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Robert C. Allen

Director and Co-Founder
James Logan Godfrey Distinguished Professor
American Studies
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Robert C. Allen, the James Logan Godfrey Distinguished Professor of American Studies, is now in his thirty-third year at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. He has written award-winning books on burlesque and soap operas, and edited widely-adopted teaching anthologies on media criticism and television studies. Robert’s first digital project, “Going to the Show,” developed in collaboration with UNC Libraries’ “Documenting the American South” and supported by a National Endowment for the Humanities Digital Humanities Fellowship, launched in 2009. “Going to the Show” was awarded the 2011 Rosenzweig Prize for Innovation in Digital History by the American Historical Association. In 2009 he received the first Felix Harvey Award to Advance Institutional Priorities at UNC to support the development of a second collaborative digital project with UNC Libraries, “Main Street, Carolina,” which also received support from an NEH Digital Start-Up Grant. Robert regularly teaches a graduate seminar in American Studies on digital humanities/digital history, and his undergraduate course, “Main Street, Carolina,” encourages the production and use of digital discovery/learning tools to illuminate the history of urban space in the American South. In 2011 he received the Tanner Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching. He has worked on both digital and analog projects with cultural heritage organizations across North Carolina, and was the historical advisor for “Standing on a Box: Lewis Hine’s National Child Labor Committee Photographs, 1908,” which received the 2011 Award for Excellence in the Public Humanities from the North Carolina Humanities Council.

Pam Lach

Associate Director

Pam Lach holds a MS in Information Science from the School of Information and Library Science at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. She has a Ph.D. from UNC in U.S. Cultural History with an emphasis on gender and film history. Pam is interested in how new and emerging technologies can support and redefine scholarship in the humanities and hopes to bridge the divide between technology and humanists. Among her many duties, she is DH Press Project Manager.

MNewtonMichael Newton
DIL/CDHI Technology Lead

Dr. Michael Newton comes to Digital Humanities work with strong qualifications in both information technology and the humanities. His first degree is a B.A. in Computer Science from the University of California, San Diego, which he earned while working at a popular computer game company. He went on to earn a Ph.D. in Celtic Studies at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, and has published extensively in that field. In 2007 he was awarded a Digital Humanities Initiative grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to create a digital collaboratory for Celtic Studies which was hosted for several years by iBiblio. In the summer of 2013, he began working on a new Digital Humanities project, entitled Celtic Poets of North America, which is an attempt to collect data about poets and poetry composed in Celtic languages, and enable searches and visualizations on that data.

Stephanie BarnwellStephanie Barnwell
CDHI Programs Coordinator

Trained as a public historian and archivist, Stephanie Barnwell comes to the digital humanities with a deep-rooted interest in making scholarship accessible to a broad audience and the ways in which new and emerging technologies can be put to work in humanities research and teaching. She received her BA from Duke University, her MA in Public History from North Carolina State University and her MS in Library Science at the School of Information and Library Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In addition to working on digital humanities projects, Stephanie has processed archival collections and provided reference services at the Special Collections Research Center at NCSU Libraries and the Archive of Documentary Arts and the Sallie Bingham Center for Women’s History and Culture at the Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library at Duke University. Prior to this, Stephanie worked as a film programmer for the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival in Durham, North Carolina.

Graduate Student Staff

ATChenAnnie Chen
Lab Associate
Project: Slave Narrative Project

Annie Chen is pursuing a Ph.D. in Information Science at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Her research interests include: information behaviors in the context of chronic illness, online communities, and information access for diverse populations. Some of the questions she is particularly interested in are the nature of “patient expertise” in online support groups, how to visually represent health-related discussion content, and how patients’ conceptualizations of “wellness” may change over time. She is also interested in a wide variety of methods and techniques including text mining, natural language processing, network analysis, statistical modeling and ethnography.

oliviaOlivia Dorsey
Lab Associate
Projects: DH Press Documentation, Wilmington Race Riot Digital History Project

Olivia Dorsey has a BS in Information Science with a minor in African American Studies and is currently pursuing an MS in Information Science at SILS. She is highly interested in the Digital Humanities and how technology can be used to teach African American History. After being a recipient of the Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship, she traveled to Franklin, NC during the summer of 2013 and created Franklin Memories, an online digital collection of the town’s oldest family photographs. The project includes oral histories she conducted with some of the town’s residents.

elijah may 2014Elijah Gaddis
Lab Associate
Project: Loray Mill Project

A folklorist and doctoral student in American studies, Elijah Gaddis has also worked as a farmhand, cook and in various museums and cultural institutions. He is interested broadly in built landscapes of the American South, with a particular interest in places of enslavement, resistance, and cultural performance. Elijah is drawn to the digital humanities as a form of praxis that can connect scholarly interest and public practice.

Fall 2014 Graduate Practicum Students

The list of Fall 2014 Practicum students will be posted soon!

Graduate Student Interns

Garrett Wright, PhD student in History (Summer 2014)

Undergraduate Staff

Anna Faison (American Studies/Southern Studies; Minor: Education & Creative Writing)
Karen Sieber (Interdisciplinary Studies; Minor: American Studies)