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Robert C. Allen

Former Director and Co-Founder
James Logan Godfrey Distinguished Professor
American Studies
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Robert C. Allen, the James Logan Godfrey Distinguished Professor of American Studies, has written award-winning books on burlesque and soap operas, and edited widely-adopted teaching anthologies on media criticism and television studies. Robert’s first digital project, “Going to the Show,” developed in collaboration with UNC Libraries’ “Documenting the American South” and supported by a National Endowment for the Humanities Digital Humanities Fellowship, launched in 2009. “Going to the Show” was awarded the 2011 Rosenzweig Prize for Innovation in Digital History by the American Historical Association. In 2009 he received the first Felix Harvey Award to Advance Institutional Priorities at UNC to support the development of a second collaborative digital project with UNC Libraries, “Main Street, Carolina,” which also received support from an NEH Digital Start-Up Grant. Robert regularly teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in American Studies on digital humanities/digital history.  In 2011 he received the Tanner Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching. He has worked on both digital and analog projects with cultural heritage organizations across North Carolina, and was the historical advisor for “Standing on a Box: Lewis Hine’s National Child Labor Committee Photographs, 1908,” which received the 2011 Award for Excellence in the Public Humanities from the North Carolina Humanities Council.

michaelMichael Newton
DIL/CDHI Technology Lead, 2014 – 2017

Dr. Michael Newton comes to Digital Humanities work with strong qualifications in both information technology and the humanities. His first degree is a B.A. in Computer Science from the University of California, San Diego, which he earned while working at a popular computer game company. He went on to earn a Ph.D. in Celtic Studies at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, and has published extensively in that field. In 2007 he was awarded a Digital Humanities Initiative grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to create a digital collaboratory for Celtic Studies which was hosted for several years by iBiblio. In the summer of 2013, he began working on a new Digital Humanities project, entitled Celtic Poets of North America, which is an attempt to collect data about poets and poetry composed in Celtic languages, and enable searches and visualizations on that data.


Pam Lach Pam Lach
Manager, 2011-13
Associate Director,  2011 – January 2015
Project Manager on too many projects to name, contributor to many others, developer of collaborative work processes, leader of graduate student practicums(ca?), consultant and advisor to dozens of faculty, graduate students, and undergraduates



CDHI Program Coordinator, 2015-2017

Malina Chavez is the Program Coordinator for the Carolina Digital Humanities Initiative (CDHI). While earning her MFA in Experimental and Documentary Arts, (Duke University) she was a teaching assistant for Information Science + Studies (Web Multimedia), Experimental Film (Matters of Life and Death), and Cathy Davidson’s groundbreaking Coursera MOOC, The History (and Future) of Higher Education. She was the creator of as well as a participant in various WIRED! courses, including computational media (Szabo) and the NHC DH Triangle Practicum (Olson). She has also worked as a web assistant for the Center for Documentary Studies and a marketing assistant for the MFA|EDA program at Duke University. Her Google street project 1949 Armistice Agreement Line explores borders that separate Gaza and Israel and was the recipient of the 2013 SPE Jeannie Pearce Award for Innovations in Imaging.

She has written this in third person and finds that alone to be a testament to the importance and potential of digital humanities. She is especially interested in projects that engage the public, serve under-represented communities, and propel modes of participatory storytelling. Her role at CDHI is to serve students, faculty, and staff interested in DH @ UNC and beyond. Please contact Malina with any CDHI questions you may have.

Stephanie Barnwell
CDHI Programs Coordinator, January – September 2014
Graduate Lab Associate, June 2012 – December 2013
Graduate Research Assistant for the Carolina Digital Humanities Initiative
Projects: DH Press Documentation, Mapping Early NC Lebanese Households




Joe Hope
DH Press Lead Developer, October 2011 – April 2014
Projects: Mapping the Long Women’s Movement, Digital Portobelo, Lebanese Migration Project





chien-yiChien-Yi Hou
Technical Lead, August 2011 – May 2013
Projects: DH Press, Slave Narrative Name and Place Database





Former Graduate Student Staff

Charlotte Fryar
Project Manager, Recoverying Hayti; Charlotte, 1911, 2014-2016
Lab Associate, 2014-2016
Research Assistant, 2011-2013




Sandra Davidson
Teaching Assistant, AMST 53H, Spring 2014
Project Manager, Loray Mill Village Mapping Project




Jade Davis
Lab Associate, January 2013 – December 2013
Projects: DH Press Technical Team, DH Press Documentation



oliviaOlivia Dorsey
Lab Associate, March – July 2014
Projects: DH Press Documentation, Wilmington Race Riot Digital History Project




Bryan GastonBryan Gaston
Lab Associate, January 2012 – December 2012
Projects: DH Press, Hayti Demonstration Project, Mapping the Long Women’s Movement



Former Graduate Student Interns

Garrett Wright, PhD student in History (Summer 2014)

Former graduate practicum students

Fall 2013

PracticumF13Katy Clune (Folklore)
Sandra Davidson (Folklore)
Elise DeVido (History, Asian Studies)
Jacob Hill (Information Science; CDHI Graduate Fellow)
Ryan Johnson (Art History)
Mike Millner (Carolina Digital Library and Archives)
Jeanine Navarrete (History)
Samantha Rich (Library Science)
Mishio Yamanaka (History; CDHI Graduate Fellow)


Spring 2014 Graduate Practicum Students

Spring14 Practicum StudentsCheryl Dong (History)
Elijah Gaddis (American Studies)
Darius Scott (Geography)
Mathew Swiatlowski (American Studies)





Fall 2014 Graduate Practicum Students

F14 Practicum StudentsCharlotte Fryar (American Studies)
Jessica Martell (English and Comparative Literature)
Adam McCune (English and Comparative Literature)
Ashley Peles (Anthropology)
Alicia Rivero (Romance Languages)
Instructor: Seth Kotch, Assistant Professor of Digital Humanities, American Studies




Former Undergraduate Student Staff

Christopher Breedlove (American Studies), November 2011 – December 2013
Beth Carter (History, Exercise and Sport Science), November 2011 – May 2014
Anna Faison (American Studies), August 2013-May 2015
Charlotte Fryar (American Studies), November 2011 – May 2013
Lauren Stutts (History, English), February 2012 – May 2013