DHRI Faculty & Fellows


Central Faculty and Administration


Lisa Rhody

Director of the Digital Humanities Research Institute
Deputy Director of Digital Initiatives at The Graduate Center, CUNY

Lisa Marie Rhody is Director of the Digital Humanities Research Institute and Deputy Director of Digital Initiatives at The Graduate Center, CUNY. As Director of Digital Fellowship Programs, she leads 3 cohorts of graduate students: the GC Digital Fellows, Program Social Media Fellows, and Videography Fellows who work to extend and improve the critical use of digital technologies in research and teaching. Lisa is on the faculties of the M.A. in Liberal Studies, M.A. in Digital Humanities, and M.S. in Data Analytics and Visualization programs, and serves as Director of Research Projects for the CUNY Academic Commons, an academic social network designed to support faculty initiatives and build community through the use of technology in teaching and learning. Previously, she was Associate Director of Research Projects at the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media. Lisa holds a Ph.D in English from the University of Maryland, College Park. Her research, which uses computational methods such as text mining and machine learning to explore 21st century poetry, has appeared in the Journal of Digital Humanities, Debates in the Digital Humanities 2016, and PMLA.

Matthew K. Gold

Associate Professor of English and Digital Humanities
Advisor to the Provost for Digital Initiatives

Matthew K. Gold is Associate Professor of English and Digital Humanities at The Graduate Center, CUNY, where he holds teaching appointments in the Ph.D. Program in English, the M.A. Program in Liberal Studies, and the doctoral certificate programs in Interactive Technology and Pedagogy and American Studies. He serves as Advisor to the Provost for Digital Initiatives, Director of the CUNY Academic Commons, Director of the GC Digital Scholarship Lab, and Director of the M.A. Program in Digital Humanities and the M.S. Program in Data Analysis and Visualization. He edited Debates in the Digital Humanities (Minnesota, 2012) and, with Lauren F. Klein (with whom he is co-editor of the Debates in the Digital Humanities book series), recently co-edited Debates in the Digital Humanities 2016 (Minnesota). His collaborative digital humanities projects include Manifold Scholarship (with Doug Armato), Looking for Whitman, Commons In A Box, Social Paper (with Erin Glass), and DH Box (with Stephen Zweibel). He is Vice President/President-Elect of the Association for Computers and the Humanities.

Kalle Westerling

Program Coordinator of the Digital Humanities Research Institute
Ph.D. Candidate, Theatre and Performance, The Graduate Center, CUNY

Kalle Westerling is Program Coordinator of the Digital Humanities Research Institute and a Ph.D. Candidate in Theatre and Performance at the Graduate Center, CUNY. He is completing a dissertation on the history and aesthetics of male-identified dancers in 20th-century burlesque and 21st-century boylesque. He is also an Instructional Technology Fellow at Macaulay Honors College and Queens College, where he assists faculty and students to link technology and learning in a technology-across-the-curriculum initiative.

Stephen Zweibel

Digital Scholarship Librarian and Assistant Professor at The Graduate Center, CUNY

Stephen Zweibel is Digital Scholarship Librarian at the Graduate Center. Steve supports digital project creation by GC researchers across the disciplines, helps preserve those projects, and supports faculty and students with their data-based research and data management needs. He also coordinates the library’s growing series of workshops on research skills and tools. Steve earned his master’s degree in library and information science from Long Island University in 2010, and received a master’s degree in the Digital Humanities track of the GC’s MALS program. As a MALS student, he built DH Box, a cloud-based computer lab for digital humanities research (including the tools Omeka, NLTK, IPython, R Studio, and Mallet). DH Box won a National Endowment for the Humanities Start-Up grant. Before coming to the Graduate Center, Steve was a visiting lecturer at Hunter College, where he built several useful library tools, including Augur, a web application to track reference question data; a mobile app for the CUNY library catalog; and Know Thy Shelf, a radio frequency identification (RFID)-based library inventory system.

Visiting Presenters and Instructors


Nicky Agate

Assistant Director of Scholarly Communication and Projects, Columbia University Libraries

Nicky Agate is the assistant director of scholarly communication and projects at Columbia University, where she leads a team that works on digital humanities initiatives, digital publishing, and the institutional repository. Until February of this year, she was head of digital initiatives at the MLA, where she was responsible for Humanities Commons, MLA Commons, and CORE. She is a co-PI on the HuMetricsHSS initiative, which seeks to establish a framework for values-based assessment and evaluation in the humanities and social sciences and a founding editor of The Idealis, an overlay journal that promotes quality open-access scholarship about scholarly communications issues. She serves on the research committee of the Library Publishing Coalition and the editorial board of the Journal of Librarianship and Scholarly Communication. Nicky holds a Ph.D. in French Literature from NYU and an M.F.A. in Literary Translation from the University of Iowa.

Jill Cirasella

Associate Librarian for Public Services and Scholarly Communication at The Graduate Center, CUNY

Jill Cirasella is Associate Professor and Associate Librarian for Public Services and Scholarly Communication at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. In this position, she oversees reference, instruction, outreach, circulation, interlibrary loan, thesis/dissertation services, and scholarly communication initiatives. A vocal advocate of open access (OA), Jill spurred the creation of the CUNY Academic Works repository, and she continues to promote understanding of OA at CUNY and beyond. Her research also centers on OA, including the anxieties surrounding OA dissertations, and she serves on the boards of three OA journals, including the Journal of Librarianship and Scholarly Communication.

Patricia Hswe

Program Officer, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

Patricia Hswe is the program officer for Scholarly Communications at the Foundation, which she joined in August 2016. In this role she works on a range of grants and initiatives supporting libraries, archives, museums, universities, presses, and other institutions that further the world's collective knowledge of the humanities. Previously, Patricia was digital content strategist and co-department head of Publishing and Curation Services at the Penn State University Libraries and, at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, program manager for several digital preservation projects funded by the Library of Congress. Originally a Russian literature scholar, she holds a Ph.D. from Yale University in Slavic languages and literatures. She also received an A.B. in Russian language and literature from Mount Holyoke College and an M.S. in library and information science from the University of Illinois. Patricia is currently a member of the Executive Council of the Association for Computers and the Humanities.

Kelly Baker Josephs

Associate Professor of English at York College, CUNY

Kelly Baker Josephs is Associate Professor of English at York College, City University of New York. She specializes in Caribbean literature, with forays into the digital humanities and women's studies. Her book, Disturbers of the Peace: Representations of Insanity in Anglophone Caribbean Literature (University of Virginia Press, 2013), considers the ubiquity of madmen and madwomen in Caribbean literature between 1959 and 1980. She is the editor of sx salon: a small axe literary platform, manages The Caribbean Commons website, and co-organizes the annual Caribbean Digital conference. Her current book project, Caribbean Articulations: Storytelling in a Digital Age, explores the intersections between new technologies and Caribbean cultural production.

Shana Kimball

Managing Director of Research, Data & Society

Shana brings ten years of experience working in higher ed / research settings as an academic publisher, project and people manager, strategist, communicator, and public speaker on open access, alternative academic careers, and more. Most recently, at NYPL Labs, she led the development of a new initiative to engage technologists, scholars, and other digital practitioners in new uses of the Library’s digital collections and data sources, and to host conversations and incubate experimental projects that explore the future of public knowledge.

Michelle McSweeney

Postdoctoral Fellow at Columbia University’s Center for Spatial Research

Michelle A. McSweeney is a Research Scholar in the Center for Spatial Research at Columbia University. She is the author of The Pragmatics of Texting: Making Meaning in Messages (Routledge 2018), and co-host of the podcast, Subtext. Her research focuses on digital writing in romantic relationships, particularly how we establish intimacy and trust through text messaging. She uses Natural Language Processing and Machine Learning techniques to identify key features that distinguish romantic from platonic conversations. Recently, she has expanded her research to investigate how politically polarized media outlets discuss politically charged topics such as gun control and immigration, and the linguistic strategies they use to build trust with their audiences. She received her Ph.D. in Linguistics and a certificate in Interactive Technology and Pedagogy from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York in 2016.

Julia Miele Rodas

Professor of English at Bronx Community College, CUNY

Julia Miele Rodas is Professor of English, teaching writing, literature, and disability studies at Bronx Community College. She holds a Ph.D. in English from the CUNY Graduate Center. A disability studies scholar and Victorianist, Julia is co-editor of a collection on disability in Jane Eyre (The Madwoman and the Blindman, The Ohio State University Press, 2012) and co-edit​​or of the Literary Disability Studies book series for Palgrave Macmillan. Her writing has appeared in numerous books and journals, including Victorian Literature & Culture, Dickens Studies Annual, the Victorian Review, the Journal of Literary & Cultural Disability Studies, Disability Studies Quarterly. Her monograph, Autistic Disturbances, is forthcoming from University of Michigan Press. Read more on her website.

Katina Rogers

Director of Administration and Programming, Futures Initiative

Katina Rogers is the Director of Administration and Programs of the Futures Initiative and HASTAC at the Graduate Center, City University of New York. Rogers' work focuses on many aspects of higher education reform, including scholarly communication practices, professionalization and career development, public scholarship, and advocacy for fair labor policies. She previously worked with the Modern Language Association as managing editor of MLA Commons, the MLA’s online platform for collaboration, discussion, and new modes of scholarly publishing. Her study on perceptions of career preparedness, which she conducted as senior research specialist for the Scholarly Communication Institute, provided valuable data on the skillsets and career paths of humanities graduate students. While at SCI, she contributed to the development of the Praxis Network, a multi-institutional and international effort geared toward sharing model programs and experiments in humanities methodological training. Katina is the editor of #Alt-Academy, a digital publication dedicated to exploring the career paths of humanities scholars in and around the academy. She holds a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from the University of Colorado at Boulder.

Luke Waltzer

Director, Teaching and Learning Center, The Graduate Center, CUNY

Luke Waltzer is the Director of the Teaching and Learning Center at the CUNY Graduate Center, where he supports GC students in their teaching across the CUNY system and beyond, and works on a variety of pedagogy and digital projects. He previously was the director for the Center for Teaching and Learning at Baruch College. He holds a Ph.D. in History from the CUNY Graduate Center, serves as a Community Advisor to the CUNY Academic Commons and on the editorial collective of the Journal of Interactive Technology and Pedagogy, and has contributed essays to Matthew K. Gold's Debates in the Digital Humanities and, with Thomas Harbison, to Jack Dougherty and Kristen Nawrotzki's Writing History in the Digital Age.

GC Digital Fellows


Hannah Aizenman

Digital Fellow, Computer Science

Hannah Aizenman is a doctoral student in Computer Science. Her research is in using machine learning to make sense of and visualize multivariate spatio-temporal, mostly climate, datasets and the algorithms run on them. At the City College of New York, she taught multiple variants of introduction to programming a and piloted peer led team learning for the Computer Science department. She also teaches data science using Python and mentors high school stunds for the CREST HIRES earth science and remote sensing REU at CCNY. She is an organizer of the New York City Linux User's Group, is on the planning committee for the American Meteorology Society's Python Symposium, and a core contributor to the matplotlib Python visualization library.

Kelsey Chatlosh

Digital Fellow, Anthropology

Kelsey Chatlosh is a cultural anthropology Ph.D. student and Digital Fellow at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York (CUNY). Her future dissertation research focuses on Afro-Chilean activism for state recognition, territory and alternative discourses of memory and history, and how they are contesting dominant narratives of Chilean history and nationhood. Her work as a Digital Fellow is focused on digital tools and platforms for qualitative research and oral interviews, with an emphasis on ethics, political economy and decolonizing and feminist methods.

Jojo Karlin

Digital Fellow, English

Jojo Karlin is a second year doctoral student in English at The Graduate Center, CUNY, researching transmissions of memory after periods of rapid technological transformation. Coming from a theater background, Jojo loves the intersection of disciplines, multiple media, and diverse expertises she finds in Digital Humanities. For her first big DH project, she did outreach for TANDEM, a web tool that gathers text and image data, and she now proudly coordinates outreach for DH Box, the GC's NEH-funded DH cloud laboratory. She is a freelance editor for the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia, and is developing a digital interface for a collection of historical letters. Jojo is deeply interested in digital editions preserving past materiality while exploring new materials.

Javier Otero Peña

Digital Fellow, Environmental Psychology

Javier Otero Peña is a Venezuelan 2nd year student in Environmental Psychology. He is currently involved in a research project to study the politization of a public space in East Harlem through participatory art on a wall. He is also interested in exploring how the presence of public spaces in social media can transform the perception of these spaces and even become part of their identity; in other words, how the virtual space becomes an extension of the physical space. Javier holds a Master in Environmental Policies and Sustainable Development, and taught a class on Sustainable Development in Latin America and the Caribbean at the Paris Catholic University. He also worked as a consultant for the United Nations Environment Programme for three years.

Rachel Rakov

Digital Fellow, Linguistics

Rachel Rakov is a doctoral student in the Linguistics Department, with a focus in Computational Linguistics. Her dissertation research is on using prosody modeling to train computational models that can distinguishing between native and non-native English questions. She has also worked on building tools for automatic language identification, and tools for automatic detection of sarcastic speech. She has presented her research at Interspeech and ASRU. In addition, Rachel has helped develop and teach courses in Python programming and Natural Language Processing for the Computational Linguistics M.A. program at The Graduate Center. She was also a consultant on O'Reilly book <em>Introduction to Machine Learning</em>, where she provided input on how to make the content of the book more accessible to readers without a math or CS background. Rachel has been an intern with the Speech-Language Technology team at Interactions, and taught at Hunter College.

Patrick Smyth

Digital Fellow, English

Patrick Smyth is a fourth-year doctoral student in English. His research focuses on Utopian thought and the history of science in 18th and 19th century British literature. As a digital humanist, Patrick is concerned with digital platforms for research and pedagogy. He is currently a developer on the NEH-funded DH Box, a cloud-based platform for accessing digital humanities tools, and has received a Provost's Digital Innovation grant for an online archive of science fiction works. His most recent publication is “Ebooks and the Digital Paratext: Emerging Trends in the Interpretation of Digital Media” in Examining Paratextual Theory and Its Applications in Digital Culture. Patrick was a 2010 Fulbright Teaching Fellow in Berlin, Germany, and teaches composition and literature at Queens College.

Patrick Sweeney

Digital Fellow, Psychology

Patrick Sweeney is a PhD Candidate in Psychology and a Digital Fellow at the Graduate Center, CUNY. His dissertation traces the historical development of methods for quantifying human experience in psychology, business, and politics; and shows how their entwined histories animate current controversies surrounding the use of personal digital data in research, propaganda, and marketing. He has published on topics including the ethics of social media data in psychological research, media representations of social identities and urban change after trauma, and the theory and praxis of ethics and methods pedagogy. His work as a GC Digital Fellow has focused on workshop development, ethics in digital research, and supporting social media and web tools. He has previously taught at Hunter College, CUNY, and served as a Writing Across the Curriculum fellow at Kingsborough Community College, CUNY.

Kristen Hackett

Digital Fellow, Psychology

Kristen Hackett is a scholar, activist and educator living and working in New York City. She is a PhD Candidate in Environmental Psychology Program at the Graduate Center of the City of New York, a Digital Fellow with the GC Digital Scholarship Lab, a Digital Pedagogy Fellow with the OpenLab at City Tech, a Coordinator of OpenCUNY, and a member of the Executive Committee of the Justice For All Coalition. Her research interests are in housing and community development in NYC, political and social responses to increasing insecurity and precarity and how art and technology can be used in consciousness-raising and resistance efforts and to advocate for community/human-centered policy development. For her dissertation, Kristen is exploring these themes through the lens a proposed rezoning in Long Island City, NY.

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