Robert Budac

Robert Budac is a Master of Arts student in Humanities Computing at the University of Alberta, with a background in Computing Science. His research interests lie in Game Studies, with a specific interest in the potential for pacifist play within violent video games. Despite having a lifelong fascination with the field, Robert is relatively new to the humanities, and is always excited to see new ways in which computing science and the humanities can contribute to one another.

Kaitlin Cruz

Kaitlin Cruz is a PhD student of German at Washington University in Saint Louis. She received her B.A. in German at Wayne State University in Detroit and her M.A. in German at McGill University in Montreal. Her research interests include Romanticism, fairy tales, World War 2 history and propaganda, graphic novels and digital humanities.


Ryan Heuser

Ryan Heuser is a Ph.D Candidate in English at Stanford University, and Co-Associate Director for Research of the Stanford Literary lab. His research focuses on the linguistic and generic transformations of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries in British literature, developing methods in the digital humanities in order to address questions regarding book history, print culture, and historical formalism. In the Literary Lab, he has developed and participated in a number of research projects, including the “The Trans-historical Poetry Project” and “Mapping the Emotions of London.”


Gabrielle Kirilloff

Gabrielle Kirilloff is a Ph.D. student in the English Department at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She received her B.A. in English from the University of Pittsburgh and her M.A. in English from the University of Rochester. Her academic interests include digital humanities, new media studies, gender studies, and 20th-century literature. Gabrielle has worked on a number of digital projects, including the William Blake Archive, the Walt Whitman Archive, and the Willa Cather Archive. You can read more about Gabrielle’s work at her website:

Nigel Lepianka

Nigel Lepianka 

Nigel Lepianka is a PhD student at Texas A&M, where he studies textuality, Pre-Civil War American literature, and digital humanities.  Other scholarly interests include preservation, big data and topic modeling, and critical game studies.


Abi Lemak

Abi Lemak

Abi Lemak is a Ph.D. student in Literary Studies at the University of Guelph. She is returning to Guelph after completing her M.A. in Book History and Print Culture at the University of Toronto. Her current academic interests include eBibliography, digital humanities, gender studies, late-Victorian book history, and small letterpress culture in Canada. Abi is a member of The Orlando Project, Canadian Writing and Research Collaboratory (CWRC), and The Humanities Interdisciplinary Collaboration (THINC) Lab.

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Jérémie Pelletier-Gagnon

Jérémie Pelletier-Gagnon is a PhD student enrolled in the programs of Humanities Computing and Comparative Literature at the University of Alberta. His areas of specialization are Game Studies and East Asian studies, he is primarily doing research on the culture surrounding video games in Japan. His PhD thesis project consists of an examination of Japanese game centres (arcades) through the perspective of the social affordances provided by the assemblage of game cabinets, game software and the space of game centres itself. His previous work has revolved around other aspects of video game culture in Japan such as the practice of game localization, the close readings of specific games and the exploration of the history of censorship in Japanese erotic video games.

Sonja Sapach

Sonja Sapach

Sonja Sapach is a PhD student enrolled in the Sociology and Humanities Computing programs at the University of Alberta. Primary research interests are in Game Studies, Classical Social Theory, Critical Social and Political Theory, and Social Solidarity. Other research areas include theories of big data and topic modelling in the social sciences, autoethnographic methodologies, terror management theory, alienation, and disability studies. You can read more about Sonja’s work at her website

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Kevin Schenk

Kevin Schenk is a Masters of Arts student in Humanities Computing at the University of Alberta, where he also finished my Bachelor of Science degree in Computing Science. He is currently working on the Novel-TM project as a Research Assistant under Geoffrey Rockwell. His other scholarly interests include digital mapping and data visualization.



Brooke Shafar

Brooke is a graduate student at Washington University in St. Louis, where she received her Master’s degree in 2011. Her interests generally include 19th-20th century literature, particularly pertaining to imagination and the fantastic, as well as narrative theory and the digital humanities. Additionally, she is completing a certificate in film and media studies. Brooke’s dissertation aims to analyze the representation of imagination and affect in literature ranging from E. T. A. Hoffmann to Thomas Mann, particularly with regard to adolescent socialization.


Koustuv Sinha

Koustuv Sinha is a Computer Science Master’s student at McGill University, working at the Network Dynamics Lab under the supervision of Dr. Derek Ruths. His academic interests are focused on Natural Language Processing, Applied Machine Learning and understanding human behaviour through social networks.



Lisa Teichmann

Lisa Teichmann is a PhD student in German and part of .txtLAB at the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures at McGill University. She holds an MA in Middle Eastern Studies from Leiden University and a BA in Oriental Studies from the University of Vienna. Her research focuses on the question of how computational text analysis methods and tools can form a repository for cross-cultural comparative literary analysis. She is especially interested in literary geography and the translation of spatial concepts in Turkish and German literature. Read more here!

Greg Whistance-Smith

Greg Whistance-Smith

Greg Whistance-Smith is a Masters of Arts student in the Humanities Computing program at the University of Alberta. He is concerned with the relationship between technology and culture, and how this is mediated by design practice, particularly in the context of consumer electronics and videogames. During a previous Masters of Architecture, he explored how buildings embody and communicate cultural values to their inhabitants.

Former Students


Stefan Dimitrov

Stefan Dimitrov is a Computer Science Master’s student at McGill University. He works at the Network Dynamics lab headed by Dr. Derek Ruths. His academic interests are focused on Big Data analysis, text mining, social networks and machine learning. Applying computational methods to help solve real world problems and gain insights in fields such as humanities and social sciences, are some directions of his graduate research.


Hardik Vala

Hardik Vala is a M.Sc. student in the School of Computer Science at McGill University. He received his B. Sc. in Honours Mathematics and Computer Science at McGill University and is scholarly interests include data science, natural language processing, and digital humanities.