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Biographies & Contacts

Published onNov 25, 2021
Biographies & Contacts


Lynne Siemens (siemensl [at] uvic [dot] ca) is an Associate Professor in the School of Public Administration, University of Victoria.  Her interests include academic entrepreneurship, collaboration and team work with a focus on understanding methods and processes to facilitate collaborative research across distances, disciplines and organizational boundaries.  She has taught workshops in Project Management at University of Victoria’s Digital Humanities Summer Institute and University of Leipzig's European Summer School for Culture and Technology.  Dr. Siemens was also PI of a research team funded through SSHRC’s International Opportunities Fund program examining the impact of representation from multiple countries, languages and culture groups on research teams with the objective of outlining types of supports and research preparation to ensure effective research results.   Finally, she served as a management advisor for Implementing New Knowledge Environments (INKE), a Major Collaborative Research Initiative project.  Dr. Siemens's role included supporting the development of governance documents, organizational structure and project management.


Jason Boyd (jason [dot] boyd [at] ryerson [dot] ca) is an Associate Professor in the Department of English and the Director of the Centre for Digital Humanities at Ryerson University. In his previous career he was digital projects manager at Records of Early English Drama (REED). He has taught workshops on project management in digital humanities at the European Summer University in Digital Humanities at Leipzig and the Digital Summer Institute Beirut, having himself taken the excellent “Project Management in the Digital Humanities” course at the Digital Humanities Summer Institute (DHSI).

Theresa Burress (tburress [at] usf [dot] edu) is the Assistant Director of Research & Instruction at the St. Petersburg campus of the University of South Florida. She is the liaison librarian for Biology, Environmental Sciences, and Geospatial Programs. Theresa’s research interests include digital scholarship and the intersecting fields of information and data literacy. Her recent research exploring the data practices of students conducting undergraduate research will be published in the May 2022 issue of College & Research Libraries. One can find out more about her work here:

Marc Cormier (marc [dot] cormier [at] cengage [dot] com) focused on product management in literature and the humanities in his tenure at Gale. During his time with the organization, Marc worked with a growing team of dangerous DH professionals that share his desire to expand what we know by re-examining the historical record through data analysis. In 2020, Marc started a new adventure as a Director of Product Management at ProQuest. He wishes he could play professional hockey like his grandfather but instead conjures up wild stories about office intrigue to make his kids think he’s cool.

Quinn Dombrowski (qad [at] stanford [dot] edu) is the Academic Technology Specialist in the Division of Literatures, Cultures, and Languages and in the library at Stanford University. Quinn has a BA/MA in Slavic Linguistics from the University of Chicago, and an MLIS from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Prior to coming to Stanford in 2018, Quinn’s many DH adventures included supporting the high-performance computing cluster at UC Berkeley, running the DiRT tool directory with support from the Mellon Foundation, writing books on Drupal for Humanists and University of Chicago library graffiti, and working on the program staff of Project Bamboo, a failed digital humanities cyberinfrastructure initiative.

Walt Gurley (jwgurley [at] ncsu [dot] edu) is a Data & Visualization Librarian at NC State University Libraries. He supports the NC State community through consultation and instruction on data analysis tools and visualization design and digital development. His digital development projects include web-based applications and digital media that have been incorporated into large-scale, public video displays and immersive visualization spaces. Walt has an M.Sc. in Earth Science from NC State University and previously worked in a public science visualization lab at the NC Museum of Natural Sciences. He was a Co-Principal Investigator for the Immersive Scholar grant.

Lindsey Gervais (lindsey [dot] gervais [at] cengage [dot] com) is a Digital Learning Manager at Gale, where she assists in the learning design and development of Gale’s Digital Scholarship Program. With a doctorate background and research recognition in the field of Cognition, Instruction, and Learning Technology, Lindsey is helping to elevate the instructional framework of Gale’s Digital Scholar Lab. She is a graduate of the University of Connecticut and taught Educational Psychology and Research Practicum for undergraduate and graduate students for nine years.

Shelby Hallman (shelby [dot] hallman [at] lmu [dot] edu) is the Reference & Instruction Librarian for Science and Engineering at Loyola Marymount University. She works with faculty and students in the Seaver College of Science and Engineering to establish library services for STEM via curriculum-integration, collection development, skill-based workshops, and research lifecycle support, while providing assessment of the library-wide instruction program. Prior to joining Loyola Marymount University, she was the Lead Librarian for Engineering at NC State University Libraries, leading a team of science and engineering librarians. She also served as a Co-Principal Investigator for the Immersive Scholar grant.

Erica Y. Hayes (erica [dot] hayes [at] villanova [dot] edu) is a Digital Scholarship Librarian at Villanova University, where she leads Falvey Memorial Library’sdigital scholarship program and supports faculty and students interested in integrating digital tools and methods into their research. Prior to joining Villanova University, she was an NCSU Libraries Fellow based in the Copyright & Digital Scholarship Center and User Experience Department at the NC State University (NCSU) Libraries. While she was working at NCSU, she was the project manager on the Immersive Scholar Andrew W. Mellon Foundation grant.

Sarah Ketchley (sarah [dot] ketchley [at] cengage [dot] com) is an Egyptologist and art history scholar in the Department of Near Eastern Languages & Civilization at the University of Washington. She teaches introductory and graduate-level classes in digital humanities through NELC and Informatics and directs a student DH internship program working to create digital editions of primary source material related to Nile travel in the 19th century. Sarah is also a Digital Humanities Specialist at Gale.

Wendy Perla Kurtz (wpkurtz [at] ucla [dot] edu) is a Lecturer and Project Scientist in the Digital Humanities program at the University of California, Los Angeles, where she teaches courses and support digital humanities projects through the Digital Research Consortium. She holds a PhD in Hispanic Literature from the University of California, Los Angeles, and her research lies at the intersection of cultural memory, digital mapping, and human rights. Prior to this role, Wendy was a Digital Humanities Specialist at Gale where she assisted in the evolution of Gale’s Digital Scholarship Program, including the support, and development of Gale’s Digital Scholar Lab—a research environment designed to assist digital scholarship in the academic community by facilitating text mining and visualization projects, from 2017 to 2020.

Thomas Piggott (thomas [dot] piggott [at] cengage [dot] com)is the Lead User Experience Designer at Gale and has been with the company for six years. Over this time, he has helped define the interface and experiences across Gale’s product platform, ensuring user feedback is incorporated into all aspects of its design. He is a graduate from the University of Michigan with both a Master of Science in Information degree, specializing in human-computer interaction, and a Bachelor of Science in Engineering in computer science.

Harold Short (haroldshort [at] mac [dot] com) is Emeritus Professor of King’s College London, where he founded and directed the Department of Digital Humanities, and where he had a lead role in over 20 large-scale collaborative research projects. He is a former Chair of the European Association for Digital Humanities and the Alliance of Digital Humanities Organisations, and chaired ADHO’s Admissions Committee for a number of years. He is a series editor of the Routledge series Digital Research in the Arts and Humanities. Between 2011 and 2016 he held Visiting Professorial appointments at Western Sydney University and subsequently Australian Catholic University.

Allison Symulevich (asymulev [at] usf [dot] edu) is the Scholarly Communications Librarian at the St. Petersburg campus of the University of South Florida. She is the liaison librarian for Criminology, Political Science, Legal Studies, Forensic Studies, Education, and World Languages. Allison's research interests include open access, promoting faculty scholarship, and creating engaging digital collections on archival platforms.

Micah Vandegrift (mlvandeg [at] ncsu [dot] edu) works on the evolution of policies and workflows to maximize the dissemination and impact of publicly engaged scholarship. Specifically, he researches the evaluation and validation of new forms of scholarly output. As NC State University's Open Knowledge Librarian, Micah builds programs and communities that embrace a more open scholarly praxis. He was the lead Principal Investigator for Immersive Scholar, funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Micah studied open science policy and infrastructure in The Netherlands and Denmark as a Fulbright-Schuman Research Fellow in 2018–2019, and previously worked as the Director of Digital Scholarship at Florida State University.

Margaret (Maggie) Waligora (margaret [dot] waligora [at] cengage [dot] com) is the Product Owner for the Gale Digital Scholar Lab at Gale. She holds a master’s degree in library and information science with a concentration in digital curation and preservation from Wayne State University and a bachelor’s degree in history and art history from the University of Michigan–Dearborn. Maggie is always looking for new ways to refine, grow, and learn. When she is not in the office leading a project, she can be found hiking with her partner Lee and their two dogs (Walter and Charlie), reading historical non-fiction, and listening to podcasts in the comfort of her home.

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