Alan Liu

Alan Liu is Professor in the English Department at the University of California, Santa Barbara.  He has published books titled Wordsworth: The Sense of History (1989); The Laws of Cool: Knowledge Work and the Culture of Information (2004); and Local Transcendence: Essays on Postmodern Historicism and the Database (2008).  Recent essays include "The Meaning of the Digital Humanities" (2013), "From Reading to Social Computing" (2013), "Where is Cultural Criticism in the Digital Humanities?" (2012), "The State of the Digital Humanities: A Report and a Critique" (2012), and "Friending the Past: The Sense of History and Social Computing" (2011).  Liu started the Voice of the Shuttle web site for humanities research in 1994.  Projects he has directed include the University of California Transliteracies Project on online reading and the RoSE (Research-oriented Social Environment) software project.  Liu is founder and co-leader of the advocacy initiative.

Clifford Lynch

Clifford Lynch has been the Director of the Coalition for Networked Information (CNI) since July 1997. CNI, jointly sponsored by the Association of Research Libraries and Educause, includes about 200 member organizations concerned with the use of information technology and networked information to enhance scholarship and intellectual productivity.

Prior to joining CNI, Lynch spent 18 years at the University of California Office of the President, the last 10 as Director of Library Automation. Lynch, who holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of California, Berkeley, is an adjunct professor at Berkeley's School of Information. He is a past president of the American Society for Information Science and a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the National Information Standards Organization. Lynch serves on the National Digital Preservation Strategy Advisory Board of the Library of Congress; he was a member of the National Research Council committees that published The Digital Dilemma: Intellectual Property in the Information Infrastructure and Broadband: Bringing Home the Bits, and now serves on the NRC's committee on digital archiving and the National Archives and Records Administration.

Amy Earhart

Amy Earhart is Associate Professor of English at Texas A&M University and is best known for her scholarship on race and gender in digital humanities, as well as her experimentation with pedagogical applications of such work. She is author of the forthcoming monograph “Traces of the Old, Uses of the New: The Emergence of the Digital Humanities” (U Michigan 2015) and has co-edited a collection of essays titled The American Literature Scholar in the Digital Age with Andrew Jewell (U Michigan 2010). Earhart’s work has appeared in DHQ: Digital Humanities Quarterly, the Emily Dickinson Journal, The Oxford Handbook to Transcendentalism, the Chronicle of Higher Education/Prof Hacker, Textual Cultures, Debates in Digital Humanities, Between Humanities and the Digital, and Scholarly Editing, among other venues. Her digital projects include the development of the 19th-Century Concord Digital Archive in partnership with the Concord Free Public Library, White Violence and Black Resistance (with Toniesha Taylor), and The Millican “Riot." Earhart has received an NEH Summer Stipend for her Digital Concord project and was a workshop leader in the NEH funded NINES Summer Workshop: Evaluating Digital Scholarship. She was also a co-PI of the research grant that funded the Institute of Digital Humanities, Culture, and Media, 1 of 8 landmark research areas selected by Texas A&M University for such funding. 

Michael J. Dumas

Michael J. Dumas is an Assistant Professor at the University of California, Berkeley in the Graduate School of Education and the African American Studies Department. He earned a Ph.D. in Urban Education with an emphasis in social and educational policy studies from The Graduate Center of the City University of New York. His research sits at the intersection(s) of the cultural politics of Black education, the cultural political economy of urban education, and the futurity of Black childhood(s).
He is primarily interested in how schools become sites of Black material and psychic suffering and anti-black violence, how disgust with and disdain for blackness inform defenses of inequitable distribution of educational resources, and ways that anti-blackness persists in education policy discourses and in broader public discourses on the worth of economic and educational investment in Black children. His recent publications have appeared in such journals as Teachers College Record, Race, Ethnicity and Education, and Discourse, and he was an invited contributor to the Handbook of Critical Race Theory in Education and the Handbook of Cultural Politics and Education. He is currently lead editor of a forthcoming special issue of Teachers College Record, titled, “Political Economy, Race and Educational (In)equality: Realizing and Extending the Radical Possibilities of Jean Anyon,” and is also lead editor for the 2016 Politics of Education Yearbook, which will appear as a special issue of Educational Policy dedicated to the cultural politics of race.

Abigail De Kosnik

Abigail De Kosnik is an Assistant Professor at the University of California, Berkeley with a joint appointment in the Berkeley Center for New Media (BCNM) and in the Department of Theater, Dance & Performance Studies (TDPS). Her book on digital archives, Rogue Memory, is forthcoming from MIT Press in 2015. She has published articles on media fandom, popular digital culture, and performance studies in Cinema Journal, The International Journal of Communication, Modern Drama, Transformative Works and Cultures and elsewhere. She is the co-editor, with Sam Ford and C. Lee Harrington, of the edited essay collection The Survival of Soap Opera: Transformations for a New Media Era (University Press of Mississippi, 2011). She and Sam Ford also wrote the annotated bibliography on “Soap Operas” for Oxford Bilbliographies Online (OBO).

David Bamman

David Bamman joins UC Berkeley this fall as an assistant professor in the School of Information, receiving his PhD from the School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University.  His research uses natural language processing (NLP) and machine learning to extract meaning from text in order to answer empirical questions in the humanities and social sciences; he has published in collaboration with researchers whose home departments include English, Linguistics, Classics, and Near Eastern Studies. Prior to CMU, David was a senior researcher in computational linguistics at the Perseus Project of Tufts University.

Greg Niemeyer

Born in Switzerland in 1967, Greg Niemeyer studied Classics and Photography. He started working with new media when he arrived in the Bay Area in 1992 and he received his MFA from Stanford University in New Media in 1997. At the same time, he founded the Stanford University Digital Art Center, which he directed until 2001, when he was appointed at UC Berkeley as Assistant Professor for New Media. At UC Berkeley, he is involved in the development of the Center for New Media, focusing on the critical analysis of the impact of new media on human experiences. His creative work focuses on the mediation between humans as individuals and humans as a collective through technological means, and emphasizes playful responses to technology. His most recognized projects were Gravity (Cooper Union, NYC, 1997), PING (SFMOMA, 2001), Oxygen Flute, with Chris Chafe (SJMA, 2002), Organum (Pacific Film Archive, 2003), Ping 2.0 (Paris, La Villette Numerique, 2004), Organum Playtest (2005), and Good Morning Flowers (SFIFF 2006, Townhouse Gallery, Cairo, Egypt, 2006),and, with Joe McKay, the Balance Game (Cairo 2007, London, 2007). The Black Cloud (2008) was funded by the MacArthur Foundation to provide an alternate reality game and a social network for sensing air quality and taking actions to benefit indoor air quality. The project has evolved into a startup company under the name of Aclima Inc.

MacKenzie Alessi

MacKenzie Alessi is a senior undergraduate in Interdisciplinary Studies and the Undergraduate Certificate in New Media program.  She is interested in the intersection between law, politics, society, and technology. She seeks to research how societal factors allow technology to permeate certain sectors, how values influence legal decisions dealing with technology, and how technology pushes back against the structure that allowed it to flourish.

Richard Freishtat

Richard Freishtat serves as Director of Berkeley's Center for Teaching and Learning. Richard has co-created, and currently leads and facilitates a variety of programs. Such programs include the Teaching Excellence Colloquium for new faculty, and the re-envisioned Presidential Chair Fellows Curriculum Enrichment Grant program, which aims to develop, improve, transform, and examine core areas of the undergraduate curriculum. Having consulted within each School and College across the campus, Richard provides individual and small group consultations with faculty on course-level pedagogy, oftentimes coupling consultations with classroom observations of teaching. In addition, he is frequently invited to deliver custom workshops to faculty groups and departments on teaching and learning topics. Active in his efforts to help faculty improve their pedagogy, and spotlight their successes, he led the launch of and continually writes for the Berkeley Teaching Blog, and authors content for the Teaching@Berkeley newsletter. Richard holds a Ph.D. in Education and an MA in Rhetoric & Public Address. He has been teaching courses at both the undergraduate and graduate levels for 15 years. He has published and presented widely on topics such as: An evaluation of student evaluationsHow the public pedagogy of social media impacts student use of technology in the classroomWays to leverage faculty enrichment efforts to broaden participation and impact, and Engaging students in lecture (particularly large enrollment courses). Richard continues to work extensively with departments, schools and colleges across campus to improve teaching through programmatic and faculty-led initiatives.

Noah Wittman

Noah Wittman is the Manager of Teaching & Learning Services for Educational Technology Services at UC Berkeley.  Noah has more than fifteen years of experience working with educators, researchers and students to create new tools and experiences that foster learning, creativity and collaboration. Projects include multimedia textbooks, museum exhibits, public programs, digital collections, webcasts, 3D virtual environments, online games, scholarly collaboration services, and tools for research data management. Noah has received international recognition for his work, including the NMC Virtual Learning Prize and Webby Awards for Best Education Website and Best Science Website.

Rita-Marie Conrad

Rita-Marie Conrad is the Senior Consultant specializing in strategy in the UC-Berkeley Center for Teaching and Learning where she collaborates with faculty and staff in fostering digital pedagogy and facilitates the Center’s Instructional Improvement Grant that supports improvement of existing courses, development of new courses as well as evaluation of instruction and assessment of curricular needs.  Over her 20+ years in the field of Education she has assisted in the development of several online degree programs and taught numerous online courses on various aspects of online course design and facilitation.  Rita-Marie has co-authored several books: the Faculty Guide for Moving Teaching and Learning to the Web, the Online Teaching Survival Guide: Simple and Practical Pedagogical Tips, Engaging the Online Learner which received the 2012 IAP Distance Education Book award, Continuing to Engage the Online Learner, and Assessing Learners Online.  She holds a Ph.D. in Instructional Systems and M.Ed. in Educational Media and Computers.

Christopher Church

Christopher Church is an assistant professor of history at the University of Nevada, Reno. Before joining the history department at UNR, he worked at the D-Lab and was the Digital Humanities Coordinator for the history department. He studies colonialism, citizenship, and environmental history. He is well versed in databases, GIS, scripting, network analysis, and web design. He is tasked with developing a digital humanities curriculum at UNR.

Quinn Dombrowksi

Quinn Dombrowski is the Digital Humanities Coordinator in Research IT at UC Berkeley, and the lead developer for the DiRT (digital research tools) directory, and the DHCommons digital humanities project / collaborator matching hub. She holds a BA/MA in Slavic Linguistics from the University of Chicago, and an MLS from the University of Illinois. Quinn has partnered with faculty on a diverse range of digital projects for pedagogy and research, including a virtual research environment for Bulgarian linguistics and folklore, a bibliography of secondary literature about German multitalent Ernst Barlach, and a digital textbook for clinical pathophysiology at the University of Chicago. Her own projects include a “Drupal for Humanists”, a book on using Drupal as a platform for digital humanities projects, in addition to an ongoing study of graffiti in public areas of university libraries.

Patty Frontiera

Patty Frontiera is the D-Lab Academic Coordinator. Patty received her Ph.D. in Environmental Planning from UC Berkeley where her dissertation explored the application and effectiveness of generalized spatial representations in geographic information retrieval. Her work has focused on the design and development of web-based environmental planning and information systems. Specific areas of interest include web mapping, spatial databases, environmental informatics and the development of web-based geospatial analysis tools.

Cody Hennesy

Cody Hennesy is the E-Learning and Information Studies Librarian at UC Berkeley, where he works on issues of information literacy and user experience related to research and discovery. Cody has ten years experience focusing on technology in academic libraries, and was previously the Systems Librarian at California College of the Arts in Oakland.  Current interests include computational text analysis and web scraping as scholarly research methods.

Susan Powell

Susan is the GIS & Map Librarian in the Earth Sciences & Map Library at Cal. Before coming to Berkeley she was a GIS Specialist at the Yale University Library. She has masters’ degrees in both Geography and Library Science from Indiana University, and is interested in new mapping technologies, data accessibility, and Mongolia, among other things.


Teddy Roland

Rochelle Terman

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.

Rochelle Terman

Rochelle Terman

Rochelle Terman is a Ph.D. Candidate in Political Science at the University of California, Berkeley.  Her dissertation examines backlash to global human rights “naming and shaming” campaigns, especially around women’s rights in the Muslim World. Her other research interests include gender, technology, religion, and text as data.  In addition to her studies she also work as web developer, specializing in Drupal and WordPress, for various centers at UC Berkeley, including the Social Science Data Lab, Social Science Matrix, Townsend Center for Humanities, and Campus Technology Services. She trains and consults on WordPress, Drupal, Git, Python, Computational Text Analysis and basic computing at the D-Lab.  She will be teaching Political Science 239T: An Introduction to Computational Tools and Techniques, a DH at Berkeley supported course, this fall.

Claudia von Vacano

Claudia von Vacano is the Digital Humanities at Berkeley Project Director. Claudia played a core role in bringing the Social Sciences Data Laboratory (D-Lab) from its conceptual blueprint three years ago to a thriving cross-domain center serving data-intensive research needs in departments and professional schools across campus. She holds a Master’s degree from Stanford University in Learning, Design, and Technology. Her Master’s thesis was a digital humanities project called Expressions of Central America, which received recognition and funding from the U.S. Department of Education. Her doctoral work is in Policy, Organizations, Measurement, and Evaluation from UC Berkeley, Graduate School of Education.

More instructor biographies will be added periodically.

DH at Berkeley Summer Institute 2015