Who are the Archaeologists?

Johns Hopkins University

  • Earle Havens
    Principal Investigator, Sheridan Libraries and Krieger School of Arts & Sciences

    Earle is the Nancy H. Hall Curator of Rare Books and Manuscripts at the Sheridan Libraries, and Visiting Associate Professor in the Alexander Grass Humanities Institute of Johns Hopkins University. He is responsible for all aspects of the conception, development, and implementation of the Archaeology of Reading project. His general research interest focuses on the histories of books, reading, and information culture in early modern Europe. His other book projects include a co-edited volume (with Walter Stephens, JHU) on Literary Forgery in Early Modern Europe and a monograph on Printing, Book Smuggling, and Scribal Culture in the Elizabethan Catholic Underground.
  • Sayeed Choudhury
    Hodson Director of the Digital Research and Curation Center (DRCC)

    Sayeed is the Associate Dean for Research Data Management and Hodson Director of the Digital Research and Curation Center at the Sheridan Libraries. He is responsible for overall supervision of all software development, including the adaptation of the IIIF-compliant endpoint viewer and the work of DRCC team members.
  • Mark Patton
    Senior Programmer, DRCC

    Mark’s role is to direct the generation of code in response to use case development, analysis, and adaptation of the IIIF-compliant endpoint viewer to be developed over the course of Phase 1 of the Archaeology or Reading project.
  • Cynthia York
    Project Manager, DRCC

    Cynthia’s work focuses on the coordination of the Archaeology of Reading project between JHU, CELL, and the Princeton University Library. She collaborates with the project PIs and technology and content development teams to scheduling regular weekly joint meetings, tracks project workflows and communications, and supports project reporting.
  • John Abrahams
    Junior Programmer, DRCC

    John’s work is coordinated with the software development activities of the Senior Programmer, and also includes the validation of digital images and metadata, as well as image ingestion and processing through the IIIF protocol.
  • Christopher Geekie
    Research Assistant
    , Sheridan Libraries
    Chris is a PhD candidate in the Italian section of the Department of German & Romance Languages & Literatures, and works primarily on the transcription and tagging of manuscript annotations in several of Harvey’s most densely annotated Italian-language imprints. His research focuses on Italian Renaissance literature, and the intellectual and literary career of Torquato Tasso, including the subsequent reception history of his literary corpus in print.
  • Neil Weijer
    CLIR Postdoctoral Fellow

    Neil holds a Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) post-doctoral fellowship at Johns Hopkins University, where he completed his PhD in History. Neil’s research examines medieval histories of the founding of Britain, and their reception from the 14th to the 16th centuries, in manuscript and in print, up to John Dee’s marginal notes in Geoffrey of Monmouth, John Bale, and other Tudor historiographers of the Middle Ages. Neil works closely with Earle on various aspects of the AOR project, including the Dee-Monmouth and Dee-Walsingham texts, and the overall data analysis component of the team’s research.
  • Claire Cropper
    Data Analysis Project Manager

    Claire managed the work of our data analytics consultants on both the Gabriel Harvey and John Dee corpora, advising Annie on how best to translate the data generated around each of our sixteenth-century annotators into material for further statistical analyses.
  • Annie Takeuchi
    Lead Data Analyst

    Annie applies her expertise in statistics to direct quantitative analyses of AOR-marginalia hypotheses, initially formed by members of the AOR humanities content team. An iterative process is undertaken, whereby initial statistical results lead to additional questions and hypotheses that, in turn, require further stages of statistical testing. Annie has also supplied a summary of these results and the processes that produced them here, which hopefully will lead to additional research and experimentation.
  • Teressa Bur
    Data Analysis Consultant
  • Maura Gaffney
    Data Analysis Consultant
    Maura and Teressa provided analytical design and implementation expertise on the two large bodies of annotations captured in the AOR project, including descriptive and analytical statistical methods such as correlation and factor analysis. These helped the AOR team to understand where statistically significant relationships appear within frequently used terms and “concept groups,” both within the work of an individual annotator or across the entire set of AOR data.

Princeton University

  • Anthony Grafton
    Co-Principal Investigator

    Tony is Henry Putnam University Professor of History at Princeton University. His special interests focus on the cultural history of Renaissance Europe, the history of books and readers, the history of scholarship and education in the West from antiquity to the 19th century, and the history of science from antiquity to the Renaissance. He has worked extensively on the reading practices of Gabriel Harvey and John Dee, and is responsible for all aspects of the conception, development, and implementation of the Archaeology of Reading project.
  • Stephen Ferguson
    Acting Associate University Librarian for Rare Books & Special Collections and Curator of Rare Books

    Stephen is responsible for one of the most substantial collections of books annotated by Gabriel Harvey, held at Princeton. He has worked with CELL and the Annotated Books Online project to create complete digital access to this collection, and has represented the Princeton University Library in all aspects of the Archaeology of Reading project.
  • Jean Bauer
    Associate Director, Digital Humanities Center

    Jean Bauer is the Associate Director of the Center for Digital Humanities at Princeton University where she leads a team of programmers, project managers, and DH consultants. CDH is research center in the Princeton University Library that collaborates with Faculty, Graduate Students, Undergraduates, and fellow library staff who are interested in combining humanities sources with computational tools and methods to enhance their research and enliven their scholarly publications. Jean blogs and tweets at @jean_bauer. For more information, see her website.

Centre for Editing Lives and Letters, University College London

  • Lisa Jardine, CBE
    April 12, 1944 – October 25, 2015
    Co-Principal Investigator

    Lisa was Professor of Renaissance Studies at University College London and Director of the UCL Centre for Humanities Interdisciplinary Research Projects, and the Centre for Editing Lives and Letters. She was the leading scholarly authority on the reading practices of Gabriel Harvey, and was responsible for all aspects of the conception, development, and implementation of the Archaeology of Reading project.
  • Matthew Symonds
    Co-Principal Investigator

    Matt is a Senior Research Associate at CELL, directs the development of humanistic content, and serves as the primary point of contact and coordination between the humanities and technology teams for the Archaeology of Reading project. His research interests include the history of information, the miscommunication of ideas, and early modern cultural history.
  • Jaap Geraerts
    AOR Postdoctoral Research Fellow

    Jaap has primary responsibility for the production of the Extensible Markup Language (XML) schema and transcriber’s manual that govern the transcription and machine-readable tagging of manuscript annotations in Harvey’s and Dee’s books. He transcribes and encodes annotations in XML, and supervises and confirms the accuracy of transcriptions generated by the Research Assistants. His research interests include the history of religious tolerance and intolerance, Reformation and post-Reformation culture, and the history of reading. His first book, entitled Patrons of the Old Faith: the Catholic Nobility in Utrecht and Guelders, c. 1580-1702 has recently been published.
  • Lucy Stagg
    Centre Coordinator

    Lucy is the Centre Coordinator for CELL and the UCL Centre for Digital Humanities (UCLDH). Her role is to manage the administration of the two centres, help promote their activities and ensure their smooth running in conjunction with the Archaeology of Reading project.
  • Juan Acevedo
    Research Assistant

    Juan is a PhD candidate at the Warburg Institute, and works primarily on the transcription of annotations in classical Greek. His current research focuses on the complexity of the concept of element and its intrinsic relation to number, and to language as a phonetic, written and logical system.
  • Finn Schulze-Feldmann
    Research Assistant

    Finn Schulze-Feldmann is a PhD student at the Warburg Institute (University of London). After receiving his undergraduate degree in History and Musicology from the University of Potsdam, he completed his Master’s in ‘Cultural and Intellectual History, 1300–1650’ at the Warburg Institute. His doctoral research is centred on the sixteenth-century reception of Sibylline oracles. In specific, Finn is interested in the interplay of non-Christian religious practices and the simultaneous changes in the intellectual landscape during the Reformation.
  • Daisy Owens
    Research Assistant

    Daisy completed a BA in English Literature at the University of Manchester in 2013, and an MA in Shakespeare Studies at King’s College London and Shakespeare’s Globe in 2016. Her MA dissertation explored the role of voice in Shakespeare’s depictions of sexual violence, considering features such as vocal revelation and the connection between violence and acts of silencing. Her other research interests include early modern conceptions of gender, the body, the senses and mental health.
  • Matt Beros
    Research Assistant

    Matt Beros holds an MA in Book History and Digital Media from the University of Leiden and a BA in English Literature and Continental Philosophy from the University of Auckland. He has previously worked at the Institute of Network Cultures in Amsterdam as part of the hybrid publishing project. His current research interests include early modern print culture, the Hermetic tradition, bibliophilism and decadent literature.
  • Kristof Smeyers
    Research Assistant

    Kristof graduated with a cum laude MA-degree in Cultural History at KU Leuven, Belgium in 2010. He specializes in the European history of ideas, from the early modern age to the 19th century. He worked in a senior position at Oxford’s Bodleian Libraries in the Inventory Control Project. After that he combined library roles with academic research at the Research Library of the National Bank of Belgium and at the Centre for Economic Studies of KU Leuven. He is currently writing an economic history of Belgium, due for publication in 2016.
  • Amanda Brunton
    Research Assistant

    Amanda holds a BA in English Literature at the University of Sheffield, and an MA in English Studies (Early Modern) at Queen Mary, University of London and works with the Post-Doctoral Researcher on the transcription and tagging of Gabriel Harvey’s annotations. Her own research concerns the way in which manuscript epitaphs contribute towards an understanding of grieving in early modern England.
  • James Everest
    Research Assistant

    James is completing an AHRC-funded PhD at CELL on practical optics in seventeenth-century English intellectual culture. His essay on light in the work of Francis Bacon is forthcoming in Intellectual History Review. He studied French and Arabic at Pembroke College, Cambridge, graduating in 2007, and completed an MRes in Renaissance and Early Modern Studies at Queen Mary, University of London, in 2011.

Advisory Board

  • William H. Sherman
    Advisory Board Member

    Bill is Director of the Warburg Institute. Formerly Director of Collections and Head of Research at the Victoria and Albert Museum, where he is also PI on an Andrew W. Mellon Foundation-funded project that is building the V&A Research Institute (VARI). His work on the history of books and readers includes John Dee and Used Books. He is currently completing a book on visual marginalia called The Reader’s Eye.
  • Alexandra Gillespie
    Advisory Board Member

    Alex is Professor of English and Medieval Studies at the University of Toronto, and Director of the Jackman Humanities Institute Digital Humanities Network. Her research is concerned with medieval and early modern texts and physical books, with particular interests in the shift from manuscript to print culture; the relationship between book history, literary criticism, and literary theory; and in issues arising from the digitization of medieval books. She is co-PI of Digital Tools for Manuscript Study, a joint project between the University of Toronto Libraries (UTL) and the Centre for Medieval Studies (CMS), funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
  • Arnoud Visser
    Advisory Board Member

    Arnoud is Professor of Textual Culture in the Renaissance Low Countries in the Department of Languages, Literature and Communication at the University of Utrecht. He is also Director of Annotated Books Online.
  • Heather Froehlich
    Advisory Board Member

    Dr Heather Froehlich is the Digital Scholarship Fellow in Text Analysis and an Assistant Librarian at Penn State University (University Park, PA, USA). She was awarded her PhD and MRes from the University of Strathclyde (Glasgow, UK), where she studied representations of social identity in Shakespeare and other Early Modern London plays. She is interested in digital methods for literary and linguistic inquiry and you can read more about her and her research at http://hfroehli.ch or on twitter (@heatherfro).

Many archaeologists have presented on aspects of AOR over the last four years. For an overview of the dissemination activities and publications, click here.