MemberCeline Camps

Celine Camps is a PhD student in the history of early modern science at Columbia University. Her research revolves around early modern artisanal practices and culture. She is especially interested in German metalworkers, their approaches to nature, and the ways in which they produced and communicated knowledge about it. Camps graduated cum laude from Maastricht University with a B.A. in Arts and Culture (majoring in Knowledge and Technological Culture) and holds a Master’s degree (cum laude) in the History and Philosophy of the Sciences and Humanities from Utrecht University. Before relocating to New York, she worked at Sven Dupré’s research group Art and Knowledge in Pre-Modern Europe at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin and the Huygens ING (Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences) in The Hague. Since 2016, she is a participant in Professor Pamela Smith’s Making and Knowing Project at Columbia University, as part of which she has helped transcribe, encode and translate, an anonymous sixteenth-century French technical-artisanal manuscript. In 2019, she was appointed member of the Renaissance Society of America’s first Graduate Student Advisory Committee. She also serves as rapporteur for the History and Philosophy of Science Seminars at Columbia University.    

MemberMichelle Margolis Chesner

…“Footprints Redux: Looking back, looking forward” (Association of Jewish Libraries Conference, Boston, MA, June 2018)
“Jewish Studies/Digital Humanities Resources: An Introduction,” Judaica Librarianship 20 (doi:
Exhibition: “Yiddish at Columbia,” January 2018-June 2018 (Chang Gallery, Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University)
“Old Texts and New Media: Jewish Books on the Move and a Case for Collaboration,” in Digital Humanities and Libraries: Altered Domains of Partnerships, Questions, and Tools (Chandos Elsevier, March 2018). With Marjorie Lehman, Adam Shear, and Joshua Teplitsky. (doi:
“Codex Conquest: Jewish …

Michelle is the Norman E. Alexander for Jewish Studies at Columbia University, as well as the Vice President/President Elect for the Association of Jewish Libraries.  She is a co-director for Footprints: Jewish Books Through Time and Place (, and edits a column in Judaica Librarianship on Digital Humanities and Jewish Studies.

MemberAlexander Gil

Alex Gil is Digital Scholarship Librarian at Columbia University Libraries. He collaborates with faculty, students and library professionals leveraging computational and network technologies in humanities research, pedagogy and scholarly communications. He curates the Studio@Butler at Columbia University, a tech-light library innovation space focused on digital scholarship and pedagogy; he is founder and faculty moderator of Columbia’s Group for Experimental Methods in the Humanities, a vibrant trans-disciplinary research cluster focused on experimental humanities; senior editor of sx archipelagos, a journal of Caribbean Digital Studies, and co-wrangler of The Caribbean Digital conference series. Current projects include Ed, a digital platform for minimal editions of literary texts; Aimé Césaire and The Broken Record, a minimal computing experiment in long-form digital scholarship; and, In The Same Boats, a visualization of trans-Atlantic intersections of black intellectuals in the 20th century.

MemberJeremiah Mercurio

I currently serve as Head of Humanities & History in the Columbia University Libraries. Previously, I held positions as a librarian and faculty member at Fairfield University and Haverford College. My doctoral dissertation, completed at the University of St Andrews, Scotland, focused on the role of language and fantasy in Anglophone Decadent fiction and illustration. My scholarly interests include Decadent literature and art, book studies, literary doodling, comparative media studies, and Appalachian literature.