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Alan Christy
Associate Professor, History Department

Alan ChristyDr. Christy is a Historian of Japanese ethnography, Okinawa and memories of WWII in the Pacific and serves as the Director of East Asian Studies, the Co-Director of the Center for the Study of Pacific War Memories, and the Faculty Advisor to the ROUTES Project. He is also the founder and co-director of The Gail Project: an Okinawan-American Dialogue, a student driven project that explores the founding years of the American military occupation of Okinawa, and is inspired by a collection of photos taken in Okinawa in 1952 by an American Army Captain: Charles Eugene Gail. Dr. Christy is currently working on a manuscript, tentatively titled Hidden in Plain Sight: The Afterlives of War Monuments in Postwar Japan. The book explores the history of postwar right wing Japanese peace discourse through an analysis of three unusual war monuments in the Tokyo area.

Dr. Christy teaches multiple courses about Japan and East Asia that invite students to participate in primary source research and employ digital tools to create public facing projects.


Rachel Deblinger
Digital Humanities Specialist, University Library

Rachel DeblingerDr. Deblinger is a CLIR Postdoctoral Fellowship, working with the library and Humanities Division to foster digital humanities scholarship on campus. Trained as a Jewish Historian, her research explores Holocaust memory and American Jewish philanthropy. She is the author of Memories/Motifs, an online exhibit built in Scalar, that invites visitors to read, hear, and see Holocaust survivor narratives from the early post war period.

Dr. Deblinger looks forward to working with you on developing digital components of your research and is available for consultations. Email her at digitalhumanities [at] or find her at Open Hours, Tuesdays 2 - 4 in the new Digital Commons (in McHenry Library). She will teach a Digital Jewish Studies course in Spring 2016.

Deanna Shemek
Professor, Literature

Deanna ShemekDr. Shemek is a scholar of Italian literature and her research focuses on Renaissance studies (Italy), early modern feminism, humanism and gender culture, and early modern popular culture. She is the co-director of the Isabella D'Este Archives project, which creates online space for the translation and annotation of Isabella D'Este's letters as well as a portal for projects that explore D'Este's cultural and political impact and legacy. This work uses Digital Humanities methodologies to examine the crossroads between literary, historical, art historical, and political materials in new ways.

Dr. Shemek will be teaching an Introduction to Digital Humanities course in Cowell College in Spring 2016.

Elaine Sullivan
Assistant Professor, History Department

Elaine SullivanDr. Sullivan is an Egyptologist and a Digital Humanist. Her work focuses on applying new technologies to ancient cultural materials. She acts as the project coordinator of the Digital Karnak Project, a multi-phased 3D virtual reality model of the famous ancient Egyptian temple complex of Karnak. She is project director of 3D Saqqara, which harnesses Geographic Information Systems (GIS) technologies and 3D modeling to explore the ritual and natural landscape of the famous cemetery of Saqqara through both space and time. Sullivan received a National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Digital Humanities Start-Up Grant to support her work on 3D Saqqara.

Dr. Sullivan teaches a Digital History course (HIST 100A) every year.


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