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The CDH team includes researchers, teaching staff, technical staff and administrators.

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Professor Caroline Bassett

Director (CDH Team)

Caroline Bassett has been CDH's Director since 2019. She is a professor within the Faculty of English, and co-founded the Sussex Humanities Lab at Sussex University. Her research interests include Digital Media, computational humanities, AI and the transformation of knowlege cultures, technology and social power, science fiction, technology and utopian thinking, critical theories of the digital, and feminist thinking on technology and the political.



Dr Anne Alexander

Director (CDH Learning)

Anne Alexander has been Director of Learning at CDH since its foundation. She was previously Co-ordinator of the Cambridge Digital Humanities Network. Her research interests include ethics of big data, activist media in the Middle East and the political economy of the Internet. She is a member of the Data Ethics Group and the Humanities and Data Science Special Interest Group at the Alan Turing Institute


Dr Mary Chester-Kadwell

Research Software Engineering Coordinator (CDH Labs)

Mary is a Senior Software Engineer at Cambridge University Library. Originally from a humanities background, she has a PhD in the landscape archaeology and material culture of early medieval England using computational methods. For CDH Labs, Mary advises researchers on developing the technical aspects of their projects and works on a wide variety of software. She teaches coding and software engineering practices for CDH Learning and sits on the teaching team for the MPhil in Digital Humanities. Mary is an active member of the Research Software Engineering community.


Lesley Gray

Director (CDH Labs)

Karen Herbane

Learning and Events Coordinator (CDH Team)

Karen joined CDH as the Learning and Events Coordinator in March 2019. Before joining CDH, Karen supported the Director of the Wellcome Trust Stem Cell Institute as PA and Senior Administrative Assistant. Previously she worked in banking, her last role supporting the Executive General Manager to develop and implement a major growth programme in the UK for National Australia Group (Europe) Limited. Karen works four days per week and outside this time enjoys yoga and trying to learn patience whilst renovating her home!

Leonardo Impett

Dr Leonardo Impett is a Lecturer in Digital Humanities and convenor of the MPhil in Digital Humanities. He was previously Assistant Professor of Computer Science at Durham University. Leonardo has a background in information engineering and machine learning, having worked or studied at the Cambridge Machine Learning Lab, the Cambridge Computer Lab's Rainbow Group, and Microsoft Research Cairo. His Ph.D., with Sabine Süsstrunk and Franco Moretti at EPFL, was on the use of computer vision for the "distant reading" of the history of art. In 2018 Leonardo was a DH fellow at Villa I Tatti - the Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies, from 2018-2020 he was Scientific Assistant, then Scientist, at the Bibliotheca Hertziana - Max Planck Institute for Art History in Rome. Alongside his research in digital art history, he frequently works with machine learning in arts and culture, including for the Liverpool Biennial, the Royal Opera House, and the Whitney Museum of American Art.

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Huw Jones

Library Digital Humanities Coordinator (CDH Labs)

Huw is the Head of the Digital Library Unit, Digital Humanities Coordinator and the first point of contact with many DH research projects through CDH Labs. He has a broad range of experience in content-driven DH work, including collaborations with the Newton Project, the Darwin Correspondence Project, the Casebooks Project and many others. He has a particular focus on text encoding, and co-convenes the TEI strand of the Oxford Digital Humanities Summer School.

Tel: 01223 746963


Professor Lauren Kassell

Co-Director, CDH Research (CDH Team)



Dr Annja Neumann

Postdoctoral Fellow in Digital Humanities (CDH Team)

Annja Neumann is an Affiliated Lecturer in Modern German Studies and Isaac Newton Trust Post-doctoral Research Fellow in Digital Humanities. Her practice-based research explores the staging of spaces and politics of embodiment, with a particular interest in the theatricalisation of medical spaces.



Dr Siddharth Soni

Postdoctoral Fellow in Digital Humanities (CDH Team, Methods Fellow 2021-2022)

Siddharth Soni is the Isaac Newton Trust Research Fellow at CDH, and his work is largely within comparative literature and comparative cultural studies. He is currently writing a monograph on the anti-colonial Indian short story alongside working on the DH project World Short Story Index. His research and teaching within DH covers critical archive studies, literature as an archive, medium theory, and Indigenous and postcolonial digital humanities. He is the convenor of the ‘Digital Afterlives’ research network at CDH.



Heather Stallard

Communications and Events Coordinator (CDH Team)

Heather previously managed the university's lgbtQ+​@cam programme, and is now pleased to be bringing her events, communications, and community building experience to CDH. In addition to the topics in her job title, she is happy to be approached about LGBTQ+ issues.

Professor Andrew J. Webber

Co-Director (CDH Research)

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Andrew Webber is Professor of Modern German and Comparative Culture, with broad interests in the textual and visual culture of the modern period across such fields as urban studies, film studies, psychoanalysis and queer studies. From 2014-19 he was Principal Investigator for the ‘Digital Critical Edition of Middle-Period Works by Arthur Schnitzler’ project, funded by an AHRC Standard Research Grant. He is currently co-writing a book on the contemporary German filmmaker, Christian Petzold.


Sarah Williams

Programme Manager (CDH Team)

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Sarah has worked for CDH from its launch in 2017, and before that was Programme Manager for the Online Chopin Variorum Edition and Communications Manager at the Faculty of Music. Before joining the University, she was Publishing Director at Rhinegold Publishing Ltd, and was responsible for the launch of their study guide series.


CDH Admin

CDH receives additional support from CRASSH (Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities), which is its administrative host.