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Project Manager Alice Tweedy McGrath completed her doctoral work in the English Department of the University of Pennsylvania in August 2016, specializing in eighteenth-century British literature. Her dissertation, Patchwork Fictions: Imagining Intimacy Beyond the Marriage Plot, explores women writers' experiments with form in domestic fiction. She currently holds a Postdoctoral Fellowship for Accessibility at the University of Pennsylvania Libraries. Her research and teaching interests include eighteenth-century literature and culture, women writers, queer studies, questions of genre and form, material text methodologies, and digital humanities.
Project Manager Beth Seltzer is the Educational Technology Specialist at Bryn Mawr College, where she works on a range of projects including the Tri-College Digital Scholarship Group and the Blended Learning in the Liberal Arts initiative. She holds a PhD in English literature from Temple University, and previously worked as a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Pennsylvania libraries. Her interests include digital scholarship, Victorian popular fiction, and the intersection of technology and pedagogy in higher education.
Student Researcher Gabriella Ekens is a Comparative Literature/Film Studies double major. She studies novels in English, Spanish, and Russian. In her off time, she writes about anime online.
Student Researcher Ian Hoffman is a recent graduate from Swarthmore College, majoring in English Literature. At END, he's interested in creating data-visualizations of connections between eighteenth century publishers, drawing on the code he once knew (and forgot, and will now re-learn).
Student Researcher Kat Poje graduated from Haverford College in the Class of 2016 and is pursuing an MTS at Harvard Divinity School beginning fall 2016. She studies the triangulation of religion, storytelling, and power, with a particular focus on the convergence of digital technology and religious community. An END team member since 2015, she has developed a passion for the minutia of cataloging and a deep appreciation for the sass in 18th-century novels. In her free time, she enjoys wandering about woods and museums, and is always in search of new folk iconography to collect.
Student Researcher Kirara Sato is a recent graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, with an honors major in English literature and a minor in East Asian Languages and Civilizations. She has a devout interest in Shakespearean performance history, and the interpretation of his texts in the twenty-first century. She has recently completed her honors thesis on race in Shakespeare's 'Othello'. When she's not writing papers about Shakespeare, she's acting in his plays as a part of The Underground Shakespeare Company.
Student Researcher Molly Hemphill is an English major at the University of Pennsylvania. As a part of END she is cataloguing 18th century novels and is working on two projects dedicated to footnotes. As a native of Philly she loves going to Phillies games, drinking La Colombe coffee, and making regular visits to the Art Museum.
Student Researcher Nora Battelle is an Honors English literature major with an Honors minor in French at Swarthmore College. Outside of the classroom, she is a managing editor at Swarthmore's quarterly magazine The Review, a student consultant at the Media Center, and writes a bi-weekly column for the school's print newspaper The Phoenix. At END, she is looking at what titles can (or can't) tell us about full texts, particularly with regard to genre.
Student Researcher and Seminar Leader Yumi Dineen Shiroma graduated from Swarthmore College in 2016 with an honors major in English literature and a minor in interpretation theory. Her work explores the intersections of material text study, computational methods, and Marxist metanarratives of the novel. In her non-academic life, she is the human companion to Peanut Butter 'Dorothea Catsaubon' Dineen Shiroma, who used to be feral.