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Pamela VanHaitsma

  • Interim Director

VanHaitsma is Sherwin Early Career Professor in the Rock Ethics Institute and Assistant Professor in Communication Arts and Sciences and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. Her research bridges rhetoric, archives and information, and gender and sexuality studies. She is the author of Queering Romantic Engagement in the Postal Age: A Rhetorical Education (U of South Carolina P, 2019). Her work has appeared in Advances in the History of RhetoricCollege Composition and CommunicationPeitho, QED: A Journal in GLBTQ Worldmaking, Quarterly Journal of SpeechRhetoric & Public AffairsRhetoric Review, and Rhetoric Society Quarterly, among others. 

Eric Hayot

  • Director | Sabbatical 2020-21

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.

Alysa Hickey

  • Administrative Support Assistant 3

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(814) 865-1168

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