Research Chair

Dr. Constance Crompton

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).

DH2020 Coordinator

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.

Current Research Assistants

Pascale Dangoisse

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.

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.

Lori Antranikian

Lori is a third 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.

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.

Candice Lipski

Candice completed her undergraduate degree in Psychology at UBC Okanagan and is now a Journalism MA student at UBC. She has special interest in the social aspects of society as well as in arts and culture. She has worked on the Lesbian and Gay Liberation in Canada project as a research assistant for over a year, and is excited to continue making Canadian LGBT history more accessible through the database.

Programmer Analyst

Huma Zafar

Huma is a software engineer from the world of library tech, where they were working on building better systems for understanding and processing bibliographic metadata. A Computer Science graduate with a keen interest in linked open data, they are currently working on NER tooling and TEI conversion for the LINCS project.

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 (Fractalia, 2018).

Former Research Assistants

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.

Alice Defours

Alice is a graduate student from France. She first obtained a master’s degree in Ancient History from Université Lyon 2 and wrote a thesis about the organisation of work crews in ancient Egypt. This was an eye-opening experience revealing how social sciences lacked digital assets. This led her to begin another master’s degree in Digital Humanities she’s now finishing in Ottawa. As research assistant, she’s working in existing project framework to design XSLT transformations and convert TEI to RDF. 

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.