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Eric Hayot

  • Director

A scholar of comparative literature, modernism, and East Asia, Hayot is the author of four books, including Chinese Dreams (2004), The Hypothetical Mandarin (2009), On Literary Worlds (2012), and The Elements of Academic Style (2014); he is also a co-editor of Sinographies: Writing China (2007) and, most recently, of A New Vocabulary for Global Modernism (2016, with Rebecca Walkowitz). He has written about modernism, poetry, video games, the history of modernity, Asian American literature, and other topics. His current projects include a translation of Peter Janich’s Was ist Information? (with Lea Pao) and a monograph on the philosophy of literature.

John Russell

  • Associate Director

Russell is an Assistant Professor in the University Libraries responsible for supporting digital scholarship. Prior to coming to Penn State, John was the Scholarly Communication Librarian at the University of Oregon, where he supported open access, digital initiatives, and regularly taught a graduate course on digital scholarship methods. John teaches the online course "Introduction to Digital Humanities for Librarians" for Library Juice Academy, and is also a Contributing Editor for the dh+lib website.

Pamela VanHaitsma

  • Associate Director

VanHaitsma is an Assistant Professor in Communication Arts and Sciences. Bridging rhetoric, the archive, and gender and sexuality studies, her research investigates nineteenth-century rhetorical education and queer rhetorics. Along these lines, her forthcoming book project is a queer history of instruction in epistolary rhetoric. Also in her scholarship, she explores the rhetoric of (digital) archives as repositories of information. Her work has appeared in journals such as Rhetoric Society Quarterly, College Composition and Communication, and Rhetoric Review, among others.

Alysa Hickey

  • Administrative Support Assistant 3

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Alysa helps to coordinate events and visitors, manages all social media aspects of the center, maintains the website and provides administrative support to CHI.