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Our Associate community is drawn from academics, developers, researchers and others with the aim to build an expert community, to enable the sharing of research and infra-structural knowledge, and to increase our capacity to bring together people doing DH research across a wide range of areas.

Simone Abbiati

Simone Abbiati is a second-year PhD student in Transcultural studies in the humanities at the University of Bergamo, with a “department of Excellence” researcher grant for Digital Humanities. He graduated in Contemporary Italian Literature at the University of Milan, worked on the narratological category of spatiality in “The Experience of Pain” by C.E. Gadda (BA) and in I. Calvino’s “Cosmicomics” (MA). His work relates to the hermeneutic rethinking of DH methodologies regarding fictional space, and he is particularly interested in combining text mining and digital cartography to reflect on politically debated spaces in literature.

He is currently working on the British-Irish border and on the Basque Country, and he aims to strengthen the social impact of literary analysis by identifying how literature mirrors different border conceptions and experiences, such as difficult territorialization processes and terrorism.


Sebastian Ahnert

Dr Sebastian Ahnert is a University Lecturer at the Department of Chemical Engineering & Biotechnology, University of Cambridge and a Senior Research Fellow at The Alan Turing Institute. 
Sebastian’s research interests lie in the intersection of theoretical physics, biology, mathematics and computer science. He is particularly interested in using algorithmic descriptions of structures and functional systems in order to quantify and classify their complexity. Examples of the application of such approaches include pattern detection in gene expression data, the classification of protein quaternary structure, the structure of genotype-phenotype maps, and the identification of large-scale features in complex networks. 

Sebastian is also interested in interdisciplinary applications of network analysis, particularly in the context of digital methods and large-scale data analysis in the humanities. Since 2012 he has collaborated with Ruth Ahnert on historical correspondence networks and he is currently a Co-I on the AHRC-funded 'Networking the Archives: Assembling and Analysing Early Modern Correspondence’.

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Malik Al Nasir

Malik Al Nasir is a PhD student at the faculty of history at the University of Cambridge, St Catharine’s College. Malik is from a social sciences background and, having acquired a PgDip at the University of Liverpool in applied social research, developed a pilot think tank “The Social Enterprise Research Initiative” in conjunction with the “Globalisation and Social Exclusion Unit” under professor Ronaldo Munk, as well as a raft of policy for public sector organisations, such as Liverpool City Council and Liverpool Strategic Housing Partnership. This was the product of a participatory action research initiative that Malik devised, developed and subsequently managed. 

Malik went on to co-found a media organisation in Dubai, during which time he commissioned the development of software for clinical governance and produced audiovisual materials for the entertainment industry in the USA, UK, South Africa and the Caribbean. Upon returning to the UK, Malik did an MA in New Media Production at Liverpool John Moors University, with a focus on the convergence of multimedia technologies. His thesis was the development of a prototype dynamic interactive digital archive, using a family tree builder its information architecture. Malik is now doing a PhD at Cambridge based upon his own genealogical research into his family connections back through slavery. His research has appeared in both national and international press and Malik has a 2 book deal with the William Collins imprint of publisher Harper Collins.

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Kristi Bain

Dr Kristi Bain is the Associate Director for Research Initiatives at the University of Chicago’s Neubauer Collegium for Culture and Society. Previously, Kristi managed REF A&H impact development in the Cambridge Research Office before she took on the role of Head of the Research & Collections Programme (Cambridge University Libraries and Museums, 2019-2021). She is also a Bye-Fellow of Newnham College, Cambridge. Kristi’s research background includes medieval religious culture, medieval and modern parish history, and cultural heritage studies. Kristi holds a PhD in Religious & Medieval Studies from Northwestern University (Evanston/Chicago, USA).

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Shauna Concannon

Dr Shauna Concannon is an interdisciplinary researcher, both studying and using computational approaches to understand how knowledge is linguistically encoded in an increasingly technologically mediated society.

Shauna's work focuses on the societal and ethical implications of communication technologies.

Shauna started her academic life in the humanities after completing a master’s in English Literature and began working on various digital projects with a particular focus on information architecture and user experience design. Shauna then completed a PhD in Media & Arts Technology within the Computational Linguistics Lab, Queen Mary University of London, on deliberation in computer-mediated dialogue. More recently she has been working on intersectional feminist approaches to data science, human-data-interaction and human-machine-communication.


Andy Corrigan

Andy Corrigan has a background in archaeology and specialises in graphics, illustration, historic building survey and the application of photography. Andy began working at Cambridge University Library on both the Darwin Correspondence Project and Cambridge Digital Library in 2011 and has developed his experience in public and academic engagement, complex image preparation, digital asset management, and the workflow of digital content to both digital and print publication.

In 2016, he took on his current role as the Cambridge Digital Library Co-ordinator, focusing on engagement with digital content, such as the use of the Library’s digital collections in teaching and research, and its analysis. Andy has a particular interest in the matrix of technology, resources, research and pedagogy, and filling the gaps between them.


Orietta da Rold

Dr Orietta da Rold, University Lecturer, Fellow at St John’s College, researches Middle English texts in their material context and their intersections with the digital humanities. Orietta's work has a specific focus on technological innovations in book production. Orietta has published in diverse media such as digital editions (A Digital Edition of Cambridge University Library, MS Dd.4.24 of Chaucer's Canterbury Tales) and ebooks (The Production and Use of English Manuscripts: 1060 to 1220) as well as in traditional academic forms.
Orietta has also directed a number of collaborative research projects such as the Manuscripts Online Project, edited more than half a dozen books, and published more than two dozen essays and articles in peer-review publications.  

Eleanor Drage

Dr Eleanor Drage is a Christina Gaw Post-doctoral Research Associate at the Centre for Gender Studies and a member of the Gender & Technology Research Project team. Eleanor started her career in financial technology before co-founding an e-commerce company. She graduated with an International Dual PhD from the University of Bologna and the University of Granada in 2019, where she was an Early Stage Researcher for the EU Horizon 2020 ETN-ITN-Marie Curie project “GRACE” (which investigated the production of 'cultures of gender equality' in Europe). As part of this project, Eleanor helped develop a software application, which communicated intersectional feminist ideas and methodologies to the public. Her publications focus on how humanity defines and constitutes itself both through unstable socio-cultural processes such as race and gender and through fallible technological systems. 

Eleanor is particularly interested in how technology can prompt and develop certain kinds of behavioural skills, and how anti-racist and anti-sexist critical theory can be implemented at industry level to develop ethical and socially transformative technological products. Her work investigates how queer and intersectional methodologies can be applied to improving technological processes and systems. Eleanor is also a Research Associate at Darwin College, Cambridge.


Oliver Dunn

Dr Oliver Dunn, Research Associate with the Cambridge Group for the History of Population and Social Structure, has recently contributed to top-tier journals, such as the Economic History Review, writing about transport in early modern (1600-1800) Britain. He also co-directs a digital humanities project ( to better harness machine learning algorithms for the collection of data in manuscript form for the social sciences. Oliver moved back to the UK after completing a PhD at the EUI in Florence in 2015, and presently lives and works in Cambridge with his wife and three small children.


Yasmin Faghihi

Yasmin Faghihi is Head of the Near and Middle Eastern Department at Cambridge University Library. She is the editor of FIHRIST, the online union catalogue for manuscripts from the Islamicate world and chairs the Board of Directors. She has been leading on using and promoting standardized practices in text encoding for manuscript description and teaching to foster awareness about compatible approaches to data creation and use. Her work with the Middle Eastern and African manuscript collections has evolved around Islamic codicology including papermaking and distribution and the history of collections and collecting. Her Digital Humanities interests focus on the exchange of knowledge both as a historical and contemporary phenomenon, and how DH methodologies can impact the recognition of cultural diversity and offer new approaches to analysing cross-disciplinary frameworks. 


Maya Indira Ganesh 

Maya Indira Ganesh is a digital cultures theorist, researcher, and writer. Her work and collaborative practice are organised around bringing questions of power, justice, and global inequality together with those of knowledge, and the body. Her current research interests include the material-discursive shaping of AI in terms of its metaphors and epistemologies; automation and autonomous technologies; and feminist practices of technology in relation to violence and intimacy. She has just completed a Drphil in Cultural Sciences at Leuphana University, Lüneburg, Germany.


Michael Hawkins

Dr Michael Hawkins has been working in Digital Humanities since completing his PhD on Thomas Willis’s neurocartography of the passions at Imperial College London in 2004. He has served as Technical Director of numerous digital humanities projects. His main areas of interest are editing and encoding materials for historical research. His specialities include TEI, XSLT, xQuery, xPath, Schematron, Python, JavaScript and CSS.

Projects: The Darwin Correspondence ProjectThe Newton ProjectCasebooks, Livingstone Online, Wordsworth Project and the Cambridge Platonism Sourcebook


Ronald Haynes

Ronald Haynes is a University Computer Officer who has been part of academic ICT in the US and UK. Having helped found Cambridge's College IT Management Group (CITMG) and Departmental IT Group (DITG), he remains active in supporting both groups' goals of mutual support and shared solutions. Active technical research interests include collaborative technologies for unifying communications and sustaining distributed and learning communities, cultural and investigative potentials for Augmented Reality, and other complementary physical and virtual 3D technologies. More recently, he has presented and published in the area of the use of Augmented Reality in museums. Formerly he was a consultant, technical writer and editor in Pittsburgh (USA) and London, developing on and publishing about the interworkings of the main microsystems. He is a Governor of St. Mary's School (Cambridge), a Trustee of the Eckhart Society, and holds BCS, ACM, Computer Society, and IEEE membership. Ronald also co-chairs the IIIF 3D Community:


Leonardo Impett

Dr Leonardo Impett is Lecturer in Digital Humanities and Convenor of Mphil in Digital Humanities at CDH. He is interested in the overlap between visual computing (especially machine vision) and visual studies (especially art history). Leo's main work has to do with computer vision for the "distant reading" of art history (CS applied to the humanities), and Bildwissenschaft as a route to understanding computer vision (the humanities applied to CS).

He has worked with the Rainbow (Graphics & Interaction) Group at the Cambridge Computer Lab, the Image and Visual Representation Lab at EPFL, Villa I Tatti - the Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies, and the Bibliotheca Hertziana - Max Planck Institute for Art History.


Hugo Leal

Dr Hugo Leal is a Research Associate at the Minderoo Centre for Technology and Democracy (MCTD) based at CRASSH, the University of Cambridge having previously worked as a postdoctoral fellow in the internet branch of the project “Conspiracy and Democracy” and then moved to Cambridge Digital Humanities (CDH) where he was a methods fellow and coordinator of the Cambridge Data Schools.
Hugo combines research and teaching activities at the intersection of collective action and digital technologies. He has been looking at the networked diffusion of social movements and ideas. His investigation on misinformation and conspiracy theories intends to trace the lifecycle of viral narratives, their strategic use and societal impacts in a variety of areas, from the emergence of nativism to science denial. At the MCTD, Hugo will be focusing on the technological threats and opportunities to democracy and public health. He will also continue his outreach efforts to equip NGOs, journalists and the general public with tools to better handle and interrogate technology.

Massimo Leone

Professor Massimo Leone is a Visiting Fellow in 2021-22 and will be at CRASSH in Michaelmas Term 2021. While at CRASSH, Massimo will work on a sub-project entitled "Transhuman Portraits: Artificial Faces in Art, Science, and Society", focusing on the meaning and agency of artificial faces. Massimo is the PI of ERC Consolidator Project FACETS (2019-2024).

Massimo is also a Full Tenured Professor (“Professore Ordinario”) of Philosophy of Communication, Visual Semiotics, and Cultural Semiotics at the Department of Philosophy and Educational Sciences, University of Turin, Italy and Permanent Part-Time Visiting Full Professor of Semiotics in the Department of Chinese Language and Literature, University of Shanghai, China. He is a 2018 ERC Consolidator Grant recipient, the most important and competitive research grant in Europe. He graduated in Communication Studies from the University of Siena and holds a DEA in History and Semiotics of Texts and Documents from Paris VII, an MPhil in Word and Image Studies from Trinity College Dublin, a PhD in Religious Studies from the Sorbonne, and a PhD in Art History from the University of Fribourg (CH).


Alexis Litvine

Dr Alexis Litvine is a College Lecturer at Pembroke College and a Researcher at The Cambridge Group for the History of Population and Social Structure (CAMPOP).

Alexis is a comparative economic historian of eighteenth and nineteenth-century France and Europe, interested in all things related to the Industrial Revolution. His work has been focused on the social construction and diffusion of economic norms, the history of temporality and spatiality in the context of industrialisation, and the history of mechanical labour surveillance. Having also recently developed a strong interest in Digital Humanities, and specifically: historical geospatial analysis, corpus linguistics and Handwritten Text Recognition for complex historical documents, combining advances in the fields of Computer Vision and Natural Language Processing to extract and process very large amounts (several millions and in some cases billions of images) of historical data.

The THOTH technology ( is now used to produce data for several social sciences research projects in France and the UK. Alexis is one of the founders of a startup, Osiris-AI, that processes documents for businesses and the heritage sector. 

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Zheng Liu

Dr Zheng Liu holds a PhD in Sociology from Cambridge University. Her research is focused on the intersection of culture, technology, business, and social change and analyses how cultural and technological developments effectuate social and economic change by fostering behaviour-changing products and practices via new businesses and industries, in the context of China.
Currently a Postdoctoral Research Associate at Jesus College Cambridge, Dr Liu is working on a project that examines the social impacts of China’s digital economy. Dr Liu consults for businesses in the area of digital innovation and new trends in the digital economy in China.

Scott Mandelbrote

Dr Scott Mandelbrote is Fellow, Director of Studies in History and Perne and Ward Librarian at Peterhouse. He is an editorial director of the Newton Project ( and curates the Peterhouse section of the Cambridge Digital Library, inaugurated by a digital edition of ‘The Equatorie of the Planetis’ (


Kerry Mackereth

Kerry Mackereth (she/her) is a Christina Gaw Post-doctoral Research Associate at the Centre for Gender Studies and a member of the Gender & Technology Research Project team. She is also a Research Associate at St. John’s College, Cambridge. Kerry's work broadly explores how histories of gendered and racialised violence shape new technologies. Kerry's PhD thesis examined how women’s violent protests, specifically, their hunger strikes in the contexts of women’s prisons and immigration detention centres, complicate theories of political violence. Some of her previous work has also examined how representations of artificial intelligence in science-fiction film and television are shaped by racialised concepts of gender. These areas of inquiry combine in Kerry's current research on the relationship between artificial intelligence, gender, and racialisation. She is currently working on a paper on how discourses and relations of Sinophobia and Sinophilia shape AI, which aims to contribute to the wider field of scholarship that examines how artificial intelligence is both a racialised technology and a racialising technology. She is also exploring how artificial intelligence may reproduce and re-legitimise forms of scientific racism. Alongside Ola Osman, PhD in Multi-disciplinary Gender Studies, Kerry is the co-convener of the upcoming 'Race Talks' seminar series, which will start in Easter Term, 2021.

Kerry completed her undergraduate degree in Human, Social, and Political Sciences at Corpus Christi College, University of Cambridge, and undertook her MPhil and doctorate degree in Multi-Disciplinary Gender Studies at the University of Cambridge Centre for Gender Studies. 


Barbara McGillivray

Dr Barbara McGillivray is a Senior Research Associate in the Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages and Linguistics (Theoretical and Applied Linguistics), University of Cambridge, and Turing Research Fellow at The Alan Turing Institute. She is editor-in-chief of the Journal of Open Humanities Data, founder and convenor of the Humanities and Data Science Turing special interest group and Co-Investigator of the Living with Machines project. She has a degree in Classics and a degree in Mathematics, and her PhD was on computational linguistics for Latin. She has worked as a language technologist in the Dictionaries division of Oxford University Press and as a data scientist in the Open Research Group of Springer Nature.
Barbara's  research lies at the intersection between computational linguistics and historical linguistics. Her current research focusses on computational models of word meaning change in historical texts using machine learning methods combined with digital humanities expertise.

Samuel A.Moore

Dr Samuel A. Moore is the Scholarly Communication Specialist at Cambridge University Library, where he is responsible for the university’s strategy on academic publishing and research communication. He has a PhD in Digital Humanities from King’s College London and is currently working on his first monograph for the University of Michigan Press entitled Publishing Beyond the Market: Open Access, Care and the Commons. He is also one of the Radical Open Access Collective organisers, a community of scholar-led, not-for-profit presses, journals, and other open access projects.
Working at the intersections of information and education studies, Dr Moore’s research focuses on the relationship between open access publishing and ideas of the commons, particularly how the two concepts relate to one another and can be productively deployed to nurture experimentation and collaboration within the humanities. This critical research calls for a broader assessment of the contemporary university, research assessment and their relationship with the marketized publishing industry, particularly the institutional forms, governance mechanisms and relationalities required for more open and equitable research cultures.


Dr Suzanne Paul is Keeper of Rare Books and Early Manuscripts at Cambridge University Library. A medieval manuscript scholar by training, she is really interested in the physical and theoretical impacts of the digital shift on the curation and study of manuscripts. She has been involved with several large-scale manuscript digitisation projects including Parker on the Web and the Polonsky Foundation Greek Manuscripts Project. She is interested in learning about and applying all types of digital approaches to texts and textual objects including the use of TEI for cataloguing and editing, the use of IIIF and advanced imaging and analytical techniques for working with digitised manuscripts, handwritten text recognition tools, and visualisation and network analysis tools for revealing connections between books, places and people. She is particularly keen on using digital tools to share manuscripts with the widest possible audience in teaching and public engagement.

Dan Pett

Daniel Pett is Head of Digital and IT at the Fitzwilliam Museum where he leads a multi-disciplinary team in documentation, IT, digital and research and works with the Egyptian Museum in Cairo. He has recently had grants from the AHRC for creative industry partnerships with a team of four postdocs, a linked open data UK/USA network, British Academy/Leverhulme Trust grant for the study of William Hayley’s correspondence and several University of Cambridge awards. He  was previously Digital Humanities lead at the British Museum, where he designed and implemented digital innovation connecting humanities research, museum practice, and the creative industries with a focus on 3D technologies.
Daniel is an advocate of open access, open source and reproducible research and holds honorary posts at UCL Institute of Archaeology and the UCL Centre for Digital Humanities and publishes regularly in the fields of museum studies, numismatics, archaeology and digital humanities.

Justine Provino

Justine Provino is a PhD candidate in the Faculty of English and at Jesus College, working on the ‘access to and the preservation of the self-destructive book within the framework of the library’. Her research is based on a case study of the 1992 American artist’s book Agrippa, around which revolves a conceptual investigation of the meaning of analogue and digital ephemera collections in libraries, and especially university libraries such as those at Cambridge and Oxford. Justine’s PhD research is in partnership with the Bodleian Libraries and is funded by an AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Award and a Cambridge Trust Scholarship. 
Previously Justine was an Assistant Conservator in the Conservation and Collection Care Department at the Bodleian Libraries (2018-2019), and a Pine Tree Foundation Postgraduate Fellow in Book Conservation at the Morgan Library & Museum (2015-2017). Justine holds both a Master’s Degree in Medieval History (Paris-Sorbonne University-Paris IV, 2009) and a Master’s Degree in Conservation of Cultural Heritage, specializing in Book and Paper Conservation (Pantheon-Sorbonne University-Paris I, 2015). During the final year of conservation studies, she was a graduate intern at the Library of Congress, the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center at the University of Texas, and the University of British Columbia.
Blog post: From Copying in the Scriptorium to Coding on the Computer: Understanding the Book as Support 

Emma Reay

Emma Reay is a PhD researcher at the University of Cambridge and an Associate Lecturer at Anglia Ruskin University and the University of Southampton, where she teaches Critical Approaches to Videogames and Game Design. Her current project centres on child-characters in videogames, and her research interests include narrative design and character development, studies of representation, gaming and education, and ‘children’s videogames’.

Jason Scott-Warren

Jason Scott-Warren is a Reader in Early Modern Literature and Culture in the Faculty of English, and a Fellow of Gonville and Caius College. His third book, Shakespeare’s First Reader, was published in 2019 by the University of Pennsylvania Press. He is Director of the Cambridge Centre for Material Texts, an interdisciplinary hub for work on media and communication.

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Liz Stevenson

Liz Stevenson is a second year PhD student in Renaissance English at Darwin College, having studied English at Stanford University, USA, where she also completed a BA (2016) and MA (2017). During this time, Liz worked with the Stanford Literary Lab and participated in the Mark Algee-Hewitt led project, The Performance of Character, as well as more extensive personal text mining projects using R, which focused on emotional valence in detective fiction, the quantitative relationship between textual architecture and meaning in Bram Stoker's Dracula, and three-dimensional mapping of romantic and gothic literary landscapes. Liz worked with Stephen Orgel and Ivan Lupic in developing more traditional scholarly Shakespearean interests.

Liz's work revolves around the relationship between digital analysis and subjective understandings of meaning in Renaissance literature and is currently completing her dissertation using, amongst other tools, R-based topic modelling techniques to explore gendered authority and gendered language in Elizabethan and Jacobean stage literature.


Amy Tobin

Amy Tobin is a Lecturer in the Department of History of Art, University of Cambridge and Curator, Contemporary Programmes at Kettle's Yard. Her research concerns art and feminism from the 1970s to the present, and particularly how art historical methodologies can account for groups, collectivity, collaboration and discord. She has published her research in Tate Papers, MIRAJ, Women: A Cultural Review and Feminist Review, along with books chapters in numerous edited books. She is the co-editor of London Art Worlds: Mobile, Contingent and Ephemeral Networks 1960–1980 (Penn State University Press, 2018) with Jo Applin and Catherine Spencer and The Art of Feminism (Chronicle and Tate, 2018) with Lucy Gosling, Helena Reckitt and Hilary Robinson.

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