DLA Leadership


Michael J. Kramer

Acting Director of the DLA; Assistant Professor of the Practice, Digital History

DLA Executive Steering Committee Member

Michael J. Kramer works at the intersection of historical scholarship, cultural criticism, the arts, and digital technology. He is the author of The Republic of Rock: Music and Citizenship in the Sixties Counterculture (Oxford University Press, 2013; paperback, 2017). His current book project, This Machine Kills Fascists, explores the relationship between technology and tradition in the US folk music movement from the early twentieth century to the present. It is linked to a digital history project about the Berkeley Folk Music Festival, which took place annually on the University of California campus between 1958 and 1970, and Kramer is also is engaged in more technical digital history research on image sonification for historical interpretationmachine-learning sound analysis software, deep mapping, and models for global digital humanities collaboration. He teaches history, American studies, and digital humanities at Middlebury College, where he is Acting Director of the Digital Liberal Arts Initiative. He previously taught at Northwestern University, where he co-founded NUDHL, the Northwestern University Digital Humanities Laboratory and helped to design the Graduate Engagement Opportunities program at Northwestern’s Center for Civic Engagement. He has also worked as an editor at the website of the New York Times and in the Design, Publishing, and New Media Department at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago as well as served as a dance and theater dramaturg. He has written for numerous publications, including the New York Times, Washington Post, Salon, First of the Month, The National Memo, The Point, Theater, and Newsday, and he blogs at Culture Rover and Issues in Digital History. His website is

Jason cameraJason Mittell

Professor of Film & Media Culture and American Studies, Senior Adviser to the DLA

DLA Executive Steering Committee Member

Jason Mittell is Faculty Director of the DLA, working with faculty, staff, and students to develop and promote innovative, specialized projects and foster cross-campus collaboration. He teaches in Film & Media Culture and American Studies, and his research focuses on American television, film, and digital media, narrative theory, and cultural studies. He is an advocate and innovator for open access and open review publishing and the promotion of academic fair use. His digital work has foregrounded video essays, co-founding the journal of videographic criticism, [in]Transition.

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Dean of Faculty Development & Research; Director, Center for Teaching, Learning, & Research; and Rehnquist Professor of American History and Culture

DLA Executive Steering Committee Member

Jim Ralph is the Dean for Faculty Development and Research. He is also the director of the Center for Teaching, Learning, and Research. He has taught in the History Department, where he specializes in American History, particularly the Civil Rights Movement, since 1989. He is the Rehnquist Professor of American History and Culture. He is the author of Northern Protest: Martin Luther King, Jr., Chicago, and the Civil Rights Movement.

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Mike Roy

Dean of the Library

DLA Executive Steering Committee Member

Mike Roy is the Dean of the Library at Middlebury College. Middlebury’s library partners with students and faculty in the creation of a 21st century information environment that spans traditional and emerging formats, and supports access to critical sources, tools for  the creation of knowledge, and platforms for dissemination and collaboration.


Amy Collier

Associate Provost for Digital Learning

DLA Executive Steering Committee Member

As the Associate Provost for Digital Learning at Middlebury College, Amy Collier provides strategic vision and leadership to position Middlebury as a leading innovator in creating and sustaining a global learning community through the effective use of digital pedagogies and technologies. Working closely with the provost, other associate provosts, and the deans/VPAAs who oversee Middlebury programs, Amy identifies and pursues opportunities for Middlebury to create online and hybrid/blended courses and programs that meet the highest standards of academic integrity and pedagogical innovation; enable Middlebury to leverage its intellectual and pedagogical resources, within and across locations of the institution; connect diverse Middlebury programs with each other; and enrich the experience of current and potential Middlebury learners, from undergraduates and graduate students earning Middlebury degrees to a global community of alumni and professionals.

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Bill Koulopoulos

Director of Learning Spaces and Infrastructures

DLA Executive Steering Committee Member

Bill Koulopoulos is the Director of Academic Technology at Middlebury College. In his role he oversees the delivery of new faculty and student training initiatives in the meaningful use of instructional  technologies and promotes experimentation with and assessment of innovative research and teaching methods.

Ryan Clement

Data Services Librarian

DLA Executive Steering Committee Member

Doreen Bernier

Assistant to Dean of Library

Faculty Fellows 2018-2019

Natalie Eppelsheimer

Associate Professor of German


Brigitte Humbert

Associate Professor of French

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Will Nash

Professor of American Studies and English and American Literatures

William Nash is Professor of American Studies and English and American Literatures. His current research focuses on the interrelationship of space, race and place in mid-twentieth-century Chicago.  His scholarly and teaching interests include contemporary representations of urban African America; Nineteenth and Twentieth century African-American Literature; American Soul and Blues music.

Faculty Fellows 2017-2018

Florence Feiereisen

Associate Professor of German


Sarah Laursen


Asst Prof of History of Art & Arch; Curator, Asian Art

Amy Morsman

Professor of History

Amy Feely Morsman came to Middlebury in the fall of 2001. A native Virginian, she earned her degrees from Wake Forest University and the University of Virginia. She teaches courses in American History, primarily around the topics of the Civil War and women’s history. Her research interests lie in the historical evolution of gender roles, race relations, and regional differences. Her first book, The Big House After Slavery: Virginia Plantation Families and their Postbellum Domestic Experiment, was published by the University of Virginia Press in 2010. She is working on a new book project that focuses on race relations and the legacy of the abolition movement in the postbellum Northeast.

Morsman has served three years on the college’s Faculty Council and is currently elected to the Educational Affairs Committee.

Previous Fellows

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Hang Du

Associate Professor of Chinese

Hang Du was a DLA Faculty Fellow from 2014-2015 working on a corpus linguistic project with data gathered from Chinese language learners. Her main research area is the acquisition of Chinese as a second language.





Guntram Herb

Professor of Geography

Guntram Herb is developing a multimedia website mapping the indigenous nations along the US/Canada border, including audio interviews, photographs, and primary documents.


Kirsten Hoving

Kirsten Hoving

Charles A. Dana Professor of History of Art & Architecture

Kirsten Hoving is the Charles A. Dana Professor of History of Art & Architecture and the Chair of the History of Art & Architecture. Her research interests revolve around her teaching fields.  In particular, she is interested in intersections between surrealist art and science.

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Caitlin Myers

Associate Professor of Economics

Caitlin Myers is an applied microeconomist whose research intersects gender, race and the economy. She is currently working on a series of projects that estimate the effects of historical and modern reproductive policies on social and demographic outcomes. As a DLA fellow, Caitlin is seeking innovative and creative methodologies to visualize complex empirical research designs for a general audience.



Photograph of Jamie McCallumJamie McCallum

Assistant Professor of Sociology

Jamie McCallum is Assistant Professor of Sociology who focuses on labor and work, political economy, and globalization. As a previous DLA fellow, he is directed a short film that offers a critique of the social value of hard work, an idea that emerged from research for his next book, The Indignity of the Daily Grind.


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Michael Newbury

Fletcher D. Proctor Professor of American History
Professor of American Studies and English and American Literatures

Michael Newbury is an interdisciplinary scholar of American Literature and History. His current work focuses on the representation of disaster in American culture from the late-nineteenth century forward. During his DLA fellowship, he will be worked on an animated film and online exhibit about the Collinwood School fire of 1908.

Linus Owens

Associate Professor of Sociology

Linus Owens thinks about movements, places, and the conflicts that bring them together and push them apart. In past work, he has brought these interests together in exploring how anarchists organize online and the place-making and storytelling practices of squatters in Amsterdam. He always seems to be teaching new classes, leaving a long list of former classes in his wake; these include courses on social theory, social movements, disasters, cities, globalization, the environment, tourism, and even a class on performance and the body. His books include both academic – Cracking Under Pressure: Narrating Decline in the Amsterdam Squatters’ Movement (Amsterdam University Press & Penn State University Press, 2009) – and popular – Lost in the Supermarket: An Indie Rock Cookbook (Soft Skull Press, 2008). At the moment, he is working on several exciting new projects, including work on how cameras and masks interact to produce a visual language of political protest, a cultural history of Halloween, and, finally, the complicating ways that activists incorporate travel, movement, and space into their protest tactics. Still, he remains true to his academic and political roots, as a founding member of a European syndicate of researchers working on and with squatting movements, as well as an active participant in the North American Anarchist Studies Network.

Tatiana Smorodinska

Professor of Russian

Tatiana Smorodinska graduated from Moscow State University (Department of Philology) in 1983 and received her Ph.D. from OSU in 1998 with a dissertation on Konstantin Sluchevsky, 19th century Russian poet.  She published a book “Konstantin Sluchevsky.  The Untimely Poet” in 2008.  Tatiana authored numerous articles on Russian poetry, Russian film and Russian culture.  In 2007 she co-edited “Encyclopedia of Contemporary Russian Culture” (Routledge).  Her most current projects include research on Russian folk dance and a digital anthology of texts for language learners based on the Russian school canon (19th century prose and poetry):

The anthology is free, open to the public, there are texts for beginners and intermediate students, equipped with audio recordings, glossary and additional materials.

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Louisa Stein

Assistant Professor of Film & Media Culture

Louisa Stein is an Assistant Professor of Film & Media Culture. She was a DLA Faculty Fellow in Fall 2014 while working on her book Transform, created using the digital publishing platform Scalar. Her work explores audience engagement in transmedia culture, with emphasis on questions of gender and generation. Her research investigates how meanings circulate across history, across media platforms and technologies, and between media producers and audiences.


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Sayaka Abe

Assistant Professor of Japanese Studies

Sayaka Abe teaches Japanese language and linguistics courses at Middlebury. She received her Ph.D. in Linguistics from University at Buffalo in 2007. Before coming to Middlebury, she held a research position at University of Trento and taught at various institutions, including Vassar College and Williams College. Her primary areas of research are cognitive semantics, pragmatics and language change. Her current projects include examination of how speakers’ subjectivity is encoded in Japanese text and speech. Other interests include corpus linguistics, applied linguistics and typology/cross-linguistic studies.


Christopher Andrews

Assistant Professor of Computer Science

Christopher Andrews is an Assistant Professor of Computer Science. His research interests largely fall under the umbrella of Human Computer Interaction (HCI), the study of how computers can fit into and support human endeavors. More specifically, his interests include visual analytics, information visualization, generative art, graphics, and alternative (or just really large) displays.


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Holly Allen

Assistant Professor of American Studies

Holly Allen is an Assistant Professor of American Studies. She teaches courses on U.S. cultural history and cultural studies, political culture and theories of citizenship, women’s and gender studies, the history of sexuality, and digital history. Her current research project is a cultural history of gender, developmental disability, and institutional care in 19th and early 20th century Vermont.



Leticia Arroyo Abad

Associate Professor of Economics & Int’l Politics and Economics

Leticia Arroyo Abad joined the department of Economics and the International Politics & Economics program in 2009. She is an economic historian specialized in the long-term development and growth of Latin America and the Caribbean. Her research takes her to archives and libraries all over the world.

She teaches courses in macroeconomics, economic history, and inequality.

She has published articles at the Journal of Economic History, Explorations in Economic History, and the Journal of Iberian and Latin American Economic History. She is also a member of the Global Prices and Income History Group, the Maddison Project, and the Historical Household Budgets Group.

Dima Ayoub

Assistant Professor of Arabic

Dima Ayoub is an Assistant Professor of Arabic at Middlebury College. She received her M.A. in English literature (2006) and PhD in Islamic Studies from McGill University (2015). She joined Middlebury College in 2016 after three years of teaching at Georgetown University. Dr. Ayoub specializes in modern Arabic literature with an emphasis on translation, postcolonial, and feminist studies. She is currently at work on a book about histories of translation in modern Arabic literature and questions of linguistic authenticity, gender, and the politics and promise of translation and Arabic language learning.

Areas of interest/expertise: modern Arabic literature; Critical translation theory; Anglo-Arab literature; Arab cinema; Empire and postcolonial Studies; Postmodern literature; Gender studies, Arab feminism(s); Arab masculinities; Queer Arabic literature; Literatures of migration and diaspora; Arab-Jewish literature and culture.

Matthew Dickerson

Professor of Computer Science; Faculty Head, Cook Commons

In 2014, Prof. Matthew Dickerson completed his 25th year as a member of the computer science department at Middlebury College. He earned a BA from Dartmouth College in 1985 and PhD in Computer Science from Cornell University, and was the first faculty member with a Ph.D. in computer science hired by the college. During his 25 years at the college he has received more than ten federal funded research grants including grants through the National Academy of Sciences, NATO, and various NSF programs. His primary research area  has been algorithms and data structures for geometric, geographic, and spatial computing—an area known as computational geometry in which he is internationally known for his work on Voronoi diagrams. He has also done research and published several papers on computer science education, and is in the final year of an NSF grant exploring the use of agent-based modeling in the introductory computer science curriculum. Currently, Professor Dickerson is working on a research project on spatially explicit agent-based modeling of killer whales in southeast Alaska in collaboration with biologists and computer scientists at the NOAA and the University of Alaska.

Prof. Dickerson also did graduate work in Old English Language and Literature and has  published several books including a recent medieval historical novel titled The Rood and the Torc, set in mid 7th century Europe. He is an internationally known scholar on the works of J.R.R.Tolkien with four published books about Tolkien as well as book chapters on Tolkien in five other volumes.

Daniel Houghton

Arts Technology Specialist, Digital Liberal Arts

Daniel Houghton has taught animation and video production to college students at Middlebury College and to high school students before that. His animations have screened internationally in Europe, Asia, Africa; domestically in New York and Los Angeles; and online at The Atlantic, Huffington Post, Wired, PBS and over 250 blogs. He is currently managing a range of media projects for the arts division of the Digital Liberal Arts initiative at Middlebury College. Daniel manages the Middlebury College Animation Studio.



Rebekah Irwin

Director of Special Collections & Archives

Rebekah Irwin is Director of Special Collections and Archives at the Middlebury College Library. In this role, Rebekah oversees the Library’s rare books collection, the college archives, and the conservation, preservation, and digitization of Middlebury’s library collections. She blogs about rare and unusual items in the archives at the special collections blog and advocates broadly for the integration of traditional artifacts of scholarship – books, manuscripts, maps, and archives – with newer digital tools.

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Andrea Olsen

Professor of Dance

Andrea Olsen is Professor of Dance and has held the John C. Elder Professorship in Environmental Studies at Middlebury College, in Middlebury, Vermont (USA). She recently completed Body & Earth: Seven Somatic Exercises, a DLA sponsored project that links the environment with the deep intelligence of the body through digital media.




Rebecca Tiger

Associate Professor of Sociology & Anthropology

Rebecca Tiger is an Associate Professor of Sociology and Anthropology. Her research and teaching interests are at the intersection of punishment, social control, critical addiction studies and media culture. She has previously worked as a researcher and policy analyst in the field of HIV/AIDS and drug policy, in New York, New Orleans and other urban areas, focusing on criminal justice and public health approaches to these issues.


Patrick Wallace

Digital Projects & Archives Librarian

Alex Draper

Associate Professor of Theatre

Alex Draper is Associate Professor of Theatre and a founding member and the Associate Artistic Director of PTP/NYC (formerly the Potomac Theatre Project).

Peter Hamlin

Christian A. Johnson Professor of Music

Peter Hamlinteaches theory, electronic music, and composition at Middlebury. He is an active composer who has written numerous works for orchestra, band, choir, chamber ensembles, solo instruments, solo voice, music theater, and electronic media.

DLA Alumni

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Kristina Golubiewski-Davis

Postdoctoral Fellow, Digital Liberal Arts, 2015-2016


Alicia Peaker

Postdoctoral Fellow, Digital Liberal Arts, 2014-2016

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Matt Lennon

Arts Tech Assistant, Digital Liberal Arts


Scotty Hardwig

Visiting Assistant Professor of Dance

Scotty Hardwig is a dancer, choreographer, and digital media artist originally from the Appalachian mountains of southwest Virginia.  With a specialization in motion capture software and computer programming for live performance, he works heavily with dance videography/photography, projection design, Kinect motion capture, Processing, Isadora, and Ableton Live to create rich environments of visuals and sound influenced by the movements of the performing body. He recently completed Body & Earth: Seven Somatic Exercises, a DLA sponsored project that links the environment with the deep intelligence of the body through digital media.