Digital Humanities Summer Fellowships

scholars in the fellowship program having a lively discussion at the conference table

The Simpson Center offers annual summer fellowships for faculty and doctoral students to pursue research projects that use digital technologies in innovative and intensive ways and/or explore the historical, social, aesthetic, and cross-cultural implications of digital cultures. The program has three primary goals:

  • To animate knowledge—using rich media, dynamic databases, and visualization tools
  • To circulate knowledge—among diverse publics
  • To understand digital culture—historically, theoretically, aesthetically, and generatively

UW faculty and doctoral candidates are eligible to apply either on an individual basis or in teams for Digital Humanities Summer Fellowships every fall. Where research in the humanities is often undertaken by a single scholar, this program enables faculty and graduate students to collaborate with each other as well as with designers, information technologists, and librarians. Applications from scholars using the open-source multimodal authoring and publishing platform Scalar are particularly encouraged; the Simpson Center is an affiliate of the Alliance for Networking Visual Culture, which developed Scalar. Review additional eligibility and application information for faculty and graduate students

Up to 8 scholars—4 faculty and 4 doctoral students—will be selected each year; they will be required to be in residence for 6-8 weeks during the summer and will meet weekly to share their research. In addition to summer salary, each will have a research budget that can be used for expenses such as hourly support and software.

The Simpson Center gratefully acknowledges the support of a National Endowment for the Humanities Challenge Grant and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation as well as many donors to the endowment which is underwriting these fellowships.

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2022 - 2023 Digital Humanities Summer Fellows

Andreas P. Bassett stands in front of a large shrubbery while wearing a dark jacket blue shirt and tie.
Doctoral Candidate
Department of English
Anna Preus stands outside wearing a dark jacket and striped shirt.
Assistant Professor
English
Christopher Teuton sits in front of a bookcase wearing a maroon shirt.
Professor and Chair
American Indian Studies
A portrait of Jasmine Mahmoud standing in front of a bookcase.
Assistant Professor
School of Drama
A portrait of Leah Rubinsky standing in front of a body of water.
Doctoral Candidate
Department of Comparative Literature
Samantha Thompson stands in front of a beige wall while wearing glasses and a jacket.
Doctoral Candidate
Department of Geography
A black and white portrait of Sarah Choi.
Doctoral Student
Cinema & Media Studies
Sarah Moore stands outside while wearing a read cardigan and white shirt.
Doctoral Candidate
Department of English
Sonia De La Cruz looks to the right while standing behind a camera on a tripod.
Assistant Professor
School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences, UW Tacoma

2022 - 2023 Digital Humanities Summer Fellow

A portrait of Leah Rubinsky standing in front of a body of water.

Leah Rubinsky (she/her/hers)

Doctoral Candidate

Cuéntame, Mamá: An Auditory Archive of Mothering Across Borders

This Digital Humanities project compiles ethnographic audio narratives of stories and sounds of mothering to be recorded on a Chester Fritz-funded research trip to Colombia in the spring quarter of 2022. The material will support a scholarly podcast chapter of Leah's dissertation on motherhood, memory, and migration in circum-Caribbean women’s contemporary fiction. These recordings will be assembled into a digital archive of anecdotes and stories serving to amplify the voices of Latinx women mothering or being mothered across histories of displacement and migration.