Alice Lynn McMichael, Director
A.L. 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.
Graduate Research Assistants in LEADR collaborate with faculty and staff to incorporate digital projects into History and Anthropology classes. They design lesson plans, lead discussions, teach hands-on workshops, and mentor undergraduate researchers. As part of their assistantship, Grad Assistants undergo training in a variety of digital humanities methods and tools that enable them to be part of the wider Digital Humanities community at MSU.
Jen Andrella is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of History. Her current research explores Montana Territory as a case study to connect late 19th-century territorial development in the American West, the sovereignty of Native nations, and the politics and policies of the Reconstruction Era. She utilizes ethnohistorical approaches that incorporate non-traditional documentary evidence like art, literature, and material culture which allows stronger representation of Indigenous culture and memory within US history. She is also pursuing the graduate certificate in Digital Humanities and her interests include text mining, digital mapping, spatial relationships, and large data analysis and visualization. In LEADR, she specializes in content management systems like WordPress and Omeka, data visualization tools, and DH pedagogical approaches.
Daniel Fandino is a PhD graduate student in the History Department. Daniel specializes in U.S. cultural history. His academic interests focus on the relationship between national identity, popular culture and technology. His other interests include digital history, the virtual and real world histories of computer games and the relationship between the Americas and East Asia. His most recent academic work is a chapter entitled “Remembering Fictional History and Virtual War in Eve Online” in Virtual Dark Tourism: Ghost Roads, published by Springer in 2018.
Contact Daniel at fandinod [at] msu [dot] edu
Zachary Francis-Hapner is a third year PhD candidate in the Anthropology department. His current research interests include the paleoethnobotany and environmental archaeology of the Midwest. But in terms of digital research, he is interested in data and how it is used in modern research. The means through which we describe, store, use, and visualize data have important consequences that Zach hopes to explore through his future research. Email Zach at franc230 [at] msu [dot] edu.
Grant Gliniecki is a 2nd year Ph.D. Student in the Anthropology department. His current research interests lie in combining Anishinaabe studies, existing Indigenous archaeologies (Internalist, community-as-peer, non-destructive), and Anti- and de-colonial global Indigenous practices like Indigenous futurisms to propose a mode of archaeology that is attentive and subordinate to Anishinaabe worlds, sovereignty, and futures. His work focuses on accessible and confidence-building interactions with digital design and media. Email Grant at email@example.com
Dani Willcutt is a third year doctoral student in the History Department where she specializes in food and labor history. She previously received her B.A. in History and International Relations from Grand Valley State University and, later, her Master’s in Gastronomy from Boston University where she wrote her thesis on the socioeconomic effects of the Kentucky Bourbon Trail on the surrounding communities. Dani’s current work revolves around Michigan’s restaurant workers and explores the dynamic lives of the creative and transient individuals whose hard work provides sustenance as well as entertainment to the hungry masses. Furthermore, Dani is interested in how digital tools and methodology can not only enhance research, but provide new avenues for presenting well-informed research to public audiences. Feel free to e-mail Dani at firstname.lastname@example.org
Brandon Locke, Former 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.