And Advisory Board & User Group



Gregory Crane is the Alexander von Humboldt Chair in Digital Humanities at Leipzig University and Editor-in-Chief of the Perseus Digital Library, hosted at Tufts University. Professor Crane and his teams at Tufts and Leipzig have developed the largest online, annotated repository of Greek and Latin texts and also advised and facilitated the exchange of knowledge about corpus building, digital methods, and data analytics for many other projects. His most recent initiative is focused on “Global Philology.”

David Smith is an Assistant Professor in the College of Computer and Information Science at Northeastern University and a founding member of the NULab for Texts, Maps, and Networks, Northeastern’s center for the digital humanities and computational social sciences. Previously, he was a research faculty member at the University of Massachusetts’ Center for Intelligent Information Retrieval, a Ph.D. student in computer science at Johns Hopkins University, and the head programmer at the Perseus Digital Library Project. His research focuses on building statistical models of human language, with applications to information retrieval, machine translation, the humanities, and social sciences. Most recently, he has been working on inference for social networks from textual evidence, in collaboration with colleagues in English, history, and political science, under the aegis of the Proteus and Viral Texts projects.

Marco Büchler holds a Diploma in Computer Science. Since 2006 he has worked as a Research Associate in the Natural Language Processing Group at Leipzig University. From April 2008 to March 2011 Marco served as the technical Project Manager for the eAQUA project and continued to work in the capacity for the following eTRACES project. In March 2013 he received his PhD in the field of eHumanities. Since May 2014 he leads a Digital Humanities Research Group at the Göttingen Centre for Digital Humanities. His research includes Natural Language Processing on Big Humanities Data. Specifically, he works on Historical Text Re-use Detection and its application in the business world. In addition to his primary responsibilities, Marco manages the Medusa project (Big Scale co-occurrence and ngram framework) as well as the TRACER framework for detecting historical text re-use.

Tara Andrews has been University Professor of Digital Humanities at the University of Vienna since 2016. With a Bachelor of Science in Humanities and Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1999), and the degrees of Master (2005) and Doctor (2009) of Philosophy in Byzantine and Armenian studies from the University of Oxford, her dual scientific training as well as her professional experience in the software industry has provided valuable and rare perspectives on the use of digital and computational methods in humanities domains. Andrews’ fields of expertise include the history and historiography of the Christian Near East in the tenth to twelfth centuries, the application of computational and statistical methods for reconstruction of the copying history of ancient and medieval manuscripts (stemmatology), and reflection on the implications of employing digital media and computational methods in humanities contexts. She has been invited to give keynote presentations at both academic and industry conferences, has contributed to both the Armenian-source content and the technical maintenance of the online “Prosopography of the Byzantine World”, has edited or co-edited two collections of papers on the subject of software and computational analysis in textual studies, and has published several journal articles as well as a monograph on topics that cover both medieval Armenian history and digital scholarly practice. Her scientific output also extends to research software, most notably the ‘Stemmaweb’ suite of online tools for analysis of text variants and their associated stemma hypotheses, but also including a range of smaller tools whose source code has been released to the public on Github.

Matthew Thomas Miller, PhD. is Assistant Professor of Persian Literature and Digital Humanities at Roshan Institute for Persian Studies at the University of Maryland, College Park. He also serves as the Associate Director of the Roshan Initiative in Persian Digital Humanities (PersDig@UMD) and as the co-PI for the multi-institutional Open Islamicate Texts Initiative (OpenITI) and the Persian Manuscript Initiative (PMI). His research focuses on medieval Sufi literature, the history of sexuality and the body, and digital humanities. He currently is working on a book project, entitled Embodying the Beloved: Embodiment and Mystical Modes of Meaning Creation in Medieval Persian Sufi Literature, and a number of articles on computational or “distant reading” approaches to Persian literature and carnivalesque Sufi poetry.

KITAB Advisory Board

  • Antoine Borrut, University of Maryland
  • Julia Bray, Oxford University
  • Fred Donner, University of Chicago
  • Walid Ghali, AKU-ISMC
  • Hugh Kennedy, SOAS, University of London
  • Chase Robinson, City University of New York, Graduate Center
  • Shawkat Toorawa, Yale University
  • Konrad Hirschler, SOAS, University of London

User Group

  • Arezou Azad, University of Birmingham
  • David Bennett, University of Gottenburg
  • Edward Coghill, University of Oxford
  • Maryam Ghadyani, AKU-ISMC
  • Virginia Vázquez Hernández, Centro de Ciencias Humanas y Sociales
  • Ryan Lynch, University of Oxford, Oriental Studies Department
  • Majied Robinson, Edinburgh University
  • Isabel Toral-Niehoff, Göttingen University
  • James Weaver, University of Zurich
  • Luke Yarbrough, Saint Louis University
  • Najam Haider, Barnard College/Columbia University
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