Contacts

Published onSep 21, 2021
Biographies & Contacts


Lindsey Seatter (lindsey [dot] seatter [at] kpu [dot] ca) holds a PhD in English from U Victoria and is a Faculty Member at Kwantlen Polytechnic U, where she teaches literature and composition. Broadly, Seatter’s research focuses on the British Romantic period, women’s writing, and Digital Humanities. Her SSHRC-funded dissertation explored the evolution of Jane Austen’s narrative style across her manuscript and print works. Seatter has given presentations at national and international conferences on female literary networks, reading Jane Austen with computers, expanding the Romantic literary canon (#Bigger6), and digital pedagogy. In addition to her teaching, Seatter is the Managing Editor of IDEAH, an Associate Director of DHSI, and an Associated Researcher with the ETCL

Ray Siemens (siemens [at] uvic [dot] ca) is Distinguished Professor in the Faculty of Humanities at the University of Victoria, Canada, in English and Computer Science, and past Canada Research Chair in Humanities Computing; in 2019, he was also Leverhulme Visiting Professor at U Loughborough and, 2019-22, Global Innovation Chair in Digital Humanities in the Centre for 21st Century Humanities at U Newcastle. He is founding editor of the electronic scholarly journal Early Modern Literary Studies, and his publications include, among others, Blackwell'sCompanion to Digital Humanities (2004, 2015 with Schreibman and Unsworth), the Companion to Digital Literary Studies (2007, with Schreibman), A Social Edition of the Devonshire MS (2012, 2015; MRTS/Iter & Wikibooks, with Crompton et al.), Literary Studies in the Digital Age (2014; MLA, with Price), Doing Digital Humanities (2017; Routledge, with Crompton and Lane), and The Lyrics of the Henry VIII MS (2018; RETS). He directs the Implementing New Knowledge Environments project, the Digital Humanities Summer Institute, and the Electronic Textual Cultures Lab, recently serving as a member of governing council for the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada, as Vice President / Director of the Canadian Federation of the Humanities and Social Sciences (for Research Dissemination), Chair of the MLA Committee on Scholarly Editions, and Chair of the international Alliance of Digital Humanities Organizations.

Caroline Winter (winterc [at] uvic [dot] ca )  is an INKE Partnership Postdoctoral Fellow in Open Social Scholarship in the Electronic Textual Cultures Lab (ETCL) at the University of Victoria and the Co-Chair of the DHSI 2021 – Online Edition Conference & Colloquium. She holds a PhD in English, specializing in British Romantic literature, and is currently an MLIS candidate at the University of Alberta's School of Library and Information Studies. Her recent publications include "From 'The Sweepings of her Desk' to Our Desktops: Building Mary Shelley's Gothic Tales in the Keepsake as a Digital Dissertation Satellite Project" in Digital Studies, the collaboratively authored "Foundations for the Canadian Humanities and Social Sciences Commons: Exploring the Possibilities of Digital Research Communities" in Pop!, and the collaboratively authored chapter "Ontologies for Digital Humanists" in Doing More Digital Humanities: Open Approaches to Creation, Growth, and Development.


Caterina Agostini (cate [dot] agostini [at] princeton [dot] edu) earned her PhD in Italian from Rutgers University. Her Ph.D. dissertation, “Scientific Thinking and Narrative Discourse in Early Modern Italy,” examines how science is represented in the Italian tradition in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. As a Co-Chair of the IIIF Outreach Community Group, she advocates to expand the outreach of the International Image Interoperability Framework (IIIF). Caterina’s research and digital work has been supported by the Renaissance Society of America DHSI fellowship, the Open Knowledge Practicum Fellowship at the University of Victoria, the Eugene Garfield Fellowship at the American Philosophical Society, and the D’Argenio Fellowships in History and Data Visualization at Seton Hall University. Caterina has work published with La parola del testo: Rivista internazionale di letteratura italiana e comparata,Galilaeana, and Palgrave Macmillan. At Princeton University, she is the Digital Humanities Project Manager to support collaborative scholarly initiatives at the Center for Digital Humanities. 

Adam Anderson (adamganderson [at] gmail [dot] com) is a lecturer in Digital Humanities and Data Science at UC Berkeley. As an academic coordinator for Digital Humanities at Berkeley, Adam was co-author and designer of the curriculum for the Digital Humanities Minor and Certificate Program. His work brings together the fields of computational linguistics, archaeology and Assyriology to quantify the social and economic landscapes that emerged during the Bronze Age in the ancient Near East.

Kristen Abbott Bennett (kbennett5 [at] framingham [dot] edu) is an Assistant Professor of English at Framingham State University. She is Project Founder and Director of The Kit Marlowe Project, Assistant Director, Pedagogy for The Map of Early Modern London, and Co-Director of Rams Write

Melinda Cohoon (mecohoon [at] uw [dot] com) is a doctoral candidate in Interdisciplinary Near and Middle Eastern Studies at University of Washington-Seattle. With funding from the SSRC’s Social Data Research and Dissertation Fellowship and Roshan Cultural Heritage Institute, her dissertation explores Iranian and Iranian American gamers in World of Warcraft and social media by tracing how these spaces create affective entanglements, increase the spread disinformation through alt-right sentiments, and promote community building. Cohoon’s digital humanities work, namely Digital Iran( and Digital Borderlands (, looks specifically at video games as tools of state and non-state actors through theoretical frameworks of soft power and discourse.

Benjamin Fuhrman (bfuhrman [at] gmail [dot] com) is a special lecturer in Music Technology and Composition at Oakland University. He received his Doctorate of Musical Arts in composition from Michigan State University. His work as a composer and teacher focuses on interactive works for human performers and computers, sound manipulation, live synthesis, acousmatic works, the use of video game engines as a compositional device, and other related areas of experimental music and sound design. His works have been performed throughout the world and online. 

Verónica Paula Gómez (veronicagomez [at] conicet [dot] gov [dot] ar) holds a Ph.D. in Humanities from the Universidad Nacional del Litoral (2020) in Argentina and is a research fellow at Instituto de Investigaciones Bibliográficas y Crítica Textual (IIBICRIT) at the Council of Scientific and Technical Research of Argentina (CONICET). Additionally, she holds an MA in Comparative Cultures and Literature (Universidad Nacional de Córdoba, 2015) and a BA in Modern Literature (Universidad de Buenos Aires, 2008). Her research interest focuses on e-literature, examining how it locates itself when it abandons its national roots. Her current postdoctoral project is entitled: “Migrant Forms of Appearance of the Past in Latin American Digital Literature: Memories, Supports, Translations, Corporalities.” She teaches in Universidad Andina Simón Bolivar (Ecuador) and has been Guest Professor in Goethe Universität (Frankfurt, Germany 2021). She is a member of a collective project entitled “Archives in Transition” supported by the European Union (RISE-Marie Curie, Horizon 2020-2024).

Jon Heggestad (jon [dot] heggestad [at] stonybrook [dot] edu) is an English doctoral candidate at Stony Brook University, where he has also received advanced graduate certificates in Women’s & Gender Studies and in Teaching Writing. His research interests are located at the intersection of queer studies and the digital humanities.

Devin Higgins (higgi135 [at] msu [dot] edu) as Head of Digital Development and Strategies, Devin Higgins builds digital collections for the Michigan State University libraries, pursuing computational techniques to enlist digital objects in exhibits that encourage exploration and engagement. He supports digital scholarship at MSU, focusing on data modeling, text analysis, and visualization. His previous publications have focused on literary texts as data, visualizing collaborative networks, text mining in libraries, and linked open data.

Ella Howard (howarde [at] wit [dot] edu) as Associate Professor of History at the Wentworth Institute of Technology, Howard teaches courses in Digital and American History. Her first book, Homeless: Poverty and Place in Urban America (Pennsylvania, 2013), examined the history of New York City’s Bowery as a skid row. Her current project focuses on the history of historic preservation as a form of exclusionary zoning, exploring the ways it has furthered gentrification and segregation by race and class, and evaluating strategies for inclusive preservation.

Arun Jacob (arun [dot] jacob [at] mail [dot] utoronto [dot] ca) is a doctoral student at the Faculty of Information at the University of Toronto. His educational pursuits have included electronics engineering technology, professional communication, and labour studies. His research examines the media histories of educational technologies. 

Joshua Korenblat (korenblj [at] newplatz [dot] edu) is an Assistant Professor of Graphic Design at the State University of New York (SUNY) at New Paltz. Prior to joining the Art Department faculty at SUNY New Paltz, Joshua worked as an art director, artist, writer, and educator. Joshua has an MFA in Interdisciplinary Visual Art from the Maryland Institute College of Art, an MA in Teaching from Brown University, and an MA in Writing from Johns Hopkins University. Also, Joshua has a dual-degree BFA and BA from Washington University in St. Louis. Professionally, Joshua has seven years of experience in the Art Department at National Geographic Magazine and Science News. In 2012, Joshua helped to co-found Graphicacy, a data design firm based in Washington, DC. Today, Joshua works as an Art Director with the team at Graphicacy. 

Anya Kulikov (akulikov [dot] 9747 [at] gmail [dot] com) is currently a tech analyst at Goldman Sachs, having graduated from UC Berkeley with B.A.s in Linguistics and Data Science. She has done various research over her years at Berkeley, including working at Framenet and Linguistics Research Apprenticeship Practicum (LRAP). She represented her team at the DHSI 2020 Conference & Colloquium, and answered questions pertaining to the reproduction of socio-economic networks from the Sumerian era.

John Maxwell (max [at] sfu [dot] ca) is Associate Professor in the Publishing Studies Program at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, Canada. John's research has focused on scholarly publishing innovation, the history of media technology, and the cultural trajectories of personal and educational computing. John often teaches a course on text processing histories at the Digital Humanities Summer Institute. He has been at work in new media since the early 1990s, especially in web development, educational technology, SGML & XML, and content management. 

Luis Meneses (luis [dot] meneses [at] viu [dot] ca) is an Instructor in the Department of Computer Science at Vancouver Island University. He is a Fulbright scholar, and has served on the Board of the TEI Consortium and on the IEEE Technical Committee on Digital Libraries. His research interests include digital humanities, digital libraries, information retrieval and human-computer interaction.

Aaron Ottinger (aottinger [at] seattleu [dot] edu) is an Instructor in the Department of Digital Technology and Cultures at Seattle University. A related article, on “Media Adaptations and Ecocritical Perspectives,” appears in Romantic Circles Pedagogies Commons (2020). Ottinger also focuses on the history of literature and mathematics, with recent publications appearing in The Palgrave Handbook of Literature and Mathematics (2020) and Romanticism and Speculative Realism (Bloomsbury 2019). He is currently at work on a book project entitled, “Astral Romanticism: Poetics, Mathematics, Models, and Realism.”

Catherine Ryu (ryuc [at] msu [dot] edu) is associate professor of Japanese literature & culture and director of the Japanese Studies Program at Michigan State University. She received her PhD at the University of Michigan, and her teaching and research interests include Classical Japanese, Heian women’s narratives, Japanese culture and literature, Korean literature, Zainichi literature, game studies, translation studies, children’s literature, digital humanities, and global studies. She also holds a U.S. patent for a language learning platform and is the PI of Tone Perception Efficacy Study, Mandarin Tone Perception and Production, Picky Birds, Tone Perfect, and other projects.

Sean Smith (sean [dot] smith [at] csulb [dot] edu) and Jeffrey Lawler (jeffrey [dot] lawler [at] csulb [dot] edu) are full-time lecturer faculty in the history department at California State University Long Beach and co-Director of the CSULB Center for the History of Video Games and Critical Play. They have created and teach several classes in the Long Beach State history curriculum focusing on digital history, video games and historical representation and public memory, and the history of the gaming and the personal computing industry. They are most recently the co-authors of "Reprogramming the History of Video Game Studies: A Cultural History Approach to Video Games as Primary Sources,” in the fall 2021 special edition of International Public History (De Gruyter), and they are working on a larger research/digital visualization project that explores arcade culture, race, and class in Southern California.

Nga Than (nthan [at] gradcenter [dot] cuny [dot] edu) is a doctoral candidate in sociology at City University of New York – The Graduate Center. Her research interests are in social media, digital sociology, international migration, and computational social science. As a mixed methods scholar, she has conducted qualitative research using interviewing, as well as employing machine learning to analyze text data, and administrative data. Her research has received support the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), Taiwan's Huayu Enrichment Scholarship, CUNY - Doctoral Student Research Grant, and CUNY - Provost's Digital Innovation Grant.

Niek Veldhuis (veldhuis [at] berkeley [dot] edu) is Professor of Assyriology at the University of California at Berkeley. He is the author of History of the Cuneiform Lexical Tradition (2014). His main current research project is called Compass: Computation Assyriology ( This project connects recent trends in Assyriology to developments in Data Science.

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