Category: Digital Humanities at Berkeley

Laura K. Nelson

I received my PhD in sociology from the University of California, Berkeley. I have an MA from UC Berkeley and a BA from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. I am currently a postdoctoral fellow at Digital Humanities @ Berkeley, developing a course for undergraduates on computational text analysis in the humanities and social sciences. I use computational methods and open source tools, principally automated text analysis, to study social movements, culture, gender, institutions, and organizations.

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"DH by Design: Alternative Origin Stories for the Digital Humanities." A DH at Berkeley Summer Institute Keynote Address by Tara McPherson, Associate Professor of Critical Studies at USC

The story of the digital humanities is often narrated at a decades-long history of the computational manipulation of print.  What alternative histories are concealed by such a story? How might we imagine DH differently if we move beyond a focus on text toward multimodal expression and design?  What audiences might such work reach? This talk will trace some of the alternate histories of DH, paying particular attention to the visual and the political by engaging the work of feminists, artists, and scholars of color.

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Justin Underhill

Justin Underhill is a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in the Digital Humanities at UC Berkeley. He earned his PhD in Art History from Berkeley, completing a dissertation, “World Art and the Illumination of Virtual Space,” that uses advanced software to reconstruct the architectural contexts in which works of art were displayed. Such research explores the relation between pictures and the lighting of the space in which they were originally viewed.

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Adam Anderson

Adam Anderson is a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in the Digital Humanities. His work brings together the fields of archaeology and computational linguistics to quantify the social and economic landscapes emerging during the late third to early second millennia in the ancient Near East. Collaborating with BPS @BerkeleyProsop to visualize early Assyrian and Sumerian social networks, Anderson's research focuses on tracking the flow people and the exchange of commodities in Bronze Age societies (2100-1800 B.C.).

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Teddy Roland

Teddy Roland holds an MA in English from the University of Chicago. There he studied circuits of capital in American modernist poetry and their intersection with questions of poetic form. His humanistic work depends on natural language processing tools and machine learning in order to rethink and trace out the proliferation of poetic forms in magazine corpora. Teddy also works as a research assistant for a project on the American novel in the long Twentieth Century. He scrapes and curates the data and metadata of a textual database shared among researches at several institutions.

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Maelia DuBois

Maelia DuBois is the Assessment Fellow for Digital Humanities at Berkeley and a graduate student in History.

For Digital Humanities, DuBois has designed fidelity/process and impact evaluation plans for multiple DH courses across disciplines. Her works helps DH at Berkeley to understand and assess the impact of the digital humanities on campus.

DuBois' historical interests include Imperial Germany, Second Wave Colonialism, 19th Century Europe, Cultural History, Women's History, World War I, Exploration, and Militarism.

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Brendan Mackie

Brendan Mackie is the Consulting Coordinator for Digital Humanities at Berkeley and a graduate student in History.

His DH interests and expertise include content analysis, network analysis, and large online archives.

Mackie's historical work examines social life in Britain's long 18th century, particularly how people interacted with each other in rapidly growing cities. His past projects have analyzed coffeehouses and Christmas in this context. He is currently working on project about change ringing.


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Claudia von Vacano

Claudia brings to the digital humanities program a richness of interdisciplinary experience, having worked in fields such as data-intensive social science, education, design, art practice, and literature.From 2000 to 2005, she managed an annual budget of 5 million dollars a year as coordinator for the Oakland Unified School District. She designed and developed an online information system for fiscal and programmatic accountability. She also managed and trained staff in order to implement programs and gather data from school sites with varying levels of technological capacity.

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