Dr. Hena Ahmad is a Professor of English at Truman State University. She began teaching at Truman in 1998. She specializes in, and usually teaches Postcolonial Lit; Women Writers; Asian Lit; International Lit in English; Twentieth-Century World Lit; Restoration and 18th Century British Lit; Postcolonial Studies in Lit & Culture; South Asian Lits; Ethnic Studies; Women’s Studies; and African Lits. Her current research interests are Postnational and Postindependent Feminism in South Asian and African Women Writers and in Diasporic Writers in English.
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Bülent Arikan received his Ph.D. in Anthropology from Arizona State University (2010). His research interests are the rise of social complexity in the ancient Near East, paleoclimatic change, geoarchaeology, ancient human-environment relationships, and agent-based modeling of human socio ecosystems where complex adaptive patterns between climate, environment, and human decision–making are tested through computer–based simulations. Arikan worked as a member of interdisciplinary research teams that work in Jordan, Spain, and Turkey. He is at the Department of Evolution and Ecosystem in the Eurasia Institute of Earth Sciences at Istanbul Technical University where he is carrying out research and teaching graduate courses related to human behavioral ecology, spatial analyses, and geographical information systems. His current research projects include major archaeological sites such as Asiklihöyük (Aksaray), Arslantepe (Malatya) as well as regional projects such as Sinop (in the Black Sea) and Osmaniye (in the Mediterranean). He is also the Coordinator for the Middle and Late Bronze Age volume of Turkey’s Archaeological Settlements (TAY), which is an online and published database.
Crystal Leigh Endsley, is currently Visiting Assistant Professor in Africana Studies. Previously she was an Instructor in the Women’s Studies Department at the Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Pennsylvania where she also served as Interim Assistant Director for the Paul Robeson Cultural Center. Endsley completed her graduate studies at Penn State’s main campus where she earned a dual Ph.D. in Women’s Studies and Curriculum & Instruction. Her awards and honors include a Virginia Commission for the Arts Playwriting Grant in 2005, an honorable mention for the Lamar Kopp, J. Award for International Service in 2007, a James T. Sears Honorable Mention award for Outstanding Paper by the Curriculum and Pedagogy Council in 2008, and an Outstanding Graduate student Teaching Award from the Women’s Studies Department at Penn State in 2008. Endsley originally hails from Louisiana and Virginia Beach, Virginia and, in addition to her academic career, she is internationally recognized as a spoken word artist, activist, and actor, performing and presenting workshops and lectures both in the United States and abroad. Her performances and current research focus on issues of performance and identity and the ways they intersect with feminist pedagogy, race, and popular culture; Hip Hop and cultural production as activism; and the connections between academic/home communities, motherhood and knowledge production.
Kathleen Fitzpatrick is Director of Scholarly Communication of the Modern Language Association, and Professor of Media Studies (on leave), Pomona College. She is author of Planned Obsolescence: Publishing, Technology, and the Future of the Academy, published in 2011 by NYU Press and previously made available for open peer review online, and of The Anxiety of Obsolescence: The American Novel in the Age of Television, published in 2006 by Vanderbilt University Press. She is co-founder of the digital scholarly network MediaCommons, and has published articles and notes in journals including the Journal of Electronic Publishing, PMLA, Contemporary Literature, and Cinema Journal.
Dr. Gallon is a project director for two digital humanities projects: Black Press Research Collective and the Black Press Born-Digital project.
Alyson A. Gill (Ph.D. University of Memphis, 2004) is associate professor of Art History and founding Director of the Center for Digital Initiatives at Arkansas State University, whose field of expertise is Greek art and architecture. When in Greece on a Fulbright scholarship, Gill began to realize the need for new ways to represent architectural models that she was studying, and in 2006 began to use 3D models for her own research on a spatial analysis of the Greek bath in the ancient sanctuary after participating in the NEH summer institute “Models of Ancient Rome.” As a direct result of collaborative relationships developed in that institute, she applied for and was awarded an NEH Digital Humanities Start-Up grant in 2007 for a collaborative 3D modeling project with Coastal Carolina University entitled, “Ashes2Art: Virtual Reconstructions of Ancient Sites.” In 2008 Gill launched the first of what would become a six ‘sim’ (simulated environment) virtual campus in the multi-user virtual environment Second Life, and in 2010 she began to replicate the campus in OpenSim — an open source multi-user virtual environment and Unity. Gill has published in digital archaeology and recently co-edited a special edition of Visual Resources (2010) entitled “Continuous Crossroads: New Directions in the Digital Humanities.” In February 2012 Gill assumed the role of Associate Editor of Digital Applications in Archaeology & Cultural Heritage, an online peer-reviewed journal for cultural heritage. In 2011 Gill was appointed Director of the Center for Digital Initiatives, a Center of Excellence at ASU created under her leadership, and since then the CDI has created online 3D models of key ASU heritage sites, and has worked on extensive visualization projects with almost every college at the university and with groups across the state. Gill has been deeply involved with the Computer Applications in Quantitative Archaeology conference as a presenter, session chair, and member of the scientific committee for the past six years. In 2013 Gill was PI on an NEH Advanced Topics in the Digital Humanities Summer Institute, “Humanities Heritage 3D Visualization: Theory and Practice,” that was co-hosted at Arkansas State University and University of Arkansas-Fayetteville.
Dr. Marla L. Jaksch is an Assistant Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies at The College of New Jersey. She received her Ph.D. in Women’s Studies and Art Education from The Pennsylvania State University and comes to TCNJ from Hamilton College. Her research interests include: transnational feminisms, gender and development, indigenous rights and grassroots organizing, art and microfinance schemes, visual culture, cultural tourism, feminist pedagogies, and global service-learning. She has developed and led various global field study and service-learning programs to Tanzania for more than 5 years. Jaksch, a 2009-2010 Fulbright Scholar in Tanzania, has published essays in several journals, most recently in AlterNative: An International Journal of Indigenous Peoples, as well as authored book chapters. Additionally she has presented at several international and national conferences, workshops, and community meetings.
Anne Kelly Knowles is Associate Professor of Geography at Middlebury College. She previously taught at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth; Wellesley College; and George Washington University. Her books include Calvinists Incorporated: Welsh Immigrants on Ohio’s Industrial Frontier (University of Chicago Press 1997), Placing History: How Maps, Spatial Data, and GIS Are Changing Historical Scholarship (ESRI Press 2008), and three other edited volumes on the use of GIS in historical research. Anne’s current book project, Mastering Iron: The Struggle to Modernize an American Industry 1800 – 1868 (under contract with University of Chicago Press), has been supported by fellowships from the American Council of Learned Societies and National Endowment for the Humanities. Her ongoing research with the Holocaust Historical GIS project is funded by the National Science Foundation.
Catherine Gunther Kodat came to Hamilton College in 1995 with a joint appointment in the English and Creative Writing Department and the American Studies program. Kodat began her undergraduate studies as a piano performance major at the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University; metro desk reporter and dance critic for The Baltimore Sun during the 1980s, she received her PhD in English literature from Boston University in 1994. Her research and teaching interests in 20th century U.S. literature and culture include African American literature, music, film, and dance. Her current work in postwar U.S. culture centers on the importance of dance, particularly the path-breaking choreography of Merce Cunningham, in the development of the New York School aesthetic of the 1950s and early 1960s. A Fulbright lecturer in American Studies at Eötvös Loránd Tudományegyetem (ELTE, or Loránd Eötvös University) in Budapest, Kodat has been a research fellow at the Rothermere American Institute at the University of Oxford and was an inaugural recipient of a Millicent C. McIntosh Flexible Fellowship from the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation.
Isabel Martinez is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Latin American and Latina/o Studies. Her teaching and research interests include transnationalism, Mexican youth immigration, Mexican borders, and the intersections of race, immigration and technology. Long involved with issues of educational attainment in Latina/o communities, her recently completed research examines the transnational familial, labor and educational experiences of unaccompanied Mexican immigrant youth in New York. Her article, “What’s Age Gotta Do With It? Understanding the Age-Identities and School-Going Practices of Mexican Immigrant Youth in New York City” was published in a special issue of The High School Journal focusing on Transnationalism, Latina/o Immigrants and Education, and has a forthcoming chapter on the US-Mexico border in Latinas/os and Criminal Justice: An Encyclopedia (Greenwood Press), scheduled for release in 2011. She is currently a Digital Humanities Initiative Fellow at Hamilton College, and has received fellowships and grants from the Consortium for Faculty Diversity, the Association of Black Sociologists, the Spencer Foundation, and the Society for the Study of Social Problems. She received her B.A. in Sociology from Rice University, her M.A. in Educational Policy, Practice and Foundation from the University of Colorado at Boulder and her Ph.D. in Sociology and Education from Columbia University.
Siobhan Senier, of the University of New Hampshire, is Associate Professor of English, a Faculty Fellow in the Sustainability Institute, and current holder of the James H. and Claire Short Hayes Chair in the Humanities. She is the author of Voices of American Indian Assimilation and Resistance, and of articles in American Literature, MELUS, New England Quarterly, and other journals. Her anthology, Dawnland Voices: Writing of Indigenous New England, is forthcoming from the University of Nebraska Press; and the basis for the website, Writing of Indigenous New England.
Dr. Ray Siemens 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) and Mind Technologies: Humanities Computing and the Canadian Academic Community (with Moorman). He directs the Digital Humanities Summer Institute, serves as Vice President of the Canadian Federation of Humanities and Social Sciences, and recently served as Chair of the international Alliance of Digital Humanities Organizations’ Steering Committee.
Mary Corbin Sies is an Associate Professor in the Department of American Studies, University of Maryland, College Park, and an Affiliate of the Women's Studies Department, the African American Studies Department, the Graduate Program in Historic Preservation, and the Consortium on Race, Gender, and Ethnicity. She is interested in theorizing and studying issues of race, gender, class, space, and the domestic built environment and processes of community-building. She is actively rethinking the theory and practice of historic preservation to center on the tangible and intangible heritage of marginalized subgroups in the United States and on community-engaged scholarship. She collaborates with the Lakeland Community Heritage Project to document and interpret the history of Lakeland, a nationally significant African American suburb located near the University of Maryland campus. Professor Sies promotes advocacy and social justice in her scholarship and her teaching.
Dr. Elaine Sullivan is a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures at UCLA. She acts as project coordinator for the Digital Karnak Project, a multi-phased 3D virtual reality model of the famous ancient Egyptian temple complex of Karnak. An Egyptologist, Dr. Sullivan excavated for five seasons with Johns Hopkins University at the temple of the goddess Mut (Luxor, Egypt) and now excavates with UCLA at the Greco-Roman town site of Karanis (Fayum Oasis, Egypt). During her years as a post-doctoral fellow at UCLA, she focused on bringing emerging technologies into the undergraduate classroom as part of the Keck Digital Cultural Mapping Program and in the university’s new Digital Humanities minor.