Dr. Constance Crompton (she/her)

Research Chair

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).

Dr. Laura Horak (she/her)

Research Associate

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.

Dr. Felicity Tayler (she/her)

Research Associate

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)

Research Associate

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.

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Imène Tissoukai (she/her)

Research Administrator

Imène Tissoukai works as the Research Administrator at the Humanities Data Lab at the University of Ottawa. She also works full-time as an Education Coordinator in the Learning and Organizational Development department at Elizabeth Bruyère Hospital. She holds a Bachelor of Specialized Interdisciplinary Health Sciences from the University of Ottawa.

Huma Zafar (they/them/any/all)

Programmer Analyst

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.

Candice Lipski (she/her)

Research Assistant

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.

Pascale Dangoisse (she/her)

Research Assistant

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.

Kit Chokly (they/he)

Research Assistant

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.

Alice Defours (she/her)

Research Assistant

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.

Sam Lehn (she/her)

Research Assistant

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.

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Farinaz Basmechi (she/her)

Research Assistant

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.

Alexandre Keyes (he/him)

Research Assistant

Alexandre Keyes (he/him) is a white Franco-Ontarian research assistant working in the Humanities Data Lab for the new FCCR-Diversity project. His role in this project will be to produce a literature review that illustrates the published academic studies written about the intersection of digital technologies and oppression in Canada. Having completed his B.A. spécialisé en lettres françaises in April 2022, Alexandre will be studying at the Université Bourgogne Franche-Comté in September 2022 to get his master’s degree in Rare Books and Digital Humanities.

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Maddie Murakami (settler, he/him)

Research Assistant

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.