People Involved with the Digital Humanities Lab

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Ann Hanlon (UWM Libraries):  Ann is the Head of Digital Collections and Initiatives at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Libraries where she manages multiple archival digitization projects. Ann holds a Master’s degree in Library and Information Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a Masters degree in History from the University of Maryland. She has published articles and presented at regional and national conferences in the areas of digitization, digital humanities, and institutional repositories.

Matthew Russell (Comparative Literature; Center for Instructional and Professional Development):  Matthew is a lecturer in the Program of French, Italian and Comparative Literature at UW-Milwaukee and is the graduate student coordinator in the Center for Instructional and Professional Development (CIPD) at UWM.  He received his PhD in Comparative Literature from the University of Texas at Austin, where he was also an Assistant Director of the Digital Writing and Research Lab, editor of Currents in Electronic Literacy and founding member of “Blogging Pedagogy.”  He has received numerous grants for work in the digital humanities, including grants from the National Endowment of the Humanities for work on electronic commentary software.  Currently, he is interested in visualization software.

DH Lab Team

Eliza Bettinger (UWM Libraries):  Eliza is the GIS and spatial data specialist at UW-Milwaukee’s American Geographical Society Library. In that role, she helps connect patrons from a wide variety of  academic disciplines with the data, tools, and skills they need to perform insightful spatial analyses and produce richly informative maps. Her particular interests include data visualization, participatory mapping, and user-experience design. Before joining UWM in 2014, she worked on several educational and media projects, including, for seven years, the public radio interview project StoryCorps. Eliza holds an MA in Geography from Hunter College at the City University of New York (CUNY) and a BS in Biological Sciences from Cornell University. She is currently enrolled at UWM as a Master’s student in Library and Information Science.

Kristin Briney (UWM Libraries):  Kristin is the Data Services Librarian at UWM Libraries where she specializes in data management and data management plans. She is the author of the book Data Management for Researchers and blogs about improving data management practices at Kristin holds a PhD in Chemistry and a Master’s in Library and Information Studies, both from UW-Madison.

Currently Working With the DH Lab

Heather Brinkman (Anthropology):  Heather is a PhD student in Cultural Anthropology.  She hold a Master’s degree in Cultural Anthropology from North Dakota State University.  Her research interests include cyber communities, othering, identity creation, gaming subculture, Vodun, globalization, and the marginalized.

Blake Holman (School of Information Science):  Blake is a graduate student studying Library and Information Science, pursuant to a Library Media Specialist Certification. He is a former secondary school teacher and a current intern at the lab. His interests include board games, history podcasts, and hikingusually urban
hiking (sidewalks).

Margaret Spiegel (History):  Margaret is in her final year at UWM getting her Master’s of History with a Specialization in Public History and a Museum Studies Certification.  Her academic interests include museum education, Irish immigration to the rural Midwest during the mid-19th century, and Manifest Destiny/westward expansion during the 19th century.  She is excited to explore Omeka and other digital tools while in the DH Lab and hopes to create an exhibit utilizing the Lizzie Black Kander Papers housed at UWM.

Elaine Joy Basa (English): EJ is a PhD student concentrating in Media, Cinema and Digital Studies and is an Advanced Opportunity Fellow at UWM. Her research interests include identity, imagination, memory and trauma in a socio-political context, Latin American cinema with a focus on Chile, and digital music production and sampling practices. When not reading, watching films or working in the Digital Humanities Lab, she serves as Development Manager for cream city review, hunts down food trucks and enjoys traveling.

Eric Herhuth (English): Eric is a PhD candidate in the English department’s Media, Cinema, and Digital Studies track and a project assistant for the Center for International Education at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. His research areas include theories of modernization, animation, media studies and globalization and his dissertation is tentatively titled Pixar’s Modernization Project: Culture, Aesthetics, and Politics in the Early Pixar Films, 1995-2010. He is the recipient of the Society of Cinema and Media Studies Student Writing Award (2013) for the essay “Life, Love, and Programming: The Culture and Politics of WALL-E and Pixar Computer-Animation,” which will appear in Cinema Journal (May 2014). His latest work on animation, “Cooking like a Rat: Sensation and Politics in Disney-Pixar’s Ratatouille” is forthcoming in the Quarterly Review of Film and Video (December 2014).

Katherine Morrissey (English): Katherine is a PhD Candidate in Media, Cinema and Digital Studies in the English Department at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Katherine has a Master’s in Communication, Culture and Technology from Georgetown University. While at UWM, Katherine has worked as the Program Assistant for the Digital Arts and Culture (DAC) certificate program (2013-2014), worked with the Center for Instructional and Professional Development, and hosted drop-in hours at the DH lab. Katherine’s research interests include popular romance, gender and sexuality within popular media, and participatory culture. She also has professional experience in communications and marketing in the non-profit sector, as well as web and graphic design. Katherine is a recipient of UWM’s Provost’s/UWM Libraries Scholar Award and is working on her dissertation titled “Romance Networks: Aspiration & Desire in Today’s Digital Culture.”

Will Tchakirides (History): Will is a history PhD student exploring race, crime, and community in postwar urban America. He holds an MA in Public History from American University, where he specialized in digital archiving and museum exhibition. While in D.C., Will collaborated on projects for the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History and Anacostia Community Museum. At UWM, he works as a Research Assistant drafting entries and web copy for the Encyclopedia of Milwaukee project. Will is also building an Omeka archive for America’s Black Holocaust Museum. Follow him on Twitter @willtchak and read the occasional blog post at

Kris Purzycki (English): As a doctoral student with the English department, Kris has focused primarily on computer games and digital play as well as the rhetoric of virtual reality with regards to embodiment and disability advocacy. With an academic background in digital rhetoric and a professional history in graphic design, Kris has begun to pursue interdisciplinary scholarship that bridges critical theory, the visual arts, and digital media. Although proudly serving as a first-year composition instructor, Kris is also taking on the position of Program Assistant for the Digital Arts and Culture (DAC) certificate program, and hopes to assist in developing a comparable program at the graduate level. When not on campus, Kris might be found playing board games with his family, meandering about the Riverwest neighborhood, or stuck on the side of the road threading his bike chain back onto it’s gears.

Justin Schumaker (English): Justin is a PhD student in English. He researches video games, game design, and media theory. His current research explores the possible role of the Unity game engine in writing pedagogy and the relationship between video games and literary theory.

Bing Yao (Library and Information Sciences): Bing is a Master’s student in Library and Information Sciences. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Library, Information and Archive Management from Shanghai University, China. She serves as the Digital Humanities Lab as its intern, conducting research on best practices, lab projects, partnerships, organization and funding of digital humanities labs across the nation. She also works for the School of Information Studies by assisting in Chinese student recruitment. Her interests focus on digital information, metadata and academic libraries.


Past DH Lab Affiliates

Jeremy Magnan (English) Jeremy Magnan is a PhD Student in English and was the Project Assistant for the Digital Arts and Culture (DAC) certificate program from 2012-2013.

Rachael Sullivan (English) Rachael Sullivan is a PhD candidate in English. She reads and writes about experimental poetics, composing technologies, digital culture, and media theory. The working title of her dissertation project is Re-New Media: Writing, Digital Culture, and the Passionate Error. Rachael is soon-to-be an instructor of Communication Studies at Saint Joseph’s University.