Dr. Constance Crompton (she/her)

Research Chair

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

Michelle Schwartz (she/her)

Research Associate

Michelle Schwartz is a liaison librarian at Toronto Metropolitan University, supporting the journalism and media programs. She is the co-director of Lesbian and Gay Liberation in Canada (LGLC), a SSHRC-funded digital humanities research project that is building an interactive digital resource for the study of LGBTQ2+ history in Canada.

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.

Candice Lipski (she/her)

Managing Editor

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, with expertise in communications and research. She also works at CBC Saskatoon on the morning radio program, where she enjoys telling community-focused stories.

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.

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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Dr. 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.

Maddie Murakami (settler, he/him)

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.

Jasmin Macarios (any/all)

Jasmin Macarios (any/all)

Research Assistant

Jasmin Macarios is a graduate student in anthropology at the University of Ottawa with interests in how society is represented in media, as well as data and information science ethics and accessibility. Jasmin is currently working on digitizing the LOOT Oral History Tapes and doing research on ethical metadata and digitization methodology.

Dr. Bridget Moynihan (she/her)

Postdoctoral Fellow

Bridget is a white Postdoctoral Fellow with the Implementing New Knowledge Environments (INKE) Partnership and with Library and Archives Canada-Bibliothèque et Archives Canada (LAC-BAC). Prior to this fellowship, she completed her PhD at the University of Edinburgh (2020), her MLIS from Western University (2021), and her MA from the University of Calgary (2015). Bridget loves working in both physical archives and digital spaces, but especially loves working at the points where the two intersect. She joined the lab in May 2023 and would like to acknowledge that she currently lives and works on lands that are the traditional unceded territories of Anishinaabe Algonquin people.

Laura Hanikenne (she/they)


Laura Hanikenne is an intern at the Humanities Data Lab and will be working on the Lesbian and Gay Liberation in Canada project for nine weeks. Her interests lie in the digitization of documents, especially audiovisuals, and the preservation of history through them. She is also very interested in the representation of marginalized communities in media and cinema. Laura is currently a third-year student in library science at the Haute Ecole de la Province de Liège.