Robert C. Allen
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 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.
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
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.
Project: Digital Pedagogy
Kathryn (Katy) Clune is most recently from Washington, D.C. and grew up around the world, thanks to her father’s career in the Foreign Service. She earned her B.A. at UC–Berkeley in art history, with an emphasis in contemporary art and politics. Katy has supported the public work of cultural organizations since 2008, most recently working as communications manager for The Textile Museum. Inspired by global cultural heritage, she is engaging with issues of cultural representation and audience engagement while at Carolina. She is a Masters student in UNC’s Folklore program.
Projects: Digital Portobelo, Recovering Hayti
A doctoral student in American Studies, Charlotte Fryar received her BA from the same department in 2013. As an undergrad and after, Charlotte worked in a state museum, a creamery department on a fiber farm, UNC’s Southern Oral History Program, and the Digital Innovation Lab. Her primary research interests lie in public higher education, Southern identity and culture, and the memories and narratives of her home state. She is especially interested in using the intersection of digital technologies and oral history to connect her research interests with greater public engagement and activism.
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
Charlotte Fryar (American Studies)
Jessica Martell (English and Comparative Literature)
Adam McCune (English and Comparative Literature)
Ashley Peles (Anthropology)
Alicia Rivero (Romance Languages)
Instructor: Seth Kotch, Assistant Professor of Digital Humanities, American Studies
Anna Faison (American Studies/Southern Studies; Minor: Education & Creative Writing)
Karen Sieber (Interdisciplinary Studies; Minor: American Studies)