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.

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.

Daniel Fandino, Graduate Assistant

Daniel Fandino is a first year PhD student with the Department of History at Michigan State University. His research interests center primarily on on the study of Modern Japan, focusing on U.S. – Japanese relations and the intersection of nationalism, popular culture and technology. Daniel is also an editor for H-Net: Humanities and Social Science Online and a 2017-2018 Cultural Heritage Informatics Initiative Fellow. Contact Daniel at fandinod [at] msu [dot] edu.

Brian Geyer, Graduate Assistant

Brian Geyer is a 6th Year PhD student in the Department of Anthropology at Michigan State University. His research regards intersectional identites, ethnicity, and gener/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.

Autumn Painter, Graduate Assistant

Autumn Painter is a third 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 fellow with  Campus Archaeology Program and a former fellow for the Cultural Heritage Informatics Initiative here at MSU. Feel free to contact Autumn at apainter [at] msu [dot] edu.

Former Staff

Sara Bijani, Graduate Assistant (2015-2017)
Joey Bradshaw, Graduate Assistant (2016)
Jorge Felipe Gonzalez, Graduate Assistant (2015-2016)
Alyssa Lopez, Graduate Assistant (2016-2017)
Dawson McCall, Graduate Assistant (2016-2017)
Justin Rowe, Graduate Assistant (2014-2015)
Liz Timbs, Graduate Assistant (2014-2015)