The Digital Humanities: What Students Need (and Don't Need) to Know

For information on the two faculty initiatives featured on this panel, please see the Literary Networks Project and Game Changer Chicago Design Lab.

Josh Beck, (AM'00, UChicago) Associate Director, Neubauer Collegium for Culture and Society

As Associate Director, Josh Beck develops strategic and operational plans to support the intellectual direction of the Neubauer Collegium, a new research development institute at the University of Chicago designed to strengthen integrative faculty research at the junction of the humanities and social sciences. Prior to joining the Neubauer Collegium in 2012, Beck worked at the UChicago Center for Latin American Studies, where he managed several funded research projects in the digital humanities and advised students in the one-year interdisciplinary MA program.

Melissa Gilliam (MD'93, Harvard and MPH'95, University of Illinois-Chicago) Professor of Obstetrics/Gynecology and Pediatrics, Associate Dean for Diversity in the BSD at the University of Chicago

Melissa Gilliam, MD, MPH, is founder and Director of the Center for Interdisciplinary Inquiry and Innovation in Sexual and Reproductive Health (Ci3) at the University of Chicago, where she is Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Professor of Pediatrics and Associate Dean for Diversity & Inclusion. Dr. Gilliam’s research builds on her clinical experience as a pediatric and adolescent gynecologist, using qualitative and quantitative methods to understand and find innovative approaches to the issues that affect sexual and reproductive health and well-being. She is the co-founder of the Game Changer Chicago Design Lab, which creates narrative, technology and game-based interventions with and for youth to build assets and improve social, emotional, sexual and reproductive health outcomes.

Patrick Jagoda, (PhD'10, Duke University) Assistant Professor in the Department of English at the University of Chicago

Patrick Jagoda is an Assistant Professor of English at the University of Chicago. He is also a coeditor of Critical Inquiry. He specializes in new media studies, twentieth century American literature, and digital game theory and design. Specifically, his scholarship examines how contemporary American fiction, film, television, and digital media aestheticize global networks (including terrorist networks, economic systems, and computer webs). His publications appear in such journals as Critical Inquiry, Social Text, Post45, and Neo-Victorian Studies, as well as edited volumes such as The American Novel 1870-1940 and Cyberspace and National Security. Jagoda has also worked on several projects related to digital storytelling, transmedia game design, and new media learning. He is the co-founder (with Melissa Gilliam) of the ongoing Game Changer Chicago initiative, a project that uses transmedia game production to promote participatory and systems-oriented forms of health learning aimed at adolescents.

Hoyt Long, (PhD'08, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor) Assistant Professor of Japanese Literature, East Asian Languages and Civilizations at the University of Chicago

Hoyt Long works in the fields of modern Japanese literature, media studies, and digital humanities. His research in the latter brings computational techniques like network analysis and large-scale text analysis to the study of social dynamics and transnational textual flows in early-twentieth-century poetic modernism. This work is part of an ongoing collaborative project called "Global Literary Networks," funded by the Neubauer Collegium.

Richard Jean So, (PhD'09, Columbia University) Assistant Professor in the Department of English at the University of Chicago

Richard Jean So specializes in modern American literature in an international context. He focuses on the Asia-Pacific world, which spans American, Asian American, and East Asian cultures. He currently examines patterns of political and literary exchange between American and Chinese writers and intellectuals during the interwar period. His other interests include modern U.S. democratic theory, Chinese Communist cultures, translation studies, theory of the novel, race and diaspora studies, and “cultural transnationalism” as it continues to evolve as a conceptual category.