Brandon Locke, Director

Brandon Locke is a Digital Social Science and Humanities Specialist with the MSU History Department, and is the Director of the Lab for the Education and Advancement in Digital Research (LEADR). 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.  You can reach him at blocke [at] msu [dot] edu.

Alice Lynn McMichael, Assistant 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 recently defended her dissertation in Byzantine art history at The Graduate Center of the City University of New York (CUNY), where she also completed an interdisciplinary Medieval Studies Certificate. She holds 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.

Autumn Beyer, Graduate Assistant

Autumn Beyer is a second year PhD student in the Department of Anthropology at Michigan State University. Her research focus is in zooarchaeology, the study of animal bones. Her dissertation research focuses on prehistoric foodways and cultural interaction within the Midwestern United States. In addition to her work in LEADR, Autumn is a 2016-2017 fellow with  Campus Archaeology Program and a returning fellow for the Cultural Heritage Informatics Initiative here at MSU. Feel free to contact Autumn at beyeraut [at] msu [dot] edu.

Sara Bijani, Graduate Assistant

Sara is a PhD student in the Department of History at Michigan State University, with research interests in the areas of gender and political culture. Sara’s dissertation project explores the interactions of activist coalitions, federal urban policy, and municipal governance in the late twentieth century United States. In addition to her work in LEADR, Sara is a 2015-2016 fellow with the Cultural Heritage Informatics Initiative here at MSU. Reach Sara at bijanisa [at] msu [dot] edu.

Brian Geyer, Graduate Assistant

Brian Geyer is a 5th Year PhD student in the Department of Anthropology at Michigan State University. His research regards intersectional identites, ethnicity, and gener/masculinity among members of Kenya’s tech industry. 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 is  a second year doctoral student studying African American History and Film Studies. Her research interests broadly include black silent film, censorship, and spaces of leisure in early twentieth century black Harlem. Feel free to contact Alyssa at lopezal6 [at] msu [dot] edu.

Dawson McCall, Graduate Assistant

A first year graduate student in the History Department’s PhD program, Dawson is a former high school World History and Political Science teacher. A “hopeless generalist” by nature, his research interests include the intersection of political ideologies and educational pedagogies in West African societies, and how they work to form the historical narratives that underpin social and cultural identity, both collectively and individually. He is also a dog person and believes firmly in the power of history to change the ways in which we view the world (I know, sounds corny). You can contact Dawson via email: mccalld3 [at] msu [dot] edu.

Former Staff

Joey Bradshaw, Graduate Assistant (2016)
Jorge Felipe Gonzalez, Graduate Assistant (2015-2016)
Liz Timbs, Graduate Assistant (2014-2015)
Justin Rowe, Graduate Assistant (2014-2015)