Lead Faculty, Staff, and Scholars

Co-Directors Participating Faculty Technical Experts and Presenters


Joy Castro Photo

Joy Castro, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Joy Castro, Willa Cather Professor in the Department of English and Ethnic Studies, is the immediate Past Director of the Institue of Ethnic Studies (IES). As a co-PI, she has been instrumental in the outreach to MSIs and in our planning. She will co-direct the research institute bringing expertise in both storytelling and ethnic studies. She is the author of the memoir The Truth Book, the novels Hell or High Water and Nearer Home, the essay collection Island of Bones, and the collection of short fiction How Winter Began. Her work has won the International Latino Book Award and Nebraska Book Award and been selected as a Finalist for the PEN Center USA Literary Award, and she has held a Bread Loaf Writers' Conference scholarship in nonfiction. Her books have been adopted for courses at dozens of colleges and universities, including Brown, Grinnell, Purdue, UC-Davis, Rutgers, and Vanderbilt. She received the UNL Annis Chaikin Sorensen Award for Distinguished Teaching in the Humanities in 2011 and the UNL College of Arts & Sciences Outstanding Research and Creative Activity Award in 2013.

Jeannette Eileen Jones

Jeannette Eileen Jones, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Jeannette Eileen Jones, Associate Professor of History and Ethnic Studies, is the author of In Search of Brightest Africa: Reimagining the Dark Continent in American Culture, 1884-1936. As a co-PI, she has led in outreach to HBCUs and other MSIs. As one of the co-directors of the research institute, she will bring her expertise on race, African-American history, transnationalism, and empire. She is a historian of the United States, with particular emphasis in American cultural and intellectual history and African American Studies, with strong interests in race and representation, Atlantic studies, and science studies. Her research reflects her desire to contribute to the larger critical conversations taking place in these fields, specifically around the role of race in shaping American cultural and intellectual discourse and production. She examines the ways in which “race” as a popular and scientific category operated as a potent signifier of difference—cultural, biological, social, and political—in late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century America. However, recognizing the rising global significance of race as an organizing principle, as well as the transnational migration of ideas about race during this period (roughly the Gilded Age to the end of World War II), her research extends across the Atlantic. It seeks to uncover the discursive relationship between America, other Western, and "subaltern" perspectives on imperialism, citizenship, and social belonging, as mediated primarily through the lens of race, but also through those of gender (ideas about femininity and masculinity) and sexuality. She is a 2016 recipient of a College of Arts & Sciences teaching award. She also has an NEH-funded collaborative digital project underway: "To Enter Africa from America": The United States, Africa, and the New Imperialism, 1862–1919.

Kenneth Price

Kenneth M. Price, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Kenneth Price is Hillegass University Professor in the Department of English. For this initiative, he has travelled to each of the eight MSIs we visited. As a co-PI of the institute, he will provide expertise on the strengths and limitations of digital archives. He is the founding co-director of both the Center for Digital Research in the Humanities and The Walt Whitman Archive. Price is best known for his field-changing digital work on Whitman. He is also the co-editor of Literary Studies in the Digital Age, the MLA's first open access, online-only publication. He has a long-standing interest in African American literature and culture. He was one of the founding co-directors of the Civil War Washington project, helping to lead its study of race, slavery, and emancipation in the capital city. He recently joined Stephanie Browner as a co-director of the Charles Chesnutt Digital Archive.

William G. Thomas III

William G. Thomas III, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

William G. Thomas is the John and Catherine Angle Chair in the Humanities and Professor of History. As co-PI he will model new forms of doing history. He served as Chair of the Department of History from 2010 to 2016. A John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellow in 2016, Thomas’s research and writing endeavor to demonstrate the full capability of digital scholarship to give voice to people whose lives have been out of reach and to send their histories into the public and scholarly realms through digital media. He served as the co-founder and director of the Virginia Center for Digital History at the University of Virginia. He was a co-editor of the award-winning digital project Valley of the Shadow: Two Communities in the American Civil War. With Edward L. Ayers, he co-authored “The Differences Slavery Made: A Close Analysis of Two American Communities,” one of the first pieces of digital scholarship published in the American Historical Review. In February 2018 Thomas and an interdisciplinary team released Anna, a 12-minute animated short film about one woman’s quest for freedom in early Washington D.C. Based on his current digital project, Anna is an experiment in the form of digital humanities research and creative storytelling (annwilliamsfilm.com).

Katherine L. Walter, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Claire Jimenez, Graduate Assistant, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Participating Faculty

Thomas F. Anderson

Kent Blansett, University of Nebraska-Omaha

Kent Blansett (Cherokee, Creek, Choctaw, Shawnee and Potawatomi descendant) is Associate Professor and Charles & Mary Caldwell Martin Professor of Western American History at the University of Nebraska-Omaha. At the institute he will present on Native American digital history. His first book, A Journey to Freedom: Richard Oakes, Alcatraz, and the Red Power Movement (Yale University Press, 2018) appears in their Henry Roe Cloud Series on American Indians and Modernity.

Sylvia Fernández, University of Houston

Sylvia Fernández is a Ph.D. Candidate with the Department of Hispanic Studies at the University of Houston. Her research is on Latin American and Latino/a Literature with a focus on Border Studies, Women’s, Gender and Sexualities Studies, Hispanic Archives, and Digital Humanities. Among her DH collaborations, she cofounded Borderlands Archives Cartography (BAC), is part of the core team of Torn Apart / Separados, and the ongoing project of United Fronteras.

Jessica Marie Johnson, Johns Hopkins University

Jessica Marie Johnson is an Assistant Professor in the Department of History at the Johns Hopkins University. At the institute she will speak on "Race, Gender, Sexuality, and Debates in the Digital Humanities." Johnson is a historian of Atlantic slavery and the Atlantic African diaspora. As a digital humanist, Johnson explores ways digital and social media disseminate and create historical narratives, in particular, comparative histories of slavery and people of African descent. She is the founder of African Diaspora, Ph.D. (africandiasporaphd.com), co-organizer of the Queering Slavery Working Group with Dr. Vanessa Holden (University of Kentucky), a member of the LatiNegrxs Project (lati-negros.tumblr.com), and a Digital Alchemist at the Center for Solutions to Online Violence (femtechnet.org/csov).

Marisel Moreno, University of Notre Dame

Marisel Moreno, Ph.D., is the Rev. John A. O’Brien Associate Professor in the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures at the University of Notre Dame. She was a recipient of the American Association of University Women Fellowship in 2009-2010. Her first book, Family Matters: Puerto Rican Women Authors on the Island and the Mainland, was published by the University of Virginia Press in 2012. She received the Indiana Governor’s Award for Service-Learning (2011), the Sheedy Excellence in Teaching Award (2016), and the Rev. William A. Toohey, C.S.C. Award for Social Justice (2019). Prof. Moreno’s teaching and research interests include Latina/o-Caribbean authors (Puerto Rican, Dominican, and Cuban authors in the US), as well as Afro-Latina/o and U.S. Central American cultural production. Issues of race, ethnicity, gender, and class are central to her work. Her articles have been published in Hispanic Review, Latino Studies, Studies in American Fiction, Afro-Hispanic Review, CENTRO, The Latino(a) Research Review, MELUS, Hispanic Journal, and Sargasso, among others. Her chapter, "Keeping It Real: Bridging US Latino/a Literature and Community Through Student Engagement" was published in Civic Engagement in Diverse Latinx Communities: Learning From Social Justice Partnerships in Action (Peter Lang 2018). She has co-created and co-organized, with Thomas F. Anderson, the online awareness micro-course Listening to Puerto Rico, a collaboration between the Universities of Notre Dame and Michigan, which is based on interviews filmed in Puerto Rico in June 2018 with survivors of the Hurricane. In Spring 2012, she co-organized and co-curated with Thomas F. Anderson an exhibit on Puerto Rican graphic art at the Snite Museum, and co-authored the exhibit catalog Art at the Service of the People: Posters and Books from Puerto Rico’s Division of Community Education / Arte al servicio del pueblo: Carteles y libros de la División de Educación de la Comunidad de Puerto Rico. This exhibit traveled to California Lutheran University in 2017, and is on display at the National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts & Culture on display at the National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts & Culture from August 2018 through January 2020. Prof. Moreno is a Faculty Fellow at the Institute for Latino Studies, the Helen Kellogg Institute for International Studies, and the Kaneb Center, and is Affiliated Faculty in Gender Studies and Africana Studies. She is currently working on her second book project, provisionally titled Crossing Waters: Undocumented Migration in the Cultural Production of the Hispanic Caribbean and Its Diaspora.

Amanda Phillips, Georgetown University 

Amanda Phillips is an Assistant Professor of English at Georgetown University. At the institute, she will speak on "Transforming Digital Humanities." She received her Ph.D. from the Department of English as a Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellow at the University of California, Santa Barbara, with an emphasis certificate from the Department of Feminist Studies, and she served as the IMMERSe Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of California, Davis. Her publications can be found in Games and Culture, Queer Game Studies, Digital Creativity and Debates in the Digital Humanities. She is a founding member of the #transformDH Collective and chairs the American Studies Association Digital Humanities Caucus Board.

Roopika Risam, Salem State University

Roopika Risam is an Assistant Professor of English at Salem State University. She will speak on Postcolonial DH Theory and Practice. Her research focuses on digital humanities, postcolonial studies, US ethnic studies and African American studies. Her digital scholarship includes Social Justice and the Digital Humanities; The Postcolonial Digital Humanities Website; and The Rewriting Wikipedia Project. Her book New Digital Worlds: Postcolonial Digital Humanities in Theory, Practice, and Pedagogy is forthcoming from Northwestern University Press.

Shearon Roberts, Xavier University

Shearon Roberts, Xavier University, is an Assistant Professor of mass communications with an expertise in digital storytelling. At the institute, she will speak on "Repair Work in Humanities Digital Media." She is the co-author of Oil and Water: Media Lessons from Hurricane Katrina and the Deepwater Horizon Disaster.

Rebecca Wingo, University of Cincinnati

Technical Experts and Presenters

Brett Barney, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Brett Barney, a Research Associate Professor, will co-lead two technical workshops, one on web design and another on metadata and information architecture. He has expertise in encoding standards and served two terms (2010-2013) on the TEI Consortium’s Technical Council.

Karin Dalziel, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Karin Dalziel, has an MA in Library Science. She will co-lead three technical workshops on project management, metadata and information architecture, and building web Pages with HTML/CSS. She is a Digital Resources Designer & Developer at the Center for Digital Research in the Humanities (CDRH). She is knowledgable about design, encoding systems, and XSLT; she works with team members to create attractive, accessible, and usable websites.

Kwakiutl Dreher, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Kwakiutl Dreher is an Associate Professor of English with expertise in African American literature. She will speak on "Digital Media Storytelling Technique and Practice."

Jessica Dussault, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Jessica Dussault has an MA in digital humanities. She will co-lead two technical workshops on data management and on visualizations for exploration and presentation. She is a programmer and analyst for the CDRH.

Kaci Nash, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Kaci Nash, MA in History, will co-lead two technical workshops on project management and on building web Pages with HTML/CSS. She has several years' experience in archival research, document transcription, web design, and digital text encoding.

Greg Tunink, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Greg Tunink has been a programmer/analyst in the Center for three years, and has a degree in computer science. He will co-lead two technical workshops on data management and on building web Pages with HTML/CSS.

Laura Weakly, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Laura Weakly has an MA in journalism. She will will co-lead three technical workshops on web design, digitization, and metadata and information architecture.  She is the metadata encoding specialist at the CDRH.