Speakers and Presentations


Matt Cohen, University of Texas at Austin
Cohen works in the fields of early American literature, digital archives, and the history of the book. He is affiliate faculty in American Studies and Comparative Literature, and a member of the Native American and Indigenous Studies collective at UT. His essays have appeared in PMLA, American Literary History, The Walt Whitman Quarterly Review, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Mississippi Quarterly, and Book History. He is the editor of a collection of letters by the creator of Tarzan, titled Brother Men: The Correspondence of Edgar Rice Burroughs and Herbert T. Weston (Duke UP, 2005), and the author of a book on early American writing in the context of seventeenth-century English and Native American communications technologies, The Networked Wilderness: Communicating in Early New England (University of Minnesota Press, 2010). He is writing a book on intercultural theory and method in early American studies and, with Jeffrey Glover, editing a collection of essays on media and power in the colonial Americas, Early American Mediascapes (under advance contract from the University of Nebraska Press). Cohen's full profile can be accessed here.

Patricia Galloway, University of Texas at Austin
Galloway worked as a medieval archaeologist in Europe in the 1970s and then became involved with humanities-oriented computing, which she supported in the Computer Unit of Westfield College of the University of London, where her primary interest was text analysis. From 1979 to 2000 she worked at the Mississippi Department of Archives and History (MDAH), where she was a documentary editor, archaeological editor, historian, museum exhibit developer, and electronic records program director, while at the same time creating the MDAH's automation program from scratch as manager of information systems. She is the author of Choctaw Genesis 1500-1700 (1995) and Practicing Ethnohistory(2006). From 1997 to 2000 she directed the NHPRC grant-funded project at MDAH to create an electronic records program for the state of Mississippi.

Since coming to the School of Information, Galloway has developed a suite of courses designed to prepare students to become what has recently been referred to as "Archival Engineers," capable of managing and maintaining digital cultural objects indefinitely; she also teaches archival appraisal and a course on historical museums. Her research interests to underpin this work include institutionalization of digital repositories and appropriate appraisal practices for digital records. In keeping with her interests as a historian, she is also interested in understanding how archiving and cultural preservation in general fit into their historical and cultural contexts. Galloway's full profile can be accessed here.


Ann Clark, University of Arizona
PREx Panel: Collections and Representations
Presentation: Building digital cultural heritage collections in Arizona

Ann Clark is a Master's Candidate with University of Arizona's School of Information Resources and Library Science, graduating in May 2012. Building Digital Cultural Heritage Collections in Arizona is a research project developed with Dr. Peter Botticelli through a graduate assistantship with University of Arizona's Digital Information Management Program, or DigIn. In August 2011 Ann completed an internship with the United Nations Secretariat's Office of Information and Communication Technology in the Knowledge Management Services Section. Professional interests include government information management, taxonomies, and cataloging.

Sarah Kim, University of Texas at Austin
PREx Panel: Identity and Cultural Values
Presentation: From personal to social: How to build a grassroots approach to preserving personal digital collections

Sarah Kim is a doctoral candidate at the School of Information, the University of Texas at Austin. Her research interests are digital archives, digital preservation, personal information management, and technology and practices in everyday life. She holds M.S. in Information Studies specialized in Archives and Records Management and B.A. in History and Art History.

Hyuk-Jin Lee, Texas Woman’s University
PREx Panel: Constructing Digital Culture
Presentation: Sustaining digital heritages in Korea: The status and suggestions

Hyuk-Jin Lee received his BA in Library and Information Studies from Yonsei University in Seoul, Korea in 1997 and his MA in Information Science from University of Michigan in Ann Arbor in 1999. He received his doctoral degree in the School of Communication, Information, and Library Studies (SCILS) at Rutgers University and a Cognitive Science Certificate at Rutgers University Center for Cognitive Science at Rutgers University in 2006. He is currently teaching in the School of Information and Library Studies at Texas Woman’s University. His research interests are in the area of information retrieval, information organization, interactive information retrieval systems, multimedia (image or music) retrieval, Web 2.0, and digital archiving and policies for cultural heritages (and history).

Jinfang Niu, University of South Florida
PREx Panel: Documentation, Design, and Democratization
Presentation: Functionalities of web archives

Jinfang Niu is an assistant professor at the School of Information, University of South Florida, teaching archives management, web archiving and electronic records management. She received her PhD from University of Michigan. Prior to that, she was a metadata librarian and participated in several digital library projects. Her current research focuses on the appraisal, description and preservation of electronic records.

Johanna Plant, Queen’s University, Ontario, Canada
PREx Panel: Documentation, Design, and Democratization
Presentation: Databases and democratization: Unfulfilled promises of a digital revolution

Johanna Plant is a second year PhD student at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada. Her areas of interest include artist-run centres and community-driven arts organizations, canons in art history, cultural democracy, 20th and 21st century Canadian art, museum studies, art in public spaces, and arts infrastructure. She holds an MA in History of Art from University College London (UK), and has worked in a variety of cultural institutions, including a major Canadian museum and an artist-run centre.

Sarah Ryan, University of Texas at El Paso
PREx Panel: Identity and Cultural Values
Presentation: Beginning in the Barrio: The politics of representing El Paso’s Neighborhoods via the Digital and Physical “Las Villitas” Exhibits

Sarah Ryan is an Assistant Professor of Communication and Research Fellow at The University of Texas at El Paso, as well as an M.L.S. student at Texas Woman’s University. She has a broad interest in the role of cultural preservation and education as tools for post-conflict community building. For the past five years, she has researched and published on peacebuilding in Rwanda. Dr. Ryan also co-authored the funding proposal for Rwanda’s first social science master’s program, in gender studies (via the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation). Dr. Ryan received her M.A. in Interpersonal Communication, Graduate Certificate in Women’s Studies, and Ph.D. in Rhetorical Criticism from Ohio University. She has taught at four U.S. campuses and in Belarus and Rwanda.

Elizabeth Stevens, New York University
PREx Panel: Collections and Representations
Presentation: Choose your own adventure: Making sense of performance art through interactive archival exhibitions

Elizabeth Stevens is an M.A. candidate in NYU's Museum Studies Program. Her focus is on contemporary and performance art collections management within art museums and archives. Ms. Stevens has worked with various arts organizations; most recently as a an archival intern at Franklin Furnace, and as a Graduate Assistant at the Fales Library and Special Collections. She also plans to begin working with the New Museum's Rhizome project in February as an administrative intern.

Casto Vocal, University of California at Berkeley
PREx Panel: Constructing Digital Culture
Presentation: Stewardship of Tiahuanaco in the Bolivian Altiplano

Casto Vocal is a graduate student in the MA Design program in the College of Environmental Design at UC Berkeley. His work focuses on creating real-time virtual environments as an historical and educational tool for academics and non-academics. He has over fifteen years experience creating architecture and landscapes for the video game industry.