Digital Humanities Working Group
In August 2012, Suzanne Keen, Dean of the College, formed the Digital Humanities Working Group (DHWG) to spearhead the campus initiative. This group consists of faculty and staff from various departments and units interested in the intersection of information technology and humanities research and teaching. The goal of the working group is to lead the way in establishing DH as a more commonly accepted method of teaching and research. We have recently begun to network with other institutions with active DH centers and programs to discuss best practices and to lay the groundwork for future collaborative research and teaching efforts. Digital humanities leverages a combination of traditional research methodologies in the humanities or the social sciences with computing tools like visualization techniques, data mining, statistics, and computational analysis.
A case study of launching the DH movement at W&L was published in late summer 2014.
If you are member of the faculty or staff at Washington and Lee and are interested in learning more about DH, receiving invitations to DH workshops, or subscribing to the DH Sakai site (login required), contact Paul Youngman (firstname.lastname@example.org).
If you have a DH project idea and want to discuss how to approach it, contact the Digital Humanities Action Team (DHAT).
- Faculty Chair: Paul Youngman, Associate Professor of German Studies
- Faculty Associate Chair: Sara Sprenkle, Associate Professor of Computer Science
- Jeff Barry, Associate Professor and Associate University Librarian
- Rebecca Benefiel, Associate Professor of Classics
- Brandon Bucy, Senior Academic Technologist, ITS
- Alston Cobourn, Assistant Professor and Digital Scholarship Librarian
- Sarah Horowitz, Assistant Professor of History
- Dick Kuettner, Director, Tucker Multimedia Center
- Julie Knudson, Director of Academic Technologies and Client Services, ITS
- Toni Locy, Associate Professor of Journalism
- Yolanda Merrill, Associate Professor and Humanities Librarian
- Jason Mickel, Director of Library Technology
- Mark Rush, Stanley D. and Nikki Waxberg Professor of Politics and Law
- Suzanne Keen, Dean of the College and Thomas H. Broadus Professor of English
- David Saacke, Chief Technology Officer, ITS
- John Tombarge, University Librarian