Meet the Postdoctoral Fellows

Meet the Fellows

Current Fellows

2020 | 2019 | 2018 

Former Fellows

2019 | 20182017 | 2016 | 2015 | 2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008 | 2007 | 2006 | 2005 | 2004 

Current Postdoctoral Fellows by Cohort

2020 Fellows

Portia HopkinsPortia 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 HeadshotLuling 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 Moise photoPetrouchka 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.

Jennifer RossJennifer 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 SmithSynatra 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.

Francena TurnerFrancena 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 WilsonLaura 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 PickensRebecca 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

2019 Fellows

Rebecca Y. BayeckRebecca 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.

Maia CallMaia Call (U.S. Agency for International Development) received her Ph.D. in Geography from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. As Postdoctoral Fellow in Data Curation for the Sciences and Social Sciences, she will work with USAID’s Data Services team to bring state-of-the-art digital management, data curation, research, and library science practices to USAID’s broad portfolio of digital services. She will also consult regularly with internal and external stakeholders in the development data community to provide guidance to USAID in shaping standard processes and procedures, articulating and developing public engagement and instructional training materials, and applying findings to USAID’s data curation efforts.

Christian CaseyChristian Casey (New York University) earned his Ph.D. in Egyptology at Brown University. As Postdoctoral Fellow in the Humanities and Digital Scholarship, he will work with library staff and faculty at the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World (ISAW) to develop tools and materials for the use of digital technology in humanities education and scholarship. Casey will also contribute to several ISAW projects, including the Ancient World Digital Library, the Digital Central Asian Archaeology collection, and the Ancient World Image Bank. During his fellowship, he will develop computational tools for the study of ancient languages and undertake research at the intersection of Egyptology, library science, and digital humanities.

Zachary FursteZachary Furste (Carnegie Mellon University) received a Ph.D. in Film and Visual Studies from Harvard University. As CLIR Postdoctoral Fellow in Software Curation for the Sciences and Social Sciences, he will collaborate with faculty, staff, and students to develop strategies for preserving and curating executable archival materials, such as research software, digital scholarship, and code-based artworks. He will also play a key role in developing software preservation and curation workflows, policies, and strategies in the University’s libraries. Previously, Furste held a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship in Digital Humanities at the University of Southern California.

Aditya RanganathAditya Ranganath (New York University) received his Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of California, San Diego. As Postdoctoral Fellow in Geospatial Data Curation and Preservation, he will work with the data services team at NYU Libraries to expand NYU’s infrastructure supporting geospatial research on campus and in the broader research community. He will contribute to programs in geospatial data collection, access (especially through open-source initiatives such as GeoBlacklight), and metadata creation and remediation.

Brian A. RobinsonBrian 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.

Azure StewartAzure Stewart (New York University) received her Ph.D. in Education with a specialization in Teaching and Learning from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Reporting to the Head of Science and Engineering at NYU Libraries, she will work at the intersection of engineering education, librarianship, and research. She will develop a new co-curricular program to improve engineering students’ professional skills and collaborate on the development of workshops, seminars, and grant proposals that support this new program. Stewart will also develop an assessment that measures the effectiveness of the program.

Sean TennantSean Tennant (Union College) received his Ph.D. in Art and Architectural History from the University of Virginia, with a concentration in Ancient Mediterranean Art and Archaeology. As Postdoctoral Fellow in Data Curation for the Sciences and Social Sciences, he will work with Union College Library staff and faculty to develop workflows for the creation, use, preservation, and retrieval of data from disciplines across the academic spectrum. He will also advise faculty and students on best and sustainable practices to ensure accessibility, discoverability, and reproducibility of their datasets.

Kimber ThomasKimber Thomas (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill) received her Ph.D. in American Studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. As CLIR Postdoctoral Fellow in Data Curation for African American Studies, she will collaborate with communities, archivists, librarians, and researchers to facilitate the preservation and potential use of data collected from the Community-Driven Archives Project, an initiative funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation that supports historically underrepresented history keepers in telling, sharing, and preserving their stories. A scholar of southern studies, her interdisciplinary research interests include material culture, rural black women’s history, and oral history, and involve exploring, examining, and preserving  through digital technologies the aesthetic and cultural worlds of African Americans in the American Deep South.

Kevin WinsteadKevin Winstead (University of Delaware) 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.

2018 Fellows

Zenobie S. Garrett (University of Oklahoma) received her Ph.D. in Anthropology from New York University. As Postdoctoral Fellow in Software and Research Objects Curation, she will conduct research in digital archiving and software curation for virtual reality and 3D imaging applications. She will work closely with staff from the university libraries as well as faculty and students to develop and incorporate best practices and standards of digital data curation and preservation in research, teaching, and learning. She will also promote collaborative projects using 3D and VR technology throughout the university and teach and train students, staff, and faculty on the significance of software integrity, transparency, and ethics. Her goal is to facilitate the development and use of innovative digital technologies in research and scholarship.

Nicté Fuller Medina (University of California, Los Angeles) earned her Ph.D. in Linguistics at the University of Ottawa. As Postdoctoral Fellow in Data Curation for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, she will help re-envision the Latin American and Caribbean Studies collection strategies for data acquired and held in support of teaching, research, and community outreach and engagement. She will articulate and guide the development of multilingual interfaces to UCLA’s highly diverse web-based content and collections to enable easy use and the broadest possible discovery of content and services by international scholars.

Former Postdoctoral Fellows by Cohort

Note: The host institution where the fellow conducted the fellowship is in parentheses.

2019 Fellows

Mary Borgo Ton (Indiana University)
Andrew Brown (University of Toronto)
Alicia Cowart (University of Colorado, Boulder)
Amani Morrison (University of Delaware)

2018 Fellows

Emily Beagle (University of Texas at Austin)
Diana Carolina Sierra Becerra (Smith College)
Alexander Brey (McGill University)
Katie Coburn (University of California, Merced)
Heidi Dodson (University at Buffalo)
Seth Erickson (Pennsylvania State University)
Jennifer Garcon (University of Pennsylvania)
Daniel Genkins (Brown University)
Jennifer Isasi (University of Texas at Austin)
Andrew Meade McGee (Carnegie Mellon University)
Margie Montañez (University of New Mexico)
Smiti Nathan (Johns Hopkins University)
Hyeongyul Roh (Duke University)
Jonathan Scott (University of California, Berkeley)
Justin D. Shanks (Montana State University)
Rachel Starry (University at Buffalo)
Ana Trisovic (University of Chicago)
Wendy Hoi Yan Wong (The Chinese University of Hong Kong)
Qian Zhang (University of Waterloo)

2017 Fellows

Hannah Alpert-Abrams (University of Texas at Austin)
Crystal Andrea Felima (University of Florida)
Jeanine Finn (Claremont Colleges)
Lorena Gauthereau (University of Houston)
Alex Galarza (Haverford College)
Eric Kaltman (Carnegie Mellon University)
Jessica Linker (Bryn Mawr College)
Mario H. Ramirez (Indiana University)
Emma Slayton (Carnegie Mellon University)
Neil Weijer (Johns Hopkins University)
Alex Wermer-Colan (Temple University)
Chris J. Young (University of Toronto)
Edward Shore (University of Texas at Austin)

2016 Fellows

Yasmin AlNoamany (University of California Berkeley)
John Borghi
(California Digital Library)
Paul Broyles (North Carolina State University)
Alberto Campagnolo (Library of Congress)
Alexandra Chassanoff (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
Erin Connelly (University of Pennsylvania)
Thomas Cook (Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City)
Andrew Forsberg (Library of Congress)
Kristy Golubiewski-Davis (Middlebury College)
Jennifer Grayburn (Temple University)
Veronica Ikeshoji-Orlati (Vanderbilt University)
Michaela Kelly (Lafayette College)
Bommae Kim (Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City)
Jacob Levernier (University of Pennsylvania)
Zack Lischer-Katz (University of Oklahoma)
Elizabeth Parke (University of Toronto)
Jacqueline Quinless (University of Victoria)
Mara Sedlins (Duke University)
Yun Tai (Chinese University of Hong Kong)
Mason Scott Thompson (U.S. Agency for International Development)
Katherine Thornton (Yale University)
Loren Valterza (University of Notre Dame)
Heather Wacha (University of Wisconsin Madison)
Jeffrey Wayno (Columbia University)
Iskandar Zulkarnain (University of Rochester)

2015 Fellows

Reid Boehm (University of Notre Dame)
Jacquelyn Clements (University of Toronto)
Melissa Dinsman (University of Notre Dame)
Carrie Johnston (Bucknell University)
Dimitros Latsis (Internet Archive)
Chreston Miller (Virginia Tech)
Kyle Parry (University of Rochester)
Fernando Rios (Johns Hopkins University)
Elizabeth Rodrigues (Temple University)
Edward Triplett (Duke University)
Martin Tsang (University of Miami)
Mary Lindsay Van Tine (Swarthmore College/University of Pennsylvania)
Leila Walker (St. Lawrence University)
Qian Zhang (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)

2014 Fellows

Laura Aydelotte (University of Pennsylvania)
Michael Bales (Weill Cornell Medical College)
Meaghan Brown (Folger Shakespeare Library)
Scout Calvert (University of California, Los Angeles)
Morgan Daniels (Vanderbilt University)
Rachel Deblinger (University of California, Santa Cruz)
Anne Donlon (Emory University)
Annie Johnson (Lehigh University)
Monica Mercado (Bryn Mawr College)
Emily McGinn (Layfayette College)
Paige Morgan (McMaster University)
Alice Motes (University of Minnesota)
Tim Norris (University of Miami)
Charlotte Nunes (Southwestern University)
Jessica Otis (Carnegie Mellon University)
Philip Palmer (University of California, Los Angeles)
Alicia Peaker (Middlebury College)
Sarah Pickle (Pennsylvania State University)
Andrew Rechnitz (Southwestern University)
Christopher Sawula (University of Alabama)
Meridith Beck Sayre (Indiana University)
Emily Sherwood (Bucknell University)
Stephanie Simms (University of California, Los Angeles)
Plato Smith (University of New Mexico)
Todd Suomela (University of Alberta)
Yun Tai (University of Virginia)
Ana Van Gulick (Carnegie Mellon University)

2013 Fellows

Sayan Bhattacharyya (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign/HathiTrust Research Center)
Alexandra Bolintineanu (University of Toronto)
Jonathan Cachat (University of California, Davis)
Amy Chen (University of Alabama)
Margarita Corral (Brandeis University)
Matthew Davis (North Carolina State University)
Nikolaus Fogle (Villanova University)
John Kratz (California Digital Library)
Tamsyn Mahoney-Steel (Johns Hopkins University)
Anjum Najmi (University of North Texas)
Hannah Rasmussen (Harvard Business School)
Katie Rawson (University of Pennsylvania)
Jodi Reeves Eyre (Arizona State University)
Kendall Roark (University of Alberta)
Justin Schell (University of Minnesota)
Matthew Sisk (University of Notre Dame)
Colleen Strawhacker (University of Colorado at Boulder/National Snow and Ice Data Center)
Ece Turnator (University of Texas-Austin)
Christa Vogelius (University of Alabama)
Bridget Whearty (Stanford University)
Donna Wrublewski (California Institute of Technology)

2012 Fellows

Katherine Akers (University of Michigan)
Benjamin Dewayne Branch (Purdue University)
Jason Brodeur (McMaster University)
Brock Dubbels (McMaster University)
Vessela Ensberg (University of California Los Angeles)
Inna Kouper (Indiana University)
Matthew J. Lavin (University of Nebraska-Lincoln)
Ekaterina Neklyudova (McMaster University)
Natsuko Hayashi Nicholls (University of Michigan)
Jennifer Parrott (Bucknell University)
Fe Consolacion Sferdean (University of Michigan)
Ting Wang (Lehigh University)
Wei Yang (McMaster University)

2011 Fellows

Jessica Aberle (Lehigh University)
Erin Aspenlieder (McMaster University)
Peter Broadwell (University of California, Los Angeles)
Arthur (Mitch) Fraas (University of Pennsylvania)
Korey Jackson (University of Michigan)
Spencer Keralis (University of North Texas)
Jennifer Redmond (Bryn Mawr College)
Donald Sells (McMaster University)
Yi Shen (Johns Hopkins University)
Christopher Teeter (McMaster University)
Nicole Wagner (McMaster University)

2010 Fellows

Andrew Asher (Bucknell University)
Tamar Boyadjian (University of California, Los Angeles)
Brian Croxall (Emory University)
John Maclachlan (McMaster University)
Julia Osman (Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records)
Mike Snowdon (McMaster University)

2009 Fellows

Anne Bruder (Bryn Mawr College)
Daniel Chamberlain (Occidental College)
Melissa Grafe (Lehigh University)
Lori Jahnke (The College of Physicians of Philadelphia)
Noah Shenker (McMaster University)
Timothy F. Jackson (University of Nebraska-Lincoln)

2008 Fellows

Gloria Chacon (University of California, Los Angeles)
Gabrielle Dean (Johns Hopkins University)
Heather Waldroup (Claremont University Consortium)
Susan L. Wiesner (University of North Carolina, Greensboro)

2007 Fellows

Lauren Coats (Lehigh University)
Erica Doerhoff (Pepperdine University)
Cecily Marcus (University of Minnesota Libraries)
Lori Miller (Appalachian College Association)
Elizabeth Waraksa (University of California, Los Angeles)
Susan L. Wiesner (University of Virginia)

2006 Fellows

Marta Brunner (University of California, Los Angeles)
Arica Coleman (Johns Hopkins University)
Danielle Culpepper (Johns Hopkins University)
Janet Kaaya (University of California, Los Angeles)
Caroline E. Kelley (University of California, Los Angeles)
Wesley Raabe (University of Nebraska-Lincoln)
Timothy Stinson (Johns Hopkins University)
Tracie L. Wilson (Bryn Mawr College)

2005 Fellows

Marlene Allen (University of California, Los Angeles)
Ali Anooshahr (University of California, Los Angeles)
Kelly Miller
 (University of Virginia)
Michelle Morton (University of California, Berkeley)

2004 Fellows

Sigrid Anderson Cordell (Princeton University)
Amanda French (North Carolina State University)
Patricia Hswe (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign)
Ben Huang
 (University of Southern California)
Meg Norcia (Lehigh University)
Allyson Polsky-McCabe (Johns Hopkins University)
Daphnée Rentfrow (Yale University)
Dawn Schmitz (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign)
Rachel E. Shuttlesworth
 (University of Alabama)
Amanda Watson (University of Virginia)
Christa Williford (Bryn Mawr College)

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