Faculty and Staff

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Faculty Board

A broadly based faculty board oversees the Program in Digital Studies of Language, Culture, and History. The members of this board are drawn from 18 different departments in the University of Chicago, representing every discipline in the humanities. They have a wide range of interests and experience in creating software tools for the humanities or in using and evaluating digital technology in their research and teaching.

  • Niall Atkinson is an Associate Professor in the Department of Art History and the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures. He studies the art and architecture of the Italian Renaissance, with a particular focus on the experience of artistic environments and urban spaces in late medieval and Renaissance Italy. He is the co-director of a digital mapping project on Visualizing the Changing Spatial and Social Ecology of Renaissance Florence and the Chair of the Department of Art History.
  • Helma Dik is an Associate Professor in the Department of Classics. She studies Greek language and linguistics, Greek prose style, and corpus linguistics. She is engaged in digital projects pertaining to classical philology in collaboration with the Perseus Digital Library, one result of which is the Perseus under PhiloLogic tool developed at the University of Chicago.
  • Allyson Ettinger is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Linguistics. She specializes in computational linguistics and psycholinguistics. She uses digital methods to model and test hypotheses about mechanisms underlying the way our brains process language in real time.
  • Lenore Grenoble is the John Matthews Manly Distinguished Service Professor in the Department of Linguistics and the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures. She specializes in sociolinguistics and studies language contact and shift in multilingual settings, with particular attention to Arctic Indigenous language communities (e.g., Greenlandic and Inuit). She is the Chair of the Department of Linguistics.
  • Faith Hillis is a Professor of Russian History in the Department of History. She studies modern Russian and European history and is interested in using digital tools to answer historical questions.
  • Travis Jackson is an Associate Professor in the Department of Music. He studies ethnomusicology and jazz, rock, and world music.
  • Patrick Jagoda is a Professor in the Department of English Language and Literature and the Department of Cinema and Media Studies. He studies new media (e.g., digital games, electronic literature, etc.) and twentieth- and twenty-first century American literature and culture. He is the director of the Weston Game Lab in the University of Chicagos Media Arts, Data, and Design Center.
  • Hoyt Long is a Professor of Japanese Literature in the Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations and co-director of the Textual Optics Lab. He studies modern Japan, cultural analytics, and the sociology and history of literature and other media. He is the Chair of the Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations.
  • Ellen MacKay is an Associate Professor in the Department of English Language and Literature and the Committee on Theater and Performance Studies. She studies Shakespeare and other early modern English literature, and theater theory and performance. She is a co-director of the multi-project CEDAR initiative and the Chair of the Committee on Theater and Performance Studies.
  • Robert Morrissey is the Benjamin Franklin Professor of French Literature in the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures and co-director of the Textual Optics Lab. He studies French literature and history of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries and is the director of the ARTFL Project, which sponsored the development of the PhiloLogic system for full-text search and retrieval.
  • Constantine Nakassis is an Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology. He is a linguistic anthropologist with interests in semiotics, film theory, mass media, brands, and youth culture. His regional focus is Tamil Nadu, India. He is the Chair of the Committee on Southern Asian Studies.
  • Jason Salavon is an Associate Professor in the Department of Visual Arts. He is an artist who uses software processes of his own design to produce art objects and installations that have been exhibited in museums and galleries around the world. He is the founder of the Hack Arts Lab in the University of Chicagos Media Arts, Data, and Design Center.
  • Haun Saussy is University Professor in the Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations and the Committee on Social Thought. He studies classical Chinese poetry and literary theory and pre-twentieth-century media history.
  • David Schloen (Faculty Director of Digital Studies) is a Professor of Archaeology in the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations. He specializes in the archaeology and history of the ancient Levant and directs excavations in TurkeyIsrael, and Spain. He has a background in computer science and extensive experience in applying computational methods in textual and archaeological research.
  • Adam Shaw is an Associate Senior Instructional Professor in the Department of Computer Science. He does research on programming languages and has extensive experience teaching introductory courses in computer science.
  • Jeffrey Stackert is a Professor of Hebrew Bible in the Divinity School and Associate Faculty in the Department of Classics and the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations. His research focuses especially on the composition of the Pentateuch, ancient Near Eastern prophecy, cultic texts, and ancient Near Eastern law. He is a co-director of the multi-project CEDAR initiative and Director of M.A. Studies in the Divinity School.
  • Malte Willer is an Associate Professor in the Department of Philosophy. He specializes in the philosophy of language and philosophical logic, and specifically the dynamic perspective on discourse and reasoning. In the area of digital studies, he is interested in the philosophical issues raised by artificial intelligence, including the philosophical critique of good old-fashioned AI (symbolic AI) and the epistemology of deep learning.

Digital Studies Staff

The Faculty Director of Digital Studies is David Schloen. He is a Professor of Archaeology in the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, where he has been teaching for twenty-five years. He holds a doctorate in archaeology and biblical studies from Harvard University and a bachelors degree in computer science from the University of Toronto. In the area of digital humanities, he is particularly interested in the digital representation of scholarly knowledge (ontologies) and the philosophical issues raised by this endeavor. In close collaboration with Sandra Schloen, he has created a generic top-level ontology that subsumes heterogeneous local ontologies and enables data integration across projects while faithfully representing all of the individual conceptual distinctions and scholarly practices characteristic of the humanities. His ideas on this score are implemented in a computational platform called OCHRE (Online Cultural and Historical Research Environment), which supports all stages of research, from initial data acquisition to the final publication and archiving of the data, and allows comprehensive querying and analysis that span many disparate sources of information. He teaches Introduction to Digital Humanities” (DIGS 30007).

The Associate Director of Digital Studies is Miller Prosser. He holds a doctorate in Hebrew and Northwest Semitic philology from the University of Chicago and has extensive experience in data management and data publication for the humanities involving all types of digital data, including texts, images, and maps. He administers the Digital Studies program and teaches Data Management for the Humanities (DIGS 30003) and “Data Publication for the Humanities (DIGS 30005) in the Winter and Spring Quarters. He also provides consultation and training for the computational research of faculty and students, including support for scholars at UChicago and elsewhere who use the OCHRE platform to manage, analyze, and publish their data.

The Technology Director for Digital Studies is Sandra Schloen. She holds a bachelor’s degree in computer science from the University of Toronto and a master’s degree in education from Harvard University. She has more than thirty years of professional experience in software engineering and user training and works closely with academic research projects to manage their data and help project teams use advanced computational methods. In addition to providing technical advice and consultation for University of Chicago faculty members and Digital Studies students, she manages the OCHRE Data Service and is the lead developer of the OCHRE platform.

The Associate Technology Director for Digital Studies is Jeffrey Tharsen. He holds a doctorate in Chinese philology and poetics from the University of Chicago and has expertise in computational methods for philological and linguistic research and for data visualization. He teaches Data Analysis for the Humanities II and III (DIGS 30004 and 30006) in the Winter and Spring Quarters.

Please send email to digitalstudies@uchicago.edu.

Additional Instructional Staff

In addition to the courses taught by the Director, Associate Director, Technology Director, Associate Technology Director, and members of the Faculty Board, courses in Digital Studies are taught by the following University of Chicago staff members:

  • Clovis Gladstone is a Senior Research Associate in the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures and is the Associate Director of the Textual Optics Lab and the ARTFL ProjectHe holds a doctorate in French literature from the University of Chicago and has extensive experience in developing software for the analysis of literary texts. He is the lead developer of the PhiloLogic system for full-text search and retrieval. He teaches a two-course sequence, “Digital Texts I and II” (DIGS 30031 and 30032), which is required for the MA concentration in Digital Texts. He also teaches “Approaches to Digital Humanities Using Python” in the Summer Session (DIGS 10000) and “Introduction to Computer Programming” (DIGS 30001) in the Autumn Quarter.
  • Brooke Luetgert is a Senior Computational Scientist for the Social Sciences in the Research Computing Center. She holds a doctorate in economics from the German University of Administrative Sciences in Speyer, Germany, and has expertise in quantitative research methods and data mining. Prior to joining the University of Chicago, she was an Assistant Professor of Political Science and Research Methodology at Sabancı University in Istanbul, Turkey. She teaches Data Analysis for the Humanities I (DIGS 30002) in the Autumn Quarter.

Computational Units of the University of Chicago

The following University of Chicago personnel lead units on campus that are dedicated to supporting the computational activities of the Universitys faculty and students. They work closely with the Digital Studies staff to provide expert advice and technical services for research projects and course instruction: