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Faculty and Staff Projects

Many faculty and staff across the University of Oklahoma are engaged in Digital Scholarship Projects. Use the list below to learn more about these projects, get inspired by your colleagues' work, or even discover a potential collaborator. Have you worked on a Digital Project? Let us know about it. 
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June Abbas, Professor, Library & Information Studies

June Abbas is currently applying her expertise in user-centered design of system infrastructures to the Andrew W. Mellon funded project, the Digital Latin Library (with OU colleagues Dr. Chris Weaver and Dr. Samuel Huskey). 

Ralph Beliveau, Associate Professor and Media Arts Head, Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication

Ralph Beliveau is currently working on a co-authored book, Personalization Nation: A Primer on Community, Culture, and Digital Media Literacy. His research focuses on concepts and practices of critical media literacy in an evolving digital context, with a focus on the relationship between legacy narrative forms and their recreation in digital contexts (i.e., storytelling that uses YouTube, Twitter, email, websites, and other digital tools to tell stories within recognizable genres). Dr. Beliveau also leads an initiative to re-imagine the “Introduction to Mass Communication” course with interactive and mediated components, working through a grant from OU’s Center for Teaching Excellence. 

Adam Croom, Director, Office of Digitial Learning and Assistant Professor, Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication

Adam Croom enhances student success through supporting faculty who wish to create innovative, digital learning environments. Some of his projects include Janux, an online interactive learning platform built in partnership with NextThought, and OU Create, a domains projects that offers faculty, staff, and students a free domain and web hosting. He is an assistant professor for the Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication, and curates TEDxOU, an independent TED event that has accumulated more than one million views worldwide. Croom is also the Project Director for, which hosts talks on freedom and the course, “The Story of Freedom is America” by the late Dr. J. Rufus Fears, a course frequently in the Top 10 Courses on iTunesU. Recently, he was honored as a 2013 Journal Record Innovator of the Year and 2014 Journal Record Achiever Under 40. 

Bill Endres, Assistant Professor, English

Bill Endres employs a variety of advanced imaging technologies to digitally preserve and study early medieval manuscripts. He has digitized two treasured manuscripts of Lichfield Cathedral (England), the 8th century St Chad Gospels and their 15th century Wycliffe New Testament. He has also imaged selected pages from the Hengwrt Chaucer, Black Book of Carmarthan, and Book of Kings at the National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth. Endres uses a collection of technologies, from multispectral imaging, capturing visual information using different frequencies of light (from ultraviolet to infrared); to Reflectance Transformation Imaging (RTI), capturing surface details through a series of photographs taken with different directional lighting; to structured light, capturing 3D data. Since no one technology captures the rich materiality of a medieval manuscript, he must use a variety of techniques or significant visual information is lost. Through the generosity of Lichfield Cathedral and his own dedication to open-access, Endres has made high-resolution images of Lichfield Cathedral’s treasured manuscripts available online. These images include interactive, high-resolution 3D and RTI renderings. The RTI renderings allow control over the direction of lighting and mathematical enhancements for heightened viewing of surface details. See Manuscripts of Lichfield Cathedral.


Samuel Huskey, Associate Professor & Chair, Classics & Letters

Samuel Huskey is the director and PI of the Digital Latin Library, a $572,000 project funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and affiliated with the Society for Classical Studies, the Medieval Academy of America, and the Renaissance Society of America. With collaborators Dr. Chris Weaver and Dr. June Abbas, he is building an online resource for cataloging Latin texts currently on the Internet and producing new, born-digital critical editions that take advantage of extensible markup language, information visualization, and data analysis techniques. 

Catherine Kelly, Associate Professor, History

Cathy Kelly recently served as editor of Common-place, a digital, open-access journal devoted to American history and culture before 1900, and housed at the American Antiquarian Society in Massachusetts. She also redesigned the OU History Department’s webpage with an eye toward making it both attractive and useful to multiple communities. As the new editor of the Journal of the Early Republic, Dr. Kelly plans to develop open-access digital content suitable for classroom use in conjunction with special issues – a future collaboration with Dr. Kevin Butterfield (Assistant Professor, Classics & Letters). 

Will Kurlinkus, Assistant Professor and Director of Technical Writing, English

Will Kurlinkus studies methods of democratic design—from usability testing, to participatory medicine, to empathy mapping. His current book, Nostalgia and New Media: Rhetoric, Memory, and Democratizing Design, examines the ways in which technology users (from hipster crafters to anti-vaccination activists) respond to new innovations with old memories and argues for using such technological nostalgia to identify, mediate, and design from clashes of technical values. Will’s teaching incorporates video ethnography, hypertext production, data visualization, and usability testing as ways to learn from subjects in order to generate memorable user experiences. Currently, he is involved in course renovations that will bring digital design practices to both technical and first year writing. 

Hong Lin, Interim Director, Center for Teaching Excellence

Hong Lin leads faculty development programs, organizes faculty learning communities, manages course redesign projects, and consults with faculty to identify best pedagogical and technological solutions in traditional, blended, and online learning environments at OU. Dr. Lin has been a faculty member, Instructional Designer, and Director with expertise in instructional design, educational technology, and faculty development. Dr. Lin teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in instructional design and technology. 

Nina Livesey, Associate Professor, Interdisciplinary Studies

Nina Livesey is a co-organizer, with other scholars of the Westar Institute (aka: “The Jesus Seminar”), of a new digital project on the topic of Christian Origins. 

Steven Livesey, Brian E. and Sandra O’Brien Presidential Professor, History of Science

Steven Livesey’s first digital project is his database of medieval authors of commentaries on Peter Lombard’s Sentences (composed in the 1150s) and the works of Aristotle, which contains biographical information about more than 1,600 medieval authors who wrote commentaries on at least one of these works. The database, funded by both the NSF and the NEH, currently has about 71,000 records. Because of this work, Dr. Livesey was approached by the Société Internationale pour l’Etude de la Philosophie Médiévale (SIEPM) to serve as one of seven committee chairs in a new project to recreate a fundamental reference work in the field, Friedrich Stegmüller’s Repertorium commentariorum in Sententias Petri Lombardi (1947). The ultimate goal of the project is to create a digital tool that can be augmented, corrected, searched, and reformulated in the future to meet different research questions. Dr. Livesey has received a Fulbright award for a third digital project: the recreation of the medieval library of the Benedictine house of Saint-Bertin. The monastery produced or acquired several hundred manuscript volumes, and at times in its history held one of the largest collections of books in France. While most of the manuscripts were deposited into two French municipal libraries after the Revolution, several dozen are now held by libraries throughout Europe and at least one is in the Morgan Library in New York. This project is also being pursued by a French team at the Institut de Recherche et d’Histoire des Textes (IRHT), with funding from a European agency. The collaborative project will digitize all the manuscripts of the medieval library of Saint-Bertin, and those images will be enriched with metadata organized under TEI standards.


Kerry Magruder, Curator & John H. & Drusa B. Cable Chair, History of Science Collections, University Libraries and Associate Professor, History of Science

Kerry Magruder’s research engages three aspects of early modern history of science: theories of the Earth, science and religion, and visual representation. Each of these aspects of early modern science is interpreted from a perspective informed by the cultural history of the book so that, for example, he investigates Theories of the Earth as a contested print tradition. Other interests include the history of science in science education, the history of natural theology, and implementation of digital academic workflows on Mac and iOS. Along with Dr. Stephen Weldon, Dr. Magruder is a co-editor of the Edition Open Sources project with the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science’s Research Library in Berlin.  

Suzanne Moon, Associate Professor, History of Science

As Editor-in-Chief of the journal Technology and Culture, Dr. Moon is engaged in a web-based outreach project entitled “Technology’s Stories.” This online site features original scholarship , selected reprints from Technology and Culture, and multimedia features, including video, with an eye to developing new venues and forms of storytelling that can bring humanistic studies of technology to a broader public. 

Joshua Nelson, Associate Professor, English

Joshua Nelson recently co-taught an OU Janux digital course on the Native Peoples of Oklahoma. The videos for this course were created with the help of several community partners and offer publicly available, plain-speak introductions to American Indian literature and film. The videos provide a venue for the voices of the participating American Indian communities and individuals. Dr. Nelson’s new book, Progressive Traditions: Identity in Cherokee Literature and Culture (University of Oklahoma Press, 2014), draws on online archives of Cherokee newspapers, private journals, and historical records. His next project will be on American Indian film, which is increasingly shot and shared on digital platforms. 

JoAnn Palmeri, Educator & Research Coordinator, History of Science Collections, & Acting Curator, John & Mary Nichols Rare Books & Special Collections, University Libraries

JoAnn Palmeri has created numerous online research guides to facilitate study of the history of science, technology, and medicine at the University of Oklahoma. She developed and curated several recent exhibits and displays of rare books, providing online guides to showcase the richness and breadth of research treasures held in Bass Business History, Bizzell Bible, History of Science, and the John and Mary Nichols Collections. Dr. Palmeri is especially interested in working with faculty, staff, students, and visiting scholars to identify materials in these collections that will support digital projects and enhance their teaching and research. 

Katherine Pandora, Associate Professor, History of Science

Katherine Pandora was a founding member of the cross-college Human-Technology Interaction Center at OU in 1997. Through the HTIC, she participated in six interdisciplinary NSF-sponsored summer REUs by supervising individual and team-based undergraduate research on the design and implementation of digital civic discussion forums and on historical and social science projects. As interactive web 2.0 technologies emerged, Dr. Pandora shifted her focus to the potential of digital tools, datasets, archives, materials and platforms to transform humanities scholarship, particularly in terms of how engagement in open online environments could support the democratizing reconfiguration of research and pedagogy. Her current interest in digital humanities focuses on how open platforms can be leveraged to cross professional/public divides for these purposes. Her projects entail creating exploratory environments for her research field of science and popular culture which draw inspiration from cutting-edge experiments in “open notebook” science and in vernacular movements such as remix culture. In 2009 she helped convene OU’s Working Group on Digital Humanities and has coordinated efforts since then to provide institutional support for this cross-college initiative. She has also led two faculty learning communities on Digital Humanities sponsored by OU’s Center for Teaching Excellence, and has taught the first undergraduate offerings in Digital History in 2006 and in Digital Humanities in 2015, and the first introductory graduate seminar in Digital Humanities in 2012. Dr. Pandora is currently overseeing a proposal for a Graduate Certificate in Digital Humanities. 

Bob Pavlik, Assistant Professor Architecture

Bob Pavlik joined the University of Oklahoma College of Architecture faculty in 2014, teaching foundations-level design studios and seminars in advanced digital fabrication. He holds a Master’s in Design Studies from the Harvard Graduate School of Design. His work explores new architectural forms and structures that result from novel understandings and exploitations of material behavior and assembly methods. With an academic background in Design Computation, his research focuses on the simulation of material phenomena and the incorporation of physical properties into algorithmic form-finding processes. His built work is situated between architecture and sculpture, and combines digital design and fabrication methods with traditional hand-craft techniques. 

Darren Purcell, Associate Professor, Geography

Darren Purcell’s work has focused on the roles communication and Internet technologies play in governance and geopolitics. Currently focused on the relationship between popular culture and geopolitical discourses, Dr. Purcell’s team of students is working with a 35,000-joke database drawn from a sample of late-night comedians’ monologues. The time period covered is two weeks before the 9/11 attacks to September 2014 and is used to visualize America’s geopolitical imagination – its mental map that is drawn, reinforced, and occasionally challenged by humor. Dr. Purcell co-taught an OU Presidential Dream Course on Digital Humanities in the Spring of 2015 with Dr. Katherine Pandora. 

Jackie Reese, Western History Collections Librarian, University Libraries

Jackie Reese organized the digital project, Transcribing the Past: Civil War Manuscripts. In observance of the 150th anniversary of the U.S. Civil War, the University of Oklahoma Libraries has invited the public to help transcribe Civil War-era manuscripts. These feature handwritten letters (1862-63) exchanged between Lt. Lyle Garrett of the 23rd Iowa Infantry and his wife, Mary; and a diary (1861-65) kept by Charles Kroff, who was a soldier in the 11th Indiana Volunteer Infantry.

Lindsay Robertson, Faculty Director, Center for the Study of American Indian Law and Policy; Chickasaw Nation Endowed Chair in Native American Law; Sam K. Viersen Family Foundation Presidential Professor, College of Law

In the 1990s, Lindsay Robertson was a principal (with Will Thomas and Ed Ayers) in Octagon Multimedia, a digital humanities production company headquartered in Charlottesville, Virginia. He is currently involved in developing a digital database on the forced migrations of tribes to Oklahoma (the Trails of Tears). Dr. Robertson currently teaches two D2L-based online courses in the College of Law’s Masters of Legal Studies program, including “History of Federal Indian Law and Policy.” Dr. Robertson is currently working on a digital project related to documenting the Trails of Tears.


Karen Rupp-Serrano, Associate Dean for Scholarly Resources and Services, University Libraries

Karen serves as one of several points of contact for digital humanities and new media inquiries in the University Libraries. Questions about SHAREOK, the University’s institutional repository, book and journal author agreements, and open access publications can be directed to her. 

Laurel Smith, Associate Professor, Geography & Honors

Laurel Smith studies and seeks to support the ways historically marginalized actors use video technologies to participate in the production of authoritative knowledge about socio-ecological worlds they inhabit. This kind of digital storytelling can reconfigure the cultural geographies of technoscience and in the process decolonize institutions of higher learning by fostering community engagement. 

Zev Trachtenberg, Professor, Philosophy

Zev Trachtenberg administers a WordPress blog entitled “Inhabiting the Anthropocene,” an extension of an innovative faculty group from 2012. The blog focuses on accessible explanations of how scholarly work across the disciplines contributes to our understanding of the ways in which human beings transform the Earth.

Christina Warinner, Assistant Professor, Anthropology

Christina Warinner founded an online reference database of modern and ancient botanical micrographs to aid archaeologists in identifying plant microfossils. She has given two TED Talks, and offers workshops on using Adobe Illustrator to make and/or digitize scholarly and scientific illustrations. Currently Dr. Warinner is making a series of creative commons informational posters about metagenomic analysis that can be hung up in laboratories as a learning tool for students.

Chris Weaver, Associate Professor, Computer Science

Chris Weaver recently received a $496,000 National Science Foundation CAREER grant, “Interactive Gesture-Based Data Manipulation and Visualization for Exploratory Learning and Research,” to explore digital humanities applications for faculty research and pedagogy with multiple collaborators at OU and the Stanford Humanities Center. He is also a recipient, with Dr. Samuel Huskey and Dr. June Abbas, of a $572,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to develop the Digital Latin Library. Dr. Weaver’s research, broadly in the areas of information visualization and visual analytics, focuses on the development of new ways to explore and annotate rich data sets interactively. He is the principal developer of Improvise, an application for building and browsing highly interactive visualization tools, with applications spanning the natural sciences, social sciences, and the humanities. In 2013, he served as Conference Chair of the IEEE Conference on Information Visualization.

Kathleen Welch, Samuel Roberts Noble Family Foundation Presidential Professor of English

Kathleen Welch has published a monograph on digital rhetoric and writing, Electric Rhetoric: Classical Rhetoric, Oralism, and a New Literacy (MIT Press, 1999). She has written many scholarly articles on digital rhetoric and writing, and is currently completing another single-authored book on that topic. Her teaching has included devising, piloting, and making permanent two 3000-level courses on digital humanities in the English department, as well as other topics courses on digital humanities. Dr. Welch serves as Director of the Institute for Writing, Rhetoric, and Technology at the University of Oklahoma; and as a Fellow of the Rhetoric Society of America.

Stephen Weldon, Assistant Professor & Isis Bibliographer, History of Science

Stephen Weldon is working on two projects direction related to digital humanities. He is a co-editor, with Dr. Kerry Magruder, of the Edition Open Sources project with the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science’s Research Library in Berlin. His most intensive involvement is through his editorship of the Isis Bibliography, which he is turning into an online Open Access discovery service. The bibliography is 100 years old and was established as a print resource. The goal is to make the Isis Bibliography more widely available to scholars: digitizing the print volumes going back to 1913; building a discovery tool using state-of-the-art discovery and visualization techniques; and promoting the interlinking of digital projects throughout the field that will allow greater visibility and discovery of digital tools.

Kelvin White, Associate Professor & Associate Dean of Faculty Development & Community, College of Arts & Sciences

Kelvin White’s social justice research examines the interconnections between the social, cultural, and historical contexts in which recordkeeping activities exist and the implications they have for marginalized or underrepresented communities. His work in the digital humanities includes ethnography of memory infrastructures and supporting researchers and communities in designing culturally relevant and sensitive community archives. Dr. White is also interested in the roles community informatics could play in re-conceptualizing community archives.

David Wrobel, Dean, College of Arts and Sciences; David L. Boren Professor of History; and Merrick Chair of Western American History

In Fall 2015, David Wrobel co-taught a Presidential Dream Course entitled Making of Modern America: Discovering the Great Depression and New Deal with Dr. Keith Gaddie. The instructors worked with the library to instruct students on research techniques and digital humanities skills so they could create an Omeka run website featuring original research on Oklahoma in the 1930s. You can view the project at