Alumni Fellows

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Hannah Aizenman
Digital Fellow and Ph.D. Candidate, Computer Science, The Graduate Center (CUNY)

Hannah Aizenman was a doctoral student in Computer Science and a Digital Fellow at the Graduate Center, CUNY, while working on the DHRI team. Her research is in using machine learning to make sense of and visualize multivariate spatio-temporal, mostly climate, datasets and the algorithms run on them. At the City College of New York, she taught multiple variants of introduction to programming a and piloted peer led team learning for the Computer Science department. She also teaches data science using Python and mentors high school stunds for the CREST HIRES earth science and remote sensing REU at CCNY. She is an organizer of the New York City Linux User's Group, is on the planning committee for the American Meteorology Society's Python Symposium, and a core contributor to the matplotlib Python visualization library.

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Kelsey Chatlosh
Digital Fellow and Ph.D. Candidate, Anthropology, The Graduate Center (CUNY)

Kelsey Chatlosh is a cultural anthropology Ph.D. student and Digital Fellow at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York (CUNY). Her future dissertation research focuses on Afro-Chilean activism for state recognition, territory and alternative discourses of memory and history, and how they are contesting dominant narratives of Chilean history and nationhood. Her work as a Digital Fellow is focused on digital tools and platforms for qualitative research and oral interviews, with an emphasis on ethics, political economy and decolonizing and feminist methods.

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Rachel Rakov
Former Digital Fellow and Ph.D. in Linguistics

Rachel Rakov was a doctoral student in the Linguistics Department, with a focus in Computational Linguistics, when she worked on the DHRI team. Her dissertation research is on using prosody modeling to train computational models that can distinguishing between native and non-native English questions. She has also worked on building tools for automatic language identification, and tools for automatic detection of sarcastic speech. She has presented her research at Interspeech and ASRU. In addition, Rachel has helped develop and teach courses in Python programming and Natural Language Processing for the Computational Linguistics M.A. program at The Graduate Center. She was also a consultant on O\'Reilly book Introduction to Machine Learning, where she provided input on how to make the content of the book more accessible to readers without a math or CS background. Rachel has been an intern with the Speech-Language Technology team at Interactions, and taught at Hunter College.

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Patrick Sweeney
Former Digital Fellow and Ph.D. Candidate, Psychology, The Graduate Center (CUNY)

Patrick Sweeney was a Ph.D. Candidate in Psychology and a Digital Fellow at the Graduate Center, CUNY, while working on the DHRI team. His dissertation traces the historical development of methods for quantifying human experience in psychology, business, and politics; and shows how their entwined histories animate current controversies surrounding the use of personal digital data in research, propaganda, and marketing. He has published on topics including the ethics of social media data in psychological research, media representations of social identities and urban change after trauma, and the theory and praxis of ethics and methods pedagogy. His work as a GC Digital Fellow has focused on workshop development, ethics in digital research, and supporting social media and web tools. He has previously taught at Hunter College, CUNY, and served as a Writing Across the Curriculum fellow at Kingsborough Community College, CUNY.

Alumni Faculty

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Nicky Agate
Assistant Director of Scholarly Communication and Projects, Columbia University Libraries

Nicky Agate is the assistant director of scholarly communication and projects at Columbia University, where she leads a team that works on digital humanities initiatives, digital publishing, and the institutional repository. Until February of this year, she was head of digital initiatives at the MLA, where she was responsible for Humanities Commons (, MLA Commons (, and CORE ( She is a co-PI on the HuMetricsHSS initiative (, which seeks to establish a framework for values-based assessment and evaluation in the humanities and social sciences and a founding editor of The Idealis, an overlay journal that promotes quality open-access scholarship about scholarly communications issues ( She serves on the research committee of the Library Publishing Coalition and the editorial board of the Journal of Librarianship and Scholarly Communication ( Nicky holds a Ph.D. in French Literature from NYU and an M.F.A. in Literary Translation from the University of Iowa.

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Kelly Baker Josephs
Associate Professor of English at York College, CUNY

Kelly Baker Josephs is Associate Professor of English at York College, City University of New York. She specializes in Caribbean literature, with forays into the digital humanities and women's studies. Her book, Disturbers of the Peace: Representations of Insanity in Anglophone Caribbean Literature (University of Virginia Press, 2013), considers the ubiquity of madmen and madwomen in Caribbean literature between 1959 and 1980. She is the editor of sx salon: a small axe literary platform (, manages The Caribbean Commons website (, and co-organizes the annual Caribbean Digital conference ( Her current book project, Caribbean Articulations: Storytelling in a Digital Age, explores the intersections between new technologies and Caribbean cultural production.

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Patricia Hswe
Program Officer, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

Patricia Hswe is the program officer for Scholarly Communications at the Foundation, which she joined in August 2016. In this role she works on a range of grants and initiatives supporting libraries, archives, museums, universities, presses, and other institutions that further the world's collective knowledge of the humanities. Previously, Patricia was digital content strategist and co-department head of Publishing and Curation Services at the Penn State University Libraries and, at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, program manager for several digital preservation projects funded by the Library of Congress. Originally a Russian literature scholar, she holds a Ph.D. from Yale University in Slavic languages and literatures. She also received an A.B. in Russian language and literature from Mount Holyoke College and an M.S. in library and information science from the University of Illinois. Patricia is currently a member of the Executive Council of the Association for Computers and the Humanities.

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Shana Kimball
Managing Director of Research, Data & Society

Shana brings ten years of experience working in higher ed / research settings as an academic publisher, project and people manager, strategist, communicator, and public speaker on open access, alternative academic careers, and more. Most recently, at NYPL Labs, she led the development of a new initiative to engage technologists, scholars, and other digital practitioners in new uses of the Library’s digital collections and data sources, and to host conversations and incubate experimental projects that explore the future of public knowledge.

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Michelle McSweeney
Postdoctoral Fellow at Columbia University’s Center for Spatial Research

Michelle A. McSweeney is a Research Scholar in the Center for Spatial Research at Columbia University. She is the author of The Pragmatics of Texting: Making Meaning in Messages (Routledge 2018), and co-host of the podcast Subtext ( Her research focuses on digital writing in romantic relationships, particularly how we establish intimacy and trust through text messaging. She uses Natural Language Processing and Machine Learning techniques to identify key features that distinguish romantic from platonic conversations. Recently, she has expanded her research to investigate how politically polarized media outlets discuss politically charged topics such as gun control and immigration, and the linguistic strategies they use to build trust with their audiences. She received her Ph.D. in Linguistics and a certificate in Interactive Technology and Pedagogy from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York in 2016.

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Julia Miele Rodas
Professor of English at Bronx Community College, CUNY

Julia Miele Rodas is Professor of English, teaching writing, literature, and disability studies at Bronx Community College. She holds a Ph.D. in English from the CUNY Graduate Center. A disability studies scholar and Victorianist, Julia is co-editor of a collection on disability in Jane Eyre (The Madwoman and the Blindman, The Ohio State University Press, 2012) and co-edit​​or of the Literary Disability Studies book series for Palgrave Macmillan. Her writing has appeared in numerous books and journals, including Victorian Literature & Culture, Dickens Studies Annual, the Victorian Review, the Journal of Literary & Cultural Disability Studies, Disability Studies Quarterly. Her monograph, Autistic Disturbances, is forthcoming from University of Michigan Press.