The following individuals are members of the Advisory Board for the Certificate.

Hasan Elahi


Associate Professor, Department of Art

Hasan Elahi is an interdisciplinary artist whose work examines issues of surveillance, citizenship, migration, transport, and borders and frontiers. His work has been presented in numerous exhibitions at venues such as SITE Santa Fe, Centre Georges Pompidou, Sundance Film Festival, Kassel Kulturbahnhof, The Hermitage, and at the Venice Biennale. Elahi was recently invited to speak about his work at the Tate Modern, Einstein Forum, the American Association of Artificial Intelligence, the International Association of Privacy Professionals, World Economic Forum, and at TED Global. His awards include grants from the Creative Capital Foundation, Art Matters Foundation, and a Ford Foundation/Phillip Morris National Fellowship. His work is frequently in the media and has been covered by The New York Times, Forbes, Wired, CNN, ABC, CBS, NPR, and has appeared on Al Jazeera, Fox News, and on The Colbert Report. He is currently Associate Professor of Art at University of Maryland and from 2011 to 2014 was Director of Design | Cultures + Creativity in the Honors College. In 2010, he was an Alpert/MacDowell Fellow and in 2009, was Resident Faculty at Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture.
Jason Farman


Director, Design | Cultures + Creativity Program, Associate Professor of American Studies, and Faculty Member, Human-Computer Interaction Lab.
Jason Farman is an Associate Professor in the Department of American Studies, the Director of the Design Cultures & Creativity Program, and a faculty member with the Human-Computer Interaction Lab. He is author of the book Mobile Interface Theory: Embodied Space and Locative Media (Routledge, 2012 — winner of the 2012 Book of the Year Award from the Association of Internet Researchers). He is the editor of the books The Mobile Story: Narrative Practices with Locative Technologies (Routledge, 2014) and Foundations of Mobile Media Studies: Essential Texts on the Formation of a Field (Routledge, 2016). He has published scholarly articles on such topics as mobile technologies, the history of technology, digital maps and cultural geography, locative and site-specific art, videogames, digital storytelling, performance art, social media, and surveillance. He received his Ph.D. from UCLA’s School of Theater, Film, and Television.


  Director, Michelle Smith Collaboratory for Visual Culture; Lecturer, Honors College

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 Hildy


Head of MA/PhD in Theatre and Performance Studies; Head of Theatre Scholarship and Performance Studies Cluster; Director of Graduate Studies

Franklin J. Hildy continued his work on, a web based guide to the historic theatres of the world which he developed as a Fellow of the Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities.  Last April he was elected treasurer of the College of Fellows of the American Theatre. In July he convened the Theatre Architecture Working Group for the International Federation for Theatre Research at their annual convention in Santiago, Chile and gave a plenary session paper on the Latin American challenges for the theatre-finder project. In August Professor Hildy gave two papers at the Association for Theatre in Higher Education conference in Washington D.C.,  and gave the keynote address for the Second International Conference on Architecture, Theatre and Culture in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. In October he will be returning to London to advise on the construction of the indoor playhouse being built for Shakespeare’s Globe and review the archaeological discoveries of two playhouses from Shakespeare’s day, the Theatre and the recently discovered Curtain.
Ahmet 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.

Matthew Kirschenbaum


Professor of English and Director of the Digital Studies Certificate Program

Matthew G. Kirschenbaum is Professor in the Department of English at the University of Maryland and Director of the Graduate Certificate in Digital Studies. He is also an affiliated faculty member with the College of Information Studies at Maryland, and a member of the teaching faculty at the University of Virginia’s Rare Book School. Previously, he served as an Associate Director of the Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities (MITH) for over a decade. He is a 2011 Guggenheim Fellow.

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.

Kari Kraus


Associate Professor of Information Studies and English

Kari Kraus is an Associate Professor in the College of Information Studies and the Department of English at the University of Maryland. Her research and teaching interests focus on new media and the digital humanities, digital preservation, game studies and design, and Human-Computer Interaction (HCI). She was a local Co-PI on two grants for preserving virtual worlds; the PI on an IMLS Digital Humanities Internship grant; and, with Derek Hansen, the Co-Principal Investigator of an NSF grant to study Alternate Reality Games (ARGs) and transmedia storytelling in the service of education and design. Her latest games for learning project—in partnership with Brigham Young University, Tinder Transmedia, and the Computer History Museum—is likewise funded by the NSF. Kraus has written for the New York Times and the Huffington Post, and her work has been mentioned in a variety of venues, including The Salt Lake Tribune, The Atlantic, Baltimore Public Radio, Huffington Post, and Gamasutra. She is a member of UMD’s Human-Computer Interaction Lab (HCIL).


Assistant Director for Innovation and Learning, Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities

Purdom comes to us from Scholars’ Lab at the University of Virginia, where as Head of Graduate Programs she collaborated with graduate student fellows, developers, librarians, and designers to create a space for experimentation and play. She was a crucial team member of the Praxis Program, which introduces graduate students to research questions and methods for the digital humanities, and she also worked with UVA’s Director of Diversity to develop a Leadership Alliance Mellon Institute (LAMI), a digital humanities-inflected summer research program, for which she developed two courses in Research Methods and an Introduction to Digital Humanities. Dedicated to cultivating supportive communities for learning, Purdom thrives in collaborative environments where people are at the heart of her work.

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.

Alexis Lothian


Assistant Professor of Women’s Studies/LGBT Studies; Core Faculty in Design Cultures & Creativity; Affiliate Faculty in American Studies

Alexis Lothian’s scholarship is situated at the intersection of queer studies, speculative fiction, and social justice in digital culture. Her book Old Futures: Speculative Fiction and the History of Queer Time, under contract with NYU Press, explores alternative futures dreamed up by feminists, queers, and people of color in the US and UK from the late 19th to the early 21st century – from feminist utopians to video remixers – in order to inquire into historical and political narratives that the seemingly transparent terminology of ‘the future’ has obscured. She also works on digital artistic forms used within fan communities to engage critical readings of media texts and to participate in social justice activism. Her work has been published in venues that include Poetics Today, Debates in Digital Humanities, International Journal of Cultural Studies, Cinema Journal, Camera Obscura, Social Text Periscope, Journal of Digital Humanities, Extrapolation, and the feminist science fiction publisher Aqueduct Press; she edited a 2013 special issue of Ada: a Journal of Gender, New Media, and Technology on feminist science fiction. She is a founding member of the #transformDH digital humanities collective and the editorial team of the open access journal Transformative Works and Cultures and co-chairs the academic track at the feminist science fiction convention WisCon.
Matthew Miller


Matthew Thomas Miller is Assistant Professor of Persian Literature and Digital Humanities / Associate Director of the Roshan Initiative in Persian Digital Humanities

Matthew Thomas Miller is a Roshan Institute Research Fellow and the Associate Director of the Roshan Initiative in Persian Digital Humanities (PersDig@UMD) at the University of Maryland, College Park. He also serves as the co-PI for the multi-institutional Islamicate Texts Initiative (ITI) and the Persian Manuscripts Initiative (PMI). Previously he was a dissertation fellow at Washington University in St. Louis (2013-2014), Roshan Cultural Heritage Institute Fellow (2012-2013), and Mellon Sawyer Graduate Fellow (2011-2012). He currently is working on a book project, entitled The Poetics Sufi Carnival: The ‘Rogue Lyrics’ (Qalandariyât) of Sanâ’i, ‘Attâr, and ‘Erâqi, and a number of articles on the topics of: (1) sexuality and embodiment in the medieval Persian world, and (2) computational (“distant reading”) approaches to Persian literature.


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.


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 Steele


Assistant Professor of Communication and Project Director, Synergies Among Digital Humanities and African American History and Culture

Catherine Knight Steele earned her doctorate in Communication at the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2014. She previously served as an assistant professor at Colorado State University. Her research focuses on African American culture and discourse in mass and new media, and publications have appeared in the Howard Journal of Communications and Intersectional Internet: Race, Sex, Class, and Culture Online (Peter Lang, 2016). Her dissertation, “Digital Barbershops: The Politics of African American Oral Culture in Online Blog Communities,” explored the politics of African American blogs as contributing to online counterpublics and secondary orality. She is currently working on a monograph about digital black feminism and new media technologies. Steele will serve as the first Project Director of Synergies Among Digital Humanities and African American History and Culture.