Robert C. Allen
Robert C. Allen, the James Logan Godfrey Distinguished Professor of American Studies, 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 graduate and undergraduate courses in American Studies on digital humanities/digital history. 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.
DIL General Manager
Will comes to the DIL from from the Beasley Multimedia Resource Center which he managed from 2007 until 2015. Previous to his time here at UNC, Will was faculty at the Entertainment Technology Center at Carnegie Mellon University. Among his many duties, he is DH Press Project Manager.
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.
Graduate Student Staff
Charlotte Fryar finds her primary research interests in public higher education, digital archives, oral history, digital labor, university life, North Carolina history, and Southern sense of place. Since 2011, Charlotte has worked for the Digital Innovation Lab (DIL). The idea behind the DIL–that digital work can and should be public work–has been instrumental to both her work at the DIL, where Charlotte serves as a project manager for several collaborative public projects, and her own scholarship. Charlotte’s long-term project is to document the University of North Carolina’s long and episodic history of the right to free speech through the twentieth century as a digital archive + exhibit. She received a B.A. in American Studies from UNC.
Project Manager, Loray Digital Archive; Lab Associate, Pedagogy and Digital Projects
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.
Karen Sieber (Interdisciplinary Studies; Minor: American Studies)