Luke Bernard is a junior from France and a digital arts major. President of the Men's Rugby team, he is already very involved on campus and got involved with the DHi as a freshman and started working last year. He is passionate about video and the work he does here, and hopes to stay in the same line of work once he graduates.
Nonso Mogor '21 is a Computer Science major and a Cinema and New Media Studies and Hispanic Studies double minor from Boston, MA. He joined the DHi as a freshman and has used his coding experience to work on multiple projects within the 3D/VR Team such as Experiencing Empathy and the Virtual Reality Tutorial. In his free time, he enjoys watching movies and he hopes to have a career related to software engineering in the future.
Grace Woolson '21 is a Computer Science major and Theatre minor from Raymond, NH. She joined the DHi as a sophomore, and is hoping to be able to use the skills she has as a computer science student to help develop applications that will enhance the educational experience. In her free time, Grace enjoys singing, dancing, reading, and baking. Grace hopes to have a career in software development and game design in the future.
Clara Cho is a member of the class of 2020 from Summit, New Jersey. She plans to be a history major, and loves playing ultimate frisbee with the Hamilton Hot Saucers team. She joined DHi as a freshman, and is currently working with the American Prison Writing Archive. Clara is hoping to further develop her organizational skills, and to learn more about the digital humanities as a whole. In her downtime, Clara enjoys reading, baking, and running.
Donald Holley is a member of the Class of 2020 from Canandaigua, New York. He is majoring in Computer Science. He joined the DHi as a junior and is currently working on the VR Tutorial Project. He hopes that experience in application development with tools such as Unity will help him with game development.
Julia is a member of the class of the class of 2020 from Garden City, New York. She is a Philosophy major and Mathematics minor. On campus, she is involved in Club Soccer, Hamilton College Orchestra, Percussion Ensemble, and the Levitt Center. She began her internship with the DHi at the beginning of her sophomore year, focusing primarily on 3D modeling for the Sacred Centers in India project. She hopes to continue expanding her skills in modeling, while also developing skills in Virtual Reality Interface, Augmented Reality, and 3D Printing. She is currently working on a VR Annotation team for future virtual projects.
Baillie Riggs is a member of the class of 2020 at Hamilton College who hopes to double major in Chinese and Religious Studies. She joined the DHi the second semester of her freshman year. She currently assists Professor Bartle on the Refugee Project, gathering interviews and information on refugees in the nearby city of Utica. She hopes to be able to apply what she learns at the DHi to further her knowledge of technology and apply it to life after college.
Lindsey is a member of the class of 2020 from Houston, Texas. She will most likely be majoring in philosophy or government. She is currently working with Professor Nhora Serrano in her project: Arresting Andean Images: Guaman Poma & Visual Editorialization. She hopes to take this experience to learn new skills, especially in the analysis of images and 2D and 3D models—which she has never done before. Lindsey’s favorite things to do are taking naps, hiking, going to the beach, and reading!
Jessie graduated as a member of the class of 2019 and was a Literature major. She is from Kinnelon, New Jersey, and worked with Professor Serrano as a student research intern at the DHi on the Guaman Poma Arresting Images Project. This project focuses on an analysis of the relationship between the text and the images in Guaman Poma's book Nueva corónica y buen gobierno. As a student of Spanish, Jessie was particularly excited to study the text of this book, which focuses on the impact of colonization on the Incan and Andean way of life. In her free time, Jessie can be found playing her French horn or the piano, or dancing at the ballet studio.
Hannah graduated as a member of the class of 2019 and is from a tiny town in Southwest Iowa. Beginning the spring of her sophomore year, she was the Office Manager at the DHi, helping to keep everyone organized and running smoothly. At Hamilton, she was a Creative Writing major and History and Theatre minor. She is fascinated by all types of storytelling, particularly those that use interactive media and emerging technologies such as Virtual Reality.
Nathaniel Colburn ’18 worked as DHi's Mixed Reality Post-Baccalaureate Research Fellow, doing research, development, and design in VR and video games in collaboration with DHi's talented intern teams. He organized and cohosted DHi's weekly open houses, a series of events for exploring new media creatively and critically. He spent time researching mixed reality and its relationship to digital pedagogy, new media, and instructional technology, using this research to inform the Sherman Fairchild grant application process.
Mackenzie was a member of the Class of 2018 from Worcester, MA. She majored in Creative Writing. Mackenzie worked on the Beloved Witness project, a digital archive of the personal writings, readings, and manuscripts of Kashmiri-American poet Agha Shahid Ali. She continued to work with Shen Swartout '18 and Professor Thomas Wilson on his Autumnal Sacrifice project. She also helped with web development. In her involvement with the DHi, she explored how technology may not only further our understanding of textuality, but actually have the power to forge relationships between creative scholarship and the public.
Samantha was a member of the class of 2018 from Summit, New Jersey. She majored in Cinema and Media Studies and Creative Writing. She joined the DHi as a sophomore and worked on the Soweto project, mapping a timeline of the Mandela House. She hopes to learn more of the technical skills necessary to pursue her passion for storytelling through the Soweto project and through future work on the Biko and NOLA projects.
Matt Goon is a member of the class of 2018 from New Jersey. He is a Computer Science major with interests in many other disciplines including Anthropology, Cinema and New Media Studies, Digital Arts, Economics, and History. He works with Dr. Angel Nieves, Janet Simons, and Greg Lord on all of DHi's technical needs such as student/intern assistance, web development, interactive media, 3D modeling, and virtual environment projects (including Blender and Unity-related tasks). He hopes to apply many of the skills practiced and acquired at DHi to life after college.
Will is a member of the Class of 2018, from Concord, Massachusetts. He is a History major, and started work for the DHi in the spring of his junior year. He is currently working on Voices from the Water’s Edge, and has been learning technical video and audio recording skills to apply to the project. Through his work with the DHi, he plans to gain valuable knowledge about video recording, in hopes of using them in other projects.
Laura graduated from Hamilton in 2018 with a major in Creative Writing and a minor in Art. While working for the DHi, she assisted Professor Doran Larson with organizational research and essay transcriptions. She currently lives in Boston.
Alex graduated as a member of the class of 2017 at Hamilton College. His interdisciplinary major (Technology & Society) explored how technology and society shape each other. He joined the DHi as a sophomore and worked on various projects. Through his work with the DHi, Alex gained new perspectives on how digital technology and user experience intersect. Alex now lives in Denver, Colorado and works at FareHarbor, a booking software company in the Tours & Activities industry. He is a Training Coordinator who facilitates workshops in website design, SEO, and client support for teams in Denver, Amsterdam, Sydney, and the Philippines. His experience in the DHi introduced him to various Content Management Systems and educational opportunities in the digital world.
Shirley is a member of the class of 2017 from Orange, CT. She majored in Public Policy and minored in Environmental Studies and Jurisprudence, Law and Justice Studies. She joined the DHi team to read and process essay submissions for the American Prison Writing Archive, led by Professor Doran Larson.
Hailing from Miami, Terri is a member of the class of 2017. An Africana Studies major, Terri worked with Professor Nieves on the Soweto Historical GIS Project. He joined the DHi his junior year in order to learn more about the intersections of technology and history, and how he can utilize his writing skills to share the stories of others. For fun, he likes to unpack the various messages present in Japanese anime and write poetry.
Lauren is a member of the class of 2016 from New York City. She is an English major and Theatre minor and is also interested in French, Music, and History. She joined the DHi as a sophomore and hopes to take what she has learned working in digital media into a career in film production.
Hannah Fine is a member of the class of 2016 at Hamilton College, originally from White Plains, New York. She concentrated in English and Creative Writing, with minors in Cinema & New Media Studies and Mathematics. A lover of all things mediated and technological, she hopes to one day work in television production or fashion public relations. As an intern with the Digital Humanities Initiative, Hannah primarily focused on communication, working with social media, newsletters, and publicity. She also worked with the Creative Writing department to create her own unique digital humanities project as a part of her senior thesis.
Dima Kaigorodov is a member of the class of 2016 from Chisinau, Moldova. His academic interests include Economics, World Politics and Cinema and New Media Studies. He worked on the Refugee Project as a videographer, video editor and creative consultant. While working on the project he hoped to polish his filming and editing skills and learn more about the use of video in the Digital Humanities world.
Kaitie is a member of the class of 2016, and majored in Mathematics and Art. She is originally from Sudbury, Massachusetts. She worked as a videographer and video editor at the DHi. Through her experiences at the DHi, she hoped to combine her passions of art and mathematics using the multitude of resources and opportunities that digital media has to offer. In her spare time at Hamilton, she could always be found at the barn or in a practice room, as riding for the Hamilton Equestrian Team and playing violin in the Hamilton College Orchestra were her other two loves- next to learning, of course!
Philippa (Pippa) Schwarzkopf was the Digital Humanities Initiative's post-baccalaureate research fellow. As a senior DHi Intern, Pippa worked on a variety of oral history projects, both capturing interviews as a videographer and creating archives as a metadata cataloguer. Following graduation, she continued to assist on projects as a videographer, video editor, and creative consultant while training the interns who will continue the DHi's exploration of documentary film as a research component. She is currently pursuing a career in independent film with an interest in multimedia and alternative forms of interactive narrative. Through her work with the DHi, Pippa hoped to improve her technological literacy, further her skills in film production, and gain exposure to a growing field of creative approaches to integrated digital scholarship.
Lainie Smith graduated as a member of the class of 2016 at Hamilton College. She is originally from Bethlehem, Pennsylvania and now lives and works in Boston, Massachusetts. She concentrated in Creative Writing and minored in Religious Studies. As an intern with the Digital Humanities Initiative, she worked with Professor Abhishek Amar on his “Sacred Centers” project. Through working with DHi, Lainie honed her skills in communications and research and used her knowledge of innovative digital technology to represent creative ideas. Lainie currently works as a digital advertising specialist at an ad tech company called ViralGains, helping creative agencies and brands develop online advertising campaigns. The technology provides custom, clickable overlays that sit on top of video advertisements to collect consumer sentiment and insights, enabling brands to more effectively reach their core audience and maximize their advertising dollars. The DHi opened Lainie's eyes to emerging digital technologies: her DHi project was focused on creating a digital archive, and at her current company, she seeks to do something similar, but instead of preserving documents and images, she collects and preserves consumers' brand preferences.
Tsion Tesfaye is a member of Class of 2016 from Holeta, Ethiopia. Tsion graduated from Hamilton with a math major and an education studies minor. During her first year at Hamilton, she worked closely with the Mohawk Valley Resource Center for Refugees, particularly with The Newcomer Classroom. In working with The Refugee Project, she learned more about the lives of immigrants in the Utica area and expanded her interest in academia. Tsion is now pursuing a master's degree in statistics (data science track) at Stanford School of Humanities and Sciences. Tsion aspires to better her community by creating an interdisciplinary institute that utilizes data science and design thinking to build innovative systems for governments and purpose-driven private companies. She was a design thinking Subject Matter Expert at Hamilton’s Levitt Leadership Institute, an Entrepreneurial Leadership teaching fellow at the African Leadership Academy in South Africa, and a Project Manager at CareEpilepsy Ethiopia. She also founded Youth for Ethiopia to mentor high school students. Tsion has attended social innovation conferences and trainings in Austria, Japan, Rwanda, and the US, and received a Levitt Social Innovation Fellowship to launch a social venture.
Allie Goodman is a member of the class of 2015 from New York City. She majored in American Studies with a minor in Sociology and Cinema and New Media. As an intern with the Digital Humanities Initiative Allie worked with Dr. Nieves on the Soweto Historical GIS (SHGIS) Project, mostly as a research intern. She is exited to continue learning much more about Digital Humanities, DHi's developing role in academic fields, and contribute to the efforts to incorporate Digital Humanities and Digital Scholarship in academia. She is thankful for being able to participate in the initiative!
Kevin Xiao majored in Computer Science major and minored in Economics at Hamilton College. He got involved with the Digital Humanities initiative during the second semester of his Junior year while attending "Introduction to Digital Humanities" taught by Prof. Nieves. He assisted Greg Lord with DHi's 3D modeling and virtual environment projects, including Blender and Unity-related tasks.
Alex Gioia is a member of the class of 2014 at Hamilton college from Torrington, CT. He majored in both Mathematics and Communications. Alex spent a semester in New Zealand, where he studied at the University of Otago. The following summer, Alex worked on Professor Amar's project. The project is an in-depth study of Indian sacred centers. Alex learned 3D modelling software and worked with Kenny Ratliff on constructing interactive 3D models of the sacred sites.
Sydney Rutman is a member of the class of 2013. She majored in Sociology and minored in Education at Hamilton. While working in the DHi, she helped Dr. Erol Balkan on his documentary "The Euphrates Project." Upon graduation, Sydney moved to New York City to work for the Content Development department at Animal Planet (Discovery Communications). Today, she continues to develop and produce unscripted reality shows for cable and digital streaming networks.
Mary Lehner '12 graduated from Hamilton College with a concentration in Environmental Studies, with minors in Physics and Math. Her interests are broad ranging and encompass digital and performance art in addition to science. Mary's background in web design, computer programming, graphic design and video led to the position she held for two years as a Rich Media Research and Development Intern in ITS at Hamilton. In that role, she helped faculty and students in research and course projects incorporating multimedia for analysis and/or creative expression. In Hamilton's Digital Humanities Initiative (DHi), Mary's research interests and programming skills combine to assist on the DuraCloud pilot project and digital media research approaches. She consults with ITS and the library in development and testing of cloud storage solutions for DHi faculty research collections and researching applications of mobile devices in field work.
Gabriela Arias—Gabi for short—was born and raised in New York City; however, she has called Wallkill, NY home since 2001. As a member of the first generation of her family to be born in the United States, she is proud of her roots. She considers the African ancestry of Dominicans from across the diaspora central to her identity as a Dominican-American woman. The history and culture of Afro-Latinos fascinates her and is an academic interest which she has been fortunate enough to explore at Hamilton College. An Africana Studies major, Gabi is especially interested in the intersections between institutions of public history and the process of historical preservation in communities across the African diaspora. Throughout her college career, she researched the complex relationship between personal and family histories, particularly in marginalized communities, and their preservation in the archives. For two summers, Gabi held internships where she was engaged in digital archival work and humanities-based technology research. In 2009, she aided in building an online, interactive digital archive dedicated to the 1976 student protests in Soweto, South Africa. Later, she delved into two exciting research based internships. First, at the Center for Puerto Rican Studies, Gabi processed and digitized their extensive collections on the LGBT Puerto Rican community in New York City. Second, she interned at El Museo del Barrio and aided in the development of their website and potential mobile application. An aspiring archivist, Gabi intended to begin graduate school in the fall of 2011 in a Library and Information Sciences program with an emphasis in cultural heritage archival preservation.
Alex Benkhart is a member of the class of 2011 and is a Religious Studies/Asian Studies double major. Alex makes an effort to incorporate digital media into every aspect of his study, having worked independently on examinations of religious visual culture, anime heroines, and the commodification of sex in contemporary Japanese art. Alex has been working closely with Professor Kyoko Omori over the past year to create the Comparative Japanese Film Archive. He says he finds this work very rewarding and hopes to continue with the project until its completion. Alex applied for a Fulbright research grant that would take him to Japan in order to study depictions of homosexuality in Japanese popular culture. Alex’s dream is to ultimately make a documentary on the topic.
Andrew Powers was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest close to the waters of Puget Sound. At the bright age of 19, he headed east to Middlebury College, where he studied geography under an incredible faculty of daring thinkers. Andrew loves history, maps and transformative technology... Probably why SHGIS is the best job he's ever had. He currently lives in Seattle.
Nicolas Sohl is a Southern California native that uses GIS and photography as a medium to highlight the connections between, and use of, our natural, urban, and social environments. Nicolas’s photography has been shown in several solo shows and was featured by National Geographic and CNN. He is a graduate of Middlebury College and his work is enriched by his studies in geography. He currently lives in St. Kitts and Nevis, where he concurrently works with the SHGIS and works as a project manager for on-island development projects. His work with the SHGIS has focused on understanding and visualizing the spatial-temporal dynamics of African neighborhood removals in the 19th and 20th century in order to better understand how forced removals to Soweto effected neighborhood population densities and public health in Johannesburg and Soweto.