The ETCL Director

  • Ray Siemens

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    ETCL Director – Ray directs the ETCL, and sets the research, teaching, and service agenda for the group. He is Distinguished Professor at the University of Victoria (in English and the Humanities with cross-appointment in Computer Science) and Canada Research Chair in Humanities Computing. He is also Visiting Senior Research Fellow in the Department of Digital Humanities at King’s College London, and has been Visiting Research Fellow at the Institute for English Studies London (2005, 2008), Visiting Research Professor at Sheffield Hallam University (2004-11), and Visiting Research Professor in Digital Humanities at Ritsumeikan University, Kyoto (2010) – serving as Vice-President Research Dissemination for the Canadian Federation of Humanities and Social Sciences, Director of the SSHRC MCRI-funded Implementing New Knowledge Environments (INKE) project, Director of the Digital Humanities Summer Institute (DHSI) and, recently, also as Chair of the Steering Committee for the Alliance of Digital Humanities Organisations. In the past, he has served as President (English) of the Society for Digital Humanities/Societe pour l’etude des medias interactifs, (SDH/SEMI, now CSDH/SCHN), Chair of the MLA Committee on Information Technology as well as Chair of the MLA Discussion Group on Computers in Language and Literature, and Director of the Centre for Digital Humanities Innovation. Get Ray’s full meal deal on his website.

Team Members

  • Alyssa Arbuckle

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    Assistant Director, Research Partnerships & Development – Alyssa Arbuckle is an Interdisplinary PhD student studying open social scholarship at the University of Victoria. She holds an MA in English from the University of Victoria, where she focused on digital editions, new media, and the digital humanities at large. She also holds a B.A. Hons in English from the University of British Columbia, where her research interests in new media and digital texts developed. Alyssa began working in the ETCL in early 2012 as a graduate research assistant on the Social Edition of the Devonshire MS project. Upon graduation, she held the position of Metadata Architect, where she focused on researching and writing about social knowledge creation and facilitating the work of ETCL and Implementing New Knowledge Environment (INKE; researchers. As the Assistant Director of Research Partnerships & Development, Alyssa continues to support the research of ETCL and INKE members by supporting the activities of the lab, organizing and facilitating gatherings, connecting researchers to other organizations, and researching and writing on pertinent issues, among other responsibilities. For CV and contact details, please visit Alyssa’s website at or reach out over Twitter via @arbuckle_alyssa or her DHSI-specific Twitter, @AlyssaA_DHSI.

  • Trish Baer

    Open Knowledge Practicum Student – Dr. Trish Baer is an Adjunct Professor in The Department of Medieval Studies, who received her Interdisciplinary Ph. D. in 2013 in the departments of English and History in Art. Her work in Digital Humanities is centered on MyNDIR (My Norse Digital Image Repository;, which is an open access website featuring images of Viking gods and heroes from manuscripts and early print sources. Her research interests are focused on the transmission, reception, and remediation of illustrations of Old Norse mythology and literature through illustrations. Her project with INKE (Implementing New Knowledge Environments) will expand MyNDIR’s resources, broaden its discoverability and accessibility online, and explore opportunities for implementing social networking and collaboration features.

  • Maximilian Berens

    Research Assistant – Maximilian is a visiting international research student and Mitacs Globalink intern at the ETCL during the summer. He studies computer science and media studies at the University of Cologne and discovered Digital Humanities through a series of courses at his home university. Besides Digital Humanities his study interests include technology, media nostalgia and all forms of digital media.

  • Alanna Blackall

    Open Knowledge Practicum Student – Alanna Blackall is an undergraduate student at the University of Victoria and is completing a degree in English Literature and Medieval Studies. Her honours thesis, in the program of Medieval Studies, focusses on the public dimensions of manuscripts. Research interests include reader-text interaction in and around Medieval manuscripts, archival accessibility and relationships with archival materials, as well as modes of experiential learning. Her current project at the ETCL aims to increase public access to Medieval manuscripts and fragments in the University of Victoria archives.

  • Alessandra Bordini

    Open Knowledge Practicum Student – Alessandra Bordini is a Master of Publishing graduate and researcher at Simon Fraser University. Her interests include scholarly communication, academic publishing, and the intersection of digital media with the history of publishing. Alessandra holds an MA in Translation Studies from the University of Siena and an honors degree in Foreign Languages and Literatures from the University of Naples “Suor Orsola Benincasa.” She is also a poetry translator and has worked as an editor for several publishing houses in Naples and Milan.

  • Jonathan Cain

    Open Knowledge Practicum Student – Jonathan Cain earned his MLIS at Pratt Institute, a MA in Africana Studies from New York University and a BS in Anthropology from College of Charleston. As Librarian for Data Initiatives and Public Policy, Planning and Mgmt., he is the libraries’ primary liaison with the Department of Planning, Public Policy and Management, providing in-depth consultative reference services, collection development, and course-integrated instruction. He has previous professional experience with the libraries of Hunter College (CUNY) and New York University.

  • Shawn DeWolfe

    Web Developer / Programmer – Shawn DeWolfe is a web developer at the ETCL. For the last 18 years, he has been working in the private sector, building out content management systems with web technologies like Drupal, WordPress, APIs, XML, PHP, MySQL, MongoDB, DOM Scripting, CSS, Javascript, JQuery. He shares his knowledge in these technologies through online publishing; WordCamp seminars; Social Media Camp coaching; and writing on the topics of how to use these technologies and how technology impacts our lives.

  • Tracey El Hajj

    Research Assistant – Tracey El Hajj is a PhD student in the English Department at the University of Victoria. She completed her Masters at the American University of Beirut, where she developed a social networking tool that serves for literary purposes. Her research interests now include the application of physical computing practices on post-war and post-modern fiction, as well as programming for humanists. In the ETCL, she is part of the IC, INKE, and Personas teams. Her role contributes to the technical development and online presence of the mentioned projects.

  • Randa El-Khatib

    Research Assistant – Randa El Khatib is pursuing her doctoral degree in the English Department at the University of Victoria. She is a Research Assistant at the Electronic Textual Cultures Lab, where she is the project coordinator of the Open Knowledge Practicum. Working on plays and epic poetry of the English Renaissance, Randa’s research focuses on how space is represented in fictional and allegorical settings. She is the project manager of the TopoText team that develops digital mapping tools for humanities research at the American University of Beirut. The current prototype deals with the ambiguities found in marrying automation with literature of the early modern period and humanities content more generally. Her present research focuses on what it means to prototype in the digital humanities and how this compares to other disciplines. Randa also co-runs the DHSI Unconference.

  • Matthew Huculak

    Postdoctoral Fellow – Dr. J. Matthew Huculak is Co-founder of the Modernist Versions Project and is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Victoria. His research interests include British modernism, transatlantic periodical production at the turn of the 20th century, copyright, and textual scholarship. He worked as Project Manager with the Modernist Journals Project, and currently serves on the board of the Modernist Studies Association. His research with the ETCL focuses on representing multiple witnesses in digital environments.

  • Hector Lopez

    Research Assistant – Hector Lopez earned a BA with honours in English literature from the University of Puerto Rico: Mayagüez Campus. He is currently a General English MA candidate at the University of Victoria and works at the ETCL as an RA. His research interests are on multi-media narratology, focusing how media crossover may serve as a better means to immerse the individual within the narrative. His other interests are film, music, video games and, above all, literature.

  • Luis Meneses

    Postdoctoral Fellow – Dr. Luis Meneses is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Victoria. He is a Fulbright scholar, and currently serves on the board of the TEI Consortium and on the IEEE Technical Committee on Digital Libraries. His research interests include digital humanities, digital libraries, information retrieval and human-computer interaction. His research at the ETCL focusses on the development of tools that facilitate open social scholarship.

  • Sarah Milligan

    Research Consultant and Facilitator – Sarah Milligan holds an MA in English from the University of Victoria and a BA Hons. in English & History from Dalhousie University. She has worked as a research assistant for the Victorian Poetry Network, the Map of Early Modern London and the Internet Shakespeare Editions. From 2014-2017, she was the Publishing Manager of British History Online, a digital library of printed primary and secondary sources for the study of British history based at the Institute of Historical Research at the University of London. Her interests include access & sustainability and community engagement. As Research Consultant & Facilitator in the ETCL, she is planning, managing and actively developing several partnered digital humanities initiatives with a focus on open social scholarship.

  • Daniel Powell

    Research Assistant – Daniel Powell is a fourth-year doctoral candidate in the Department of English at the University of Victoria, a Research Assistant in the Electronic Textual Cultures Lab, and Project Manager for the Andrew W. Mellon-funded Renaissance Knowledge Network (ReKN). He is also a Marie Skłowdowska-Curie Fellow in the Digital Scholarly Editions Initial Training (DiXiT) Network, affiliated with the Department of Digital Humanities at King’s College London. His research focuses on social knowledge creation, crowdsourcing, and collaborative scholarly communication practices.

  • Sanjana Ramesh

    Open Knowledge Practicum Student – I am an undergraduate student at University of Victoria, completing an honours degree in Political Science, and a minor in Applied Ethics. My interests are focused on the field of comparative politics and human rights, specifically looking at the politics of India. My honours thesis focused on the LGBTQ community in India. Working at ETCL, I am able to broaden my research on the topic of LGBTQ rights in India and share the information within a public online forum.

  • Lindsey Seatter

    Research Assistant – Lindsey Seatter is a doctoral student in the department of English at the University of Victoria. Studying the British Romantic period, Lindsey’s work focuses on female writers and in the past she has conducted detailed studies on texts by Anna Barbauld, Mary Shelley, and Jane Austen. Lindsey completed her Master’s degree at Simon Fraser University, where she developed an open-access, critical, digital anthology of short Romantic works by female writers with the aim of assisting undergraduate students in literary studies. Lindsey’s doctoral research is focused on exploring the patterns across Austen’s print and manuscript novels by mapping Austen’s developing narrative style and visualizing Britain’s shifting social system by networking the fluctuating relationships of Austen’s characters. Lindsey’s current work at the ETCL is focused on the development of the ReKN project.

  • Derek Siemens

    Research Assistant – Derek is an undergraduate student at the University of Victoria and is currently taking courses in Computer Science, Music and History. He discovered Digital Humanities from an workshop at the Digital Humanities Summer Institute and now helps as an Research Assistant in the Electronic Textual Cultures Lab.

  • Kate Siemens

    Research Assistant – Kate is an undergraduate student at the University of Victoria completing a History Honours degree. Her historical interests span across the globe, but share in common an interest in 20th century, non-European histories. Exposed to the ‘digital’ side of the humanities through workshops at the Digital Humanities Summer Institute and the University of Victoria, Kate works in the Electronic Textual Cultures Lab as an Undergraduate Research Assistant. In this capacity, she supports various projects in the lab, including web presence maintenance, event organization and preparation, writing, and copyediting.

  • Tim Sobie

    Intern – Tim is an undergraduate student studying English at the University of Victoria. His study interests outside of English include digital humanities, history, physical geography, political science, and technology. Tim works in the Electronic Textual Cultures Lab as an intern, assisting with projects in the lab.

  • Daniel Sondheim

    Assistant Director – Daniel has a BA (Hons) in Philosophy from UVic, as well as a Dip. TESL, and a dual MA in Humanities Computing / MLIS from the University of Alberta. He first became involved with the ETCL as a research assistant for the INKE Interface Design team at the University of Alberta, and as a student at DHSI. In his role as Assistant Director he helps to manage and coordinate projects related to the ETCL, including DHSI and INKE.

  • Brandon Taylor

    Research Assistant – Brandon Taylor is a graduate student at the University of Victoria in the Medieval and Early Modern Studies (MEMS) stream. He is specifically focused on the critical reception of John Milton and his subsequent impact on religion, philosophy, and politics. He also writes about television and film when time permits.


  • John Barber (Associated Researcher) – Washington State University, Vancouver
  • Alexandra Branzan Albu (Associated Researcher) – University of Victoria
  • Brad Bryan (Associated Researcher) – University of Victoria
  • Catherine Caws (Associated Researcher) – University of Victoria
  • Alison Chapman (Associated Researcher) – University of Victoria
  • Hugh Craig (Visiting Scholar, 2010) – University of Newcastle, Australia
  • Constance Crompton (Associated Researcher) – University of British Columbia, Okanagan
  • James Cummings (Associated Researcher) – University of Oxford
  • George Dyson (Honorary Affiliated Researcher)
  • Emile Fromet de Rosnay (Associated Researcher) – University of Victoria
  • Amy Gooch (Associated Researcher) – Texas A&M University
  • Bruce Gooch (Associated Researcher) – Texas A&M University
  • Dene Grigar (Associated Researcher) – Washington State University, Vancouver
  • Dean Irvine (Associated Researcher) – Dalhousie University
  • Inba Kehoe (Associated Researcher) – University of Victoria
  • Richard J. Lane (Associated Researcher) – Vancouver Island University
  • Pierre Lévy (Visiting Scholar, 2011) – University of Ottawa
  • John Lutz (Associated Researcher) – University of Victoria
  • James Nahachewsky (Associated Researcher) – University of Victoria
  • Serina Patterson (Research Assistant) – University of British Columbia
  • Malte Rehbein (Visiting Scholar, 2012) – Universität Passau
  • Stephen Ross (Associated Researcher) – University of Victoria
  • Jentery Sayers (Associated Researcher) – University of Victoria
  • Lynne Siemens (Associated Researcher) – University of Victoria
  • Ulf Schuetze (Associated Researcher) – University of Victoria
  • Margaret-Anne Storey (Associated Researcher) – University of Victoria
  • E. Bridget Sweeney (Researcher) – University of Victoria

Past Team Members

  • Karin Armstrong (Administrator and Project Manager)
  • Adèle Barclay (Research Assistant) – University of Victoria
  • Nina Belojevic (Research Developer and Information Architect) – University of Victoria
  • Analisa Blake (Pedagogy and Public Knowledge Project Researcher)
  • Paul Caton (Postdoctoral Fellow in History and Future of the Book) – King’s College London
  • Dustin Chang (Web Developer, Programmer)
  • Melanie Chernyk (Lab Coordinator, INKE Project Manager)
  • Anne Correia (Electronic Editions Researcher)
  • Alex Christie (Research Assistant) – University of Victoria
  • James Dixon (Technical Co-Lead, Developer)
  • Mike Elkink (Lead Programmer, Developer)
  • Laura Estill (Banting Postdoctoral Fellow) – Texas A&M University
  • Alex Garnett (Research Assistant) – Simon Fraser University
  • Chris Gaudet (Knowledgebase Development Researcher) – University of British Columbia
  • Paul Girn (Co-op programmer)
  • Tassie Gniady (Implementing New Knowledge Environments (INKE) Project Manager and Research Coordinator) – Indiana University
  • Kerri Grimaldi (Summer Intern 2014)
  • Eric Haswell (Programmer and Consultant)
  • Matthew Hiebert (Postdoctoral Fellow) – University of Victoria
  • Brett D. Hirsch (Postdoctoral Fellow, Adjunct Assistant Professor of English) – University of Western Australia
  • Margaret Hoegg (Digital Humanities Summer Institute Coordinator (2009), Administrative Support, Web-Content Editor)
  • Michael Joyce (Lead Programmer Analyst, Developer)
  • Corina Koolen (Research Assistant) – University of Amsterdam
  • Conrad Leibel (Graduate Research Assistant) – University of Victoria
  • Cara Leitch (Researcher, DHSI Coordinator/Assistant Director) – University of Victoria
  • Aaron Mauro (Postdoctoral Fellow)
  • Alastair McColl (Programmer)
  • Alyssa McLeod (Research Assistant)
  • Julie Meloni (Postdoctoral Fellow, INKE Information Management)
  • Jessica Natale (Researcher)
  • Angela Norton (Programmer Analyst, Developer)
  • Mo Oweis (Co-op Programmer)
  • Johanne Paquette (Researcher)
  • Brandy Patterson (Researcher)
  • Ashlin Richardson (Developer)
  • Jennifer Ross (Programmer Analyst, Developer)
  • Angelsea Saby (Interface Designer) – University of Lethbridge
  • Katie Tanigawa (Research Assistant)
  • Meagan Timney (Postdoctoral Fellow, Editing Modernism in Canada Project)
  • Gerry Watson (Renaissance English Knowledge-base Researcher)
  • Kim S. Webb (Lab Coordinator, Project Manager) – University of Victoria
  • Shaun Wong (Programmer, Developer)

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