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Above: Graduate students with Patrick Murray-John (George Mason University) workshop on using Omeka for digital curation. Below: Undergrads, faculty, and librarians attending a DH lecture. [Photos: M Bychowski, Alexa Huang]

Above: Grad students with Patrick Murray-John (George Mason University) at a workshop on using Omeka for digital curation. Below: Undergrads, faculty, and librarians attending a DH lecture. [Photos: M Bychowski, Alexa Huang]

The Digital Humanities (DH) community at GW is thriving. Here’s some information about who we are.

Our Co-Directors:

Alexa Huang is Founding Co-Director of the Digital Humanities Institute and Professor of English, Theatre, East Asian Languages and Literatures, and International Affairs, and Director of the Dean’s Scholars in Shakespeare Program.

Jonathan Hsy is Founding Co-Director of the Digital Humanities Institute and Associate Professor of English. He specializes in late-medieval literature and culture, and his research and teaching interests span the fields of translation studies and disability theory.

DH Grad Assistants:

The DH Grad Assistants for Fall 2016 – Spring 2017 are M. W. Bychowski and Haylie Swenson. M.W. Bychowski is a Ph.D Candidate working on transgender and disability in medieval literature. Her articles have been featured in Accessus and she has forthcoming chapters in the Companion to Medieval Disability Studies and Chaucerian Skin Matters, as well as articles in Postmedieval and the Medieval Feminist Forum. She maintains a website, Transliterature, a Center for the Study of Transgender and Disability. Haylie is a PhD candidate completing a dissertation on how humans form relationships with dogs, horses, and rats in premodern and contemporary texts. She produces a podcast, Philia, and is currently serving as the Director of Education for Studium, an arts and education nonprofit centered in Austin, TX.

The DH Grad Assistant for Fall 2015 – Spring 2016 was Elizabeth Moser. She is a third-year PhD student at George Washington University with interests in Twentieth-Century Literature, Asian-American Literature, Poetry and Trauma Studies.  Her current projects include research on the transmission of trauma from first to second generation Asian-Americans and the value of teaching haiku in urban education.

The DH Grad Assistant for Spring 2015 was Shyama Rajendran. She is a PhD candidate completing a dissertation on medieval literature and contemporary sociolinguistic theory, and she is a founder of The East Coast Medieval Graduate Alliance (TECMA), a group encouraging non-Anglocentric approaches to the Middle Ages.

The DH Grad Assistant for Spring 2014-Fall 2014 was M.W. Bychowski. She is a PhD candidate of Medieval Literature and maintains a website on transgender and disability studies, Transliterature: Things Transform.

Faculty Affiliates:

The list of our faculty affiliates includes faculty and staff across many units of the university and a few local institutions (note: this information was current as of Spring 2015).

Ex Officio Board Members:

  • Steven Lerman, Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs
  • Leo Chalupa, Vice President for Research
  • Paul Schiff Berman, Vice Provost for Online Education and Academic Innovation
  • Stephen Ehrmann, Vice Provost for Teaching and Learning
  • Geneva Henry, Vice Provost for Libraries
  • Geralyn Schulz, Associate Dean for Research, Columbian College of Arts & Sciences
  • Derek Malone-France, Executive Director of the University Writing Program
  • Robert McRuer, Chair, English Department
  • Jeffrey Cohen, Director, Medieval and Early Modern Studies Institute

Faculty and Librarians:

  • Eric Arnesen, Professor of History
  • Karim Boughida, Associate University Librarian for Digital Initiatives and Content Management (GW Libraries)
  • Patricia Chu, Associate Professor of English
  • Diane H. Cline, Associate Professor of History
  • Jeffrey Cohen, Professor of English, Director of the Medieval and Early Modern Studies Institute
  • Kavita Daiya, Associate Professor of English
  • Daniel DeWispelare, Assistant Professor of English
  • Holly Dugan, Associate Professor of English, Acting Director of the Dean’s Scholars in Shakespeare Program
  • Joe Fruscione, Former Adjunct Professor of Writing, University Writing Program
  • Shoko Hamano, Chair of East Asian Languages & Literatures, Professor of Japanese and International Affairs
  • Eric Johnson, Director of Digital Access, Folger Shakespeare Library
  • Kathryn Kleppinger, Assistant Professor of French & Francophone Studies
  • Randi Kristensen, Deputy Director of Writing in the Disciplines, Assistant Professor of Writing
  • Robert McRuer, Chair and Professor of English
  • David T. Mitchell, Professor of English
  • Rachel Riedner, Writing and Women’s Studies, Director of Writing in the Disciplines
  • Dolsy Smith, Librarian for the Humanities (GW Libraries)
  • Margaret Soltan, Associate Professor of English
  • Laura Schiavo, Assistant Professor of Museum Studies
  • Christopher Sten, Professor of English
  • Ayanna Thompson, Professor of English
  • Gayle Wald, Professor of English and of American Studies
  • Sarah Werner, Digital Media Strategist, Folger Shakespeare Library
  • Amelia Wong, Assistant Professor of Museum Studies
  • Christine Zink, Director of the University Writing Center and Assistant Professor of Writing

Grad Students and Alumni:

The GW English Digital Humanities Working Group was founded in 2013 and is co-organized by Lori Brister, recent PhD in English, and Maia Gil’Adi, current PhD candidate in English. Both have been regular contributors to the group blog along with Tawnya Ravy. All three have been active in co-organizing DH Working Group events.

Others students active in the DH community at GW (in addition to current and former DH Grad Assistants) include Theodora DanylevichMolly LewisLeigha McReynoldsAlan MontrosoWilliam QuiterioEmily Russell, and Haylie Swenson.

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