Arts & Humanities Research Computing Staff
Jud Harward, Director of Arts & Humanities Research Computing
I was trained as a Classical Archaeologist and excavated extensively in Cyprus, Greece, and Turkey. But I also had a fascination with computing that went back to high school. I was struck that what limits the speed of excavation in archaeology is not the difficulty of moving earth but rather the ability to record what was found. After a number of years of teaching Classics and Archaeology, I changed careers by returning to Boston and working for several years at Boston University’s Center for Remote Sensing. I then joined a multimedia research group at MIT’s Project Athena and helped to launch MIT’s Center for Educational Computing Initiatives (CECI). In twenty years at the Center I worked as software architect, project manager, and finally Associate Director. I also co-taught one of MIT’s largest undergraduate programming courses. CECI’s projects involved collaborations with a wide range of MIT faculty ranging from architectural historians to electrical engineers, and many of our projects also possessed a strong international component involving active partnerships with colleagues in Africa, East and South Asia, Europe, Australia, and South America. I joined Harvard in March, 2012, to play a somewhat different role as Director of Research Computing in the Arts and Humanities. My highest priority is to build a diverse series of collaborations between our growing team of digital fellows and the Harvard’s Arts and Humanities students and faculty. I see the Harvard libraries as crucial allies in this endeavor.
Christopher Morse, Senior Humanities Research Computing Specialist
Christopher is an artist, linguist, and technologist with a passion for language and all things antiquarian. His background in the humanities (B.A. Japanese, M.A. Religious Studies) compliments his more recent work in computer science (M.A. Digital Media & Instructional Design), and informs his approach to research computing and digital humanities initiatives at Harvard. His primary areas of interest are in the interplay of art and technology, data visualization, computational linguistics, and graph databases. He supports DARTH as a consultant and developer for digital humanities projects, and as an instructor for digital research technologies. In addition to Japanese, Christopher also studies Chinese, French, German, Latin, Greek, Spanish, and Old English. You can follow him on Twitter at@christophrmorse and say hello in any language!
Rashmi Singhal, Senior Software Engineer
Rashmi is a software developer who specializes in digital humanities applications for pedagogical and scholarly application. She previously worked for HarvardX, the Library of Congress, and the Perseus Digital Library. She holds a BS in Computer Science and Archaeology and a MS in Computer Science, both from Tufts University.
Nicole Legnani is a founding fellow of DARTH and assistant professor of Colonial Latin American Studies at Princeton University. While pursuing her PhD in RLL at Harvard, she consulted with faculty on e-books and digital media and produced a short video for the WWQI project run by Afsaneh Najmabadi. With Sarah W. Searle, she runs the Drawing Conclusions project. As a College Fellow, she taught classes on Latin American Studies for two years (2014-16).
Sarah Winifred Searle is a founding fellow of DARTH, a graduate of Harvard Extension School with an ALB in Humanities, and a cartoonist. She has been Children’s Writer-in-Residence with the Associates of the Boston Public Library, and a Barajas Digital Pioneer and grant recipient with Dr. Nicole Legnani on the Drawing Conclusions project. While part of DARTH, she consulted with faculty on digital media and co-organized events and workshops. These days, she focuses on writing and drawing comics, which she rambles about over on Twitter at @swinsea. For more info, please see her website.
Gosia Stergios is a fellow of Darth and the Associate Director of Academy Research at Phillips Academy in Andover. She has long been interested in the humanities, having earned a master’s degree in philosophy both from the Catholic University in Lublin and Columbia University. She was until recently the director of communications at DARTH where she promoted the value of humanistic thinking in the sciences and social sciences through interdisciplinary initiatives, conferences and social media campaigns. Prior to that she was a knowledge strategist and manager at Harvard Library, Harvard Business School library and Accenture.