Invited Members of the DHSI Team for this year include the following leading and emerging research theorists and practitioners in the digital arts and humanities:

Invited Instructors

Namir Ahmed (Ryerson U) is a veteran Digital Media artist and Archaeologist. In 2012 Namir was able to combine Archaeology and Digital Media at UWO where he co-founded an innovative internship program, the Sustainable Archaeology Animation Unit, focussed on 3D visualization and new forms of public engagement in Archaeology. Namir now works for the Ryerson University Library as the Coordinator for the Digital Media Experience Lab.

Reg Beatty (Ryerson U) is a bookbinder and book artist who has maintained a studio in Toronto since 1992. He teaches book design at York University and Sheridan College and is the project manager at Ryerson’s Centre for Digital Humanities. He received an MA in communications and culture at Ryerson/York where he investigated the algorithmic book.

Lorraine Janzen Kooistra (Ryerson U) is Professor of English and a Founding Co-Director of the Centre for Digital Humanities at Ryerson University. A co-editor of the peer-reviewed electronic resource, The Yellow Nineties Online (www.1890s), she has been working in DH collaborative scholarship since 2005. Her current project, Visualizing the Unmarked: the social politics of fin-de-siècle periodicals and digital humanities markup practices, is supported by a SSHRC Insight Grant.

Raf Alvarado (U Virginia; returning) Associate Director of SHANTI, develops software and teaches courses in Media Studies and Anthropology (in which subject he has a PhD). He is an advocate for the digital liberal arts and researches the anthropology of information technology. In previous lives he developed web databases for the Charrette, Geniza, and Shahnameh Projects at Princeton U, and the House Divided Project at Dickinson College. He is currently part of a team building Mandala, a Drupal platform for the digital liberal arts. His has a blog at and tweets sporadically as @ontoligent.

Alyssa Arbuckle (U Victoria)​ is Assistant Director, Research Partnerships & Development, in the Electronic Textual Cultures Lab (ETCL) at the University of Victoria. She focuses on research facilitation, and has the pleasure of working with the Implementing New Knowledge Environments (INKE) group and helping out with the coordination of the Digital Humanities Summer Institute (DHSI), where she is perhaps better known as ​​@AlyssaA_DHSI.

Neal Audenaert (Texas A&M; returning) is a software engineer with the Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station and Texas Center for Applied Technology (TCAT) where he leads teams that design and deliver applications tailored to the needs of TCAT's clients. His research interests focus on understanding how experts use information and applying cutting edge technology to help them work better.

John F. Barber (Washington State U, Vancouver; returning) teaches in the Creative Media & Digital Culture program at Washington State University Vancouver. His sound+radio art has been broadcast on framework radio, RadiaLx, and Radio Futura, and included in several international gallery and online exhibitions. He developed and maintains Radio Nouspace ( as both a curated virtual listening gallery and a practice-based research and creative practice space. He is also the developer and curator of (, the comprehensive archive for information regarding the life and works of author Richard Brautigan. His twitter presence is @RadioNouspace.

Jon Bath (U Saskatchewan; returning) is an Assistant Professor, Art and Art History, and the Director of the Humanities and Fine Arts Digital Research Centre at the University of Saskatchewan where he teaches electronic art, digital humanities, and the book arts. He loves old books and new bicycles.

Syd Bauman (Northeastern U; returning) has worked at the Women Writers Project dealing with electronic texts since 1990, and has been an avid fan of XSLT since 2004. From 2001 to 2007 he was co-editor of the Text Encoding Initiative (TEI), and has served on the TEI Council since 2013. Syd has taught XSLT workshops for years, and often consults with academic projects on their XSLT.

Elisa Beshero-Bondar (U Pittsburgh at Greensburg) is Director of the Center for the Digital Text and Associate Professor of English at U Pittsburgh at Greensburg, where she teaches undergraduate students to code and build digital projects with the XML family of languages. She is founder and director of the Digital Mitford Project ( which hosts an annual coding school for graduate students, faculty, scholarly editors, and librarians interested in learning coding and digital project management methods used in the project. She was elected to the TEI Technical Council in 2015, where she works with ten other members from around the world in revising the TEI Guidelines and schema and supporting the TEI community.

John Bonnett (Brock U; returning) is an Associate Professor in History, and was a Canada Research Chair in Digital Humanities from 2005-2015. He is the principal developer of the 3D Virtual Buildings Project, an initiative that teaches students to make 3D models of heritage buildings using computer software, and uses the model construction process to develop critical thinking skills in students. Bonnett is also the principal developer of The DataScapes Project, an initiative that explores the use of Augmented Reality as a medium for landscape art. He is finally an intellectual historian, and the author of Emergence and Empire, a work that treats the writings of the communication theorist Harold Innis.

Matt Bouchard (U of Toronto; returning) is a PhD student working on information design in sports simulations. His research interests include a video game canon, game-first video game theory, interaction design, visualization, implementation pedagogy, and implementation advocacy.

Jason Boyd (Ryerson U; returning) is an Assistant Professor in the Department of English, a Co-Director of Ryerson's Centre for Digital Humanities, and an Assistant Director of DHSI. Before taking up his position at Ryerson, Jason was a Senior Research Associate and the Digital Projects Manager at Records of Early English Drama (REED), where he was involved in the development and coordination of a number of digital humanities projects. Jason teaches classes and leads workshops on DH at Ryerson and elsewhere (including, in 2015, the European Summer University in Digital Humanities). He regularly attends DHSI, and last year co-lead a DHSI unconference session on DH and Queer Studies.

Adam Breindel is an engineer, consultant, and instructor with a humanities and math background. Adam has led several DH workshops on topics including APIs, virtualization, and web app development and has taught at Apple, Adobe, Netflix and elsewhere. Adam has recently focused on making big data and large-scale machine learning easy (or at least tractable) via open source tools such as Apache Spark and Python. He hopes to lower barriers to entry in the field and make it easier for humanities researchers to experiment with large-scale data.

Susan Brown (U Guelph / Alberta; returning) is Professor of English at the University of Guelph and Visiting Professor in English and Humanities Computing at the University of Alberta. Her research in digital humanities, Victorian literature, and women’s writing informs Orlando: Women’s Writing in the British Isles from the Beginnings to the Present (, an ongoing experiment in digital literary history, published online by Cambridge University Press since 2006, that she directs and co-edits. She leads development of the Canadian Writing Research Collaboratory (, a CFI-funded online repository and research environment for literary studies in Canada. CWRC is developing tools for collaborative knowledge production, interoperability, and sustainability of digital scholarly resources. Her current research spans aspects of text encoding, text mining, visualization, interface design and usability, and the impacts of technological innovation on Victorian literature. She is President (English) of the Canadian Society for Digital Humanities/ Societé Canadienne des humanités numérique.

Hélène Cazes (U. Victoria, French; returning) is Associate Professor of French and Director of the program of Medieval Studies at UVic. She has created and coordinated the “pre-digital books” workshop since 2011. Her research and teaching interests encompass Humanism and cultural legacies. Her latest publications and lectures include a beautifully produced booklet on The Seghers Collection: Old Books for a New World, UVic Libraries, 2013, the direction of two special issues on bibliography — Variétés Bibliographiques (Renaissance et Réforme, 34, 2) and Variations Bibliographiques (@nalyses)— and of two collections of essays on humanism and friendship (Bonaventura Vulcanius, Works and Networks, Leiden, Brill, 2010 and, as a co-editor Facebook in the 16th century (Leiden)).

Compute Canada will be providing instructors for several courses. Instructors will be drawn from 200+ experts across the country and will come with experience supporting a range of users — including DH researchers — in these environments.

M.D. Coverley (returning) is the pen name for Marjorie Coverley Luesebrink. Her full-length born-digital electronic novel, Califia (2000), is available on CD-ROM from Eastgate Systems. Her e-lit novel, Egypt: The Book of Going Forth by Day, was published in 2006. A selection of Web hypermedia short stories, Fingerprints on Digital Glass, is available on her website. Her new work, Tarim Tapestry is currently on display at the National Library in Paris. She has recently been developing a touch-screen/mobile device application for Califia. Coverley’s work-in-progress is Tin Towns and Other Excel Fictions, a series of narratives constructed with spreadsheets, She is a board member of the Electronic Literature Organization.

Constance Crompton (U British Columbia, Okanagan; returning) is an Assistant Professor of Digital Humanities and English and director of the Humanities Data Lab at UBC’s Okanagan campus. Her research focuses on code as a representational medium, queer history, scholarly editing, social knowledge creation, and Victorian popular and visual culture.

Sean Crowe (U Cincinnati Libraries) is a Digital Analyst and Developer Librarian. He currently serves as a Ruby on Rails developer for the Scholar@UC digital repository ( His research interests include digital humanities with focus on geographic data visualization.

Robin Davies (Vancouver Island U; returning) teaches in the Media Studies Department at Vancouver Island University. He studied Double Bass (BMus) and Music Technology (MA) at McGill's Schulich School of Music. His interests include the utilization of the human voice in auditory storytelling, sound design for visual art, the construction and use of software-based musical instruments for live electronic music performance, and helping others embrace technology for use in their creative endeavours. Robin's sound design and remix work can be heard on releases from six records, maple music, ad noiseam, and Sunchaser Pictures.

Robin DeRosa (Plymouth State U;, @actualham) is Professor and Chair of Interdisciplinary Studies, and she is also the consultant for the Open Education Ambassador Pilot at the University of New Hampshire. Robin’s current research focuses on the role of the public university, and how open access to research, interdisciplinary collaboration, and open pedagogy can transform the future of higher education.

Quinn Dombrowski (UC Berkeley; returning) is a Research Applications Developer in Research IT. She is a co-founder and the technical editor of DHCommons, and the lead developer of the DiRT tool directory. Her background is in Slavic linguistics and library and information science, and she is particularly interested in university library graffiti.

Øyvind Eide (U Passau/U Cologne; returning) is a Lecturer and research associate with the Chair of Digital Humanities at the University of Passau and a deputy professor at the University of Cologne. His research interests are focused on the modelling of cultural heritage information, especially as a tool for critical engagement with the relationships between texts and maps as media of communication. He is currently engaged in investigating the limitation of texts and maps as means of conveying geographical understanding, using conceptual modelling of texts as his main method.

Laura Estill (Texas A&M U; returning) is an Associate Professor of Digital Shakespeare Studies. She is editor of the World Shakespeare Bibliography ( Her monograph, Dramatic Extracts in Seventeenth-Century English Manuscripts: Watching, Reading, Changing Plays, appeared in 2015. Her research has been published in Shakespeare, The Oxford Handbook of Shakespeare (with Arthur F. Marotti), Huntington Library Quarterly, and Digital Literary Studies. With Diane Jakacki and Michael Ullyot she is editor of Early Modern Studies after the Digital Turn (Iter & ACMRS, 2016). Her digital projects include Digital Acting Parts (, with Luis Meneses) and DEx: A Database of Dramatic Extracts (forthcoming from Iter). She expects to be accepted into Ravenclaw any day now.

Chris Friend (Saint Leo U; returning) is Assistant Professor of English in the Department of Language Studies and the Arts. He is also the Director of Hybrid Pedagogy. He holds a PhD in Texts & Technology from the University of Central Florida. His research works to define hybridity and collaboration in education, with particular attention to their influence in first-year composition courses. He tweets at @chris_friend, and his personal web site is

Ian Gregory (Lancaster U; returning) is a Professor of Digital Humanities at Lancaster University. His research interests include the use of Geographic Information System (GIS) technology in the humanities, including both history and literary studies. He directs the European Research Council "Spatial Humanities: Texts, GIS, Places" project (

Dene Grigar (Washington State U, Vancouver; returning) is President of the Electronic Literature Organization. A Professor and Director of The Creative Media & Digital Culture Program at Washington State University Vancouver, her research focuses on the creation, curation, preservation, and criticism of Electronic Literature. She has authored 14 media works as well as 52 scholarly articles. She also curates exhibits of electronic literature and media art, mounting shows at the Library of Congress and for the International Symposium on Electronic Art and the Modern Language Association, among other venues. With Stuart Moulthrop (U of Wisconsin Milwaukee) she has produced the open source, multimedia book for scholars, Pathfinders, and the forthcoming book of criticism with MIT Press, Traversals.

Liz Grumbach (Texas A&M U) is the Project Manager for the Advanced Research Consortium ( and 18thConnect ( at the Initiative for Digital Humanities, Media, and Culture (IDHMC), Texas A&M University. She has been a staff member and #altac professional at the IDHMC since 2012, where she provides technical and research-related support for ARC, coordinates the efforts of the Early Modern OCR Project (eMOP), and supports IDHMC faculty, graduate students, and staff in their DH efforts. Her current research interests including disrupting academic myths and finding good vegan food.

Cathy Moran Hajo (New York U; returning) is the Associate Editor and Assistant Director of the Margaret Sanger Papers Project at New York University's History Department, which has published microfilm, book and digital editions. She also teaches digital history course for graduate programs for NYU's Archives and Public History Program and William Paterson University's Applied History Master's Program.

Carolyn Hansen (U Cincinnati) is a Metadata Librarian whose daily work focuses on creating interoperable descriptive metadata for physical and digital resources. Her research focuses on the relationships between metadata and digital humanities, linked data, special collections, and history of the book. She is a certified digital archivist and also holds an MLIS from the U Wisconsin-Milwaukee, a Masters of Arts in History from Marquette U, and the Graduate Certificate in Digital Humanities from U Victoria.

Davin Heckman (Winona State U; returning) is an Associate Professor of Mass Communication, teaching courses in media studies, digital culture, ethics, and theory. He is the Supervising Editor of the Electronic Literature Directory and Managing Editor of the Electronic Book Review, where he also serves as Editor of the Electropoetics Thread. His book, A Small World: Smart Houses and the Dream of the Perfect Day (Duke University Press) addresses the intersection of technology, the home, and popular culture in everyday life. Heckman serves on the Board of the Electronic Literature Organization. His articles on electronic literature have been published in Dichtung Digital, Culture Machine, and Leonardo Electronic Almanac. He lives in Winona, Minnesota with his partner, Carrie, and their four children.

Martin Holmes (U Victoria, HCMC; returning) has a BA in English, and MPhil for research in Phonology, and the RSA Dip TEFLA. He taught English in the UK, Japan, Indonesia and Saudi Arabia before settling in Canada, where he now works as a Programmer/Consultant at the University of Victoria Humanities Computing and Media Centre. He served as an elected member of the TEI Council from 2010 to 2015 and as Managing Editor of the TEI Journal from 2012-2015. He is the lead programmer on a number of UVic's Digital Humanities projects, including the Map of Early Modern London.

David Hoover (New York U; returning) is Professor of English at NYU, where he teaches courses in digital humanities, stylistics, Chaucer, and science fiction. His most recent publications include Digital Literary Studies: Corpus Approaches to Poetry, Prose, and Drama (2014), with Jonathan Culpeper and Kieran O’Halloran, “Text Analysis,” in Ken Price and Ray Siemens (eds), Literary Studies in the Digital Age: An Evolving Anthology, 2013 (the first digital-only publication of the MLA), and “Modes of Composition in Henry James: Dictation, Style, and What Maisie Knew,” forthcoming in Henry James Review. Active in what is now called digital humanities for more than thirty years, he has taught a text-analysis class at DHSI since 2008. He is currently writing a book on how modes of composition (handwriting, dictation, typing, word-processing) affect authorial style.

Matt Huculak (U Victoria; returning) is an Assistant Professor (Limited term) and an MLIS student at San Jose State University. He is Co-Founder of the Modernist Versions Project and former Project Manager for the Modernist Journals Project. His research interests include digital scholarship, book history, periodical studies, and libraries.

Diane Jakacki (Bucknell U; returning) is a Digital Scholarship Coordinator at Bucknell University. Her research interests include early modern drama, literature and popular culture, and digital humanities and pedagogy. Her most recent research involves mapping and visualization of sixteenth-century touring theatre troupes throughout England.

Andy Keenan (U Toronto; returning) is a PhD Candidate in the Faculty of Information. Andy has experience as a media and information studies scholar, exploring how users encounter unfamiliar objects and critically evaluating the relationships between media producers and audiences. His current research looks at player experience in video games with a specific focus on the differences in gameplay practices between expert and novice players.

Aimée Knight (Saint Joseph’s U; returning) is Associate Professor in the Communication Studies Department at Saint Joseph’s University. Her scholarship focuses on the theory and practice of visual design. In 2010 she founded the Beautiful Social Research Collaborative in which students conduct digital media research with nonprofits and community-based organizations.

Robbyn Gordon Lanning (Camosun College; returning) is a graduate of the Masters of Library and Information Science program at the University of Washington Information School and Project Librarian at Camosun College. Her research interests include collecting and curatorial practice, the relationships between physical resources and their digital surrogates, and photography and identity. Robbyn is the co-author of “Traces of Humanity: Echoes of social and cultural experience in physical objects and digital surrogates in the University of Victoria Libraries” available at

Mary Elizabeth Leighton (U Victoria; returning) teaches English at the University of Victoria, where her research focuses on Victorian fiction and periodicals. She is co-editor of The Broadview Anthology of Victorian Prose 1832-1901 (2012); a managing editor of Victorian Review; and president of the Victorian Studies Association of Western Canada. She is currently co-writing a book on Victorian illustrated serial fiction. Her work appears in Victorian Studies, Victorian Literature and Culture, Victorian Periodicals Review, Reading Victorian Illustration 1855-1875, The Cambridge Companion to Sensation Fiction, and elsewhere.

Elizabeth Losh (William and Mary; returning) is an Associate Professor of English and American Studies and previously directed the Culture, Art, and Technology program at the University of California, San Diego. She is the author of Virtualpolitik: An Electronic History of Government Media-Making in a Time of War, Scandal, Disaster, Miscommunication, and Mistakes (MIT Press, 2009) and The War on Learning: Gaining Ground in the Digital University (MIT Press, 2014). She is the co-author of the graphic novel format textbook Understanding Rhetoric (Bedford/St. Martin’s, 2013) with Jonathan Alexander. She has published numerous articles about the digital humanities, labor and literacy in new media production practices, serious games, global media activism, and the rise of the virtual state.

Jonathan Martin (Kings College London; returning. @songsthatsaved) has studied various literatures at Cambridge (Anglo-Saxon, Norse & Celtic) and York (UK ­ English and Related Literature), and is now a member of the Ph.D. program in Digital Humanities at King's. The focus of this doctoral work is an historical ethnography of hacker culture that leverages a variety of technologies to explore text archives (USENET, hacker zines, etc.) in order to more fully investigate a vibrant, if marginalized, culture. Jonathan is also a freelance programmer and system administrator, and the lead programmer/designer for the Thoreau¹s Kalendar Project. He is also excited to be teaching two courses at DHSI ­ XML Applications and Databases for Historical and Literary Research (with Scott McGinnis) and Creating LAMP Infrastructure for Digital Humanities Projects. Ever the nerd, he would love to chat about retro computing/gaming, hacking, '80s alternative rock, Linux, Anglo-Saxon literature, or oral culture.

John Maxwell (Simon Fraser U; returning) is Associate Professor and Director of the Publishing Program at SFU, where his research focus is on the impact of digital technologies on book and magazine publishing. His work focuses on practical publication technologies, the evolution of scholarly communication, and the history of computing. John has has been working in new media since the early 1990s in web development, educational technology, SGML & XML, and content management strategies.

Scott Paul McGinnis 馬吉寧 (UC Berkeley; returning; @majining) is a doctoral candidate in history, whose research focuses on early Chinese intellectual history and historiography. While pursuing a master’s degree at Washington University in St. Louis, Scott worked on TEI-based text encoding projects for that university’s Digital Library Services unit. This sparked his interest in the Digital Humanities, and since then he has been experimenting with ways to use computing technology in his research on early China and interested in the digital humanities as a subject of inquiry as well. These interests can be seen in his blog,, which he sometimes updates. Scott is also the editor, designer, and P.I. for “Toward a Better Digital Edition: The History of the Han, a digital-literary combined edition,” a collaborative research project that seeks to leverage XML-based technologies in creating a digital edition which can welcome close readings and offer robust analytical features at the same time.

Jana Millar Usiskin (U Victoria) is a PhD student at U Victoria, studying the intersections of information theory and modernist aesthetics. She has worked for two years on the Linked Modernisms project, creating an ontology based on data from the Routledge Encyclopedia of Modernism.

Paige Morgan (U Miami) is the Digital Humanities Librarian. Previously she has worked on developing digital humanities and digital scholarship communities at McMaster University and the University of Washington. Her own project, Visible Prices, is located at (

Emily Christina Murphy (Queens U; returning) is a doctoral candidate, where she studies psychiatric history and celebrity culture. She is co-editor with Dr. Shannon Smith of a special issue of DHQ in undergraduate DH pedagogy (forthcoming), and she has acted as Assistant Director of the Field School in Digital Humanities at the Bader International Study Centre.

Angel David Nieves (Hamilton C; returning) co-directs the Digital Humanities Initiative (DHi). Nieves completed his doctoral work in architectural history and Africana Studies at Cornell U in 2001, and taught in the School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation at U Maryland, College Park, from 2003-2008. Nieves’ scholarly work and community-based activism critically engages with issues of memory, heritage preservation, gender and nationalism at the intersections of race and the built environment in cities across the Global South. In 2010 he received The John R. Hatch Class of 1925 Excellence in Teaching Award.

Brian Norberg (Duke U; returning) is an Academic Technologies Librarian. He has experience in digital archives, text encoding, visualization, and web development, and regularly works with students and faculty to integrate technology into course work and research. His most fun, recent projects include working with a professor from Shaw University to create a student-generated, modern archive of life at an HBCU and collaborating with the NCSU Sustainability Office to develop a interactive waste audit tool for use in campus dining halls.

James O'Sullivan (Penn State; @jamescosullivan; returning) is Digital Humanities Research Designer at Pennsylvania State University, and a PhD candidate in Digital Arts & Humanities at University College Cork. Holding qualifications in both computing and literary studies, James has interests in electronic literature, as well as the application of computational methods to literary criticism. He is the Chair of the DHSI Colloquium, and has presented at various conferences throughout the field. Further information on James and his work can be found at

Elena Pierazzo (U Grenoble Alpes) is Professor of Italian Studies and Digital Humanities; previous to that she was Lecturer at the Department of Digital Humanities at King’s College London, where she was the coordinator of the MA in Digital Humanities. Her areas of special interest include Italian Renaissance texts, the editing of early modern and modern draft manuscripts, digital editing and text encoding. She has been the Chair of the Text Encoding Initiative and involved in the TEI user community, with particular focus on the transcription of modern and medieval manuscripts. She was cochair of the working group on digital scholarly editions of NeDiMAH and one of the scientists in chief of the Digital Scholarly Editions Initial Training Network DiXiT.

Daniel Powell (King's College London; returning) is a Marie Skłowdowska-Curie Fellow in the Digital Scholarly Editions Initial Training (DiXiT) Network. He is based in the Department of Digital Humanities at King’s College London and affiliated with the Electronic Textual Cultures Lab at the University of Victoria, with research interests in the digital humanities, social knowledge creation, scholarly communications, media archaeology, graduate education in the humanities, cyberinfrastructure, and early modern culture. His work has appeared in Digital Studies / Le champ numérique, Renaissance and Reformation / Renaissance et Reforme, Scholarly and Research Communication, and Religion and Literature, as well as in volumes published by the Modern Language Association, NeDiMAH, and the International Journal of Learning and Media. He is also Project Manager for the Mellon-funded Renaissance Knowledge Network (ReKN), an effort to create an integrated research, analysis, and production environment for scholarly work focused on the early modern period. Along with Melissa Dalgleish, he is co-editor of the MediaCommons/MLA Commons project _Graduate Training in the Twenty-First Century_.

Harvey Quamen (U Alberta; returning) is Associate Professor in the Department of English and Film Studies, where he specialises in specializes in science studies, cyberculture, and Modern and Postmodern literature, and is Graduate Coordinator of the Humanities Computing Program. He is currently working on a textbook for teaching databases and web programming specifically to those who work in the digital humanities; other current interests include representations of science in popular culture, Open Source advocacy, and literary theory.

Jessica Rajko (Arizona State U; returning) is an Assistant Professor in the School of Film, Dance and Theatre. She is an interdisciplinary artist who creates interactive installations and performance-based experiences that invite people to explore critical issues through creative play. Her current work explores the practical and ethical design of wearable technology, haptic (touch-based) interaction, and the human experience of big data. She is the co-founder and co-director of art/tech collective urbanSTEW ( with whom she teaches community-based workshops, curates art/tech events, and creates large-scale interactive performances and installations.

Stjepan Rajko (Axosoft; returning) is a professional software developer and co-director of urbanSTEW - an arts collective dedicated to inspiring and expanding the relevance of digital arts in the community, where he collaborates on art projects involving software, electronics, sensing, and audio/video/haptic feedback. He holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science and an M.F.A. in Dance from Arizona State U (both degrees with concentrations from the School of Arts, Media and Engineering), with research focusing on the analysis of human movement.

Josh Romphf (U Rochester). Originally from London, Ontario, Josh Romphf is currently a programmer in the River Campus Libraries' Digital Scholarship Lab at the University of Rochester in Rochester, NY. Romphf specializes in video encoding, image processing / computer vision, multimedia preservation, and fabrication / physical computing.

Bonnie Ruberg (USC / UC Irvine) is a provost's postdoctoral scholar in the Interactive Media and Games Division at U Southern California and an incoming Assistant Professor in the Department of Informatics at UC Irvine. She is the co-editor of the volume Queer Game Studies (University of Minnesota Press, 2017) and the lead organizer of the annual Queerness and Games Conference.

Jan Rybicki (Jagiellonian U, Kraków; returning) is Assistant Professor (adiunkt) at the Institute of English Studies. He also taught at Rice U in Houston, and at Kraków’s Pedagogical U. His research combines translation studies, comparative literature and computational stylistics to produce quantitative and qualitative analyses of literary language in the original and in translations. He has authored a number of publications on the stylometry of literary translations (Sienkiewicz, Woolf, Conrad, Ford), on stylometric methods, and on the visibility of various signals: author, co-author, editor, translator, gender, chronology in multilingual literary text corpora. He serves on the Executive Committee of the European Association for Digital Humanities. He has also translated ca. 30 novels into Polish by authors such as Amis, Coupland, Fitzgerald, Golding, Gordimer, Ishiguro, le Carré or Winterson.

Jon Saklofske (Acadia U) is a Professor specialising in the writing of the British Romantic period and continuing interest in the ways that William Blake’s composite art illuminates the relationship between words and images on the printed page has inspired current work on the NewRadial data visualisation tool and additional research into larger correlations between media forms and cultural perceptions. In addition to co-leading and actively researching for INKE’s Modelling and Prototyping group, he is actively exploring the usefulness of incorporating virtual environments and game-based pedagogy into undergraduate courses. Other research interests include virtuality and environmental storytelling in Disney theme parks as well as player agency, procedural rhetoric, feminist values and the relationship between networks and narratives in video games.

Anandi Salinas (Emory U) is a Training Specialist at the Emory Center for Digital Scholarship where she manages the Digital Scholarship Internship Program for graduate students at Emory University. Her work at ECDS also involves active production in digital publishing and multimedia projects. Anandi is also a doctoral candidate in the Graduate Division of Religion at Emory and her research focuses on the intersection of phenomenology, daily religious practices, and visual anthropology in Hindu traditions of the Southeastern United States and India.

David Shepard (UCLA) is Lead Academic Developer at UCLA’s Center for Digital Humanities. After receiving his PhD in English from UCLA in 2012, he coauthored the book HyperCities: Thick Mapping in the Digital Humanities and has worked on social media and text mining. He is also currently at work on UCLA’s Immersive Humanities initiative, developing software for bringing the past to life through annotating three-dimensional historical models.

Ray Siemens (U Victoria; returning) is Canada Research Chair in Humanities Computing and Distinguished Professor in the Faculty of Humanities at the University of Victoria, in English and Computer Science. He is founding editor of the electronic scholarly journal Early Modern Literary Studies, and his publications include, among others, Blackwell's Companion to Digital Humanities (with Schreibman and Unsworth), Blackwell's Companion to Digital Literary Studies (with Schreibman), A Social Edition of the Devonshire MS, and Literary Studies in the Digital Age (MLA, with Price). He directs the Implementing New Knowledge Environments project, the Digital Humanities Summer Institute and the Electronic Textual Cultures Lab, and serves as Vice President of the Canadian Federation of the Humanities and Social Sciences for Research Dissemination, recently serving also as Chair of the international Alliance of Digital Humanities Organisations’ Steering Committee.

Janet Thomas Simons (Hamilton C; returning) is DHi Co-Director of Technology and Research. Her responsibilities include oversight and direction of the daily activities of the DHi to develop a collaborative community in which creativity, technology, and innovation lead to new methods of research, learning, and publication. This includes strategic planning in the use of technology, collaboration on grant proposals and budgets, management and communication of DHi projects, coordination and teaching of DHi's undergraduate research fellowship program CLASS and creation of direct connections between DHi projects and the curriculum. She is engaged in faculty outreach and development; course design; identification and research of technologies appropriate to research projects and learning goals; and coordination of academic support services to meet teaching, learning, and research needs. Janet's most recent activities include research and development of sustainable digital scholarship infrastructure and models for support of digital humanities research projects at liberal arts institutions.

John Simpson (Compute Canada / WestGrid / U Alberta; returning) is Humanities and Social Sciences Specialist at Compute Canada and works out of the University of Alberta. In this role he supports a wide range of researchers and research projects from helping them acquire resources, to developing training programs, to writing code. He is also the national coordinator for Software Carpentry.

James Smith (Independent Scholar; returning) has research interests that center on exploring REST, linked open data, and other components of the web-as-platform as a foundation for building sharable, long-lived digital contributions to the humanities.

Jennifer Stertzer (U Virginia; returning) is an Associate Editor at the Papers of George Washington and Lecturer at U Virginia. She manages the Project's digital edition as well as edits the Financial Series, an open-source, digital edition that will contain all of Washington's financial papers.

Peter Stokes (Kings College London) is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Digital Humanities. His primary research is in digital approaches to palaeography, for which he lead the DigiPal project which was funded by the European Research Council; he is CoInvestigator on the related Models of Authority and Conqueror’s Commissioners projects; and leads Medieval and Modern Manuscript Studies in the Digital Age (MMSDA) and was Director of Digital Medievalist. As well as palaeography, he has also published on namestudies, lexicography, AngloSaxon charters, imageprocessing, and digital humanities, and he lectures on digital humanities at King's College London and on palaeography and codicology at the University of Cambridge.

Nathan Taback (U Toronto) is an Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream in the Department of Statistical Sciences, where he is also the Director of Data Science Programs. He is interested in the application of statistical and data science methods. He has been involved in projects involving the statistical analysis of text documents related to armed violence and human security.

Erin Templeton (Converse College; returning) is associate professor of English and the Anne Morrison Chapman Distinguished Professor of International Study. She works on gender, authorship and collaboration in modern poetry and has published essays on William Carlos Williams, Emanuel Carnevali, and Ezra Pound, and she also has been a contributing writer for the Chronicle of Higher Education blog, “ProfHacker” since 2009. You can follow her on Twitter at @eetempleton or find her on

Aaron Tucker (Ryerson U). Aaron Tucker’s current collaborative project, Loss Sets, translates poems into sculptures which are then 3D printed. He is also the co-creator of The ChessBard, an app that transforms chess games into poems ( In addition, he is the author of punchlines and Interfacing with the Internet in Popular Cinema. Currently, he is a professor in the English department at Ryerson University where is also a Research Fellow at the Ryerson Centre for Digital Humanities.

John Unsworth (Brandeis U; returning) is Vice-Provost, University Librarian, and Chief Information Officer at Brandeis University, where he also is a Professor of English. Before coming to Brandeis University, he was 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. At Illinois he also served as Director of the Illinois Informatics Institute, from 2008 to 2011. From 1993-2003, he served as the first Director of theInstitute for Advanced Technology in the Humanities, and as a faculty member in the English Department, at the University of Virginia. In 1990, as a member of the English faculty at NCSU, he co-founded the first peer-reviewed electronic journal in the humanities, Postmodern Culture (now published by Johns Hopkins University Press). He also organized, incorporated, and chaired the Text Encoding Initiative Consortium, for which he now serves as treasurer. He 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. With Ray Siemens and Susan Schreibman, he co-edited the Blackwell Companion to Digital Humanities, and he chaired the national commission that produced Our Cultural Commonwealth, the 2006 report on Cyberinfrastructure for Humanities and Social Science commissioned by the American Council of Learned Societies.

Christine Walde (U Victoria) is the Grants and Awards Librarian at the U Victoria Libraries, where she supports and enhances the research activities, advancement and community engagement priorities of UVic Libraries. She has worked for two years on the Linked Modernisms project, creating an ontology based on data from the Routledge Encyclopedia of Modernism.

George Williams (U South Carolina Upstate; returning) is an associate professor of English. His research and teaching focuses on British literature, composition, and digital environments. He has collaborated on a number of digital humanities projects addressing accessibility and people with disabilities, including, most recently, the “Accessible Future” series of workshops funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities Office of Digital Humanities. He is a founding editor of “ProfHacker” at the Chronicle of Higher Education. On Twitter he is @georgeonline, and more information may be found at

Caroline Winter (U Victoria) is a PhD Student at U Victoria. She studies British Romantic literature, and is writing a dissertation on the Gothic literature in its economic contexts. She has worked for two years on the Linked Modernisms project, creating an ontology based on data from the Routledge Encyclopedia of Modernism.

Markus Wust (North Carolina State U; returning) is Digital Collections and Preservation Librarian. Besides his work on issues related to digital collections and digital curation, he is also interested in the digital humanities, digital publishing, and the application of mobile technologies to libraries, archives, and higher education.

Lee Zickel (Case Western Reserve U; returning) is the Humanities and Social Sciences Technologist for University Technology and is a doctoral candidate in Weatherhead's Design and Innovation program. There he combines work in Cognitive Linguistics and Organizational Behavior to develop cognitive models of gameplay that investigate how people use extended and distributed cognition to, among other things, co-construct narratives within a given gamespace.

Invited Speakers

Julia Flanders (Northeastern U; returning) is a professor of the practice in English and the director of the Digital Scholarship Group in the Library. She also directs the Women Writers Project and serves as editor in chief of Digital Humanities Quarterly, an open-access, peer-reviewed online journal of digital humanities. Her apprenticeship in digital humanities began at the Women Writers Project in the early 1990s and continued with work on the development of digital humanities organizations such as the Text Encoding Initiative and the Alliance of Digital Humanities Organizations. She has served as chair of the TEI Consortium and as President of the Association for Computers and the Humanities. She has also taught a wide range of workshops on text encoding and served as a consultant and advisor on numerous digital humanities projects. Her research interests focus on data modeling, textual scholarship, humanities data curation, and the politics of digital scholarly work. She is the co-editor, with Neil Fraistat, of the Cambridge Companion to Textual Scholarship, and is currently co-editing, with Fotis Jannidis, a book on data modeling in digital humanities.

Elena Pierazzo (U Grenoble Alpes) is Professor of Italian Studies and Digital Humanities; previous to that she was Lecturer at the Department of Digital Humanities at King’s College London, where she was the coordinator of the MA in Digital Humanities. Her areas of special interest include Italian Renaissance texts, the editing of early modern and modern draft manuscripts, digital editing and text encoding. She has been the Chair of the Text Encoding Initiative and involved in the TEI user community, with particular focus on the transcription of modern and medieval manuscripts. She was cochair of the working group on digital scholarly editions of NeDiMAH and one of the scientists in chief of the Digital Scholarly Editions Initial Training Network DiXiT.

DHSI Colloquium and Unconference

James O'Sullivan (Sheffield) and Lindsey Seatter (U Victoria) are co-chairs of the DHSI Colloquium leadership group.

James O'Sullivan is Digital Humanities Research Designer at Pennsylvania State University, and a PhD candidate in Digital Arts & Humanities at University College Cork. Holding qualifications in both computing and literary studies, James has interests in electronic literature, as well as the application of computational methods to literary criticism. He is the Chair of the DHSI Colloquium, and has presented at various conferences throughout the field. Further information on James and his work can be found at

Lindsey Seatter (U Victoria) Lindsey Seatter is a doctoral student in the department of English at the University of Victoria. Studying the British Romantic period, Lindsey’s work focuses on female writers and in the past she has conducted detailed studies on works by Anna Barbauld, Mary Shelley, and Jane Austen. Lindsey’s doctoral research is focused on exploring the patterns across Austen’s print and manuscript novels through distant and digital techniques. Specifically, her research interrogates the evolution of Austen’s narrative style and how these changes reflect the shifting social structures of Regency-era Britain. Lindsey also works as a Research Assistant in the Electronic Textual Cultures Laboratory on the Renaissance Knowledge Network project.

Paige Morgan (U Miami), Yvonne Lam, Chelcie Rowell (Boston C), and Julia Polyck-O'Neill (Brock U) lead DHSI unconference activities.

Paige Morgan (U Miami) is the Digital Humanities Librarian. Previously she has worked on developing digital humanities and digital scholarship communities at McMaster University and the University of Washington. Her own project, Visible Prices, is located at (

Yvonne Lam (Chef Software) is a dev-ops engineer who works on systems and tools for building, releasing, and deploying software in humane and sensible ways. She is interested in configuration management, building better developer toolsets and environments, and digital labor. She is comfortable running various flavors of Unix/Linux, writes Ruby, is learning Go, and spends a lot of time thinking about teaching and learning in open source and other communities.

Chelcie Rowell (Boston C) is Digital Scholarship Librarian & History Liaison. She works closely with BC faculty, students, and library colleagues to imagine, carry out, and sustain digitally inflected research & teaching. She also performs collection development, reference consultations, and library instruction on behalf of the History Department.

Julia Polyck-O'Neill (Brock U) is an artist, curator, critic, and writer. She is a doctoral candidate in Brock University’s Interdisciplinary Humanities program (Culture and Aesthetics), where she is completing a SSHRC-funded interdisciplinary and comparative critical study of contemporary conceptualist literature and art in Vancouver. She teaches in contemporary art and visual culture in the department of Visual Arts at the Marilyn I Walker School. She is a Research Associate with Brock’s Centre for Digital Humanities, and is a Contributing Editor for the Digital Scholarship Ontario website (

DHSI Administration and Operation Team

Directorial Group: Ray Siemens (U Victoria; Director), Constance Crompton (UBC Okanagan; Associate Director, DHSI@Congress), Daniel Powell (Kings College, London; Associate Director, DHSI@MLA), James O'Sullivan (U Sheffield; Associate Director, DHSI Colloquium), Laura Estill (Texas A&M U; Assistant Director, At Large), Diane Jakacki (Bucknell U; Assistant Director, At Large), and Jason Boyd (Ryerson U; Assistant Director, At Large).

International Advisory Board: Paul Arthur (Edith Cowan U), Elisabeth Burr (U Leipzig), Angela Courtney (Indiana U), James Cummings (Oxford U), Julia Flanders (Northeastern U), Neil Fraistat (U Maryland), Jennifer Guiliano (Indiana U - Purdue U, Indianapolis), Aaron Mauro (Penn State, Behrend C), Enrico Natale (U Bern), Angel Nieves (Hamilton C / DH-Liberal Arts Colleges), Catherine Nygren (McGill U), Masahiro Shimoda (U Tokyo), Harold Short (Kings College London / Western Sydney U), Ray Siemens (U Victoria), and Janet Thomas Simons (Hamilton C / DH-Liberal Arts Colleges).

Operational Team @ U Victoria: Daniel Sondheim (DHSI Coordinator, ETCL), Alyssa Arbuckle (ETCL), a number of Student Computing Facilities (part of University Systems) staff led by Marcus Greenshields -- among them Patrick Frisby and Greg Fanning -- as well as coordinators from services responsible for room bookings, residence accommodation, audio visual, catering, a number of graduate student volunteers, and occasional support from members of the HCMC. We are exceptionally grateful for their support.

Contact info: P: 250-472-5401 F: 250-472-5681