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Biographies & Contacts

Published onMar 14, 2024
Biographies & Contacts


Constance Crompton (ccrompto [at] uottawa [dot] ca; is a Canada Research Chair in Digital Humanities and assistant professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Ottawa. She directs the University of Ottawa’s Labo de données en sciences humaines/The Humanities Data Lab, and is a member of the Lesbian and Gay Liberation in Canada, Linked Infrastructure for Networked Cultural Scholarship and the Implementing New Knowledge Environments (INKE) Partnership research teams. She is the co-editor, with Ray Siemens and Richard Lane, of two volumes, Doing Digital Humanities and Doing More Digital Humanities (Routledge 2016, 2019). She lives and works on unceded Algonquin land.

Laura Estill (lestill [at] stfx [dot] ca; is a Canada Research Chair in Digital Humanities and professor of English at St. Francis Xavier University in Nova Scotia, Canada. Her monograph (Dramatic Extracts in Seventeenth-Century English Manuscripts: Watching, Reading, Changing Plays, 2015) considers the reception of early modern plays. She is co-editor of multiple collections, including Early Modern Studies after the Digital Turn, 2016; Early British Drama in Manuscript, 2019; The Past, Present, and Future of Early Modern Digital Studies, 2023; and Digital Humanities Workshops, 2023.

Ray Siemens (siemens [at] uvic [dot] ca; directs the Electronic Textual Cultures Lab, the Implementing New Knowledge Environments (INKE), and the Digital Humanities Summer Institute. He is Distinguished Professor in the Faculty of Humanities at the University of Victoria, in English and computer science, and past Canada Research Chair in Humanities Computing (2004–2015). In 2019–2020, he was also Leverhulme Visiting Professor at Loughborough U and Global Innovation Chair in Digital Humanities at U Newcastle (2019–2022). You can learn more about Ray at


Nicola Marae Allain (nicola [dot] allain [at] SUNYempire [dot] edu) is the dean of the School of Arts and Humanities at SUNY Empire State University and a faculty member in the Department of Arts and Media. She was formerly director of curriculum and instructional design for the Center for Distance Learning, with expertise in adult learning, online pedagogy, digital learning design, 3D, and virtual immersive environments. Her teaching and scholarship focus on the arts, Asia Pacific cultural traditions, digital media, and emerging technologies. Nicola also translates French poetry (Philippe Beck) and philosophical texts in French, Tahitian, Ancient Greek, and Classical Chinese. She serves on the SUNY Innovative Instruction Research Council Steering Committee.

Geremy Carnes (gcarnes [at] lindenwood [dot] edu; is associate professor of English at Lindenwood University. His teaching and research focus on eighteenth-century British literature and history (particularly with regard to English Catholicism and the development of gothic literature) and on digital humanities pedagogy. His monograph, The Papist Represented: Literature and the English Catholic Community, 1688–1791, argues that this community made considerable contributions to the literary history of the period, and that the hopes and anxieties produced by its engagement with the Protestant majority animated much of eighteenth-century literature. He is co-founder, with Margaret K. Smith, of the St. Louis Digital Humanities Network, which works to advance digital humanities pedagogy in the St. Louis region.

Alan Colín-Arce (alan4rce [at] gmail [dot] com; is a master’s student in sociology at the University of Victoria and a research assistant for the Huellas Incómodas project. His interests are digital pedagogy, open educational resources, and scholarly communication.

Cindy Conaway (cindy [dot]conaway[at]sunyempire [dot]com) is Professor and academic coordinator for communication and media studies, and the program director for a new program in digital communication at SUNY Empire State University. She is writing a digital humanities book about Seinfeld using data visualization. Conaway’s degrees include PhD from Bowling Green State University in american culture studies (with a focus on television studies), an MS in instructional systems design from Florida State University, and a BA in English from the University of Chicago. Publications include Mid Atlantic Almanack, Flow, chapters in Principles, Practices, and Creative Tensions in Progressive Higher Education, How Television Shapes Our Worldview, and Geek Chic. Mastodon: @[email protected].

Megan Perram (mperram [at] ualberta [dot] ca;; she/her) completed her PhD in the Department of Modern Languages and Cultural Studies at the University of Alberta in 2023. She works as a senior policy advisor for the Government of Alberta advising on addiction treatment legislation. Her research centres the experiences of women and nonbinary individuals with hyperandrogenism by exploring innovative digital tools for writing illness narratives. Megan is a 2021 SSHRC Doctoral Fellow and recipient of the President's Doctoral Prize of Distinction. She has twice won the Alberta Graduate Excellence Scholarship, and the Joan Shore Memorial Scholarship in Graduate Studies. She received the Government of Alberta’s Persons Case Scholarship in both 2017 and 2020.

Rosario Rogel-Salazar (rosariorogel [at] gmail [dot] com; is a full professor of sociology at the Autonomous University of the State of Mexico, in the Faculty of Political and Social Sciences. Her research interests are open sciences, open access, and academic publishing.

Deanna Stover (deanna [dot] stover [at] cnu [dot] edu; is an assistant professor of English and the co-director of the digital humanities minor at Christopher Newport University. Her research interests include children’s literature, nineteenth and early-twentieth century literature in the US and Britain, and digital humanities.

Brian Rosenblum (brianrosenblum [at] ku [dot] edu; is the co-director of the Institute for Digital Research in the Humanities (IDRH) at the University of Kansas and an academic librarian of digital initiatives. His research interests are digital humanities, academic publishing, and open access.

Margaret K. Smith (margars [at] siue [dot] edu; is research assistant professor of digital humanities at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and a historian of medieval Ireland. Her digital humanities research centres on creating ethical and sustainable digital humanities infrastructures through projects like Realizing Inclusive Student Engagement in the Digital Humanities (RISE-DH) and the Recovery Hub for American Women Writers, as well as publications on topics like data transparency and failure. She is co-founder with Geremy Carnes of the St. Louis Digital Humanities Network, a regional infrastructure dedicated to expanding access to digital humanities pedagogy at the secondary and undergraduate levels.

Olivia M. Wikle (omwikle [at] iastate [dot] edu; is the head of digital scholarship and initiatives at Iowa State University Library, where she collaborates on work related to the digital repository, digital collections, and digital scholarship. Previously, she was the digital initiatives librarian at the University of Idaho. She is a co-developer of the CollectionBuilder static web framework, and her research interests include sustainability in digital libraries and digital literacy instruction.

Evan Peter Williamson (ewilliamson [at] uidaho [dot] edu; is the digital infrastructure librarian, head of digital scholarship and open strategies, and co-director of the Center for Digital Inquiry and Learning (CDIL) at the University of Idaho Library, working to bring cool projects, enlightening workshops, and innovative services to life. Despite a background in art history, classical studies, and archives , he always manages to get involved in all things digital. His recent focus has been on data driven, minimal infrastructure web development, currently embodied in the CollectionBuilder project.

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