Meet our Team
Dr. Elspeth H. Brown is Professor of History at the University of Toronto, where she teaches queer and trans history; the history of US capitalism; oral history; and the history and theory of photography. Her digital humanities research has focused on queer and trans archives and oral history. She received her PhD from Yale University in 2000 and is the author of (most recently) WORK! A Queer History of Modeling (Duke University Press, 2019) and co-editor of Feeling Photography (2014, Duke University Press with Thy Phu). She is the principal investigator for the LGBTQ Oral History Digital Collaboratory, a team-based project and virtual working space where members come together to share work, ideas, and new knowledge about the creation of LGBTQ oral histories in the digital age. She is an active volunteer and former Co-President of the Board at The ArQuives, Canada’s Lesbian and Gay Archives, the world’s largest LGBTQ+ community archive.
Danielle Taschereau Mamers
Danielle Taschereau Mamers is the Managing Director of the CDHI. Danielle received her PhD in Media Studies from the University of Western Ontario in 2017. She has previously held postdoctoral fellowships at McMaster University (ECS), the University of Pennsylvania (WHC), and the University of Toronto (JHI). Danielle’s research identifies critical and creative strategies for destabilizing authority structures reproduced by documents, images, and their archives. Her first book, Settler Colonial Ways of Seeing (Fordham UP, forthcoming), investigates Indigenous artists’ engagements with settler documentation of Indian status in Canada. Her other projects include a study of art as a method of political theorizing and an archival and field-based analysis of the decolonial potential of bison reintroduction. Bridging critical digital humanities, environmental humanities, and public scholarship, Danielle co-created the Field Guide to Lost Futures with student researchers at McMaster University.
Associate Director, Research
Thy Phu is Professor of Media Studies and Interim Chair at the Department of Arts, Culture, and Media. Her research and public humanities practice examine the intersections between media studies, diaspora and migration, vision and justice. She is the author of Picturing Model Citizens: Civility in Asian American Visual Culture and Warring Visions: Photography and Vietnam, forthcoming at Duke University Press. She is also co-editor of Feeling Photography, Refugee States: Critical Refugee Studies in Canada, and Cold War Camera. She directed The Family Camera Network, a research collaboration that collected and preserves family photographs and their stories as a public resource for tracing histories and memories of migration with a focus on race, gender, and sexuality. Currently she is co-Director of “Refugee States,” a collaborative project that partners with community migrant and refugee organizations to create a digital counter archive of forced displacement—this project is funded by the SSHRC Race, Gender, and Diversity Initiative. In 2017, she was elected as member of the College of New Scholars, Artists, and Scientists at the Royal Society of Canada.
Tanya Rohrmoser is a writer and the Communications Officer for CDHI. She received her M.A. in English Literature from Brock University in 2010 and is a graduate of the Professional Writing & Communications program at Humber College. She has done consulting for local businesses, and worked in communications roles for House & Home Media, TIFF, University of Toronto Press, and Ridley College.
JHI-CDHI Digital Humanities Postdoctoral Fellow 2022-2023
The CDHI warmly welcomes Khanh V.N. Vo as the 2022-23 JHI-CDHI Digital Humanities Postdoctoral Fellow. Dr. Vo (Ph.D. College of William and Mary, 2021) completed her doctorate in American Studies and has consistently worked toward a career that spans academic teaching, public history, and the digital humanities, which she approaches through the lens of digital culture, game studies, and scientific and technological discourse.
Her research examines how the labor of marginalized groups can be understood through the discourse of robotics and automation, and more broadly, how discourses on robotics within the humanities and within science and technology communities have diverged.
Dr. Vo will join the JHI for the Labour theme year to work on the project “‘All the Work Without the Workers’: Robotic Labor in the America Imaginary.”
CDHI Postdoctoral Fellow in Community Data 2022-2024
Katie Mackinnon is completing her PhD in the Faculty of Information, University of Toronto. Her research focuses on histories of the web, including early uses and experiences of young people in the late 1990s. She interrogates ethical approaches to web archival research and youth data, and examines social, infrastructural, and policy issues of the web.
CDHI Postdoctoral Fellow in Community Data 2022-2024
Rachel Corbman received a PhD in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies from Stony Brook University in 2019. Her research and teaching interests span feminist studies, queer studies, disability studies, transgender studies, the public and digital humanities, and the history of gender and sexuality. Her current book project, “Conferencing on the Edge: A Queer History of Feminist Field Formation, 1969-89,” offers a history of the conflicts that shaped U.S. women’s studies and gay and lesbian studies in the 1970s and 1980s.
Arun Jacob is a doctoral student at the Faculty of Information at the University of Toronto. His educational pursuits have included electronics engineering technology, professional communication, and labour studies. His research examines the media histories of educational technologies. Arun is the author of “Punching Holes in the International Busa Machine Narrative,” found in the volume Alternative Histories of the Digital Humanities (Punctum Books, 2021) co-edited by Dorothy Kim and Adeline Koh. He also co-authored the article “Transforming DH Pedagogy” (Digital Studies/le Champ Numérique 2020) with Nadine Boulay, Ashley Caranto Morford, Kush Patel, and Kimberly O’Donnell. As program assistant for the DHN/CDHI, Arun is creating a new series of skills-based workshops for the upcoming academic year.
UX Designer Summer Co-op at CDHI
Peter is a Master of Information Student at the University of Toronto studying User Experience Design. Having finished his first year in the program, he has joined the Critical Digital Humanities Initiative for his summer co-op. During these 16 weeks, he will be assisting four research team with designing and building their digital platforms to disseminate their research to the public. Peter studied Digital Enterprise Management at the University of Toronto Mississauga during his undergraduate years where he wanted to pursue digital marketing. But sudden changes in his circumstances and career helped him discover his true passion of helping people and making a difference in society. This led him to his current career as a UX Designer where he seeks to create intuitive and pleasant digital experiences and products.
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Julia Gruson-Wood is a Research Associate for the VP Office of Research & Innovation and CDHI. She is an interdisciplinary critical health scholar and received her PhD in Science & Technology Studies from York University. Julia previously held two postdoctoral fellowships at the University of Guelph: one focusing on the impact of parents’ gender relations in the largest longitudinal family-based health study in Canada; and the other, an arts-based intersectional SSHRC-funded project studying Ontario 2SLGBTQI+ parenting experiences in a post-legal parity context. Julia also collaborates on critical autism and neurodiversity-related grants and is currently completing her first book, Remaking Therapy, Reshaping Autism: social relations and the governance of applied behaviour therapies (UBC Press). Julia currently serves as an Adjunct Faculty member for both the Social Practice and Transformational Change PhD program, and Re·Vision: the centre for art and social justice (University of Guelph).
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Digital Humanities Developer
Matthew Lefaive graduated from UTSC in 2019 with a B.Sc. in Computer Science and Linguistics. Matthew will serve as the Digital Humanities Developer in the CDHI, aiding DH researchers in creating project websites and digital exhibitions. He is also the Project Manager for Bioline International – the longest running project currently housed in UTSC’s Knowledge Equity Lab – managing the platform content and day-to-day workflow. Matthew is interested in open access research and developing web applications to assist in language preservation and learning.
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