English, IDHMC, and WSB
Assistant Professor, Department of English
Laura Estill is an editor of the World Shakespeare Bibliography Online. Her research focuses on early modern drama, print and manuscript culture, and digital humanities. She is currently working on DEx: A Database of Dramatic Extracts.
Professor, Department of English
Maura Ives’s research area is 19th century print and digital textual studies. Her work focuses on Victorian women writers (especially Christina Rossetti and Jean Ingelow) and Victorian women’s religious writing and its particular literary and bibliographical subgenres (hymns, devotional calendars, illuminated texts, periodicals).
Director, Initiative for Digital Humanities, Media, and Culture; Professor, Department of English
Laura Mandell is the author of Misogynous Economies: The Business of Literature in Eighteenth-Century Britain (1999), a Longman Cultural Edition of The Castle of Ortanto and Man of Feeling, and numerous articles primarily about eighteenth-century women writers. Her recent article in New Literary History, “What Is the Matter? What Literary History Neither Hears Nor Sees,” describes how digital work can be used to conduct research into conceptions informing the writing and printing of eighteenth-century poetry. She is Editor of the Poetess Archive, on online scholarly edition and database of women poets, 1750-1900 ( http://poetessarchive.org); Associate Director of NINES ( http://www.nines.org); and Director of 18thConnect ( http://www.18thConnect.org). Her current research involves developing new methods for visualizing poetry, developing software that will allow all scholars to deep-code documents for data-mining, and improving OCR software for early modern and 18th-c. texts via high performance and cluster computing.
Lead Software Applications Developer
As Lead Programmer at the IDHMC Matt does XSLT transformations for in-house and external projects, XSLT training for Humanists, and supports IDHMC project websites, and the management of the IDHMC in general as well as for various specific projects and events. Matt is co-Project Manager for year two of eMOP. Matt also serves on grant-seeking committees and provide writing and editing support for IDHMC grant applications.
Staff Research Assistant
Project Manager, Advanced Research Consortium (ARC) and 18thConnect
Liz Grumbach has been on staff as the IDHMC Research Assistant since September 2012. She supports IDHMC faculty, staff, graduate students, and fellows by conducting research into Digital Humanities topics and software, as well as coordinating events and meetings. As Project Manager of ARC, Liz provides technical and research-related support for ARC’s digital research environments: NINES, 18thConnect, MESA, REKN, and ModNets. Liz is also co-Project Manager for year two of eMOP, provides internal support for grant-seeking committees and IDHMC grant applications, and maintains the IDHMC’s Drupal projects.
Communication & Religious Studies
Associate Professor of Communication
My research interests are international political economy of communication, critical media studies, and new social movements around cyberliberties. My first book, with Tom McCourt, was Digital Music Wars: Ownership and Control of the Celestial Jukebox. My second book was Music and Cyberliberties. I am now preparing a manuscript on the Swedish Pirate Party called Pirate Politics. I have also researched and published on enterprise content management software, video game design, and telecommunications infrastructures.
Assistant Professor in Communication-Media studies
Dr. Campbell’s research focuses on new media, religion and culture and runs the Studying Religion and New Media Wiki. Dr. Campbell is also the facilitator for the Digital Religion website, digitalreligion.tamu.edu.
Assistant Professor of Communication
Dr. Srivi Ramasubramanian¹s primary research interest revolves around processes that explain how media stereotypes and counter-stereotypes influence viewers¹ attitudes, especially in the context of race and gender. Her secondary interest is in sexuality and violence in adolescent entertainment. She has published in journals such as Communication Research, Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly, Journal of Broadcasting & Electronic Media, Communication Monographs, Media Psychology, Howard Journal of Communication, Asian Journal of Communication and Sex Roles. She serves as the Director of the Communication Research Lab at Texas A&M University.
Daniel L. Schwartz
Assistant Professor, History
Daniel L. Schwartz is Assistant Professor of History and affiliate faculty with the Religious Studies Program. He is the director of Syriac.org and the editor of Syriaca.org’s SPEAR project (Syriac Persons, Events, and Relations), an online prosopographical research tool. He is the author of Paideia and Cult: Christian Initiation in Theodore of Mopsuestia and the editor, with Neil McLynn and Arietta Papaconstantinou, of the forthcoming Conversion in Late Antiquity: Christianity, Islam, and Beyond. His work has also appeared in the Journal of Early Christian Studies. He is currently working on a book on crowds in Late Antiquity.
Frederick R. Mayer Faculty Professor II of Nautical Archaeology
Filipe Castro is the coordinator of the Nautical Archaeology Program and director of the J. Richard Steffy Ship Reconstruction Laboratory. His interests include early modern European seafaring and shipbuilding technology.
C. Wayne Smith
Associate Professor, INA Faculty Fellow in Nautical Archaeology; Director, Archaeological Preservation Research Laboratory; Director, Wilder 3-Dimensional Imaging Laboratory
Dr. Smith is an associate professor and director of the Archaeological Preservation Research Laboratory (APRL). He holds the INA Faculty Fellowship. Working as a conservator, he specializes in the preservation of organic artifacts using silicone oils, resins, and other polymers. Archaeological Conservation Using Polymers, his most recent work published by Texas A&M University Press, discusses practical applications for the stabilization of organic artifacts. Since 1981, he has participated in survey and shipwreck assessment in the Great Lakes and participated as a student and research assistant in excavations at Port Royal, Jamaica. Working in conjunction with Donny L. Hamilton of Texas A&M University and Dow Corning Corporation of Midland, Michigan, he has developed and patented new conservation strategies and industrial applications. He also participates in numerous joint international research projects. APRL is currently involved in the conservation of selected artifacts from La Salle Shipwreck Project, forensic anthropology, Egyptian mummy tissues studies, and the conservation of a wide range of artifacts from many of the on-going excavations from Texas A&M University and the Institute of Nautical Archaeology. Dr. Smith’s research interests include historical archaeology, artifact conservation, artifact photography, Caribbean archaeology and Caribbean culture studies, topics in visual anthropology and digital imaging.
Assistant Lecturer in Music
Jeff Morris coordinates the technology facilities of the Department of Performance Studies. His interests include intermedia composition and aesthetics of technology-based art. Websites include http://performancestudies.tamu.edu/ and http://morrismusic.org/.
Lecturer, Ethnomusicology/Sound Studies, Department of Performance Studies
Leonardo Cardoso was born in Porto Alegre, Brazil, where he studied music composition at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS). In 2005 he joined the Ethnomusicology Study Group at UFRGS as an undergraduate research assistant. From 2005 to 2008 he participated in ethnographic projects with graduate students involving indigenous and Afro-Brazilian communities in Rio Grande do Sul. In 2008 he started his Master’s in Ethnomusicology at the University of Texas at Austin, under Dr. Veit Erlmann’s supervision. Previous interest in film sound led Dr. Cardoso to write the first ethnographic account of the experimental field of visual music as it evolved in Los Angeles.
His PhD dissertation, defended in 2013 also under Dr. Erlmann’s supervision, tackles the institutionalization of noise control and debates on funk carioca as a controversial sound in São Paulo, Brazil’s largest city. In the past few years, Cardoso has published in the Society for Ethnomusicology Student News, Anthropology News and Sounding Out! He is currently working on a book manuscript entitled “Sound-Politics in São Paulo: Following Noise Control Controversies in the Brazilian Metropolis.” His research interests include noise legislation, collaborative sound mapping, acoustic surveillance, popular music in the Americas, and the ontology of noise. Cardoso is also a sound collector, photographer, and composer. For more information about Dr. Cardoso’s work, please visit www.leonardocardoso.me.
Professor, Department of Computer Science
Richard Furuta is a faculty member at Texas A&M University where he is a Professor in the Department of Computer Science, Director of the Center for the Study of Digital Libraries, and Director of the Hypermedia Research Laboratory. Dr. Furuta’s current areas of research include digital libraries, digital humanities, hypermedia systems and models, structured documents, and document engineering. He also has studied applications in computer supported cooperative work, software engineering, visual programming, document structure recognition from bitmapped sources, and management systems for three-dimensional-gesture-based user interfaces. In the area of Digital Libraries, he was one of the founders of the 1994 and 1995 Digital Libraries Conferences, which subsequently became the ACM Digital Libraries series, and later merged with the IEEE-CS series to form the ACM/IEEE-CS Joint Conference on Digital Libraries (JCDL). Many of Dr. Furuta’s current research projects are highly interdisciplinary, especially those in the area of Digital Humanities. These current projects include the Cervantes Project, centered on the iconic author of Don Quixote, the Picasso Project, which is creating a digital reasoned catalog that already contains more than 10,000 of Picasso’s art works, and the Nautical Archaeology Digital Library, in conjunction with the campus’ Institute for Nautical Archaeology.
Associate Professor, Department of Computer Science
Professor, Department of Computer Science
Frank Shipman has been pursuing research in the areas of hypermedia, computer-supported cooperative work, multimedia, computers and education, and intelligent user interfaces since 1987. Frank’s work at Baylor College of Medicine, the University of Colorado, Xerox PARC, and Texas A&M University investigates the design and use of media combining informal and formal representations and methods for supporting incremental formalization.
Frank helped found the field of spatial hypertext and helped design and develop a number of collaborative hypermedia systems including the Virtual Notebook System, theHyper-Object Substrate, VIKI , the Visual Knowledge Builder, Walden’s Paths, and Hyper-Hitchcock.
Frank has been PI or Co-PI on more than $5.7 million in grants including more than $3.8 million from NSF, more than $1.1 million from other competitive sources including DARPA and the intelligence community, and more than $800,000 from industry including Microsoft, Google, and Hewlett Packard. His research has resulted in more than 100 refereed publications including two best paper awards and six other papers nominated for best paper awards at ACM and IEEE conferences.
Professor, Department of Visualization
Ergun Akleman is a professional cartoonist, illustrator and caricaturist who has published more than 500 cartoons, illustrations and caricatures. He is also a computer graphics researcher who has a background in Electronic and Computer Engineering. Dr. Akleman’s teaching encompasses both artistic and scientific aspects of computer graphics, with topics including computer animation, 3D modeling, rendering, visual storytelling, image based lighting and compositing.