Through new scholarly publications and online projects, community members highlight the accomplishments of the Digital GC. Meet some of these faculty, students, and staff, and learn about their affiliated research.
Stephen Brier, the co-director of the New Media Lab (which co-founded in 1999), also serves as the Coordinator of the Interactive Technology and Pedagogy Doctoral Certificate Program at the Graduate Center, CUNY, which he founded in 2002. He is professor in the Urban Education Ph.D. program and serves as the college’s Senior Academic Technology Officer.
Brier is a historian of U.S. social, labor and education history, with a particular interest in issues of race, class and ethnicity. He received his Ph.D. in U.S. History from UCLA. He co-founded the American Social History Project in 1981 with the late Herbert Gutman and served as its executive director until 1998. He co-authored, co-created, co-produced and/or edited the Project’s Who Built America? multimedia curriculum.
Brier has published a number of scholarly articles and reviews on the impact of new technology on teaching and learning, several of which are available online:
Review (with Roy Rosenzweig) of David Noble, Digital Diploma Mills: The Automation of Higher Education (Monthly Review Press, 2002), The Nation, April 22, 2002, 29-32.
Review, Digital Humanities Pedagogy, Brett D. Hirsch, ed., Open Book Publishers, 2012 in Literary and Linguistic Computing: The Journal of Digital Scholarship in the Humanities 2013; doi: 10.1093/llc/fqt042 Available online at: (http://llc.oxfordjournals.org/cgi/content/full/fqt042?ijkey=I6KhPeE5XRnkt07&keytype=ref ).
Article, “’Where’s the Pedagogy?’ The Role of Teaching and Learning in the Digital Humanities,” Debates in the Digital Humanities (M.K. Gold, ed.), University of Minnesota Press (2012). Available in an interactive, open-access version at: http://dhdebates.gc.cuny.edu/debates/text/8
Brier is co-author (with Michael Fabricant) of Austerity Blues: Fighting for the Soul of Public Higher Education, forthcoming from John Hopkins Univ. Press in Fall 2016.
Patricia Clough is Professor of Sociology, Women’s Studies, and Intercultural Studies at Queens College and the Graduate School of the City University of New York. Her books include Autoaffection (2000), Feminist Thought (1995) and The End(s) of Ethnography (1992, revised 1998).
Jessie Daniels is a professor of Urban Public Health at Hunter College and the Graduate School of the City University of New York. Her research is centrally concerned with the broad question of how media technologies ameliorate or exacerbate social inequality, particularly along lines of race, class, gender and sexuality? More specifically, how do social movements deploy technologies of media to further their goals? And, how do these impact health?
Her work about race, gender, sexuality and new media has appeared in the journals New Media & Society, Women’s Studies Quarterly, Theory in Action, American Journal of Public Health, and Health Promotion and Practice. In 2011, a paper she wrote about race, incarceration and masculinity won the Sarah Mazelis Paper of the Year Award given by the Society of Public Health Education. Her most recent book, Cyber Racism (Rowman & Littlefield, 2009) is widely used in college classrooms. Her next book, Google Bombs, Cloaked Sites and Astroturf: Propaganda in the Digital Era is forthcoming from Routledge.
Cathy N. Davidson
Cathy N. Davidson, a distinguished scholar of the history of technology and appointed in 2011 to the National Council on the Humanities by President Obama, is a leading innovator of new ideas and methods for learning and professional development–in school, in the workplace, and in everyday life. She is a frequent speaker and consultant on institutional change at universities, corporations, non-profits and other organizations, and writes for the Harvard Business Review, Wall Street Journal, Fast Company, The Chronicle of Higher Education, The Washington Post, Times Higher Ed, as well as many other academic and trade publications in the U.S. and abroad.
Davidson moved to the Graduate Center, The City University of New York, on July 1, 2014. She holds the position of Distinguished Professor and Director of The Futures Initiative, a new program designed to train the next generation of college professors and catalyze and draw upon the abundant energies and ideas of CUNY faculty and students for innovative leadership in higher education. Areas of interest include academic collaboration, new modes of publishing and communication, innovative and engaged teaching, peer-to-peer learning, virtual and distance collaboration, and other ways of rethinking across the traditional boundaries of higher education for the world we live in now. The Futures Initiative champions public re-investment in higher education as a social good that contributes to a more just, equitable society.
At the Graduate Center, Davidson will also direct HASTAC@CUNY, bringing some of the central administrative and intellectual leadership of the Humanities, Arts, Science, and Technology Alliance and Collaboratory to CUNY. Cofounded by Davidson in 2002, HASTAC now has over 13,000 network members dedicated to “Changing the Way We Teach and Learn.”
Matthew K. Gold
Matthew K. Gold is Associate Professor of English and Digital Humanities at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York (CUNY). At the Graduate Center, he holds teaching appointments in the Ph.D. Program in English, the M.A. Program in Liberal Studies (MALS), and the doctoral certificate programs in Interactive Technology and Pedagogy and American Studies. He serves as Advisor to the Provost for Digital Initiatives, Executive Officer of MALS, Director of the CUNY Academic Commons, Co-Director of the CUNY Digital Humanities Initiative, Director of the GC Digital Scholarship Lab, and Director of the GC Digital Fellows Program.
He is series editor (with Lauren F. Klein) of Debates in the Digital Humanities and has published work in The Journal of Modern Literature, Kairos, and On the Horizon, as well as in the edited collections The Johns Hopkins Guide to Digital Media, Digital Humanities Pedagogy: Practices, Principles and Politics, From A to <A>: Keywords of Markup, and Learning Through Digital Media: Experiments in Technology and Pedagogy. His collaborative digital humanities projects, including Looking for Whitman, Commons In A Box, Social Paper, DH Box, and Manifold Scholarship have been supported by grants from the NEH Office of Digital Humanities, the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Department of Education, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and the Ford Foundation. He serves on the Executive Council of the Association for Computers and the Humanities, the Steering Committee of HASTAC, and the Editorial Board of Kairos: A Journal of Rhetoric, Technology, and Pedagogy.
David Greetham (retired)
David Greetham was born in the UK, did his undergraduate work at Oxford, taught in Germany before coming to the US in 1967, since when he has been a member of the CUNY faculty, first at Queensborough Community College and then at the Graduate Center, where he holds positions in the English Ph.D. Program and in the Certificate Programs in Medieval Studies and in Interactive Technology and Pedagogy. He received his Ph.D. from CUNY. He teaches in several areas: medieval studies, interdisciplinary textual theory, history of criticism, history of the book, and various aspects of literary theory. He has been doctoral faculty adviser to Ph.Ds in such divergent fields as early nineteenth-century literary annuals and postcolonial archival issues in Africa. He also regularly teaches a wide-ranging survey of disciplinarity, archival research, textuality, and critical theory, and has also frequently taught across disciplines, most recently with the musicologist Richard Kramer in a course examining the concept (and practice) of “late style.” He has served on many CUNY and Graduate Center committees, most notably as chair of the Committee on Curriculum and Degree Requirements for the last twenty years.
He founded the interdisciplinary Society for Textual Scholarship (which continues to meet biennially, attracting leading and new textuists from all over the world), and served as both its Executive Director and later as President. He also co-edited the STS journal “Text” (now “Textual Cultures”). He was an editor of Trevisa’s “On the Properties of Things” (Oxford, 1975, 1989), and his other publications include “Textual Scholarship” (Garland 1992, 1994, widely used as a course textbook), “Theories of the Text” (Oxford, 1999), “Textual Transgressions” (Garland, 1996), “Margins of the Text” (Michigan, 1997), “Scholarly Editing” (MLA, 1995), and over sixty scholarly articles in such journals as PMLA, Modern Philology and Studies in Bibliography, as well as contributing chapters to numerous special volumes on textuality and culture (e.g., “Text, Voice and Hypertext at the Millennium” (Washington, 2004) and “Reimagining Textuality” (Wisconsin, 2002). He has recently completed a book on “The Pleasures of Contamination,” and is working on copyright theory and textuality.
Michael Mandiberg is a interdisciplinary artist, designer and scholar whose work employs each of these methodologies, in part to investigate the significance of their overlap. He creates conceptual art projects, design objects, and publications that explore themes that include environmentalism, systems of exchange, pedagogy, software art, collaboration, Free Culture, and appropriation. He sold all of his possessions online on Shop Mandiberg, made perfect copies of copies on AfterSherrieLevine.com, and created Firefox plugins that highlight the real environmental costs of a global economy on TheRealCosts.com. He is co-author of Digital Foundations and Collaborative Futures. He is the editor of The Social Media Reader. A recipient of residencies and commissions from Eyebeam, Rhizome.org, and Turbulence.org, his work has been exhibited at the New Museum, Ars Electronica, ZKM, and Transmediale. A former Senior Fellow at Eyebeam, he is currently Director of the the New York Arts Practicum, Associate Professor at the College of Staten Island/CUNY and a member of the Doctoral Faculty at the Graduate Center. He lives in, and rides his bicycle around, Brooklyn. His work lives at Mandiberg.com.
Lev Manovich is the author of Software Takes Command (Bloomsbury Academic, 2013), Soft Cinema: Navigating the Database (The MIT Press, 2005), and The Language of New Media (The MIT Press, 2001) which is described as “the most suggestive and broad ranging media history since Marshall McLuhan.” Manovich is a Professor at The Graduate Center, CUNY, a Director of the Software Studies Initiative, and a Visiting Professor at European Graduate School (EGS).
Manovich has been working with computer media as an artist, computer animator, designer, and programmer since 1984. His art projects have been presented by, among others, Chelsea Art Museum (New York), ZKM, The Walker Art Center, KIASMA, Centre Pompidou, ICA (London), and Graphic Design Museum (Breda, NL).
Andrea Ades Vasquez
Since the inception of the New Media Lab in 1997, Andrea has been Managing Director of the facility, providing a place for graduate students and faculty from a range of disciplines to experiment – collectively and individually – with innovative digital applications.
Since the early years of setting up and establishing the facility, the New Media Lab has grown into a stimulating intellectual and social environment that has played an important role in the world of emerging technologies at the GC. Innovative 3-D, GIS, Flash programming, online databases and interactive applications, combined with recent scholarship in the sciences and humanities has marked several New Media Lab faculty and student projects as we attempt to bridge the gap between the database/archive and the spatial/exploratory projects which have characterized many past projects. Andrea is committed to promoting and working on digital projects alongside GC students and faculty, and in her role as Associate Director of the American Social History Project/Center for Media and Learning (ASHP/CML) under whose auspices the NML functions.
Since 1990, Andrea Ades Vásquez has been at ASHP/CML as an artist, designer, and producer of multimedia materials and websites. Andrea is an Executive Producer and Artistic Director of The Lost Museum, the 3-D exploration of P. T. Barnum’s American Museum. Her other work has included writing and audiovisual production for the WBA? CD-ROMs; co-writer and producer of Up South; co-director and artist for Heaven Will Protect the Working Girl and Savage Acts; and artist and designer of History Matters and other ASHP/CML websites.
Graduate Center Digital Fellows
The GC Digital Fellows work with Graduate Center faculty members on digital scholarly projects, design websites for special initiatives, facilitate skills training workshops, and, more broadly, explore new ways for Graduate Center faculty, students, and staff to share their academic work through new technological platforms and social media tools.
Reflections by the Digital Fellows can be found on their blog Tagging The Tower.
Learn about our current fellows: Erin Glass, Laura Kane, Micki Kaufman, Andrew McKinney, Alice Lynn McMichael and Hillary Miller.
Past GC Digital Fellows
Graduate Center Social Media Fellows
The Program Social Media Fellows are PhD students who work within their respective departments on digital scholarly projects, design websites for special initiatives, and explore ways for faculty and students in departments to share their academic work through new social media tools.
Learn about our current fellows and see their latest projects.
Graduate Center Videography Fellows
This pilot project is designed to promote the GC’s scholarly activities online, making them more available and accessible to public audiences. The focus of the program is to produce high quality videos for a very small number of Ph.D. programs, centers, and the three Mellon committees.
Learn about our current fellows and see their latest projects.