Student Fellows

Gabriela Arias

DHi Student Fellow, Hamilton College

Gabriela Arias—Gabi for short—was born and raised in New York City; however, she has called Wallkill, NY home since 2001. As a member of the first generation of her family to be born in the United States, she is proud of her roots. She considers the African ancestry of Dominicans from across the diaspora central to her identity as a Dominican-American woman. The history and culture of Afro-Latinos fascinates her and is an academic interest which she has been fortunate enough to explore at Hamilton College. An Africana Studies major, Gabi is especially interested in the intersections between institutions of public history and the process of historical preservation in communities across the African diaspora. Throughout her college career, she researched the complex relationship between personal and family histories, particularly in marginalized communities, and their preservation in the archives. For the past two summers, Gabi held internships where she was engaged in digital archival work and humanities-based technology research. In 2009, she aided in building an online, interactive digital archive dedicated to the 1976 student protests in Soweto, South Africa. This summer, she delved into two exciting research based internships. First, at the Center for Puerto Rican Studies, Gabi processed and digitized their extensive collections on the LGBT Puerto Rican community in New York City. Second, she interned at El Museo del Barrio and aided in the development of their website and potential mobile application. An aspiring archivist, Gabi intends to begin graduate school in the fall of 2011 in a Library and Information Sciences program with an emphasis in cultural heritage archival preservation.

Alex Benkhart

DHi Student Fellow, Hamilton College

Alex Benkhart is a senior Religious Studies/Asian Studies double major at Hamilton College. Alex makes an effort to incorporate digital media into every aspect of his study, having worked independently on examinations of religious visual culture, anime heroines, and the commodification of sex in contemporary Japanese art. Alex has been working closely with Professor Kyoko Omori over the past year to create the Comparative Japanese Film Archive. He says he finds this work very rewarding and hopes to continue with the project until its completion. Currently, Alex is applying for a Fulbright research grant that will take him to Japan in order to study depictions of homosexuality in Japanese popular culture. Alex’s dream is to ultimately make a documentary on the topic.

Alex Gioia - Class of 2014

DHi Student Fellow, Hamilton College

Alex Gioia is a senior at Hamilton college from Torrington, CT. He is majoring in both Mathematics and Communications. Alex recently returned from a semester in New Zealand, where he studied at the University of Otago. This summer, Alex is working on Professor Amar's project. The project is an in-depth study of Indian sacred centers. Alex has been learning 3D modelling software and is working with Kenny Ratliff on constructing interactive 3D models of the sacred sites.

Max Lopez - Class of 2014

DHi CLASS Scholar, Hamilton College

Max Lopez is a rising sophomore and archaeology major at Hamilton College. Having been interested in archaeology since a very young age, Max now works with Professor Nathan Goodale on a site in the Slocan Valley of British Columbia. The site consists of a series of pit houses or winter homes for the Native Americans that inhabited it. Max, who has been working with and learning 3D digital modeling software over the summer, will visit the site and using GPS/GIS technology will map the pit houses. After that he hopes to create an accurate to life 3D reconstruction of the site that can be walked through and interacted with. Not only will this reconstruction aid in research as a cost effective alternative to a physical reconstruction of the site but it will also be a new way to get the public involved in the research. Archaeology is a field defined by advancing technology and Max looks to use his knowledge of 3D modeling to continue pushing the field forward in new ways and staying ahead of the curve.After his time as a DHi Student Fellow, Max was accepted into graduate school at both the University of Cambridge and Oxford University.

Andrew Powers

Student Research Assistant, Middlebury College

Andrew Powers was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest close to the waters of Puget Sound. At the bright age of 19, he headed east to Middlebury College, where he studied geography under an incredible faculty of daring thinkers. Andrew loves history, maps and transformative technology... Probably why SHGIS is the best job he's ever had. He currently lives in Seattle.

Ujjwal Pradhan

DHi CLASS Scholar, Hamilton College

Ujjwal Pradhan is working on The Beloved Witness, a digital humanities project that aims to create a collaborative digital archive for the works of a Kashmiri American poet, Agha Shahid Ali. Shahid ia a famous Kashmiri-American poet who popularized ghazal form of poetry and represented the Kashmiri struggle in his poems. Ujjwal is working with Professor Patricia O’Neill in getting a deeper understanding of Shahid’s works as the archive is being built. Ujjwal worked as a journalist for a national newspaper during his gap year in Nepal, and has keenly followed South Asian geo-politics. With the Witness project, he is attempting to use his knowledge to comprehend the Kashmiri struggle through Shahid’s poems. Besides creating an interactive archive interface for readers to learn about Shahid’s life and works, he is also very interested in using the new technology in analyzing literary texts like Shahid’s.

Philippa Schwarzkopf - Class of 2016

DHi Post-Baccalaureate Research Fellow, Hamilton College

Philippa (Pippa) Schwarzkopf is the Digital Humanities Initiative's post-baccalaureate research fellow. As a senior DHi intern, Pippa worked on a variety of oral history projects, both capturing interviews as a videographer and creating archives as a metadata cataloguer. Following graduation, she is continuing to assist on projects as a videographer, video editor, and creative consultant while training the interns who will continue the DHi's exploration of documentary film as a research component. She is currently pursuing a career in independent film with an interest in multimedia and alternative forms of interactive narrative. Through her work with the DHi, Pippa is hoping to improve her technological literacy, further her skills in film production, and gain exposure to a growing field of creative approaches to integrated digital scholarship.

Nicolas Sohl

Student Research Assistant, Middlebury College

Nicolas Sohl is a Southern California native that uses GIS and photography as a medium to highlight the connections between, and use of, our natural, urban, and social environments. Nicolas’s photography has been shown in several solo shows and was featured by National Geographic and CNN. He is a graduate of Middlebury College and his work is enriched by his studies in geography. He currently lives in St. Kitts and Nevis, where he concurrently works with the SHGIS and works as a project manager for on-island development projects. His work with the SHGIS has focused on understanding and visualizing the spatial-temporal dynamics of African neighborhood removals in the 19th and 20th century in order to better understand how forced removals to Soweto effected neighborhood population densities and public health in Johannesburg and Soweto.