Faculty Spotlight

  • Sandy Baldwin

    Ph.D
    Associate Professor
    Department of English
    College of Liberal Arts

    Sandy Baldwin is Associate Professor of English and contributing faculty for Digital Humanities and Social Sciences.  He teaches in the DHSS introductory sequence, as well as offering DHSS electives in digital writing and comparative media.

    He teaches courses in electronic literature, digital writing, and new media studies. He previously directed the Center for Literary Computing at West Virginia University, and has also served as a Fulbright Professor in Media Studies in Austria and as a visiting Professor of Hypermedia at the University of Paris. His most recent book, The Internet Unconscious (Bloomsbury 2014), won the 2015 N. Katherine Hayles award for the top scholarly work on electronic literature. He is the editor of seven books of essays and author of several works of "codework" poetry. His collaborative literary interventions in video games/virtual worlds have been shown all over the world, including in the Pompidou Museum, the Tate Modern, and in the Lollapalooza festival. He is the Managing Editor of electronic book review, one of the oldest all online peer reviewed journals of criticism, and editor in chief of Computing Literature, the only academic book series on digital literature. He is currently Vice President of the Electronic Literature Organization and coordinates the ELO’s Consortium for Electronic Literature.


    Sandy Baldwin Projects

    Electronic Book Review »

    Consortium for Electronic Literature (CELL) »

  • Tamar W. Carroll

    Ph.D.
    Associate Professor
    College of Liberal Arts

    Office: 06-3114 
    Phone: (585) 475-6913 
    Email: tamar.carroll@rit.edu
    Website: http://www.tamarcarroll.com

    Tamar Carroll is Associate Professor of History and teaches in the DHSS introductory sequence and also integrates DHSS projects into her other courses, including Hist 324: Oral History, Hist 190: American Women’s History, and Hist 191: History of the Family in the U.S, including the Friendship Album Project. She is an affiliated faculty member of the Museum Studies Program and the Women’s and Gender Studies Program

    Carroll specializes in modern U.S. political and gender history. Her book, Mobilizing New York: AIDS, Antipoverty, and Feminist Activism was published by the University of North Carolina Press in 2015. She enjoys sharing her research through digital and public history projects, including this short film about multi-racial, working-class feminists in Brooklyn. Currently, Carroll is collaborating with photo editor Meg Handler on a photography and oral history exhibit based on her book, which is scheduled to open at the Bronx Documentary Center in 2017 and will feature an extended virtual companion.

  • Shaun Foster

    Assistant professor of 3D Digital Design

    Shaun Foster received his Masters in Fine Arts at RIT in 2002. He then worked at 4 Directions Productions as manager of Animation and was also Lead Effects Artist there. He worked on multiple award winning, national and regional TV, advertising and the highly successful 3D animated short “Raccoon and Crawfish”. Shaun has developed two educational multimedia exhibits for museums prior to joining RIT. He is currently pursuing his love of pedagogy and technology at RIT. Foster’s work is focused on next generation 3D and interactive computer graphics. He recently published Integrating 3D Modeling, Photogrammetry and Design (Springer Publishing) and the Augmented Reality Tourism app Flip For History. Foster has spoken the last 3 years at the International SIGGRAPH conference and is also involved in the local SIGGRAPH Professional chapter serving on the executive board and also advises “RITGraph”, the student SIGGRAPH chapter at RIT. He was recently awarded several grants (internal and external) dealing with next generation technologies; including Kinect and Augmented Reality tourism as well as Digital Humanities 3D interactive Asylum reconstruction.


    Cassey Friendship Album »

    Susan B Anthony House Walking Tour »

  • Owen Gottlieb

    Ph.D.
    Assistant Professor,
    Interactive Games and Media

    Founder and Lead Research Faculty at the Initiative in Religion, Culture, and Policy at the RIT MAGIC Center.

    Dr. Gottlieb's work in games and digital media for learning crosses a number of fields including cultural anthropology, learning sciences, religion, media studies, and design studies.  Gottlieb’s game Jewish Time Jump: New York was nominated for Most Innovative Games at the Games for Change Festival.  He has worked professionally in internet software development, screen and television writing, and is the founder of ConverJent:  Jewish Games for Learning (converjent.org).  The Religion, Culture, and Policy Initiative cultivates new research, focused on games, religious literacy, the acquisition of cultural practices, and the implications on policy and politics.  Codename: Purple, currently in development at RCP is a card-to-mobile strategy game to teach literacy in religious legal systems. The project has been awarded a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.


    Jewish Time Jump: New York »

    Religion, Culture, and Policy Intiative @ MAGIC »

  • Trent Hergenrader

    Ph.D.
    Assistant Professor,
    Department of English

    Trent Hergenrader researches how games and storytelling can steer writers' imaginations down unexpected pathways and encourages them to play with language in productive and enlightening ways. He is also interested in using digital tools in creative writing classrooms to foster collaborative world building, where students co-create expansive worlds for their characters to play in using techniques borrowed from role-playing games. His world building courses explore different kinds of realities, including post-apocalyptic futures, alternate histories, and fictional worlds of popular media such as Game of Thrones. Hergenrader's own writing has appeared in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, The Mammoth Book of Dieselpunk, and Best Horror of the Year, among other places. He is co-editor of Creative Writing in the Digital Age, and Senior Editor of the Journal of Creative Writing Studies.


    Steampunk Rochester »

    Tales from King's Landing »

  • Lisa M. Hermsen

    Ph.D. 
    Professor and Caroline Werner Gannett 
    Endowed Chair
    College of Liberal Arts

    Phone: (585) 475-4553
    Email: lmhgsl@rit.edu

    Professor Lisa M. Hermsen currently holds the Caroline Werner Gannett Chair for the Humanities. She served as the primary author on the Digital Humanities and Social Sciences Program Proposal and continues to support the program through endowed activities like speaker series, THAT Camps, Critical Game Studies seminars, and faculty development activity. Professor Hermsen is active in teaching and co-teaching the introductory courses to the DHSS program and enhancing project-based pedagogy across the DHSS curriculum.

    Prior to accepting the Caroline Werner Endowed Chair, Professor Hermsen served as English Department Chair. Professor Hermsen’s primary area of research has been the cultural history of medicine and psychiatry. She published Manic Minds: Mania’s Mad History and Its Neuro-Future in 2011. Since then, she has explored other means of publishing, working on digital projects like “Hysteria” (a game about of the Yellow Wallpaper); “Pox in the City” (a game about Jerner’s smallpox vaccine); and the “Buffalo State Insane Asylum: A Purposeful Recovery.”

    Professor Hermsen’s current interests are in the history of the “imaging moment,” and in new imaging science methods for recovering texts that have been damaged or overwritten and thus unreadable in normal lighting conditions. This interest in the history and future of the imaging moment correlates with her emerging work with media archeology and the history of the book, broadly conceived.

  • Ammina Kothari

    Ph.D.
    Assistant Professor,
    School of Communication

    Dr. Kothari specializes in gender and African Studies as well as data visualization, data mining and big data analysis. Her research explores global communication and journalism practices with special focus on conflicts, health, gender, technology and religion. Kothari is especially interested in understanding the processes that shape social discourses about conflicts, gender, health issues, and religion on digital platforms, as well as the ethics of data visualization. Kothari’s scholarship has included multiple newsroom ethnographies exploring factors influencing the framing of humanitarian and health crises and content analyses of media on various platforms. She employs a range of qualitative and quantitative methods including in-depth interviews, textual analysis, discourse analysis, content analysis and structural equation modeling in her research. Currently, Dr. Kothari is working on a project focusing on the use of social media to map the flow of refugee information.

    Kothari received her PhD in Mass Communication at Indiana University. At RIT, Dr. Kothari teaches Intro to Journalism, Reporting and Writing I, Computer-Assisted Reporting, Communication, Gender and Media, and Mass Communication. Her work has been published in Journalism Studies, Journalism Practice, Global Media Journal and the Journal of Asian and African Studies.

  • Kelly Norris Martin

    Ph.D.
    Assistant Professor,
    School of Communication

    Kelly Martin focuses her research on intersections of visual communication, rhetorical criticism and design and advocates for discipline-specific visual communication instruction in higher education. Recently, she and Ben Zwickl of RIT's School of PHysics were awarded an NSF grant to investigate the transition from school to jobs in the Optics and Photonics workforce. They hope to identify what abilities employers (in industry and academia) value most from their entry-level employees such as communication, collaboration and self-regulated learning. Martin has also collaborated to develop a theory of visual wellbeing and a theory of digital credibility with a focus on public relations blogs. She teaches courses such as Visual Communication, Critical Practice in Social Media, Digital Design in Communication and Campaign Management and Planning. Courses often have a project-based digital component, such as: RIT FoodShare on Facebook and the FoodShare center, the creative brief for an online matching site connecting students' interests with compelling liberal arts courses, and a campaign for the online ride share site, roceasyride.org. Martin was the recipient of the 2013 Eisenhart Provost's Award for Excellence in Teaching.


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