Former Lab Members
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.
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.
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.
Imène Tissoukai (she/her)
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.
Alexandre Keyes (he/him)
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.
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.
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 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 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 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.
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 definitivons 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 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 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 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 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.
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.
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.
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 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 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 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 is a Faculty of Arts student who worked on the Victorian Review. She is majoring in History and plans to go in to law.
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.
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.
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.