About Us

DHi Team

Angel David Nieves, Ph.D.

Co-Director, Digital Humanities Initiative, Hamilton College
315.859.4125

Dr. Angel David Nieves, Associate Professor of Africana Studies at Hamilton College, is also the Director of the American Studies Program, a founding member of the Cinema and Media Studies (CNMS) concentration, and in 2010 was awarded The John R. Hatch Class of 1925 Excellence in Teaching Award at Hamilton.  Dr. Nieves also serves as Co-Director (w/Janet Simons) of Hamilton’s Digital Humanities Initiative (DHi), a $1.75 million Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Grant funded project (http://www.dhinitiative.org).  Dr. Nieves received his interdisciplinary Ph.D. in the History of Urban Development and Africana Studies from Cornell University.  His co-edited book (w/Leslie Alexander), ‘We Shall Independent Be:’ African American Place-Making and the Struggle to Claim Space in the U.S. (University Press of Colorado, 2008), examines African American efforts to claim space in American society in the face of fierce resistance.  Dr. Nieves has published essays in the Journal of Planning History; Places Journal: A Forum of Design for the Public Realm; International Journal of Media and Cultural Politics; Safundi: The Journal of South African and American Studies; Resilience: The Journal of Environmental Humanities, and in several edited collections, including Places of Pain and Shame: Dealing With Difficult Heritage (Routledge, 2009) and The Heritage of Iconic Planned Communities: The Challenges of Change (UPenn Press, forthccoming).  He has served as Associate Editor, of Fire!!!: A Multimedia Journal of Black Studies, an on-line only journal of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH).

Dr. Nieves’s recent scholarly work and community-based activism critically engage with issues of race and the built environment in cities across the Global South.  He is acting as an advisor to “The Power of Place,” a permanent exhibit at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture scheduled to open in 2015.  From 2010 to 2013 he worked with a team of undergraduate students from Middlebury College on the Soweto Historical GIS (SHGIS) Project, and in 2014 he was awarded (w/ Prof. Alyson Gill of Arkansas State University) an NEH Office of Digital Humanities Start-Up Grant of $59,510 for "Dangerous Embodiments: Theories, Methods, and Best Practices for Historical Character Modeling in Humanities 3D Environments.”  The award was for the development and testing of a comprehensive typology for avatar (graphical representations of a user or the user's character) creation in historical simulations in digital heritage environments.  Dr. Nieves was recently elected to the Board of Directors of the Africa Network, a consortium of national liberal arts colleges that actively promote the study of Africa through scholarship and teaching, and his digital research and scholarship have been featured both in Newsweek and on MSNBC.com.

Janet Thomas Simons, M.S.

Co-Director, Digital Humanities Initiative, Hamilton College
315.859.4424

Janet Thomas Simons is Hamilton College's Digital Humanities Initiative Co-Director of Technology and Research. Her responsibilities include oversight and direction of the daily activities of the DHi to develop a collaborative community in which creativity, technology, and innovation lead to new methods of research, learning, and publication. This includes strategic planning in the use of technology, collaboration on grant proposals and budgets, management and communication of DHi projects, coordination and teaching of DHi's undergraduate research fellowship program CLASS and creation of direct connections between DHi projects and the curriculum. She is engaged in faculty outreach and development; project management; identification and research of technologies appropriate to research projects and learning goals; and coordination of academic support services to meet teaching, learning, and research needs.  Janet is involved in the development of sustainable digital scholarship infrastructure and models for support of digital humanities projects at liberal arts institutions. She recently collaborated with over 23 liberal arts colleges to develop the Institute for Liberal Arts Scholarship (ILiADS.org). She co-teaches “Models for liberal arts and four year colleges at the Digital Humanities Summer Institute (dhsi.org). Janet has presented regionally and internationally on learning design, collaboration, media scholarship, and models for digital scholarship. Janet has co-authored articles in the Journal of Political Science Education, Educause Quarterly, and Collaborations in Liberal Arts Colleges in Support of Digital HumanitiesJanet holds an M.S. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. @janettsimons

 

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Gregory Lord

Lead Designer & Software Engineer, Hamilton College

Gregory Lord is DHi's Lead Designer and Software Engineer, leading the creation of the varied web and graphic designs that represent DHi, and lending his skills as a web programmer to the design and implementation of its digital projects as part of DHi's Collection Development Team.  Prior to his work at Hamilton and DHi, Greg began his work in the digital humanities at the Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities (MITH) in 2005, and continued to develop his design and programming skills as a freelance web developer and small independent business owner from his home state of Maryland.

Greg holds a BA in English from the University of Maryland, where he studied creative writing, focusing his design and programming background upon the creation of digital and interactive hypertext literature.  

A lifelong gaming enthusiast and advocate of educational gaming and simulation, Greg currently works with Hamilton students and DHi's CLASS program, teaching a variety of multimedia topics including video game narrative, game design, 3D modeling and animation, and games/simulation programming.

Peter MacDonald

Library Information Systems Specialist, Hamilton College

Peter MacDonald has 25 years of experience working in academic libraries at The University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, Harvard Law School and currently at Hamilton College. At Harvard he developed the Web display mechanism for the Nuremberg Trials papers. He is currently the Library Information Systems Specialist at Hamilton College (Clinton, New York) where he manages the library's digital collections, which includes over 2,000 TEI-encoded pages of Civil War letters and 8,000 TEI-encoded pages of a 19th-Century Shaker journal. Peter is also a member of the “TAPAS: Publishing TEI Documents for Small Liberal Arts Colleges" which is a grant-funded project to develop an interactive interface for scholars who use or generate TEI-encoded documents in their research. His main roles in the DHi initiative will be to promote the use of TEI-encoding in scholarly activity on campus and consult on metadata issues.

Lisa McFall

Metadata and Digital Initiatives Librarian, Hamilton College
Lisa McFall is the Metadata and Digital Initiative Librarian at Hamilton College. She is responsible for overseeing metadata creation for the library’s projects, maintaining consistent metadata across collections, assisting with building projects in Shared Shelf, helping with Hamilton's Institutional Repository, and serving on the DHi Collection Development Team. In her role as a consultant to DHi, Lisa assists in developing metadata guidelines and best practices both broadly for DHi and at the individual project level, and also serves as an advisor to faculty and students who are creating metadata for projects.
 
Her recent publications include, “Beyond the Back Room: The Role of Metadata and Catalog Librarians in Digital Humanities” in Supporting Digital Humanities for Knowledge Acquisition in Modern Libraries (IGI Global, 2015) and “Collaborations in Liberal Arts Colleges in Support of Digital Humanities” (co-authored with Janet Thomas Simons, Gregory Lord, Angel David Nieves, Peter MacDonald, and Steve Young) in Technology-Centered Academic Library Partnerships and Collaborations (IGI Global, 2016). She has also presented her work at the American Library Association Annual Meeting, the Keystone Digital Humanities Conference, and as an invited speaker of the “Conversations in Digital Scholarship” series at the University of Connecticut.
 
Lisa holds the degrees of Bachelor of Music in Music Education from SUNY Fredonia, Master of Library and Information Science from the University of Pittsburgh and Master of Arts in Ethnomusicology, also from the University of Pittsburgh.

Steve Young

ITS Network Services Unix/HPC System Administrator, Hamilton College

Steve Young is a Unix/HPC System Administrator within the ITS's Network Services Team at Hamilton College. His responsibilities are primarily managing the Unix based High Performance Computing (HPC) clusters for the College. Chemistry, Biology, Psychology, Economics, and Physics have active research programs requiring HPC resources at Hamilton. Steve has 20 years experience working with Unix based systems and open source software.

Steve is a member of Hamilton's Digital Humanities Initiative (DHi) Collection Development team. In this role, he builds and maintains the network infrastructure for DHi and also collaborates with software consultants to develop research services. Most recently, he has been working with Discovery Garden consultants to install and configure Fedora Commons and Islandora on DHi servers.

Before coming to Hamilton in 2004, Steve worked in the private sector at a web hosting solutions provider. He helped manage web and database servers for customers like John's Hopkins University, America's Job Bank (Dept. of Labor), Guggenheim Museum, NOAA, and Denver Bronco's to name a few. He holds an A.A.S. in Electrical Engineering Technology (SUNY Canton) and a BA in Computer Science (SUNY Oswego).

DHi Students

Lauren Baker

Lauren Baker - Class of 2016

DHi Office Manager, Hamilton College

Lauren is a member of the class of 2016 from New York City. She is majoring in English and minoring in Theatre 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.

Alex Cadet

DHi Student Intern, Hamilton College

Alex is in the class of 2017 at Hamilton College. His interdisciplinary major (Technology & Society) explores how technology and society shape each other. He joined the DHi during his sophomore year and has worked on various DHi projects. Through his work with the DHi, Alex is hoping to gain new perspectives on how digital technology and user experience intersect.

Nat Colburn - Class of 2018

DHi Student Intern, Hamilton College

Nathaniel Colburn '18 is a creative writing major and computer science minor from Laguna Beach, California. He is excited to begin exploring the infinity of uses for interactive media, especially video games, starting with the Soweto Historical GIS Project. He will learn the technical skills to bring such projects to fruition and aims to become an adept at 3D modeling, coding, and other nuts and bolts. For fun, he surfs (assuming there is an ocean nearby), reads, and games. 

Hoang Do - Class of 2017

DHi Class Scholar, Hamilton College

Hoang Do ’17 is a Cinema and New Media Studies major at Hamilton College. Hoang is working with Professor Kyoko Omori on the Crossroads in Context short film as a videographer, video editor, and creative consultant. The film documents refugees’ involvement in ESL classes in Utica NY, thereby narrating an aspect of their assimilation into American society. Hoang also helped design the Comparative Japanese Film Archive’s interface during the Institute for Liberal Arts Digital Scholarship (ILiADS) conference, which took place in summer 2015 at Hamilton College. Learning from his experience with Crossroads in Context, Hoang intends to create his own documentary film about the Karen Burmese refugees in Utica. He aims to approach the project on a personal level through recording the daily life of a single Karen refugee, believing that the microcosm of a person’s journey can be telling of macro trends.

Hoang's student reflections essay can be found at: http://dhinitiative.org/students/class/do

Mackenzie Doherty

DHi CLASS Scholar, Hamilton College

Mackenzie is a member of the Class of 2018 from Worcester, MA. She is majoring in Creative Writing and minoring in Government and Women's Studies. She plays softball, club soccer, and club basketball. Mackenzie is working on the Beloved Witness project, a digital archive of the personal writings, readings, and manuscripts of Kashmiri-American poet Agha Shahid Ali. In her involvement with the DHi, she hopes to explore 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 Donohue - Class of 2018

DHi Student Intern, Hamilton College

Samantha is a member of the class of 2018 from Summit, New Jersey.  She is majoring in Cinema and Media Studies and Creative Writing. She joined the DHi as a sophomore and is currently working 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.

Petra Elfström

DHi CLASS Scholar, Hamilton College

Petra Elfström is a Creative Writing and Archaeology double major at Hamilton College. She sings in an a cappella group on campus, and often draws and travels with her family in her free time. Combining her love of art and writing with her passion for archaeology, Petra is now working alongside Professor Nathan Goodale and Alissa Nauman to create a short educational film with the aim to present the archaeological practice of the Slocan Narrows Archaeological Project to the general public in an accessible manner. Though the Slocan Narrows site is open to the public and presents its findings every year at a “public day,” the Project was still lacking an informational film that showed the complete archaeological process of the site, including lab analyses and senior theses and not just the field work. They are now working with the DHi to fill this gap in a creative and educational manner. Petra will work on script-writing, creating story-boards, and organizing the different assets already available to include in the film. In addition, Petra will be helping with filming and editing the documentary. She looks forward to increasing her knowledge of filmography as well as her familiarity with the Slocan Narrows site and the culture that it represents.

Allie Goodman - Class of 2015

DHi Student Intern, Hamilton College

Allie Goodman is a member of the class of 2015 from New York City. She is majoring in American Studies with a minor in Sociology and Cinema and New Media. As an intern with the Digital Humanities Initiative Allie is working 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! 

Matt Goon - Class of 2018

DHi Student Intern, Hamilton College

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 currently works with Dr. Angel Nieves and Greg Lord on DHi's 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.

Kerri Grimaldi - Class of 2015

DHi CLASS Scholar, Hamilton College

Kerri Grimaldi is an English major at Hamilton College. As a DHi CLASS scholar, she is working with Professor Patricia O'Neill on The Beloved Witness project--a collaborative digital archive featuring the works of Kashmiri American poet, Agha Shahid Ali. Kerri is utilizing the archive to study the influence of Emily Dickinson's poetry on Shahid's. Kerri's work developed from her interest in the discourse formed between the works of the two poets, evident through Shahid's references to Dickinson. With the skills obtained during her year in DHi's CLASS program, she is exploring text analysis tools and creating a digital presentation of her research to visually present the intertextual relationship between Shahid’s poetry and Dickinson’s.  See Kerri's website and interpretative video.  Kerri's Summer 2014 off-campus internship was in the Electronic Textual Cultures Lab (ETCL) directed by Ray Siemens at the Universtiy of Victoria. Hamilton News - DH 2014 Conference Poster Presentation by Grimaldi and Simons

Dima Kaigorodov - Class of 2016

DHi Student Intern, Hamilton College

Dima Kaigorodov is a member of the class of 2016 from Chisinau, Moldova. His current academic interests include Economics, World Politics and Cinema and New Media Studies. He is currently working on the Refugee Project as a videographer, video editor and creative consultant. While working on this project he hopes to polish his filming and editing skills and learn more about the use of video in the Digital Humanities world.

Jack Lyons - Class of 2016

Jack Lyons - Class of 2016

DHi CLASS Scholar, Hamilton College

Jack Lyons is a rising junior, and is majoring in Asian Studies with a Japanese focus. Since childhood, he has had a profound interest in Japanese culture, especially Samurai.Following this interest, Jack is working with Professor Kyoko Omori on the Japanese silent film, Orochi (1925) & Benshi artists project. For the project, Jack will construct a narrative script in English for the Japanese silent movie, Orochi, and will analyze certain aspects of the movie like its cinematography and the Japanese culture presented in the movie. In addition, Jack will also help create a documentary on the Clinton area that will be used in a workshop this Fall. During the workshop, Hamilton students will be able to create and recite their own Benshi script for the documentary. Jack aims to not only further his knowledge of the Japanese language and culture through this project, but also to learn more about film and how it is created. Hamilton News http://www.hamilton.edu/news/story/the-silent-serpent-understanding-the-role-of-benshi-in-japanese-cinema

Kaitie McPhee - Class of 2016

DHi Student Intern, Hamilton College

Kaitie is a rising junior, and is a double major in Mathematics and Art. She is originally from Sudbury, Massachusetts, and is working as a videographer and video editor at the DHi. Through her experiences at the DHi, she hopes 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, she can 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 are her other two loves- next to learning, of course!

Alexa Merriam - Class of 2018

DHi Class Scholar, Hamilton College

Alexa Merriam is a Creative Writing major and Music minor at Hamilton College. She designed an original dHi project that fuses her passions for experimental storytelling, spirituality, and nature. Her semester in the Hamilton Adirondack Program has further enhanced her project. In collaboration with Director of the Adirondack Program, Professor Janelle Schwartz, and DHi, she is exploring literature that gives insight into so-called “paranormal” phenomena and engaging with the Adirondack community to gather personal accounts and determine what makes the Adirondacks so conducive for spiritual experiences and practices, -- ranging from meditation to astral projection. Alexa is creating an interactive fiction platform inspired by what she has learned and by her own and others' spiritual journeys. Digital media can best represent the sensory elements of accounts that transcend words. By representing a story in the realest way possible, Alexa aims to emphasize the value that obscure subjects like energy healing, astrology, and parapsychology should have in academia. 

Alexa's reflections blog can be found at: http://amerriam.dhinitiative.org/

Isla Ng - Class of 2016

DHi Student Intern, Hamilton College

Isla Ng is in the class of 2016 at Hamilton College and is originally from New York City. She started working for DHi as a freshman, helping her advisor Dr. Angel Nieves with research on South Africa. Isla is a prospective philosophy major and is also interested in Women’s Studies, American Studies and Creative Writing.  Looking forward, by working at DHi Isla hopes to gain insight into the future of communications, and to learn ways of making creative thought sustainable in the modern technological world.   

Gabriella Pico - Class of 2016

DHi CLASS Scholar, Hamilton College

Gabriella Pico is a rising junior and Public Policy Major at Hamilton College. As an American of Cuban descent, the issues of Cuban and Cuban-American women have interested her for many years. In collaboration with Professor Vivyan Adair, the Emerson Grant program, and the DHi, she will be exploring literature and photography by Cuban-American women in an effort to understand how these two cultures influence these women at the micro and meso levels. Gabriella will be using the skills she has learned in exploring and analyzing the intersections of culture, class, and race in these women’s writings. Her research will culminate in a written analysis which she will contribute to an ongoing digital platform in collaboration with Lafayette College’s DHi. This platform aims to make information more accessible to those scholars who, due to structural economic inequalities, find themselves outside of the academy, and unable to engage with scholarly material.

Jackie Rodriguez - Class of 2020

DHi CLASS Scholar, Hamilton College

Jackie Rodriguez is a sophomore from Orlando, FL majoring in Government and minoring in Anthropology at Hamilton College. She is currently working with Professor John Bartle of the Russian Studies department on The Refugee Project— a project that has been ongoing for multiple years now. The focus of the project is on collecting oral histories of the various refugees settling in Utica, NY and archiving these stories digitally through the means of transcriptions and video. On top of the oral history component of The Refugee Project, Jackie and Professor Bartle are in the midst of sifting through microfilm of Utica’s past Observer Dispatch articles to find any articles related to refugees or the Refugee Center. The project shall result in a digital archive where oral histories and articles can be easily accessed by any scholar pursuing research on Refugees. Passionate about religion, community, and culture, Jackie has found her interests deeply imbedded within the project. She hopes to further her skills in creating and examining metadata as she continues on with her research. 

Jackie's student reflections essay can be found at: http://dhinitiative.org/students/class/rodriguez

Lauren Scutt - Class of 2016

DHi CLASS Scholar, Hamilton College

Lauren Scutt is a member of the class of 2017, and is double majoring in Religious Studies and Psychology. Alongside Professor Abhishek Amar, Lauren has been working on the “Sacred Centers in India” project. Specifically, Lauren has spent time organizing and updating the metadata for Sacred Centers’ archive. Independently, Lauren is researching the psychological benefits of funerary rituals (particularly, Gaya-based, sraddha) in confronting the death of loved ones and ones’ self. DHi has provided Lauren with an opportunity to further develop her research skills and better present her findings in the digital age.  Her second CLASS summer was as an intern at the British Museum working with Professor Michael Willis on the Beyond Boundaries: Religion, Region, Language and the State project. Lauren has presented aspects of her research with Professor Amar at Bucknell's Digital Scholarship Conference 2014 and at the Undergraduate Network for Research in the Humanities at Davidson College 2015. Scutt describes her experiences in this reflection paper.

Lauren's student reflection essay can be found at: http://dhinitiative.org/students/class/scutt

Lainie Smith - Class of 2016

DHi Student Intern, Hamilton College

Lainie Smith is a sophomore at Hamilton College. She is originally from Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. She is concentrating in Creative Writing and minoring in Religious Studies. As an intern with the Digital Humanities Initiative, she is working with Professor Abhishek Amar on his “Sacred Centers” project. By working with DHi, Lainie hopes to hone her skills in communications and research and apply her knowledge of innovative digital technology to represent creative ideas.Hamilton News http://www.hamilton.edu/news/story/smith-16-studies-the-practice-of-meditation

Tsion Tesfaye - Class of 2016

DHi Student Intern, Hamilton College

Tsion Tesfaye is a member of Class of 2016 from Holeta, Ethiopia. During her first year at Hamilton, Tesfaye worked closely with the Mohawk Valley Resource Center for Refugees, particularly with The Newcomer Classroom. By working with The Refugee Project, she hopes to learn more about the lives of immigrants in the Utica area and expand her interest in academia. Tesfaye plans to pursue a Math and/or Physics major.

Talia Vaughan - Class of 2018

DHi CLASS Scholar, Hamilton College

Talia Vaughan is a member of the class of 2018 from Madison, New Hampshire. She is a Religious Studies major with other interests in Anthropology and History. She started her work with the Digital Humanities Initiative in her sophomore year, working first on the NOLA project, transcribing oral histories for use in the collection. She is currently working with Dr. Nieves on the Soweto Project, completing projects such as a timeline of the Mandela family home, mapping of mine hostels surrounding Johannesburg, South Africa, and beginning work on digitizing and preserving artifacts from Soweto. Through her work with the DHi, Talia is hoping to improve her technology skills in order to explore the possibility of documenting and preserving the voices and concerns of minority groups and individuals.

Laura Whitmer

DHi Student Intern, Hamilton College

Laura is a member of the class of 2018 and plans to major in Creative Writing with a minor in Art. She works for the Literature and Creative Writing department and joined DHi as a sophomore. Currently, she assists Professor Doran Larson with organizational research and essay transcriptions.

Kevin Xiao

Kevin Xiao - Class of 2015

DHi Student Intern, Hamilton College

Kevin Xiao is a Computer Science major (and Economics minor) 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 currently assists Greg Lord with DHi's 3D modeling and virtual environment projects, including Blender and Unity-related tasks. 

DHi 2016-2017 CLASS Scholars

Petra Elfström

DHi CLASS Scholar, Hamilton College

Petra Elfström is a Creative Writing and Archaeology double major at Hamilton College. She sings in an a cappella group on campus, and often draws and travels with her family in her free time. Combining her love of art and writing with her passion for archaeology, Petra is now working alongside Professor Nathan Goodale and Alissa Nauman to create a short educational film with the aim to present the archaeological practice of the Slocan Narrows Archaeological Project to the general public in an accessible manner. Though the Slocan Narrows site is open to the public and presents its findings every year at a “public day,” the Project was still lacking an informational film that showed the complete archaeological process of the site, including lab analyses and senior theses and not just the field work. They are now working with the DHi to fill this gap in a creative and educational manner. Petra will work on script-writing, creating story-boards, and organizing the different assets already available to include in the film. In addition, Petra will be helping with filming and editing the documentary. She looks forward to increasing her knowledge of filmography as well as her familiarity with the Slocan Narrows site and the culture that it represents.

DHi 2015-2016 CLASS Scholars

Hoang Do - Class of 2017

DHi Class Scholar, Hamilton College

Hoang Do ’17 is a Cinema and New Media Studies major at Hamilton College. Hoang is working with Professor Kyoko Omori on the Crossroads in Context short film as a videographer, video editor, and creative consultant. The film documents refugees’ involvement in ESL classes in Utica NY, thereby narrating an aspect of their assimilation into American society. Hoang also helped design the Comparative Japanese Film Archive’s interface during the Institute for Liberal Arts Digital Scholarship (ILiADS) conference, which took place in summer 2015 at Hamilton College. Learning from his experience with Crossroads in Context, Hoang intends to create his own documentary film about the Karen Burmese refugees in Utica. He aims to approach the project on a personal level through recording the daily life of a single Karen refugee, believing that the microcosm of a person’s journey can be telling of macro trends.

Hoang's student reflections essay can be found at: http://dhinitiative.org/students/class/do

Mackenzie Doherty

DHi CLASS Scholar, Hamilton College

Mackenzie is a member of the Class of 2018 from Worcester, MA. She is majoring in Creative Writing and minoring in Government and Women's Studies. She plays softball, club soccer, and club basketball. Mackenzie is working on the Beloved Witness project, a digital archive of the personal writings, readings, and manuscripts of Kashmiri-American poet Agha Shahid Ali. In her involvement with the DHi, she hopes to explore how technology may not only further our understanding of textuality, but actually have the power to forge relationships between creative scholarship and the public.

Alexa Merriam - Class of 2018

DHi Class Scholar, Hamilton College

Alexa Merriam is a Creative Writing major and Music minor at Hamilton College. She designed an original dHi project that fuses her passions for experimental storytelling, spirituality, and nature. Her semester in the Hamilton Adirondack Program has further enhanced her project. In collaboration with Director of the Adirondack Program, Professor Janelle Schwartz, and DHi, she is exploring literature that gives insight into so-called “paranormal” phenomena and engaging with the Adirondack community to gather personal accounts and determine what makes the Adirondacks so conducive for spiritual experiences and practices, -- ranging from meditation to astral projection. Alexa is creating an interactive fiction platform inspired by what she has learned and by her own and others' spiritual journeys. Digital media can best represent the sensory elements of accounts that transcend words. By representing a story in the realest way possible, Alexa aims to emphasize the value that obscure subjects like energy healing, astrology, and parapsychology should have in academia. 

Alexa's reflections blog can be found at: http://amerriam.dhinitiative.org/

Jackie Rodriguez - Class of 2020

DHi CLASS Scholar, Hamilton College

Jackie Rodriguez is a sophomore from Orlando, FL majoring in Government and minoring in Anthropology at Hamilton College. She is currently working with Professor John Bartle of the Russian Studies department on The Refugee Project— a project that has been ongoing for multiple years now. The focus of the project is on collecting oral histories of the various refugees settling in Utica, NY and archiving these stories digitally through the means of transcriptions and video. On top of the oral history component of The Refugee Project, Jackie and Professor Bartle are in the midst of sifting through microfilm of Utica’s past Observer Dispatch articles to find any articles related to refugees or the Refugee Center. The project shall result in a digital archive where oral histories and articles can be easily accessed by any scholar pursuing research on Refugees. Passionate about religion, community, and culture, Jackie has found her interests deeply imbedded within the project. She hopes to further her skills in creating and examining metadata as she continues on with her research. 

Jackie's student reflections essay can be found at: http://dhinitiative.org/students/class/rodriguez

Talia Vaughan - Class of 2018

DHi CLASS Scholar, Hamilton College

Talia Vaughan is a member of the class of 2018 from Madison, New Hampshire. She is a Religious Studies major with other interests in Anthropology and History. She started her work with the Digital Humanities Initiative in her sophomore year, working first on the NOLA project, transcribing oral histories for use in the collection. She is currently working with Dr. Nieves on the Soweto Project, completing projects such as a timeline of the Mandela family home, mapping of mine hostels surrounding Johannesburg, South Africa, and beginning work on digitizing and preserving artifacts from Soweto. Through her work with the DHi, Talia is hoping to improve her technology skills in order to explore the possibility of documenting and preserving the voices and concerns of minority groups and individuals.

DHi 2014-2015 CLASS Scholars

Jack Lyons - Class of 2016

Jack Lyons - Class of 2016

DHi CLASS Scholar, Hamilton College

Jack Lyons is a rising junior, and is majoring in Asian Studies with a Japanese focus. Since childhood, he has had a profound interest in Japanese culture, especially Samurai.Following this interest, Jack is working with Professor Kyoko Omori on the Japanese silent film, Orochi (1925) & Benshi artists project. For the project, Jack will construct a narrative script in English for the Japanese silent movie, Orochi, and will analyze certain aspects of the movie like its cinematography and the Japanese culture presented in the movie. In addition, Jack will also help create a documentary on the Clinton area that will be used in a workshop this Fall. During the workshop, Hamilton students will be able to create and recite their own Benshi script for the documentary. Jack aims to not only further his knowledge of the Japanese language and culture through this project, but also to learn more about film and how it is created. Hamilton News http://www.hamilton.edu/news/story/the-silent-serpent-understanding-the-role-of-benshi-in-japanese-cinema

Gabriella Pico - Class of 2016

DHi CLASS Scholar, Hamilton College

Gabriella Pico is a rising junior and Public Policy Major at Hamilton College. As an American of Cuban descent, the issues of Cuban and Cuban-American women have interested her for many years. In collaboration with Professor Vivyan Adair, the Emerson Grant program, and the DHi, she will be exploring literature and photography by Cuban-American women in an effort to understand how these two cultures influence these women at the micro and meso levels. Gabriella will be using the skills she has learned in exploring and analyzing the intersections of culture, class, and race in these women’s writings. Her research will culminate in a written analysis which she will contribute to an ongoing digital platform in collaboration with Lafayette College’s DHi. This platform aims to make information more accessible to those scholars who, due to structural economic inequalities, find themselves outside of the academy, and unable to engage with scholarly material.

Lauren Scutt - Class of 2016

DHi CLASS Scholar, Hamilton College

Lauren Scutt is a member of the class of 2017, and is double majoring in Religious Studies and Psychology. Alongside Professor Abhishek Amar, Lauren has been working on the “Sacred Centers in India” project. Specifically, Lauren has spent time organizing and updating the metadata for Sacred Centers’ archive. Independently, Lauren is researching the psychological benefits of funerary rituals (particularly, Gaya-based, sraddha) in confronting the death of loved ones and ones’ self. DHi has provided Lauren with an opportunity to further develop her research skills and better present her findings in the digital age.  Her second CLASS summer was as an intern at the British Museum working with Professor Michael Willis on the Beyond Boundaries: Religion, Region, Language and the State project. Lauren has presented aspects of her research with Professor Amar at Bucknell's Digital Scholarship Conference 2014 and at the Undergraduate Network for Research in the Humanities at Davidson College 2015. Scutt describes her experiences in this reflection paper.

Lauren's student reflection essay can be found at: http://dhinitiative.org/students/class/scutt

Lainie Smith - Class of 2016

DHi Student Intern, Hamilton College

Lainie Smith is a sophomore at Hamilton College. She is originally from Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. She is concentrating in Creative Writing and minoring in Religious Studies. As an intern with the Digital Humanities Initiative, she is working with Professor Abhishek Amar on his “Sacred Centers” project. By working with DHi, Lainie hopes to hone her skills in communications and research and apply her knowledge of innovative digital technology to represent creative ideas.Hamilton News http://www.hamilton.edu/news/story/smith-16-studies-the-practice-of-meditation

DHi 2013-2014 CLASS Scholars

Kerri Grimaldi - Class of 2015

DHi CLASS Scholar, Hamilton College

Kerri Grimaldi is an English major at Hamilton College. As a DHi CLASS scholar, she is working with Professor Patricia O'Neill on The Beloved Witness project--a collaborative digital archive featuring the works of Kashmiri American poet, Agha Shahid Ali. Kerri is utilizing the archive to study the influence of Emily Dickinson's poetry on Shahid's. Kerri's work developed from her interest in the discourse formed between the works of the two poets, evident through Shahid's references to Dickinson. With the skills obtained during her year in DHi's CLASS program, she is exploring text analysis tools and creating a digital presentation of her research to visually present the intertextual relationship between Shahid’s poetry and Dickinson’s.  See Kerri's website and interpretative video.  Kerri's Summer 2014 off-campus internship was in the Electronic Textual Cultures Lab (ETCL) directed by Ray Siemens at the Universtiy of Victoria. Hamilton News - DH 2014 Conference Poster Presentation by Grimaldi and Simons