2010-11 Participants

Kathleen FitzpatrickKathleen Fitzpatrick serves as the Chair of the Media Studies Department at Pomona College. Her book Planned Obsolescence: Publishing, Technology, and the Future of the Academy recently opened for peer review online as it simultaneously underwent traditional, closed peer review at NYU Press.  She also serves as Co-coordinating Editor and Press Director for MediaCommons Press, a digital press devoted to supporting innovative digital media publishing. Her work moves away from isolated publishing towards a model of intellectual community that thoughtfully and provocatively interrogates access and modes of publication. Visit her blog at, or view her book online.

Evan McGonagill

Evan McGonagill graduated from Bryn Mawr College in 2010 with a BA in English. Her senior thesis addressed the failure of George Eliot’s fourth novel, Romola (1862-3), integrating a discussion of the relationship between textual form and content with a critical examination of historical context. She is currently working for the Open Society Institute in New York City, participating in the development of a collaborative content-management software platform for use by NGOs.

Amanda FrenchAmanda French has taught graduate and undergraduate courses on topics ranging between Victorian studies and digital media at New York University and North Carolina State University. Currently she serves as Coordinator for THATCamp, a collaboratory project between humanists and technologists, at the Center for History and New Media. She has been named by the Chronicle of Higher Education as one of the “10 High Fliers on Twitter,” and is currently working on a book about the poetics of Twitter. Visit her blog at

Jen RajchelJen Rajchel is a senior English Major at Bryn Mawr College. Her senior thesis, a digital humanities project entitled “Mooring the Gaps: Marianne Moore’s Bryn Mawr Poetry,” explored Marianne Moore’s poetic interrogation of space and publication. It was published in the form of a digital archive and can be found at As a Hanna Holborn Gray fellow, she spent the summer of 2010 researching digital marginalia. This year she will be blogging as a HASTAC scholar and conducting an independent study on the genre of blogging.

Evan DonahueEvan Donahue is a senior at Brown University concentrating in Modern Culture/Media and Computer Science. His current areas of interest include improving computational “understanding” of text, understanding the relationships between art and crime, and thinking about ancient and mythic themes as they appear in modern popular media.

Michael SuenMichael Suen is a senior at Middlebury College majoring in English and American Literatures. Spawned in Los Angeles and raised in Hong Kong, he has covered arts and entertainment for The South China Morning Post, HK Magazine, Geekosystem, and Gothamist. In 2009, he founded the Asian news and pop culture blog, Michael’s research interests include cultural studies, storytelling modes across media, and the relationship between truth and fiction.

Jessie TaylorJessie Taylor is a senior English major at Haverford College. She is currently researching a thesis focused on the radio show This American Life and its relationship to radio theory, the history of radio narrative, and changing ideas of radio documentary.

J.GallionJeremy Gallion is senior English and American Studies major at Cornell University. His interests include World Literatures in English, and as a Mellon Mays fellow he is completing a project on South Asian American short fiction and online publications.


Anna Levine and Richard Li Anna Levine ’12 and Richard Li ’11 are working on a joint project: For the past two summers, Swarthmore undergraduates Anna Levine ’12 and Richard Li ’11 have been working to develop and maintain the Early Novels Database alongside Swarthmore Professor Rachel Buurma. The Early Novels Database is an effort to create a web-based, open-access database of the University of Pennsylvania Library’s large collection of American and British fiction, which contains approximately one-third of all fiction published from 1660-1830. Upon the database’s completion, students and scholars will be able to track currently un-searchable characteristics of these novels, such as authorship claims, illustrations, dedications, and epigraphs. Such a database has the potential to change the ways in which explorations into the history of the novel are implemented, answering broader demographic questions about the history of fiction.

Aaron Weitz Aaron Weitz is a senior at Haverford College where he is majoring in English and pursuing a minor in educational studies. His interests include American literature, issues of literacy and classroom discourses, and the Philadelphia Phillies.

Gabi and AlexGabriela Arias—Gabi for short— and Alex Benkhart are Digital Humanities Initiative (DHi) Student Fellows at Hamilton College. An Africana Studies major, Gabi is especially interested in the intersections between institutions of public history and the process of historical preservation in communities across the African diaspora. Gabi processed and digitized an extensive collection on the LGBT Puerto Rican community in New York City, which will be the subject of her undergraduate thesis. Alex is a senior Religious Studies/Asian Studies double major and now focuses primarily on gender issues in Japan. Over the past year, Alex has helped create a Comparative Japanese Film Archive that is part of the DuraCloud pilot project.

Ethan Joseph is a Senior at Haverford College where he is a music major and an economics minor. Last summer Ethan interned with Spark Productions, a New York based production company focusing on Broadway theater and small film projects. He spent spring semester 2010 studying violin and cultural history in Vienna, Austria. He plays violin in the Bi-Co Orchestra and in the band Philosoraptor.