Björn Anderson (The University of Iowa) is an assistant professor in Art History at the University of Iowa, specializing in the ancient Mediterranean and Near East.  He earned his PhD from the University of Michigan.  His research focuses on cultural intersections in the eastern Mediterranean during the Hellenistic, Roman, and Byzantine periods. He is developing two digital projects, including a site for the study of ancient Mediterranean ceramics with other members of the international Workshop for Levantine Ceramics.

Craig Carey (The University of Iowa) is a PhD candidate in the Department of English. His focus is American literature, media history, and the history of writing technologies. Carey is currently finishing his dissertation on authorship and technology in the Age of Edison, a project that repositions realist authors in the context of new recording media. As a HASTAC Scholar, he also participates in the Digital Studio for Public Humanities at Iowa and occasionally blogs about digital media and 21st century literacies.

James Elmborg (The University of Iowa) has been at The University of Iowa for thirteen years.  He is past Director of the School of Library and Information Science.  He has a longstanding interest in educational technologies.  He built his first virtual world in 1996 using the Doom gaming engine to model the university library at Washington State University, Pullman, where he was Head of Library User Education.  In addition to degrees in Library and Information Science, Elmborg has an M.A. and Ph.D. in English.  He has taught at the high school, undergraduate, and graduate levels for over 35 years.

Christopher Polt (Carleton College) is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Classical Languages. He earned his B.A in Ancient Greek and Latin from Boston University and his M.A. and Ph.D. in Classics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill before coming to Carleton College. His research focuses primarily on the literature of the late Roman Republic and early Empire, especially Latin poetry and the ancient theory and practice of literary translation. His current book project examines how Roman Comedy informs literature after its apparent heyday in the 3rd and 2nd centuries BCE, particularly the work of the mid-1st century BCE poet Catullus. This project first led him to the Digital Humanities, especially HGIS and spatial analysis tools, and he is collaborating with students and staff at Carleton to map ancient Roman theaters over both space and time to better understand the complex and shifting relationships between theater venues and the ancient Mediterranean landscape.

Jennifer Shook (The University of Iowa) is a PhD candidate in the Department of English and the Center for the Book, as well as UI’s PAGE (Publicly Active Graduate Engagement) Fellow with Imagining America, an instructor and Program Associate in Interpretation of Literature, a 2012 Obermann Fellow for Graduate Engagement, Presidential Fellow, and Twitter correspondent with Digital Studio for Public Humanities (@UIDSPH). Her current work combines U.S. drama, Native American studies, book arts, poetry, and memorial. She holds interdisciplinary degrees from Swarthmore College and the University of Chicago, and has taught at DePaul University, Columbia College, and the Newberry Library, among other places. She traveled the Midwest giving talks on Lincoln in theatre and popular culture as a Road Scholar for the Illinois Humanities Council and worked as a dramaturg, director, and theatre producer in Chicago, where she founded Caffeine Theatre—a company that mined the poetic tradition to explore social questions (2002-2012).

Cody Reeves (The University of Iowa) is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Tippie College of Business Department of Management and Organizations. He taught professionally for nearly three years before beginning graduate school and has since taught two standalone courses and worked as a TA and a course coordinator for several semesters.  He also worked as a Human Resource Manager for two years.  Currently, Cody is a third year doctoral student with research interests in employee recruitment and selection, teams, and employee fit.

Jane Simonsen (Augustana College) is an Associate Professor of History and Women’s and Gender Studies. She received her  PhD in American Studies from Iowa in 2001 and is the author of Making Home Work: Domesticity and Native American Assimilation in the American West, 1860-1919, and most recently, an essay in American Quarterly titled “Descendants of Black Hawk: Generations of Identity in Sauk Portraits.”

David Tompkins (Carleton College) is an Assistant Professor of History and Director of European Studies. He specializes in the history of modern Central Europe, and is particularly interested in the relationship between culture and politics. His book Composing the Party Line: Music and Politics in Early Cold War Poland and East Germany will appear with Purdue University Press in 2013, and he has published articles in German History, The Polish Review, and several edited volumes. His latest project examines images of the other in the Soviet bloc.



Noaquia Callahan (The University of Iowa) is a PhD student in the Department of History.

Bob Cargill (The University of Iowa) is an Assistant Professor of Classics and Religious Studies.

Bridget Draxler (Monmouth College) is an Assistant Professor of English and director of an interdisciplinary writing program at Monmouth College, a liberal arts college in Monmouth, IL. As a graduate student at the University of Iowa, Bridget developed a course in Iowa literature as part of The University of Iowa UCOL Mobile Application Development Team, highlighting UNESCO’s designation of Iowa City as a World City of Literature through undergraduate student research. She continues to collaborate with the UCOL team, and her students are writing multimedia biographies of civic leaders in Monmouth, IL for a “Local Heroes” mobile app.

Sylvea Hollis (The University of Iowa) is a PhD candidate in the Department of History.

Jeff Porter (The University of Iowa) is an Associate Professor of English.

Colleen Theisen (The University of Iowa) is Outreach and Instruction Librarian at University of Iowa Libraries’ Special Collections.

Jacki Thompson Rand (The University of Iowa) is an Associate Professor of History.

Omar Valerio-Jiménez (The University of Iowa) is an Associate Professor of History.  He teaches courses in the history of borderlands, immigration, Latina/o, and the U.S. West. His book, River of Hope: Forging Identity and Nation in the Rio Grande Borderlands (Duke University Press, 2013) explores state formation and cultural change along the Mexico-United States border during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. He was one of the co-directors of the Latino Midwest (, an Obermann-International Programs Symposium in Fall 2012. His website is (

Stephen Voyce (The University of Iowa) is assistant professor of English and a member of the Digital Studio for the Public Humanities at the University of Iowa. He is the author of Poetic Community: Avant-Garde Activism and Cold War Culture, the editor ofa book of variations: love — zygal — art facts, and the Director of the Fluxus Digital Collection in UI Libraries.  Voyce’s work examines twentieth-century poetics and the history of print and digital media.

Jon Winet (The University of Iowa) is an Associate Professor of Intermedia in the School of Art and Art History, and Director of the Digital Studio for Public Humanities.



Nikki Dudley (The University of Iowa) is a researcher and developer in the Digital Studio for Public Humanities at Iowa. Her work has included database development for the City of Lit and AIDS Quilt Touch mobile apps and web development on the Passport Project and dh@IA. Among her interests are data visualization, digital literacies, user experience design, and information architecture.

Christine Norquest (The University of Iowa) is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of English.

Kelly Thompson (The University of Iowa) is a graduate student in the University of Iowa’s School of Library and Information Science.  She earned her B.A. in Biology from Carleton College and worked in organic agriculture prior to attending library school. She is interested in exploring practical ways that a call to community activism can intersect with the professional ethics and responsibilities of librarianship, and her broader professional interests include metadata wrangling, critical technology theory, open source software development, resources for and service to traditionally under-served library user communities, and library policy.  She is a member of development teams working on the UNESCO City of Literature App as well as the AIDS Quilt Touch mobile web app (, and is an aspiring data wrangler.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: