People Involved with the Digital Humanities Lab


Digital Humanities Advisory Board

Jasmine Alinder, Interim Associate Dean, Humanities, ex officio
Chris Cantwell, History
Dave Clark, Interim Dean, College of Letters and Science, ex officio
Michael Doylen, Associate Vice Provost and Director of Libraries, ex officio
Krista Grensavich, History, Graduate Student
Ann Hanlon, Digital Humanities Lab Head, ex officio
Nadine Kozak, School of Information Studies
Stuart Moulthrop, English
Kevin Schlei, Peck School of the Arts
Arijit Sen, Architecture
Nathaniel Stern, Peck School of the Arts (Chair, 2017-18)
Marc Tasman, Digital Arts and Culture Coordinator, ex officio
Kari Whittenberger-Keith, Office of Sponsored Programs, ex officio

Past Digital Humanities Advisory Board Members

Shelleen Greene, Peck School of the Arts
Tom Haigh, School of Information Studies
Kristopher Purzycki, English, Graduate Student
Will Tchakirides, History, Graduate Student

DH Lab Team

Ann Hanlon, Head, Digital Collections and Initiatives and Digital Humanities Lab
Kristin Briney, Data Services Librarian
Nathan Humpal, Metadata Librarian

Students Working With the DH Lab

Kris Purzycki, DH Lab Intern (English): As a doctoral student with the English department, Kris is primarily invested in digital media studies. His dissertation work involves the study of how one develops a sense of place within virtual and digitally mediated spaces.

Geoff Gimse (English) is a doctoral student in professional and technical communication at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. His research interests include the social impacts of digital architecture, data structures, media management systems, and participatory culture in online and offline spaces. His current work examines how different digital tools and development strategies impact user publics and the people within them.

Past DH Lab Affiliates

Matthew Russell (Comparative Literature; Center for Instructional and Professional Development):  Matthew was one of the founding Directors of the DH Lab. He is now the Blended & Digital Pedagogy Design Specialist at the University of Texas at Austin. 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.

Heather Brinkman (Anthropology):  Heather is a PhD student in Cultural Anthropology.  She holds 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, and hiking. He looks forward to becoming more skilled with text-mining, data-visualization, and scholarly publishing programs, so that he can help expand humanities research at UWM.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.”