Alice Lynn McMichael, Interim Director
Alice Lynn McMichael is a specialist in late antique architecture and digital humanities, focusing on public scholarship and digital archaeology. Her current research explores spatial relationships in late antique and medieval rock-cut architecture in Turkey. Alice Lynn holds a PhD from The Graduate Center of the City University of New York (CUNY), where she also completed an interdisciplinary Medieval Studies Certificate. She earned an MA in art history from Brooklyn College and a BFA in graphic design from Auburn University. She has taught at Hunter College, Montclair State University, City College of New York, and Baruch College. Email Alice Lynn at mcmich17 [at] msu [dot] edu.
Jen Andrella, Graduate Assistant
Jen Andrella is a second year Ph.D. student in the Department of History. Her research pertains to nineteenth-century territorial development of the American West, violence against Indigenous peoples, and its connections to the politics and policies of the Reconstruction Era. She follows ethnohistorical approaches that incorporate non-traditional documentary evidence like art, fictional literature, and music which allows stronger representation of Indigenous culture and memory. She is also pursuing the graduate certificate in Digital Humanities, and my work utilizes text mining, mapping, and image analysis.
Jack Biggs, Graduate Assistant
Jack Biggs is a fifth year Ph.D. student in the Department of Anthropology. He is a bioarchaeologist specializing on the ancient Maya of Central America. His research is focused on human growth and development and the social creation of childhood by analyzing biological correlates and the transitional/liminal age phases individuals go through during childhood to attain personhood up to adulthood. He is also a strong proponent of using photogrammetry and 3D models as a means to preserve fragile material and biological artifacts so that these data will not be lost or destroyed over time.
Brian Geyer, Graduate Assistant
Brian Geyer is a 7th Year PhD student in the Department of Anthropology at Michigan State University. His research regards intersectional identites, ethnicity, and gender/masculinity among Kenya’s tech industry professionals. He comes to LEADR as a scholar deeply interested in increasing the reach for published anthropological research through web-based publication venues. To contact Brian, feel free to email him at geyerbri [at] msu [dot] edu.
Alyssa Lopez, Graduate Assistant
Alyssa Lopez is a fourth year PhD student in the History Department. Her research looks at black silent film, issues of censorship, and spaces of leisure in early twentieth century black New York City. Her dissertation, titled “Screens, Seats, and Picket Signs: New York City’s Black Film Culture,” examines the various ways that black New Yorkers interacted with motion pictures as cultural producers, consumers, and workers. She is also particularly interested in the ways that digital methodologies can be incorporated into history classrooms.
Feel free to contact Alyssa at lopezal6 [at] msu [dot] edu.
Dawson McCall, Graduate Student
Dawson McCall is a third year PhD student in the History Department studying the social history of sports and education in post-colonial East Africa. His dissertation research uses archival and oral history research methods to trace the historical relationship between secondary education and the development of distance running in western Kenya, with a special focus on the town of Iten. Broader interests include the social history of sports, educational development, and secondary education pedagogy (especially regarding the teaching of African history in high school classrooms).
Brandon Locke, Director (2014-2019)
Brandon Locke is a Digital Social Science and Humanities Specialist. He was the the Director of the Lab for the Education and Advancement in Digital Research (LEADR) from 2014-2019. Brandon joined the History Department after earning a Master of Science in Library and Information Science degree at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, specializing in Digital Humanities and Data Curation. Prior to Illinois, Brandon earned a Master of Arts in History and Women’s and Gender Studies at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2013, where he also received a Graduate Certificate in Digital Humanities.