Digital Humanities Research Institute: Binghamton 2019


HEATHER DEHAAN is Associate Professor and Chair of History at Binghamton University. In 2013, she published Stalinist City Planning: Professionals, Performance, and Power, which studied urban politics in provincial Russia in the 1930s. She is currently studying neighborhood relations in Baku, Azerbaijan, in the late Soviet period.

CARL GELDERLOOS I joined the department of German and Russian Studies at Binghamton University in September 2014 after completing my Ph.D. at Cornell University in May of the same year. My book—Biological Modernism: The New Human in Weimar Culture (forthcoming with Northwestern University Press)—looks at the literature, photography, and philosophical anthropology of the Weimar Republic, showing how figures such as Alfred Döblin, Ernst Jünger, and Helmuth Plessner drew on discourses and tropes associated with living nature in order to redefine the human being for a modern, technological age. I have published on Alfred Döblin, Albert Renger-Patzsch, and the science fiction of East Germany, among other topics, and in the near future I plan to expand my forays into the photography of the 1920s, German language science fiction, and Philosophical Anthropology.

SONJA KIM is an associate professor of Asian and Asian American Studies where she teaches on Korea and East Asia. Her monograph Imperatives of Care: Women and Medicine in Colonial Korea (University of Hawai'i Press, 2019) examines medical professionalization and women's experiences in health practices in late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century Korea. Her current research projects examines the ethics of care, emotional labor of nurses, and management of the urban poor in Korea.

NATHANIEL MATHEWS is a newcomer to the field of digital history and eager to use digital archiving methods to preserve and analyze data gathered from the Zanzibar archives on the birthplaces of several hundred naturalized Zanzibari citizens, and to organize those birthplaces onto a map of the western Indian Ocean.

GIOVANNA MONTENEGRO, PhD, is Assistant Professor of comparative literature and romance languages at Binghamton University. Her research interests include Latin American colonial and early modern German literature, history, and visual culture–– especially cartography. She also works on the transatlantic Avant-Garde. She is currently working on a book on the Welser bankers of Augsburg and their Venezuela colony (1528-1556) in cultural memory. A former art school graduate (SFAI, BFA Photography, 2002), Dr. Montenegro enjoys working across a variety of media. Currently, she is collaborating with Comparative Literature faculty and graduate students on a “Broadcasting World Literature” project sponsored by the IASH Public Humanities Initiative that includes podcasting and live radio. She is excited to learn new digital skills to bring to the classroom and enhance her research. You can find out more about her work at

LAURA PANGALLOZZI I am a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Geography Department at Binghamton. I hold a PhD in geography from Rutgers (2014); a master’s in urban planning, also from Rutgers; a master’s in U.S. religious history from Harvard, as well as an undergraduate degree in Humanities from Yale.

JESSIE REEDER is Assistant Professor of English at Binghamton University, specializing in nineteenth-century British literature, imperialism, and form. Her first book, “The Forms of Informal Empire" (under review), asks how authors responded to British-Latin American relations in the nineteenth century by writing new narratives of transnational contact. It defamiliarizes social forms like the progress narrative and the nuclear family, asking how they both support empire and render it strange. Work from this book has been published in Studies in Romanticism and Studies in English Literature. Professor Reeder is also working on a large archival project focused on English settlers in mid-nineteenth-century South America. She has spent two summers in Santiago and Buenos Aires reading the newspapers produced by these immigrant communities, and she is collaborating with the Biblioteca Nacional de Chile and two other scholars to digitize these newspapers and produce an open-access database for nineteenth-century scholars worldwide.


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