Research Chair

Dr. Constance Crompton (she/her)

Constance is a Canada Research Chair in Digital Humanities with research interests in linked data, data modelling, code as a representational medium, queer history, and Victorian popular culture. She is the vice-president (English) of the Canadian Society for Digital Humanities/Société canadienne des humanités numériques and an associate director of the Digital Humanities Summer Institute (University of Victoria).

Research Associates

Laura Horak

Dr. Laura Horak (she/her)

Laura is an Associate Professor of Film Studies at Carleton University and director of the Transgender Media Lab and Transgender Media Portal. She investigates the history of transgender and queer film and media in the United States, Canada, and Sweden. She is author of Girls Will Be Boys: Cross-Dressing Women, Lesbians, and American Cinema, 1908-1934 (Rutgers UP, 2016) and co-editor of Silent Cinema and the Politics of Space (Indiana UP, 2014), Unwatchable (Rutgers UP, 2019), and a special issue of Somatechnics on trans/cinematic/bodies. Horak is a white cis queer settler scholar who is here to leverage her privilege and institutional resources for the revolution.

Felicity Tayler

Dr. Felicity Tayler (she/her)

Felicity is the Research Data Management Librarian at the University of Ottawa and co-applicant on the SpokenWeb partnership. She is an occasional visual artist and curator, and has published scholarly writing related to literary archives in anthologies, and in venues such as the Journal of Canadian Art History,Canadian Literature, and Mémoires du livre / Studies in Book Culture.

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Dr. Jada Watson (she/her)

Dr. Jada Watson is a white researcher living and working on unceded, unsurrendered territory of the Algonquin Anishinaabe Nation. A professor in the Faculty of Arts at the University of Ottawa, she teaches in information studies and music, and coordinates digital humanities. Watson leads the SSHRC-funded SongData project, which explores the role of market data in the formation and evolution of genre categories. She has released a series of public reports addressing representation on country music radio, which has been cited in a legal brief submitted to the US Federal Communications Commission, as well as in the Grammy Recording Academy’s Report on Inclusion and Diversity.

Programmer Analyst

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Huma Zafar (they/them/any/all)

Huma Zafar is a developer at the University of Ottawa library, and a master’s student in the School of Information Studies (ÉSIS) at uOttawa. Huma has been working with the Humanities Data Lab on linked data conversion tools for TEI for the LINCS project, and is exploring the potential impact of decentralization on the reliability of open metadata systems through their research with the Scholarly Communications Lab.

Current Research Assistants

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Farinaz Basmechi (she/her)

Farinaz Basmechi is a PhD student in Feminist and Gender Studies Institute at the University of Ottawa and researcher on the Lesbian and Gay Liberation in Canada project. Her research interests include gender and sexuality, content analysis, and digital media. She also holds a PhD in Sociology from the University of North Texas where she focused on online social activism and mixed-method content analysis. Farinaz joined the LGLC project in the spring of 2022 as a research assistant and is working to collect and analyze data on gay and lesbian liberation events in 1985.

Kit Chokly (they/he)

Kit Chokly is a white trans graduate student living in the unceded, unsurrendered Territory of the Anishinaabe Algonquin Nation. Their research today examines trans-made media that challenge gender legibility. Kit has a background in illustration and graphic design and is always looking for opportunities to integrate these skills in his academic work to make research more accessible and useful for everyone.

Pascale Dangoisse (she/her)

Pascale is a PhD candidate in Communication at the University of Ottawa, and researcher on the LGLC project. Her research focuses on the study of liberal political discourses on the topic of feminism and women’s rights in Canada. She started to work as a research assistant for the Lesbian and Gay Liberation in Canada project in the summer of 2018. She thoroughly enjoys searching through Archival documents and inputting all the new-found data into Excel and TEI-XML or discussing the Lesbian liberation movement’s struggles and political perspectives.

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Alice Defours (she/her)

Alice Defours is a PhD student in Digital Humanities at the university of Ottawa and a metadata architect for the Humanities Data Lab, as well as research assistant for the LINCS project. Prior to joining uOttawa, she graduated from the Université Lumière Lyon II in “Mondes Anciens” (history-archaeology) then in “Humanités Numériques” (Digital Humanities). As a cultural programs’ coordinator, she values the impact of communication and transmission of knowledge through its accessibility. She also works as a freelance event manager and game designer.

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Sam Lehn (she/her)

Sam Lehn began working as a researcher on the Lesbian and Gay Liberation in Canada project in spring 2022. She holds a degree in History from the University of Ottawa and her  research interests include digital history and interpretation. Sam also works for the Canada Border Service Agency in Calgary.

Candice Lipski (she/her)

Candice is a member of the Lesbian and Gay Liberation in Canada project and has been working with TEI since 2016. Candice holds a degree in Psychology from UBC Okanagan and Journalism MA from UBC, and works at CBC Saskatoon.

Maddie Murakami (settler, he/him)

Maddie Murakami is a trans male, half-Japanese, half-white settler born and living on unceded Anishinaabe territory. Currently, he is an undergraduate student at Carleton University working towards a Bachelors in Computer Science. He has been working on the tech team of the Transgender Media Portal project, where he’s primarily focused on building a minimal computing approach to our database and website.

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Moni Razavi (she/her/elle)

Moni is currently a PhD student in Translation Studies at the University of Ottawa. She graduated in Literature, Visual Culture, and Film Studies from Tallinn University in Estonia where she joined the Estonian Society for Digital Humanities. Starting from March 2022, Moni works as a research assistant in the lab to analyze the data on the first 10 editions of Bartlett’s Familiar Quotations. Her doctoral thesis aims at exploring the potential of blockchain technology in copyright protection of derivative works such as translation and adaptation.

Former Postdoctoral Fellows

Jana Smith-Elford

Jana Smith-Elford is a SSHRC-funded postdoctoral fellow in the lab. Her postdoctoral project, “Networked Feminism: Feminist Media, Digital History, and Social Change (1888-1900)” employs linked data to model the social, political, and literary networks represented on the pages of two late-Victorian general interest feminist newspapers.

Former Research Associates

Dr. Chris Tanasescu

Chris is Coordinator of Digital Humanities at University of Ottawa, a poet, translator, and Asymptote Journal’s Editor-at-Large for Romania and Moldova. His research and creative work—under the alias Margento—combine his interest in graph theory, natural language processing, literature, and performance. Chris has recently launched “US” Poets Foreign Poets, a computationally-assembled poetry anthology in algorithmic translation.

Former Research Assistants

Lori Antranikian

Lori is a fourth year computer science student. She was really intrigued with digital humanities after taking DHN1100, an introductory course to the digital humanities in fall 2018. She joined the lab as a research assistant in January 2019 where she is working to analyze data on the first 10 editions of Bartlett’s Familiar Quotations.

May Ning

May is a fourth year marketing student at the Telfer School of Management at the University of Ottawa. She joined the Humanities Data team at the beginning of October 2018 as the Digital Humanities Research Chair Lab Coordinator. She is now working on the DH2020 Conference which will take place the week of July 20th in Ottawa. She enjoys design, media, and event coordination.

Tristan Lamonica

Tristan is a master’s student in communication at the University of Ottawa with a thesis focused on a peer-to-peer decentralized internet infrastructure. He has a background in data science, analytics, and content analysis through his employment at the Parliament of Canada. He has also worked as a teaching assistant, social media manager, research assistant, and served in an advisory role for blockchain enabled AI startups.

Célian Ringwald

Célian has a master’s degree in data science from Université Lyon 2. He worked three years for a company on visualization of information solutions and natural language processing links to mediatic problems, for example citation detection in press corpus. Interested by university research, he is getting a master’s degree in Digital Humanities, which he is finishing with the Humanities Data Lab as a research assistant. He actually works on TEI enrichment pipeline and will be involved in transformation tasks from TEI to RDF of existant projects.

Oxana Pilenko

Oxana Pilenko

Oxana is a third year history student with a minor in political science and digital humanities. Since introducing digital humanities minor to her program, she wanted to explore the potential of digital tools in humanities research. She joined the lab as a research assistant for the Lesbian and Gay Liberation project in the winter of 2020 where she encodes events centring around the contributions of queer women and non-men. She is passionate about using digital methods to recover the sense of collective resistance in the history of queer mobilization.

Paige Maskell

Paige is currently studying for their Honours Bachelor of Arts in Communications with a minor in Digital Humanities. Paige started as a creative data research assistant for the Humanities Data Lab in January 2019, where their research revolved around the frequency of use of unigrams in both dictionary definitions and prose. Paige is an active poet with one publication and more in the works, with interests including data visualization, media studies, language, and literature.

Nadine Boulay

Nadine is a PhD Candidate in the Department of Gender, Sexuality, & Women’s Studies at Simon Fraser University. Her dissertation research uses oral history interviewing to document histories of LGBTQ activism in rural B.C. from the 1970s to present day. She has worked on the LGLC project since 2015, researching supplementary materials to add to the prosopography.  She is passionate about queer history and activism.

Morgan Hector

Morgan is a fourth year communications student minoring in digital humanities. She specializes in graphic design and videography. Her research interests involve data visualization and film history.

Ruth Truong

Ruth is an English MA student specializing in Digital Humanities at Carleton University. In January 2018, while finishing her English BA at the University of Ottawa, she began working with Dr. Constance Crompton on various small projects relating to the Digital Humanities. She is now mainly involved in the preliminary work for the LINCS project and has developed a particular interest in the process and benefits of converting focused datasets into Linked Open Data.

Rebecca Desjarlais

Rebecca is a fourth year dual major student in English and Art History, who left a long career in finance to pursue her true passions; books, humour, and french fries. Rebecca is excited about library sciences, and finding ways to use technology to connect people with texts and forms of visual culture.

Juawana Grant

Juawana's research interests lie at the intersection of feminism and critical animal studies. A former Kelowna Tech History RA, she is always seeking out moments of resistance in popular media. She both appreciates and despises the "cat lady" trope.

Nikita Gush

Nikita Gush is from Vernon, BC and completed a Political Science major with a minor in English. She is wrote a Devonshire Manuscript webscraper in python for the INKE project. She is currently attending law school.

Cole Mash

Cole Mash is PhD student in English at Simon Fraser University. He is a writer of fiction and poetry. His scholarship investigates slam poetry, place of narrative, and fiction in historiography.

Reba Ouimet

Reba Ouimet completed an English major and Psychology minor at UBCO, and is now an MLIS student at UBC in Vancouver. Her research interests lie in the areas of Victorian literature, children’s literature, Gothic and fantasy, and digital humanities. She is worked as the digital dissemination and outreach coordinator for the Victorian Review.

Seamus Riordan-Short

Seamus is passionate about developing and using technology to make new discoveries about old things. This interest has guided him in his work at both the Digital Humanities laboratory as well as in the field of analytical chemistry, where he also works as an RA.

Raymon Sandhu

Raymon Sandhu is a former project manager of the Lesbian and Gay Liberation in Canada project. His interests lie in the fields of Statistical Learning and Natural Language Processing.

Sabrina Schoch

Sabrina Schoch is a Faculty of Arts student who worked on the Victorian Review. She is majoring in History and plans to go in to law.

Maggie Shirley

Maggie Shirley is a polymedia artist who completed a MFA at UBCO. She worked on the migration of Social Edition of the Devonshire Manuscript project to Iter Community, a social publication platform for Early Modern and Renaissance scholarship housed at the University of Toronto.

Caitlin Voth

Caitlin is Master's student in English with a research focus in print culture and Canadian small and private presses. She is was both a research assistant and a project manager for the Lesbian and Gay Liberation in Canada project, and is currently co-managing the lab with Stephen. In her spare time she works in her own letterpress print shop.

Travis White

Travis White completed a degree in English in 2015. He served as the project manager of the LGLC project for three years and undertook the migration of the text from TEI via XSLT to a Neo4j database and the development of the LGLC web app.