Articles By: CDH Guest Author

Faculty voice: Historical Linguistics course redesign

Published: January 22, 2019
phylogenetic tree

(Image from Chang, Will & Cathcart, Chundra & Hall, David & Garrett, Andrew. “Ancestry-constrained phylogenetic analysis supports the Indo-European steppe hypothesis: Supplementary materials.” Language, vol. 91 no. 1, 2015. Project MUSE, doi:10.1353/lan.2015.0007) When I first taught my introductory course on historical linguistics in 2016, my student feedback suggested that I could make some improvements to…

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Digital Humanities Infrastructure Symposium 2017

Published: March 28, 2017
photo of DHIS 2017 keynote from audience

This February, UCLA hosted yet another successful Digital Humanities Infrastructure Symposium (DHIS) at the UCLA Library. Thank you to everyone who presented and attended in person and remotely, and to our generous sponsors, the UCLA Center for Digital Humanities (HumTech), the UCLA Library,  the Loyola Marymount University Library, and MR2 Solutions, who made this possible….

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HumTech at the center of promising campus collaboration

Published: December 19, 2016
photo of three native americans viewing a shared ipad

When arriving to UCLA in 2008, I was surprised to see just how decentralized the campus was in approaching the technological needs of the students, faculty, and staff, and the larger need for us to work across disciplinary fields. Designations of north vs. south campus, colleges vs. schools, centers vs. departments may make sense in…

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Machine learning, stories and the Internet

Published: December 19, 2016
Portion of a network diagram related to this research

Recently published work in the Journal of Medical Internet Research is the product of several years of collaboration between Professor Vwani Roychowdhury’s group in UCLA’s Department of Electrical Engineering, Professor Roshan Bastani’s group in the UCLA School of Public Health – Health Policy & Management, and myself, funded by a grant from the National Institutes…

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How Digital Humanities Set Me Apart in the Silicon Valley

Published: June 21, 2016
Graphic depiction of left- and right-brain

“What is Digital Humanities?” I asked myself this question three years ago as a Communications Studies major at UCLA. The name itself seemed to be a compound of two paradoxical words, considering our general understanding of humanities studies. Many people I encounter to this day continue to ask me this same question. At the time,…

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At-risk Cultural Heritage and the Digital Humanities

Published: May 23, 2016
Photo of multiple screens showing a 3d model of a map of egypt

UCLA is a partner in a UC President’s Catalyst Award, one of only four of such grants awarded in 2016. As one of the four PIs (together with Tom Levy from UC San Diego, Ben Porter from UC Berkeley and Nicola Lercari from UC Merced) I am involved in developing and testing digital means of…

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Digital Separation: Are mobile technologies moving us together or further apart?

Published: May 16, 2016
Hands using a smart phone

To follow up on an article written by my esteemed predecessor, I’d like to explore how developments in mobile technology are affecting us. In the 9 short years since the first smart phone was released, our habits and communication styles have measurably changed.  Working in technical support, I have a unique viewpoint of some on…

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The DNA of Shakespeare’s Works

Published: April 19, 2016

Shakespeare died 400 years ago this week, but we’re still getting to know him. And, thanks to UCLA’s HumTech, I think we can now read the DNA of his plays in a way that reveals something fundamental about how his authorial mind worked. This started with a tiny question: which secondary character speaks a little…

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Unbinding the Archive

Published: April 11, 2016
black and white photo of a cemetary with old grave stones

I am working on a digital humanities project that examines what I term “the archival novel,” a genre that structurally instantiates elements of Victorian methods of information management and archiving within nineteenth-century literature, especially the gothic epistolary. The archival novel, as I define it, necessarily contains metadata – dates, media genres, and the genders, social…

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