Portia D. Hopkins (Rice University) holds a doctorate in American Studies from the University of Maryland, College Park. As the CLIR/DLF Postdoctoral Research Associate in Data Curation for African American Studies at Rice University she will teach workshops, conduct outreach about data curation to African American activist groups in Houston, assess and inventory local data collections and develop best practices documents on curating data. She will also participate and consult in the data curation, digital humanities, and African American studies communities at Rice and across Houston.
Luling Huang (Carnegie Mellon University) received his Ph.D. in Media and Communication from Temple University, with a concentration in belief change and quantitative research methods. As Postdoctoral Fellow in Data Curation for Energy Social Science, he will work jointly with the Scott Energy Institute faculty and CMU Libraries staff to promote best practices of research data management and contribute to energy science research projects regarding data curation and visualization.
Petrouchka Moïse (Grinnell College) received her Doctorate of Design in Cultural Preservation from the Louisiana State University College of Art and Design. As a Postdoctoral Fellow in Data Curation for Haitian Visual Arts, she will work jointly with Grinnell College Libraries staff and the Waterloo Cultural Center. Dr. Moïse will play a central role in coordinating the work of the Haitian Art: A Digital Crossroads project (HADC). The HADC aims to make the Haitian art collection of the Waterloo Center for the Arts, the largest publicly held collection of Haitian art in the world, digitally accessible as a preparatory study for the creation of a digital hub for a network of online resources in Haitian and Caribbean studies. In addition to managing this project, she will collaborate with cultural and academic institutes within Haiti and the Diaspora to build awareness of this collection.
Rebecca Pickens (University of Michigan) received her Ph.D. in Management (Organizational Behavior) from Cornell University, focusing on research projects corporate sustainability reporting and corporate environmental performance. She will be working as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Energy Social Science Data Curation at the University of Michigan. She will be collaborating with faculty and library leadership on energy social science data projects and research
Jennifer Ross (University of Toronto) earned her Ph.D. in American Studies from William & Mary. As the Digital Humanities Postdoctoral Fellow at the Jackman Humanities Institute (JHI), she will coordinate with faculty and staff across the tri-campus system to facilitate scholarly inquiry and collaboration in digital humanities initiatives. Following this year’s JHI research theme, “Collectives,” Jennifer will also begin the second stage of her exploration of collective literary resistance to the racializing and criminalizing logics of counterterrorism. The digital portion of her research will map the convergence of disaster response and counterterror securitization during Hurricanes Katrina, Maria, and Dorian.
Synatra Smith (Philadelphia Museum of Art) is a digital humanities cultural anthropologist with a specialization in African American identity and community. She is an emerging museum professional with five years of experience, and has conducted research on Black townships in Prince George’s County, Maryland, residential segregation in Hyattsville, Maryland, and heritage tourism in the Senegambian region of West Africa. She is currently the CLIR/DLF Postdoctoral Fellow in Data Curation for African American Studies at the Philadelphia Museum of Art Library and Archives and Temple University Libraries Loretta C. Duckworth Scholars Studio where she is researching Black artists in these institutions’ collections to update their Wikidata records and generate data visualizations. She is also developing an Afrofuturist, interactive virtual reality exhibition experience of Black cultural spaces in Philadelphia complete with 3D models of the actual physical spaces, sculptures, and collections objects.
Elisa Tersigni (University of Toronto) received her PhD in English and Book History & Print Culture at the University of Toronto. As the Digital Humanities Fellow at the Jackman Humanities Institute (JHI), she is directing the Critical Digital Humanities Initiative’s (CDHI) graduate fellow program and Lightning Lunches series. Following this year’s JHI research theme, “Pleasure,” Elisa is also working on a monograph on early modern European food culture, recipe books, and conversion narratives.
Francena Turner (Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities) received her Ph.D. in Education Policy, Organization, and Leadership with a concentration in History of Education from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. As Postdoctoral Associate for Data Curation in African American History and Culture for the University of Maryland Restorative Justice Project, she will work jointly with the African American History, Culture, and Digital Humanities (AADHum) and University of Maryland Libraries faculty to design an oral history project, conduct and preserve oral history interviews, and participate in planning, designing, and implementing the project’s data management and curation strategies.
Laura Wilson (Fisk University) received her Ph.D. in English Literature from the University of Mississippi. As Postdoctoral Fellow in Data Curation for African American Studies, she will be jointly employed by the John Hope and Aurelia E. Franklin Library, and the Department of History and Political Science. She will assist in the planning and development of a new database for the Julius Rosenwald Fund Collections; using material from this collection she will teach an undergraduate history course combining African American Studies with Data Science. As a researcher, she will use the Rosenwald archive to continue to pursue interests in African American modernity and material culture.
Rebecca Y. Bayeck (New York Public Library) received a dual Ph.D. in Learning Design and Technology as well as Comparative International Education from Pennsylvania State University. As Postdoctoral Fellow in Data Curation for African American and African Studies, she will work with staff and scholars-in-residence at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture to gather and curate data and resources for digital projects focusing on abolition, transatlantic slavery, the Green Books, early Black librarianship, and other topics. Her interdisciplinary research is at the interface of several fields, including educational technology, the learning sciences, literacy studies, and game studies. She explores literacies and learning in games, particularly board games, and analyzes the impact of factors, such as gender and culture, on interactions, collaboration, learning, and design on online learning environments.
Brian A. Robinson (University of North Carolina at Greensboro) earned his Ph.D. in American History from the University of South Carolina at Columbia. As Postdoctoral Fellow in Data Curation for African American and African Studies, he will work with the University Libraries’ Information Technology and Electronic Resources Department to develop web-based content for engaging with and training teachers to use the Digital Library on American Slavery (DLAS). Working with DLAS and other partners, he will focus on data manipulation and visualization, text mining, and GIS applications that enhance the historical record and increase the visibility and discoverability of DLAS.
Kevin Winstead (Pennsylvania State University) earned his Ph.D. in American Studies at the University of Maryland. As Postdoctoral Fellow in African American Data Curation, he will work with the Colored Conventions Project (CCP) to implement and supervise new, multi-institutional partnerships for gathering documents, organizing research data, and sharing metadata related to the nineteenth-century Colored Conventions. Working with the head of the digital archives committee, Winstead will coordinate CCP undergraduate and graduate student project work in data curation. He will also organize yearly workshops or panel discussions about data curation and its importance for Black communities for and in conjunction with local community archives and groups.
Note: The host institution where the fellow conducted the fellowship is in parentheses.