The following individuals are members of the Advisory Board for the Certificate.
Associate Professor, Department of Art
Quint Gregory wears many hats at the University of Maryland, but spends most of his time in the Great Room of the Michelle Smith Collaboratory for Visual Culture, a space he designed and runs, collaborating with teachers, researchers and students interested in employing digital technologies to enhance their work, be it pedagogical, academic or rhetorical. Also he teaches seminars regularly for the Honors College at the University of Maryland that focus on museums and society, inspiration for which he drew from nearly a decade’s worth of work in area museums (National Gallery of Art, Walters Art Gallery) while pursuing his doctorate, a goal only accomplished after his Fulbright-fueled year of research in the Netherlands in 2000-2001.
Quint first came to the University of Maryland as a graduate student focused on seventeenth-century Dutch and Flemish painting, a subject for which he retains great passion, even if he does not wade in those waters daily at present.
When not at the University Quint delights in time with his family, travels with his wife and projects that exhaust both mind and body but renew the spirit.
FRANK J. HILDY
Head of MA/PhD in Theatre and Performance Studies; Head of Theatre Scholarship and Performance Studies Cluster; Director of Graduate Studies
AHMET T. KARAMUSTAFA
Professor and Director of Graduate Studies, Department of History
Park. His expertise is in social and intellectual history of medieval and early modern Islam in the Middle East and Southwest Asia as well as in theory and method in the study of religion. He is the author of God’s Unruly Friends (University of Utah Press, 1994), a book on ascetic movements in medieval Islam, and Vahidi’s Menakıb-ı Hvoca-i Cihan ve Netice-i Can (The Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, Harvard University, 1993), a study of a sixteenth-century mystical text in Ottoman Turkish. He also served as an editor for, and wrote several articles in, Cartography in the Traditional Islamic and South Asian Societies (University of Chicago Press, 1992). More recently, he completed a comprehensive historical overview of early Islamic mysticism titled Sufism: The Formative Period (published simultaneously by Edinburgh University Press & University of California Press, 2007). Currently, he is at work on a sequel volume titled The Flowering of Sufism as well as another book project, Vernacular Islam: Everyday Muslim Religious Life in Medieval Turkey. Karamustafa has held several administrative positions, including a five-year term as director of the Religious Studies Program at Washington University in St. Louis. He was the co-chair of the Study of Islam Section at the American Academy of Religion between 2008 and 2011.
His most recent book, Track Changes: A Literary History of Word Processing, was published by Harvard University Press’s Belknap Press in 2016; with Pat Harrigan, he also co-edited the collection Zones of Control: Perspectives on Wargaming from the MIT Press (2016). His public-facing writing has appeared in the Chronicle of Higher Education, Slate, LA Review of Books, Paris Review Daily, and War on the Rocks. His research has been covered by the New York Times, The Atlantic, The New Republic, The Guardian, National Public Radio, Boing Boing, and WIRED, among many other outlets. In 2016, he delivered the A.S.W. Rosenbach Lectures in Bibliography, a written version of which are under contract to the University of Pennsylvania Press as Bitstreams: The Future of Digital Literary Heritage.
Assistant Director for Innovation and Learning, Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities
Purdom’s research interests include feminist interface design, exploring how digital projects can be empathetic platforms for both the users and the people affected by the content. She and her Scholars’ Lab colleague Jeremy Boggs are in the process of incorporating these principles into the interface of Take Back the Archive, a digital public history project being created by UVA faculty, students, librarians, and archivists.
MATTHEW T. MILLER
Matthew Thomas Miller is Assistant Professor of Persian Literature and Digital Humanities / Associate Director of the Roshan Initiative in Persian Digital Humanities
Interim Director, Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities and Assistant Dean for Digital Humanities Research, University of Maryland Libraries
Trevor Muñoz is the Interim Director of the Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities (MITH), as well as Assistant Dean for Digital Humanities Research at the University of Maryland Libraries. His work focuses on humanities approaches to data curation and on the design and sustainability of interdisciplinary research collaborations. Muñoz is a Co-Principal Investigator for the African American History and Culture and Digital Humanities (AADHum) Initiative. With Jennifer Guiliano, he serves as Co-Director of the Humanities Intensive Learning + Teaching (HILT) Institute. He frequently presents and consults on the strategic opportunities and challenges of doing digital humanities work within the institutional and cultural structures of academic research libraries. Muñoz holds an MA in Digital Humanities from the Department of Digital Humanities at King’s College London and an MS in Library and Information Science from the School of Information Sciences at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. For more information, see his website.
DAMIEN SMITH PFISTER
Associate Professor of Communication
Damien Smith Pfister is an Associate Professor of Communication at the University of Maryland. His work examines the confluence of digitally networked media, rhetorical practice, public deliberation, and visual culture.
His interest in how nascent genres of communication provide new opportunities for citizens to affect public deliberation is reflected in Networked Rhetorics, Networked Media: Attention and Deliberation in the Early Blogosphere (Penn State, 2014). Pfister is the co-editor, with Michele Kennerly of the Pennsylvania State University, of Ancient Rhetorics + Digital Networks (Alabama, 2018), a volume that looks to ancient figures, texts, and sensibilities to illuminate communication phenomena in digital networks. He is the author of essays appearing in such journals as Philosophy & Rhetoric, Argumentation and Advocacy, Environmental Communication, Rhetoric Review, and Social Epistemology.
Always On: Fashioning Ethos After Wearable Computing is the tentative title of his next book project, on the rhetorical and cultural implications of devices like mobile phones, head mounted displays, activity trackers, and smartwatches.
CATHERINE KNIGHT STEELE
Assistant Professor of Communication and Project Director, Synergies Among Digital Humanities and African American History and Culture