Meet the Fellows

Current Postdoctoral Fellows by Cohort

2022 Fellows

Jason M. Chernesky

Jason M. Chernesky (Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine) earned his PhD in the History and Sociology of Science from the University of Pennsylvania. Chernesky is a historian of twentieth-century medicine, healthcare, public health, and environments in the United States. His research examines race-based health disparities among American children and their families in the context of the built environments in which they lived. His research interests also include histories of epidemic disease, drug use, biomedical technologies, and nursing. As the CLIR Opioid Industry Research Postdoctoral Fellow, Chernesky will be involved in the stewardship of public access and research into this growing digital archive co-curated by Johns Hopkins and UCSF.

Rachel Corbman

Rachel Corbman (University of Toronto) is a postdoctoral fellow in community data at the University of Toronto, where she will participate in the intellectual life of the Critical Digital Humanities Initiative and teach in the iSchool. She received her PhD in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies from Stony Brook University in 2019. Her current project, “Conferencing on the Edge: A Queer History of Feminist Field Formation, 1969-1989,” is a history of the conflicts that shaped women’s studies and gay and lesbian studies in the 1970s and 1980s.

Taiwo Lasisi

Taiwo Lasisi (Carnegie Mellon University) received her PhD in Public Administration and Policy from Old Dominion University. As a CLIR Postdoctoral Fellow in Community Data Literacy at Carnegie Mellon University, her research called The “DaPGEF” Project focuses on exploring the use of “data visualization to assess the problematics of greenhouse emissions and flooding”, particularly in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She works with the Carnegie Mellon University Libraries, Sustainability Initiatives, and Center for Shared Prosperity to promote data literacy, management, and research on the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals and environmental justice issues.

Katie Mackinnon

Katie Mackinnon (University of Toronto) received her PhD in the Faculty of Information, University of Toronto in 2022. Her research focuses on histories of the web, including early uses and experiences of young people in the late 1990s. She interrogates ethical approaches to web archival research and youth data, and examines social, infrastructural, and policy issues of the web.

Heidi Nicholls

Heidi Nicholls (Johns Hopkins University) is a historical and political sociologist of empire, settler colonialism, and race. Nicholls completed a PhD at the University of Virginia. Her dissertation research analyzed how settler colonists employed notions of whiteness to maintain and extend the U.S. empire on the continent and across Oceania. As a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow with the Department of Sociology, Nicholls will work on projects directed by Black Beyond Data, including the risk and racism initiative, which focuses on the interconnections between colonization, racism, and the history of medicine.

Erin Yunes

Erin Yunes (Virginia Tech) is a CLIR post-doctoral fellow for the Rematriating Inuit Knowledges team. Dr. Yunes received her PhD at York University in Toronto, ON, Canada. Her doctoral work, titled Decolonizing Nunavut’s Art Market, explored how decolonizing and Indigenizing information and communication technologies in the Canadian Arctic strengthens Inuit engagement in rewriting a persistent colonial narrative of Arctic history and allows communities to control the dissemination of stories and traditional knowledge. Community ownership and control of broadband infrastructure and establishing equitable, affordable, and accessible ICT innovation reinforced by community-first strategic development policies support expansion in the Inuit art market in Nunavut.

2020 Fellows

Portia D. Hopkins

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.

Petrouchka Moïse

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.

Synatra Smith

Synatra Smith (Philadelphia Museum of Art) is a cultural anthropologist exploring extended reality (XR) and other digital tools to enhance special collections and archival records featuring African American art, history, and culture with the specific intention of documenting workflows that can be shared with students, cultural heritage workers, and scholars interested in building digital projects without relying on a large budget or team. She sits at the intersection of researcher; gallery, library, archives, and museum (GLAM) professional; and digital humanities practitioner. Storytelling and narrative-building are central to that experience and her goal is to identify ways to engage target user communities throughout the life of these projects through more inclusive means that integrate feedback loops and myriad learning styles.

Francena Turner

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.

Alumni by Cohort

2020 Fellows

Luling HuangCarnegie Mellon University
Rebecca PickensUniversity of Michigan
Jennifer RossUniversity of Toronto
Synatra SmithPhiladelphia Museum of Art
Elisa TersigniUniversity of Toronto
Laura WilsonFisk University
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2019 Fellows

Host Organization
Rebecca Y. BayeckNew York Public Library
Mary Borgo TonIndiana University
Andrew BrownUniversity of Toronto
Maia CallU.S. Agency for International Development
Alicia CowartUniversity of Colorado, Boulder
Christian CaseyNew York University
Zachary FursteCarnegie Mellon University
Amani MorrisonUniversity of Delaware
Aditya RanganathNew York University
Azure StewartNew York University
Sean TennantUnion College
Kimber ThomasUniversity of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Kevin WinsteadPennsylvania State University
Brian RobinsonUniversity of North Carolina at Greensboro

2018 Fellows

Partner Organization
Emily BeagleUniversity of Texas at Austin
Diana Carolina Sierra Becerra Smith College
Alexander BreyMcGill University
Katie CoburnUniversity of California, Merced
Heidi DodsonUniversity at Buffalo
Seth EricksonPennsylvania State University
Jennifer GarconUniversity of Pennsylvania
Zenobie S. GarrettUniversity of Oklahoma
Daniel GenkinsBrown University
Jennifer IsasiUniversity of Texas at Austin
Andrew Meade McGeeCarnegie Mellon University
Nicté Fuller MedinaUniversity of California, Los Angeles
Margie MontañezUniversity of New Mexico
Smiti NathanJohns Hopkins University
Hyeongyul RohDuke University
Jonathan ScottUniversity of California, Berkeley
Justin D. ShanksMontana State University
Rachel StarryUniversity at Buffalo
Ana TrisovicUniversity of Chicago
Wendy Hoi Yan WongThe Chinese University of Hong Kong
Qian ZhangUniversity of Waterloo

2017 Fellows

Partner Organization
Hannah Alpert-AbramsUniversity of Texas at Austin
Crystal Andrea FelimaUniversity of Florida
Jeanine FinnClaremont Colleges
Lorena Gauthereau University of Houston
Alex GalarzaHaverford College
Eric KaltmanCarnegie Mellon University
Jessica LinkerBryn Mawr College
Mario H. RamirezIndiana University
Emma SlaytonCarnegie Mellon University
Neil WeijerJohns Hopkins University
Alex Wermer-ColanTemple University
Chris J. YoungUniversity of Toronto
Edward ShoreUniversity of Texas at Austin

2016 Fellows

Partner Organization
Yasmin AlNoamanyUniversity of California Berkeley
John BorghiCalifornia Digital Library
Paul BroylesNorth Carolina State University
Alberto CampagnoloLibrary of Congress
Alexandra ChassanoffMassachusetts Institute of Technology
Erin ConnellyUniversity of Pennsylvania
Thomas CookFederal Reserve Bank of Kansas City
Andrew ForsbergLibrary of Congress
Kristy Golubiewski-DavisMiddlebury College
Jennifer GrayburnTemple University
Veronica Ikeshoji-OrlatiVanderbilt University
Michaela KellyLafayette College
Bommae KimFederal Reserve Bank of Kansas City
Jacob LevernierUniversity of Pennsylvania
Zack Lischer-KatzUniversity of Oklahoma
Elizabeth ParkeUniversity of Toronto
Jacqueline QuinlessUniversity of Victoria
Mara SedlinsDuke University
Yun TaiChinese University of Hong Kong
Mason Scott ThompsonU.S. Agency for International Development
Katherine ThorntonYale University
Loren ValterzaUniversity of Notre Dame
Heather WachaUniversity of Wisconsin Madison
Jeffrey WaynoColumbia University
Iskandar ZulkarnainUniversity of Rochester

2015 Fellows

Partner Organization
Reid BoehmUniversity of Notre Dame
Jacquelyn ClementsUniversity of Toronto
Melissa DinsmanUniversity of Notre Dame
Carrie JohnstonBucknell University
Dimitros LatsisInternet Archive
Chreston MillerVirginia Tech
Kyle ParryUniversity of Rochester
Fernando RiosJohns Hopkins University
Elizabeth RodriguesTemple University
Edward TriplettDuke University
Martin TsangUniversity of Miami
Mary Lindsay Van TineSwarthmore College/University of Pennsylvania
Leila WalkerSt. Lawrence University
Qian ZhangUniversity of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

2014 Fellows

Partner Organization
Laura AydelotteUniversity of Pennsylvania
Michael BalesWeill Cornell Medical College
Meaghan BrownFolger Shakespeare Library
Scout CalvertUniversity of California, Los Angeles
Morgan DanielsVanderbilt University
Rachel DeblingerUniversity of California, Santa Cruz
Anne DonlonEmory University
Annie JohnsonLehigh University
Monica MercadoBryn Mawr College
Emily McGinnLayfayette College
Paige MorganMcMaster University
Alice MotesUniversity of Minnesota
Tim NorrisUniversity of Miami
Charlotte NunesSouthwestern University
Jessica OtisCarnegie Mellon University
Philip PalmerUniversity of California, Los Angeles
Alicia PeakerMiddlebury College
Sarah PicklePennsylvania State University
Andrew RechnitzSouthwestern University
Christopher SawulaUniversity of Alabama
Meridith Beck SayreIndiana University
Emily SherwoodBucknell University
Stephanie SimmsUniversity of California, Los Angeles
Plato SmithUniversity of New Mexico
Todd SuomelaUniversity of Alberta
Yun TaiUniversity of Virginia
Ana Van GulickCarnegie Mellon University

2013 Fellows

Partner Organization
Sayan BhattacharyyaUniversity of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign/HathiTrust Research Center
Alexandra BolintineanuUniversity of Toronto
Jonathan CachatUniversity of California, Davis
Amy ChenUniversity of Alabama
Margarita CorralBrandeis University
Matthew DavisNorth Carolina State University
Nikolaus FogleVillanova University
John KratzCalifornia Digital Library
Tamsyn Mahoney-SteelJohns Hopkins University
Anjum NajmiUniversity of North Texas
Hannah RasmussenHarvard Business School
Katie RawsonUniversity of Pennsylvania
Jodi Reeves EyreArizona State University
Kendall RoarkUniversity of Alberta
Justin SchellUniversity of Minnesota
Matthew SiskUniversity of Notre Dame
Colleen StrawhackerUniversity of Colorado at Boulder/National Snow and Ice Data Center
Ece TurnatorUniversity of Texas-Austin
Christa VogeliusUniversity of Alabama
Bridget WheartyStanford University
Donna WrublewskiCalifornia Institute of Technology

2012 Fellows

Partner Organization
Katherine AkersUniversity of Michigan
Benjamin Dewayne BranchPurdue University
Jason BrodeurMcMaster University
Brock DubbelsMcMaster University
Vessela EnsbergUniversity of California Los Angeles
Inna KouperIndiana University
Matthew J. LavinUniversity of Nebraska-Lincoln
Ekaterina NeklyudovaMcMaster University
Natsuko Hayashi NichollsUniversity of Michigan
Jennifer ParrottBucknell University
Fe Consolacion SferdeanUniversity of Michigan
Ting WangLehigh University
Wei YangMcMaster University

2011 Fellows

Partner Organization
Jessica AberleLehigh University
Erin AspenliederMcMaster University
Peter BroadwellUniversity of California, Los Angeles
Arthur (Mitch) FraasUniversity of Pennsylvania
Korey JacksonUniversity of Michigan
Spencer KeralisUniversity of North Texas
Jennifer RedmondBryn Mawr College
Donald SellsMcMaster University
Yi ShenJohns Hopkins University
Christopher TeeterMcMaster University
Nicole WagnerMcMaster University

2010 Fellows

Partner Organization
Andrew AsherBucknell University
Tamar BoyadjianUniversity of California, Los Angeles
Brian CroxallEmory University
John MaclachlanMcMaster University
Julia OsmanArizona State Library, Archives and Public Records
Mike SnowdonMcMaster University


Partner Organization
Anne BruderBryn Mawr College
Daniel ChamberlainOccidental College
Melissa GrafeLehigh University
Lori JahnkeThe College of Physicians of Philadelphia
Noah ShenkerMcMaster University
Timothy F. JacksonUniversity of Nebraska-Lincoln


Partner Organization
Gloria ChaconUniversity of California, Los Angeles
Gabrielle DeanJohns Hopkins University
Heather WaldroupClaremont University Consortium
Susan L. WiesnerUniversity of North Carolina, Greensboro


Partner Organization
Lauren CoatsLehigh University
Erica DoerhoffPepperdine University
Cecily MarcusUniversity of Minnesota Libraries
Lori MillerAppalachian College Association
Elizabeth WaraksaUniversity of California, Los Angeles
Susan L. WiesnerUniversity of Virginia


Partner Organization
Marta BrunnerUniversity of California, Los Angeles
Arica ColemanJohns Hopkins University
Danielle CulpepperJohns Hopkins University
Janet KaayaUniversity of California, Los Angeles
Caroline E. KelleyUniversity of California, Los Angeles
Wesley RaabeUniversity of Nebraska-Lincoln
Timothy StinsonJohns Hopkins University
Tracie L. WilsonBryn Mawr College


Partner Organization
Marlene AllenUniversity of California, Los Angeles
Ali Anooshahr University of California, Los Angeles
Kelly MillerUniversity of Virginia
Michelle MortonUniversity of California, Berkeley


Partner Organization
Sigrid Anderson CordellPrinceton University
Amanda FrenchNorth Carolina State University
Patricia HsweUniversity of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Ben HuangUniversity of Southern California
Meg NorciaLehigh University
Allyson Polsky-McCabeJohns Hopkins University
Daphnée RentfrowYale University
Dawn SchmitzUniversity of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Rachel E. ShuttlesworthUniversity of Alabama
Amanda WatsonUniversity of Virginia
Christa WillifordBryn Mawr College



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Fellows in Canada & Overseas

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