Ergun Akleman

Professor, Department of Visualization email: ergun [dot] akleman [at] gmail [dot] com
Ergun Akleman is a professional cartoonist, illustrator and caricaturist who has published more than 500 cartoons, illustrations and caricatures. He is also a computer graphics researcher who has a background in Electronic and Computer Engineering. Dr. Akleman’s teaching encompasses both artistic and scientific aspects of computer graphics, with topics including computer animation, 3D modeling, rendering, visual storytelling, image based lighting and compositing.


Laura Mandell

Professor, Department of English and Director, Center of Digital Humanities Research.
Laura Mandell is the author of Breaking the Book: Print Humanities in the Digital Age (2015, Misogynous Economies: The Business of Literature in Eighteenth-Century Britain (1999), and, recently, “Gendering Digital Literary History: What Counts for Digital Humanities,” in the New Companion to Digital Humanities (Blackwell 2016).  She is Project Director of the Poetess Archive, an online scholarly edition and database of women poets, 1750-1900 (,  Director of 18thConnect (, and Director of ARC (, the Advanced Research Consortium overseeing NINES, 18thConnect, and MESA.  Her current research involves developing the multigraph to replace the monograph, imaging “multigraphs” as Virtual Research Environments that incorporate annotations and data manipulations not as paratext but as text proper.  Over the last three years, she has spearheaded the Early Modern OCR project or “eMOP” (, a project concerned with improving OCR for early modern and 18th-c. texts via high performance and cluster computing.

Amy Earhart

Amy E. Earhart <email:> is Associate Professor of English and affiliated faculty of Africana Studies at Texas A&M University. Earhart has been involved with digital humanities scholarship since 2003. Her work has focused on building infrastructure for digital humanities work, embedding digital humanities projects within the classroom, and tracing the history and futures of dh, with a particular interest in the way that dh and critical race studies intersect. Earhart has been particularly concerned with representing a diverse history of digital humanities, as is the case with projects The Millican Massacre, 1868, DIBB: The Digital Black Bibliographic Project, and “Alex Haley’s Malcolm X: ‘The Malcolm X I knew’ and notecards from The Autobiography of Malcolm X (a collaborative project with undergraduate and graduate students published in Scholarly Editing).

Earhart has published scholarship on a variety of digital humanities topics, with work that includes a monograph Traces of Old, Uses of the New: The Emergence of Digital Literary Studies (U Michigan Press 2015), a co-edited collection The American Literature Scholar in the Digital Age (U Michigan Press 2010), and a number of articles and book chapters in volumes including the Debates in Digital Humanities series, DHQTextual Cultures, and Humanities and the Digital.

Maura Ives

Professor and Head, Department of English email: m-ives-at-tamu-dot-edu
Maura Ives’s research area is 19th century print and digital textual studies. Her work focuses on Victorian women writers (especially Christina Rossetti and Jean Ingelow) and Victorian women’s religious writing and its particular literary and bibliographical subgenres (hymns, devotional calendars, illuminated texts, periodicals). 


Patrick Burkart

Professor of Communication email:
Professor Burkart is author of Why Hackers Win: Power and Disruption in the Network Society (University of California Press, 2019, with Tom McCourt), Pirate Politics: The New Information Policy Contests (MIT Press, 2014), Music and Cyberliberties (Wesleyan University Press, 2010), and Digital Music Wars: Ownership and Control of the Celestial Jukebox (Rowman & Littlefield, 2006, with Tom McCourt). He is also Editor-in-Chief of Popular Communication: The International Journal of Media and Culture (Taylor & Francis, with Christian Christensen). He is also affiliated with Luleå Technological University (Sweden) on an international research grant focused on Spotify.

Heidi A Campbell

Professor of Communication email: heidic@tamu.eduj
Heidi A Campbell is a Professor of Communication, affiliate faculty in Religious Studies, Presidential Impact Fellow at TAMU and director of the Network for New Media, Religion and Digital Culture Studies ( Her work is in digital media studies, with focus on digital methods and research at the intersection of media technology, religion and digital culture. She is co-editor of the Routledge’s Studies in Religion and Digital Culture book series and author of over 90 articles and books including Exploring Religious Community Online (Peter Lang 2005) and When Religion Meets New Media (Routledge 2010) and Digital Creatives and Rethinking Religious Authority in Digital Culture (Routledge forthcoming).

Srivi Ramasubramanian

Professor of Communication email:
Dr. Srivi Ramasubramanian’s scholarship focuses on diversity, identity (esp. race, gender, religion, and nationality), critical media effects, intercultural communication, stereotyping, prejudice reduction, dialogue, media literacy, social justice, youth, yoga, and mindfulness. She is the Director of the Difficult Dialogues on Campus Race Relations, founding chair of the Communicating Diversity student conference, Convener of the campus-wide Inclusive Pedagogy Workshop Series, and cofounder of Media Rise (a nonprofit for meaningful media for social change). She teaches courses on media effects, media and identity, race/gender and media, children and media, and media for social change. For more information, visit:


Daniel L. Schwartz

Associate Professor of History and Co-Director, Center of Digital Humanities Research.
He directs, a linked-open data project dedicated to advancing scholarship in the field of Syriac Studies and to preserving Syriac cultural heritage. He is the editor of’s SPEAR: Syriac Persons, Events, and Relations, an online prosopographical research tool, and the co-editor of the Syriac Taxonomy, a domain ontology for Syriac Studies. He is the author of Paideia and Cult: Christian Initiation in Theodore of Mopsuestia and the editor, with Neil McLynn and Arietta Papaconstantinou, of Conversion in Late Antiquity: Christianity, Islam, and Beyond.

Computer Science

Richard Furuta

Professor, Department of Computer Science; Director, Center for the Study of Digital Libraries email:
Richard Furuta is a faculty member at Texas A&M University where he is a Professor in the Department of Computer Science, Director of the Center for the Study of Digital Libraries, and Director of the Hypermedia Research Laboratory. Dr. Furuta’s current areas of research include digital libraries, digital humanities, hypermedia systems and models, structured documents, and document engineering. He also has studied applications in computer supported cooperative work, software engineering, visual programming, document structure recognition from bitmapped sources, and management systems for three-dimensional-gesture-based user interfaces. In the area of Digital Libraries, he was one of the founders of the 1994 and 1995 Digital Libraries Conferences, which subsequently became the ACM Digital Libraries series, and later merged with the IEEE-CS series to form the ACM/IEEE-CS Joint Conference on Digital Libraries (JCDL). Many of Dr. Furuta’s current research projects are highly interdisciplinary, especially those in the area of Digital Humanities. These current projects include the Cervantes Project, centered on the iconic author of Don Quixote, the Picasso Project, which is creating a digital reasoned catalog that already contains more than 10,000 of Picasso’s art works, and the Nautical Archaeology Digital Library, in conjunction with the campus’ Institute for Nautical Archaeology.

Frank Shipman

Professor, Department of Computer Science; Associate Director, Center for the Study of Digital Libraries email:
Frank Shipman has been pursuing research in the areas of hypermedia, computer-supported cooperative work, multimedia, computers and education, and intelligent user interfaces since 1987. His work at Baylor College of Medicine, the University of Colorado, Xerox PARC, and Texas A&M University investigates the design and use of media combining informal and formal representations and methods for supporting incremental formalization. Dr. Shipman helped found the field of spatial hypertext and helped design and develop a number of collaborative hypermedia systems including the Virtual Notebook System, the Hyper-Object Substrate, VIKI , the Visual Knowledge Builder, Walden’s Paths, and Hyper-Hitchcock. He has been PI or Co-PI on more than $5.7 million in grants including more than $3.8 million from NSF, more than $1.1 million from other competitive sources including DARPA and the intelligence community, and more than $800,000 from industry including Microsoft, Google, and Hewlett Packard. His research has resulted in more than 100 refereed publications including two best paper awards and six other papers nominated for best paper awards at ACM and IEEE conferences. Dr. Shipman’s research interests include intelligent user interfaces, hypertext, computers and education, multimedia, new media, computers and design, computer-human interaction, and computer-supported cooperative work.