Digital Humanities at Tufts is a collaborative initiative between faculty, staff, and students from across the campuses.
Joseph Auner, Professor, Music
Bio: Joseph Auner’s scholarly work focuses on Schoenberg and the Second Viennese School, turn of the century Vienna, Weimar Berlin, and music and technology. He is the author of several books–Music in the 20th- and 21st Centuries and Anthology of Music in the 20th- and 21st Centuries (Norton, 2013); A Cambridge Companion to Schoenberg, ed. with Jennifer Shaw (Cambridge, 2010); A Schoenberg Reader (Yale, 2003); and Postmodern Music/Postmodern Thought, ed. with Judy Lochhead (Routledge, 2001), and his recent articles include: “Weighing, Measuring, Embalming Tonality,” in Tonality 1910-1950, eds. Wörner, Rupprecht, and Scheideler (Steiner, 2012), “Losing your Voice: Sampled Speech and Song from the Uncanny to the Unremarkable, “in Throughout: Art and Culture Emerging in an Age of Ubiquitous Computing, ed. Ekman (MIT Press, 2012), and “Wanted Dead and Alive: Historical Performance Practice and Electro-Acoustic Music from Abbey Road to IRCAM,” in Music in Print and Beyond: Hildegard von Bingen to The Beatles, eds. Monson and Marvin (Rochester 2013). He has served as Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of the American Musical Society and General Editor of Garland/Routledge Studies in Contemporary Music and Culture. He is the recipient of fellowships from the Alexander von Humboldt Stiftung, the J. Paul Getty Center for the History of Art and the Humanities, and the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Keywords: Sound studies
Ask me about: DH Sound Studies
Website: Joseph Auner’s faculty profile
Marie-Claire Beaulieu, Associate Professor, Classics
Bio: Marie-Claire Beaulieu is working on making the creation and dissemination of knowledge about the ancient world more accessible. She is the co-director of the Perseids Project, a collaborative online environment in which users can edit, translate, and produce commentaries on a variety of ancient source documents, including inscriptions, medieval manuscripts, and texts transmitted through the manuscript tradition such as Homer’s Iliad. In her classes, students have the opportunity to publish ancient documents on the Web as term projects, thereby integrating their learning experience with an original contribution to research. Some of the current projects undertaken by students include the edition, translation, and publication of the Tisch Miscellany Collection, Greek funerary inscriptions, commentaries on source materials for Greek mythology, and an edition and translation of a 14th century compendium of English forest law held in Tisch Library at Tufts.
Keywords: Annotations, editions
Gregory R Crane, Professor, Classics
Bio: Since 1985 he has been engaged in planning and development of the Perseus Project, which he directs as the Editor-in-Chief. Besides supervising the Perseus Project as a whole, he has been primarily responsible for the development of the morphological analysis system which provides many of the links within the Perseus database. From 1998 through 2006 he directed a grant from the Digital Library Initiative to study general problems of digital libraries in the humanities. In 2006, he produced a named entity identification system, published a 55 million word collection, and authored several publications describing the system. In 2004, he began to focus upon the problems and opportunities that arise when whole libraries rather than curated collections become available on-line. The broad range of projects that he supported with support from the DLI-2 program, the Institute for Museum and Library Services, and the Mellon Foundation provided a broad foundation within which to frame his current generation of research projects on Classical Studies at Perseus. Crane oversees the overall research program at Perseus.
Keywords: Digital library, morphological analysis
Website: Gregory Crane’s faculty profile
Jennifer Eyl, Assistant Professor, Religion
Bio: Jennifer Eyl received her PhD in Early Christianity from Brown University in 2012. Her research investigates and recontextualizes the various divinatory practices of the apostle Paul, and situates him in the larger milieu of itinerant religious specialists of the early Roman Empire. She is currently revising her dissertation for book publication. In addition to this project, she works on translation theory and New Testament studies, gender and sexuality in antiquity, theory of religion, and beliefs/practices pertaining to life after death. She is on the Executive Committee of the North American Association for the Study of Religion (NAASR).
Website: Jennifer Eyl’s faculty profile
Ayesha Jalal, Mary Richardson Professor of History
Bio: Ayesha Jalal joined Tufts University as a tenured full professor in the fall of 1999. Since 2003, she has held a joint appointment at the History Department and the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy and am currently the holder of the Mary Richardson chair. After double majoring in history and political science from Wellesley College in 1978, she went to the United Kingdom where she received her doctorate in history from the University of Cambridge in 1983. She was a Fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge (1980-84), Leverhulme Fellow at the Centre of South Asian Studies, Cambridge (1984-87), Fellow of the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars in Washington, DC (1985-86) and Academy Scholar at the Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies (1988-90). Between 1998-2003, She was a MacArthur Fellow. She has taught at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Tufts University, Columbia University, and Harvard University.
Website: Ayesha Jalal’s faculty profile
Nate Harrison, Professor of the Practice, SMFA
Bio: Nate Harrison is an artist and writer working at the intersection of intellectual property, cultural production and the formation of creative processes in modern media. His work has been exhibited at the American Museum of Natural History, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Centre Pompidou, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and the Kunstverein in Hamburg, among others. Nate has several publications current and forthcoming, and has also lectured at a variety of institutions, including Experience Music Project, Seattle, the Art and Law Program, New York and SOMA Summer, Mexico City. From 2004-2008, he co-directed the Los Angeles project space ESTHETICS AS A SECOND LANGUAGE. Nate is the recipient of the Videonale Prize from the Kunstmuseum Bonn, as well as the Hannah Arendt Prize in Critical Theory and Creative Research from Pacific Northwest College of Art. Nate earned his doctorate from the University of California, San Diego in Art and Media History, Theory, and Criticism, and is currently completing a book on contemporary appropriation art and intellectual property law. Nate chairs the Media Department at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University, and lives in Brooklyn, New York.
Keywords: Digital sound studies, intellectual property
Website: Nate Harrison’s faculty profile
Kris Manjapra, Associate Professor, History
Bio: Kris Manjapra joined Tufts’ History Department in 2008, and his work adopts postcolonial and critical perspectives on the study of race, colonialism, diaspora, and capitalism. His most recent book, Age of Entanglement: German and Indian intellectuals across Empire, explores the tangled cultural politics of Indian and German thinkers during the long nineteenth century, in the age of British world hegemony. His new research focuses on global plantation histories that connect the Caribbean Sea and the Indian Ocean in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. And along with colleagues, he is completing a large oral history project on Bengali and Bangladeshi intellectuals in the age of decolonization, and beginning a new oral history project on Caribbean intellectuals and decolonization.
He has served as the director of Consortium of Studies in Race, Colonialism, and Diaspora, and the director of Colonialism Studies at Tufts. He has held fellowships from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, the Radcliffe Institute of Advanced Study, and the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin, and is the 2017 recipient of the Lillian and Joseph Leibner Award for Excellence in Teaching and Advising of Students at Tufts.
Keywords: Oral history
Website: Kris Manjapra’s faculty profile
Patrick Florance, Director Academic Data Services, Research Technology and Lecturer, Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy
Bio: Patrick Florance is the Director Academic Data Services (TTS), Lecturer at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy and adjunct at the Department of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning (UEP). Patrick is also the Director of the Open Geoportal project. Patrick and his team provide support for geospatial, visualization, statistics, digital humanities, and data engineering technology services at Tufts. Patrick’s current research interest include international mapping of the developing world, spatial data mining, spatial data infrastructure analytics, and geospatial humanities. Patrick has worked as a senior geospatial consultant and project manager on numerous projects and grants relating to geospatial humanities, international health, urban planning, natural resources, and disasters over the last twenty years. Previously, Patrick was the Digital Cartography Specialist at Harvard University. He has worked in a variety of private, academic, and public environments including New York City Planning. Patrick received his graduate degree in geography with a concentration in geographic information science from Hunter College of the City University of New York. Patrick also holds degrees in classics, history, humanities, and medieval English literature.
Keywords: GIS, visualization
Chelcie Rowell, Team Lead for Digital Scholarship
Bio: Chelcie Juliet Rowell cultivates digital scholarship by emboldening people to become critical digital creators and users. As Team Lead for Digital Scholarship at Tisch Library, she works closely with Tufts University faculty, students, and library and TTS colleagues to imagine, carry out, and sustain digitally inflected research and teaching. She also oversees the operations of Tisch’s Digital Design Studio. In 2013 Chelcie graduated from the School of Information and Library Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a Master of Science in Information Science degree. She sees herself not only as a librarian, but also a humanist whose discipline of information science is concerned with how people interpret and represent the natural and cultural world with which they interact.
Keywords: Information science, digital scholarship
Kristin Lee, Research Data Librarian
Bio: Kristin Lee received her Master of Library and Information Science from the University of Western Ontario in 2011. She also has a B.A. in International Studies (2009) and a B.Sc. in Geological Science (2004) from the University of Saskatchewan. Kristin has been working on data in libraries since 2013, including as a Science and Social Science Data Librarian and Interim GIS Librarian at Yale University. She is actively involved in the library research data community and is one of the founders of the New England Software Carpentry Library Consortium, which will bring data support providers from across New England together to make sure our researchers have access to the coding and data skills that they need. She is currently working on a project to collect artifacts and information related to Jumbo the Elephant and turn them into maps and data visualizations. As the Research Data Librarian at the Tisch Library, Kristin works with her Data Lab colleagues to provide workshops and consultations on managing your digital research objects, basic data visualization, and writing data management plans for grant proposals.
Keywords: research data, data curation, repositories, GIS, data management plan
Website: Kristin Lee’s blog
Sari Mauro, Digital Collections Project Manager
Bio: As the Digital Collections Project Manager for Digital Collections and Archives (DCA), Sari oversees digitization projects and initiatives within DCA. She also coordinates DCA’s digital exhibits about Tufts University history and other archival collections held by DCA. She is a frequent collaborator on the Tufts Digital Library and its associated software and processes.
Keywords: Digital Exhibits; Digitization
Kyle Monahan, Data Science Specialist
Bio: Kyle Monahan enjoys using statistical and GIS tools to analyze complex systems through data analysis and visualization, map design, code scripting, and environmental sampling. Kyle received a dual B.S. in Environmental Science and Psychology from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 2012, an M.S. in Environmental Science and Engineering from Clarkson University in 2014, and most recently an M.S. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Tufts University in 2016. His research has taken him from developing contaminant chronologies for the Hudson River, to identifying microfossils in sediment from extreme weather events, to designing low-cost water filters. His most recent work used agent-based models to investigate the role of social and behavioral factors on the feasibility of water filters in South Africa. Kyle has aimed to share these experiences in water and sustainable development by co-teaching various courses at Harvard Extension since 2014. In 2016, he worked as a GIS Analyst for Tufts, providing individualized GIS services to students and faculty. Kyle has been the Statistics and Research Technology Specialist at Tufts University since 2017, providing statistical consulting, data visualization and high-performance computing (HPC) support. You can learn more about his work at www.kylemonahan.info. For more information on statistical software at Tufts, please see: go.tufts.edu/stats/
Keywords: Statistics, data cleaning, data visualization, high-performance computing, software (R, Stata, SPSS, SAS, Python, RShiny, Flask, SQL, etc.)
Margaret Peachy, Digital Archivist
Bio: As the Digital Archivist, Margaret leads the digital preservation efforts in Digital Collections and Archives (DCA), particularly for born digital archival records. Margaret manages the lifecycle of digital objects as they come under DCA’s stewardship, beginning at acquisition, continuing to appraisal and processing, and ending at preservation and access. She also oversees web and email archiving for DCA. In addition, she contributes to the creation of metadata for digital objects and its ingest into the institutional repository, and has been working on data modeling for the next generation repository services.
Keywords: Digital Archives, Digital Preservation, Repositories, Metadata
Dan Santamaria, Director, Digital Collections and Archives
Bio: Dan oversees all operations for Digital Collections and Archives (DCA), Tufts’ repository for archival and manuscript collections, and serves as chair of the Fedora Repository Oversight Group. Dan previously served as head of technical services at the Seeley G. Mudd Manuscript Library at Princeton University from 2005 to 2014. At Princeton he led projects related to digitization, description, and discovery that have received national recognition, including the Society of American Archivists’ 2013 Coker Award for innovative developments in archival description. He previously worked at the New York Public Library and both the Special Collections Library and the Bentley Historical Library at the University of Michigan. He holds an MSI from the University of Michigan’s School of Information and a BA in History from Wesleyan University and has written a book and other publications on archival practice, systems and tools, and descriptive standards.
Keywords: Archives, Special Collections, Digital Collections, Repositories
Andrea Schuler, Digital Collections Librarian
Bio: Andrea Schuler is the Librarian for Digital Collections at Tisch Library. In that role, she works with faculty, students, and staff of the Schools of Arts and Sciences and Engineering to share scholarship through Tufts’ institutional repository in order to make it more widely available and to preserve it in context with other Tufts scholarship. She also educates the community on copyright, author’s rights and publishing in order to encourage open access & wide use of scholarship . Prior to coming to Tufts, she was a visual resources librarian at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Andrea has a BA in history from Boston College and an MLIS from Simmons College.
Keywords: Copyright, open access, publishing, repositories, scholarly sharing
Ask me about: Archives/Editions
Jake Perl, Digital Humanities and Natural Language Processing Specialist
Bio: Jake is responsible for providing consultations and research assistance for projects involving computational methods for text analysis. He also leads several workshops on text analytics, NLP and related topics. He has a special interest in developing tools and solutions for projects in non-Latin scripts and non-English languages more broadly. In particular, he has extensive experience in NLP for Persian and Russian. Prior to joining Tufts, Jake worked as an NLP engineer for a healthcare technology company in Boston. He earned his MSc in Speech and Language Processing from the University of Edinburgh and holds a BA in Russian and Spanish from the University of Cambridge.
Keywords: NLP, natural language processing, text analysis, computational linguistics, digital humanities, research technology, text processing for languages other than English
Ask me about: Text Analysis
Anna E. Kijas, Music Librarian and Head of Lilly Music Library
Bio: Anna E. Kijas is interested in exploring the affordances and application of digital humanities tools and methods in historical (music) research, the application of standards, including TEI and MEI, for open access research and publishing, and the use of minimal computing. She researches and writes about topics in nineteenth century music with a focus on gender, women, performance criticism and reception. Anna received an M.L.I.S. in library and information science from Simmons College, and an M.A. in music with a concentration in musicology from Tufts University. As music librarian, she provides research consultations, teaches, and supports student and faculty research and scholarship at Tufts University.
Her most recent work includes a book entitled “The Life and Music of Teresa Carreño (1853-1917): A Guide to Research” and a digital projecthttps://documentingcarreno.org, which documents Carreño’s performance career with primary source materials, metadata, and transcriptions, as well as explores her performances and texts through data analysis and visualization tools. Anna writes about using digital humanities tools and methods to explore, visualize, and augment scholarship. She is active in the Association for Computers and the Humanities (ACH), Music Library Association (MLA), Music Encoding Initiative (MEI), and Text Encoding Initiative (TEI) communities. You can learn more about her work at www.annakijas.com.
Keywords: musicology, music encoding, text encoding, digital humanities, library and information science, digital pedagogy
Ask me about: DH Sound Studies