People
Bridging Departments and Disciplines in a Digital Age

Co-Directors

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Pamella Lach
DH Librarian

Dr. Pamella Lach is the Digital Humanities Librarian at San Diego State University. Pam’s work explores how new and emerging technologies transform humanistic scholarship and pedagogy. Her areas of interest include data visualization, information retrieval, user experience design, and digital pedagogy. She is currently studying how folksonomy, or user-generated social tagging, can enhance and disrupt traditional authority-driven classification schemas. Pam is the Director of the Digital Humanities Center in the SDSU Library.

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English and Comparative Literature

Dr. Jessica Pressman is a Professor of English and Comparative Literature at San Diego State University. She is the author of Bookishness: Loving Books in a Digital Age (Columbia UP, 2020) and Digital Modernism: Making It New in New Media (Oxford UP, 2014), co-author, with Mark C. Marino and Jeremy Douglass, of Reading Project: A Collaborative Analysis of William Poundstone’s Project for Tachistocope {Bottomless Pit} (Iowa UP, 2015), and co-editor, with N. Katherine Hayles, of Comparative Textual Media: Transforming the Humanities in a Postprint Era (Minnesota UP, 2013). She is a recipient of awards from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and from the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS). Her full CV can be found at www.jessicapressman.com.


Founders

headshotJoanna Brooks
English and Comparative Literature

Dr. Joanna Brooks is the Associate Vice President of Faculty Affairs and a Professor of English and Comparative Literature at San Diego State University. She is a national voice on religion and American life and the author or editor of six books on race, gender, colonialism, and religion in American literature and culture. Her recent books include The Book of Mormon Girl: A Memoir of An American Faith (Simon & Schuster, 2012), winner of the 2012 award in memoir from the Association of Mormon Letters, Transatlantic Feminisms in the Age of Revolutions (Oxford UP, 2012), and Why We Left: Untold Songs and Stories of America's First Immigrants (University of Minnesota, 2013). Her scholarship has been supported and honored with awards from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Philosophical Association, and the Modern Language Association. She has appeared as a commentator or guest on NPR, MSNBC, and the Daily Show, and her writing has also appeared in the Washington Post, Huffington Post, Tablet, Salon, and ReligionDispatches.org. See more at joannabrooks.org.

Jessica Pressman
English and Comparative Literature

See bio above.


 

Advisory Board

Directors and Founder plus:

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Journalism and Media Studies



headshotMike Borgstrom
English and Comparative Literature



headshotMarva Capello
Education



headshotClarissa Clò
European Studies



headshotGabriel Doyle
Linguistics



headshotD.J. Hopkins
Theater, Film, Television



headshotPam Jackson
Library

headshotWilliam Nericcio
English and Comparative Literature



headshotNathian Rodriguez
Journalism and Media Studies



headshotSweta Sarkar
Electrical and Computer Engineering



headshotMathias Schulze 
European Studies



headshot Eric Smigel 
Music and Arts Alive



headshotMing-Hsiang Tsou
Geography



headshotChris Werry
Rhetoric & Writing Studies

Affiliate Faculty

headshotApril Anson
Classics and Humanities



headshotDani Bedau
Theatre, Television, and Film



headshotDavid P. Cline
History



headshotAnna Culbertson

Special Collections, Library



headshotRaechel Dumas
History



headshotBlas Falconer
English & Comparative Literature



headshotJames Frazee
Chief Academic Technology Officer, Associate Vice President, Learning Technologies


headshotBridget Gilman
Art + Design



headshotPeter Herman
English & Comparative Literature



headshotJennifer Imazeki
Associate Vice President for Faculty and Staff Diversity


headshotRisa Levitt
Religious Studies



headshotAmira Jarmakani
Women's Studies



headshotSureshi M. Jayawardene
Africana Studies



headshotDiana Leong
English & Comparative Literature



headshotMary Lyman-Hager
Language Acquisition Resource Center



headshotShelley Orr
Theater, Television, and Film



headshotBeth Pollard
History



headshotDaniel L. Reinholz
Center for Research in Mathematics and Science Education


headshotLinda Salem
Library



headshotAmy Schmitz Weiss
Journalism and Media Studies



placeholderSam Shpigelman
Art + Design



headshotAndré Skupin
Geography



headshotRicardo Vasconcelos
Spanish and Portuguese



headshotJess Whatcott
Women's Studies

Friends of Classics & Schuch Endowed Postdoctoral Fellow in Classics and Digital Humanities

headshotDavid Wallace-Hare
Classics and Humanities

David Wallace-Hare is a Roman social, economic, and environmental historian and epigrapher. Since 2018, he has been an investigator on the HESPERIA: Palaeohispanic Languages Data Bank, an ongoing epigraphic project at the Universidad del País Vasco. At SDSU, David will carry out an investigation of bee forage plants mentioned in Late Antique and medieval textual sources from the Visigothic Kingdom and al-Andalus. His work provides a vehicle for applying historical data concerning bee forage plants to the current environment, healing the future with the past by recreating more stable ecosystems for bees through tailored replanting of historical bee forage plants. A long-term goal of this work is to create a global historical bee-forage database to allow individuals and communities to keep bees more sustainably based on models from the past.


DH Programs Assistant

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My first experience with Digital Humanities was in Dr. Jessica Pressman’s ENG 560: “Digital Literature” class (Spring 2020), where I created a digital final project that exposed me to the healing powers of digital humanities during a pandemic. I graduated with a major in Statistics from San Diego State University in 2020. I am now starting my MS in Big Data Analytics and plan to accentuate GIS through the digital humanities realm. I'm excited to be part of the DH@SDSU team!

 

If you are interested in joining our Affiliate Faculty, please email us! digitalhumanities@sdsu.edu.

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