External Advisory Committee

Mark Christel

Librarian of the College Associate Professor Department Chair of Library, Grinnell College

Mark Christel, director of libraries at the College of Wooster in Ohio, will be the next Samuel R. and Marie-Louise Rosenthal Librarian of Grinnell College.

Christel has served with distinction in positions of increasing responsibility over the past 22 years at Hope College, Vassar College and the College of Wooster. Since joining Wooster as Director of Libraries in 2008, Christel built close collaborations with faculty to support student learning, carefully stewarded collections, and championed emerging technologies to promote open access and scholarship.

Dene Grigar

Director of the Creative Media & Digital Culture Program, Washington State University Vancouver

Dene Grigar is an Associate Professor and Director of The Creative Media & Digital Culture Program at Washington State University Vancouver (WSUV) who works in the area of electronic literature, emergent technology and cognition, and ephemera. She is the author of net art works, like “Fallow Field: A Story in Two Parts,” and multimedia performances and installations, like When Ghosts Will Die (with Canadian multimedia artist Steve Gibson). She has co-authored, with Brett Oppegaard, “Fort Vancouver Mobile” and The Grand Emporium of the West,” projects funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities, and is a recipient, with Stuart Moulthrop, of a 2013 NEH Start Up grant for a digital preservation project for early electronic literature, entitled Pathfinders. She has curated exhibits at the Library of Congress and for organizations, including the Electronic Literature Organization and Modern Language Association, and teaches curating at WSUV and the Digital Humanities Summer Institute at the University of Victoria. She is President of the Electronic Literature Organization and Associate Editor of Leonardo Reviews.

Charles (Chuck) Henry

President, Council on Library and Information Resources

Charles Henry is the President of the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR). Before coming to CLIR, Charles was the Vice Provost and University Librarian at Rice University, where he was responsible for library services and programs, including the Digital Library Initiative and the Digital Media Center. He served as publisher of Rice University Press, the nation's first all-digital university press; was chair of the advisory committee for the Information Resource Center at the International University of Bremen for many years, and was a member of the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) Commission on Cyberinfrastructure in the Humanities and Social Sciences.

Charles has written dozens of publications and has received numerous grants and awards, including from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Science Foundation, and the J. Paul Getty Trust. He received a Fulbright senior scholar grant for library sciences in New Zealand and more recently in China, and a Fulbright award for the study of medieval literature in Vienna, Austria. Charles has a Ph.D. in comparative literature from Columbia University, among other degrees.

Michael A. Keller

Vice Provost, Academic Council, Stanford University

Michael A. Keller is Stanford’s University Librarian, Director of Academic Information Resources, Founder/Publisher of HighWire Press, & Publisher of the Stanford University Press. He has been in his current post at Stanford since 1993. Educated at Hamilton College (biology & music), SUNY/Buffalo (musicology), & SUNY/Geneseo (librarianship), he has led libraries at Cornell, UC/Berkeley, Yale, & Stanford. He has been a principal investigator in dozens of grant funded research projects with funding from the National Science Foundation, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Hewlett Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and numerous others. Keller’s board service includes Hamilton College, Long Now Foundation, Bibliotheca Alexandrina, Japan’s National Institute for Informatics, & National Library of China. Keller is a guest professor at the Chinese Academy of Sciences, was a Senior Presidential Fellow of the Council on Library and Information Resources, was elected a lifetime Fellow in 2008 of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and was elected a lifetime fellow of Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2010. He is also on the board of Mondobiotech Holding AG, a Swiss biotech firm devoted to discovering new therapies through dry research for rare diseases based on human peptides and small molecules. He has served as advisor and consultant to numerous scientific & scholarly societies as well as for the city of Ferrara, Italy, Newsweek magazine, Uppsala, Yale, Princeton, Yale, and Indiana Universities, the University of Melbourne, the University of Edinburgh, as well as the National Library of China, the National Institute for Informatics of Japan, the Library at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, the General Information Authority of Libya, the Kingdom of Bahrain, and the British Library. During his watch at Stanford numerous innovative exploitations based on the cascade of information technology innovations & the Internet arose and are still flourishing, among them: HighWire Press; LOCKSS / CLOCKSS; CourseWork (Sakai) ; the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade Digital Archive; the Stanford Digital Repository , and the Matthew Parker Online Library project at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge University. He was a founder of the Digital Library Federation, and was its president and chairman as well. Keller is Stanford’s principal on the Google Book Search project. He delivered a Siemens Stiftung Lecture in March of 2008 entitled “The Future of Books, Libraries, and Publishing”, and is an invited keynote presenter frequently each year. He is the co-founder and was co-chair of the Preservation and Archiving Special Interest Group, an international community of technologists, librarians, and corporations focused strictly upon the on-going development of technologies and workflows inherent to digital preservation and archiving. Keller has recently become a grandfather for the first time, tends a small flock of backyard chickens, and was become a hunter of large mammals recently.

Liz Losh

Associate Professor of English and American Studies, William and Mary

Elizabeth Losh is the author of Virtualpolitik: An Electronic History of Government Media-Making in a Time of War, Scandal, Disaster, Miscommunication, and Mistakes (MIT Press, 2009) and The War on Learning: Gaining Ground in the Digital University (MIT Press, 2014). She is the co-author of the comic book textbook Understanding Rhetoric: A Graphic Guide to Writing (Bedford/St. Martin's, 2013) with Jonathan Alexander.

She has also written a number of frequently cited essays about communities that produce, consume, and circulate online video, videogames, digital photographs, text postings, and programming code. The diverse range of subject matter analyzed in her scholarship has included coming out videos on YouTube, videogame fan films created by immigrants, combat footage from soldiers in Iraq shot on mobile devices, video evidence created for social media sites by protesters on the Mavi Marmara, remix videos from the Arab Spring, the use of Twitter and Facebook by Indian activists working for women’s rights after the Delhi rape case, and the use of Instagram by anti-government activists in Ukraine.  Much of this body of work concerns the legitimation of political institutions through visual evidence, representations of war and violence in global news, and discourses about human rights.  This work has appeared in edited collections from MIT Press, Routledge, University of Chicago, Minnesota, Oxford, Continuum, and many other presses.

Tara McPherson

Associate Professor Media Arts + Practice Division, Ph.D. Advisor, University of Southern California

Tara McPherson is Associate Professor of Critical Studies at the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts.  She is a core faculty member of the IMAP program, USC’s innovative practice based-Ph.D., and also an affiliated faculty member in the American Studies and Ethnicity Department.  Her research engages the cultural dimensions of media, including the intersection of gender, race, affect and place.  She has a particular interest in digital media.  Here, her research focuses on the digital humanities, early software histories, gender, and race, as well as upon the development of new tools and paradigms for digital publishing, learning, and authorship.

Scott Nesbit

Assistant Professor, University of Georgia’s College of Environment and Design

Scott Nesbit is an assistant professor of digital humanities at the University of Georgia’s College of Environment and Design. His work explores the intersection between digital tools and humanistic questions, particularly questions touching on the history and spaces of the American South. He earned a PhD in history at the University of Virginia in 2013, where he wrote about the geography of slavery and emancipation in the Civil War South. From 2009 until 2014 he was the associate director of the Digital Scholarship Lab at the University of Richmond. He has led digital history projects such as Visualizing Emancipation, which used a wide array of textual sources—ranging from military correspondence to runaway slave advertisements found in southern newspapers–to map out where and when slavery fell apart during the American Civil War.

Jason Rhody

Program Director, Digital Culture, Social Science Research Council

Jason Rhody directs the Social Science Research Council (SSRC) Digital Culture program, which focuses on scholarly communication, digital methods, and transparency and access in social science research. Previously, he served as senior program officer at the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), where he helped create the Office of Digital Humanities (ODH). In that role, he developed and managed multiple grant programs that enabled scholars, librarians, and archivists to harness emerging technologies to advance humanities research, encourage humanistic inquiry of digital culture, and foster collaboration across international and disciplinary boundaries.  He created and directed joint grant programs with Jisc in the UK and the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) in Germany, and contributed to collaborations with the Research Councils UK, FAPESP in Brazil, the National Science Foundation (NSF), the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), and the Department of Energy (DOE). Jason received his PhD in English from the University of Maryland, and his research on literature and games engages narrative theory, media studies, and the digital humanities. Prior to joining NEH in 2003, he managed and advised digital humanities projects at the Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities (MITH) and taught courses in literature and digital media.

Ray Siemens

Canada Research Chair in Humanities Computing, University of Victoria

A leader of collaborative, transformative, interdisciplinary scholarship and pedagogy, Dr. Raymond Siemens is Distinguished Professor in the Faculty of Humanities at the University of Victoria, in English with cross appointment in Computer Science, appointed also 2004-15 as Canada Research Chair in Humanities Computing.

Siemens is also Visiting Senior Research Fellow in the Department of Digital Humanities at King's College London, and has been Visiting Research Fellow at the Institute for English Studies London (2005, 2008) as well as Visiting Professor at Sheffield Hallam U (2004-11), Ritsumeikan U Kyoto (2010), New York U (2013), U Passau (2014), and U Tokyo (2014); in 2014-15, he is Visiting Professor at U Western Sydney.