MemberMichele Sigg

Michèle Sigg is the Associate Director of the Dictionary of African Christian Biography ( and Managing Editor of the Journal of African Christian Biography, available online at Her research focuses on African and European Christian history, women in world Christianity, and renewal movements. Her dissertation examined the work of women in nineteenth century French Protestantism and missions. Her master’s thesis was a study of the role of women in an indigenous revival movement in Madagascar known as the Fifohazana. The DACB, founded in 1995, is an international collaborative digital project documenting the history of Christianity in Africa. The over 2,500 biographies currently on the site represent only a fraction of the leading figures of African Christianity. Among these, women are underrepresented even though they make up the majority of church membership.  

MemberMatthew Lavin

  As of Fall 2020, Matthew Lavin is an Assistant Professor of Humanities Analytics in the Data Analytics Program at Denison University. He earned a PhD in English from the University of Iowa in 2012; a master’s degree in American studies at Utah State University in 2006; and a bachelor’s degree at St. Lawrence University in 2002. His dissertation, “Collaborative Momentum: The Author and the Middle Man in U.S. Literature and Culture, 1890-1940” examines the supportive and productively adversarial labor of editors, publishers, and other literary go-betweens, as well as how this labor contributed to the construction of modern authorship. Lavin’s scholarship focuses on the intersection of book history, U.S. literature, and cultural analytics methods. He has published articles in Auto|Biography Studies, Cather Studies, Cultural Analytics, Digital Scholarship in the Humanities, The Programming Historian, Studies in the Novel, and Western American Literature. From 2012 to 2013, Lavin served as a Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s Center for Digital Research in the Humanities (CDRH). From 2013 to 2015, he was Associate Program Coordinator for the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Initiative “Crossing Boundaries: Re-Envisioning the Humanities for the 21st Century” at St. Lawrence University. From 2015 to 2020, he was a Clinical Assistant Professor of English at the University of Pittsburgh, and Director of the department’s Digital Media Lab.

MemberLuisa Banki

I am a doctoral researcher in the Research Training Group “The Real in the Culture of Modernity” of the German Research Foundation (DFG) at the University of Konstanz, Germany. I studied Comparative Literature and Jewish Studies in Munich, Oxford and Berlin and am currently working on my dissertation developing a “Post-Catastrophic Poetics” in Walter Benjamin and W. G. Sebald. My interests include: modern European literature; (auto)biography; psychoanalysis; second and third generation post-Shoah literature; the relationship between image and writing; literature as a place of knowledge production

MemberRyan M. Claycomb

Ryan Claycomb is Associate Professor of English, and Assistant Dean of the Honors College at West Virginia University in Morgantown, where he teaches and writes on modern drama, life writing, cultural studies, gender studies, and contemporary British literature. He is author of *Lives in Play: Autobiography and Biography on the Feminist Stage* (U of Michigan P, 2012), and co-editor, with Randi Kristensen of *Writing Against the Curriculum: Anti-Disciplinarity in the Writing and Cultural Studies Classroom* (Lexington Books, 2009).

MemberAlison Booth

Prosopography: with IATH and Scholars’ Lab at UVA, I’m working on Collective Biographies of Women, an online bibliography and database. With Suzanne Keen, we’re developing an approach to nonfiction narrative, specifically biographies in “documentary social networks,” using a stand-aside XML schema, BESS. Always interested in books, Victorian literature, women writers and feminist studies, narrative theory. Looking for wisdom on space and narrative, word-image studies; in the DH context, this means things like Neatline and visualizations of all sorts. and