Meet the Fellows

Current Fellows

Current Postdoctoral Fellows by Cohort

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.

Luling Huang

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

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

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

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

Synatra Smith (Philadelphia Museum of Art) is a digital humanities cultural anthropologist specializing in African American identity and community with five years of museum experience. She 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. Smith researches Black artists in the institutions’ collections to update their Wikidata records and generate visualizations. She is also developing an Afrofuturist, interactive virtual reality exhibition experience of Black cultural spaces in Philadelphia, complete with 3D models of physical spaces, sculptures, and collections objects.

Elisa Tersigni

Elisa Tersigni (University of Toronto) received her Ph.D. 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

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

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.

2019 Fellows

Brian A. Robinson

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

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.

Former Postdoctoral Fellows by Cohort

2019 Fellows

Host Institution
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

2018 Fellows

Host Institution
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

Host Institution
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

Host Institution
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

Host Institution
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

Host Institution
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

Host Institution
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

Host Institution
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

Host Institution
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

Host Institution
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


Host Institution
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


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


Host Institution
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


Host Institution
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


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


Host Institution
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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