MemberSharon Leon

Sharon M. Leon is an Associate Professor of History at Michigan State University, where she is developing projects on digital public history and digital networking projects related to enslaved communities in Maryland. Leon received her bachelors of arts degree in American Studies from Georgetown University in 1997 and her doctorate in American Studies from the University of Minnesota in 2004. Her first book, An Image of God: the Catholic Struggle with Eugenics, was published by the University of Chicago Press (May 2013). Prior to joining the History Department at MSU, Leon spent over thirteen years at George Mason University’s History Department at the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media as Director of Public Projects, where she oversaw dozens of award-winning collaborations with library, museum, and archive partners from around the country. Leon continues to serve as the Director of the Omeka web publishing platform.

MemberMarko Demantowsky

Marko Demantowsky holds the chair for Public History at the Faculty Center for Transdisciplinary Historical and Cultural Studies at University of Vienna. Previously he was full professor for modern history and history education at at the School of Education FHNW (Departement Head for Social Sciences Education) and a member of the Institute for Educational Sciences at the University of Basel. Prior to this, he was assistant professor for history education at the University of Bochum (2007-12) and interim professor at Jena University (07-08) and Siegen University (06/07). Research assistant at the universities of Leipzig, Dortmund, Münster 1998-2007. His main research interests focus on the digital transformation particularly in Public History, the (digital) cultural anthropology of public history, and the theory and history of historical education. He has created and developed and now co-manages some multilingual infrastructures in the field of digital history.

MemberChelsea Miller

I currently work in the Acquisitions department at the State University of New York Press as an Editorial Assistant, where I work with authors and editors to publish scholarship in the fields of history, politics, religion, and more.I have experience in writing, editing, curatorial practice, teaching, web development, and event management. I am interested in the intellectual and physical spaces in which the past and present collide. In my personal work, I focus especially on writing history for digital and print media and examining the role of the activist-scholar through public history and public memory projects.

MemberAnne Mitchell Whisnant

Anne Mitchell Whisnant is a professional historian whose teaching, research, speaking, consulting, and writing focus on public history, digital and geospatial history, and the history of the U.S. National Parks. She is a public historian in private practice, working with her husband David Whisnant as co-principal of the public history consulting firm Primary Source History Services, based in Chapel Hill, NC.

MemberAngel David Nieves

Ángel David Nieves is Professor of Africana Studies, History, Digital Humanities, and English, and Director of Public Humanities at Northeastern University. Formerly, he was Professor of History and Digital Humanities at San Diego State University (SDSU) in the Area of Excellence in Digital Humanities and Global Diversity (2017-2020) and Associate Professor and Co-Director of the Digital Humanities Initiative (DHi) at Hamilton College (2008-2017). Nieves is the author and co-editor of two historical monographs, including An Architecture of Education: African American Women Design the New South (2018) and ‘We Shall Independent Be:’ African American Place Making and the Struggle to Claim Space in the U.S. (w/Alexander, 2008). Nieves has also completed a new volume in the Debates in the Digital Humanities Series (w/Senier & McGrail), People, Practice, Power: Digital Humanities Outside the Center (December 2021). Dr. Nieves’s scholarship focuses on the intersections of race, gender, sexuality, and technology in the U.S. and South Africa, and is in the vanguard of digital history publications and experimental online publishing platforms. Among these are “Soweto’76 3D” (2004-2008), comprising a digital archive and 3D reconstruction research into politically fraught historic sites such as the Winnie and Nelson Mandela House in Soweto, Johannesburg. Nieves has received support for his work from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the National Historical Publications & Records Commission (NHPRC) and Yale University, and while Co-Director of the Digital Humanities Initiative (2009-2017) at Hamilton College he helped raise over $2.7 million dollars (w/Janet Simons) in research support for interdisciplinary digital scholarship with undergraduates as research project collaborators. Dr. Nieves’s work has been featured on and in Newsweek International, and his most recent digital research and scholarship may be found at Nieves is also working with Dr. Jess Linker (Project Lead) and an interdisciplinary team of students on the “3D Black Boston Project” that uses immersive technologies to reconstruct heritage sites related to Boston’s nineteenth-century African-American community.

MemberAnne Ladyem McDivitt

Anne Ladyem McDivitt is the Digital Humanities Librarian for the University of Alabama Libraries. She supports faculty and graduate students in creating digital projects at the University, as well as facilitates digital pedagogy in the form of tools and workshops. Her research is on the history of the video game industry in the 1970s and 1980s, with a particular interest in issues and effects of gender. She received her PhD in History with a minor in Digital History from George Mason University and her MA in History with a minor in Public History from the University of Central Florida. In her free time, she plays video games and co-hosts a podcast about video games, anime, and manga. You can follow her on Twitter @anneladyem or on her blog at

MemberSheila A Brennan

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September 11 Digital Archive, Primary Investigator, 2013-14, Administrator, 2008-present: Grant to upgrade and preserve the digital assets of the September 11 Digital Archive which collects, preserves, and presents stories and digital record from the attacks on September 11, 2001
Histories of the National Mall, Co-Director, 2012-present: Grant to develop digital public history project for the mobile web to tell the history and development of the National Mall as a public space,
State of History Museum Websites, Primary Investigator, 2011: Survey and analysis of content from 115 history museum websites and their digital presence.
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Mobile for Museums, Project Manager, 2008-09: Grant to research and produce a w…
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Research White Papers and Reports

“Doing Digital History 2016: A Summer Institute for Mid-Career American Historians, white paper, co-author Sharon Leon, Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media, June 2017:
“Building Histories of the National Mall: A Guide to Creating a Digital Public History Project,” white paper and guide, co-author Sharon Leon, with Megan Brett, Jannelle Legg, Michael O’Malley, Spencer Roberts, and Jim Safley, October 2015,
“Scholars as Students: Introductory Digital History Training for Mid-Career Historians,” white paper, co-author Sharon Leon, Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media: August 2015,

I am a digital public historian and a program officer. I am the former Director of Strategic Initiatives at the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media where I also worked as a Research Associate Professor in History and Art History at George Mason University. My long form publication, Stamping American Memory: Collectors, Citizens, and the Post, is available as an open access digital and print monograph from the University of Michigan’s Digital Culture Books series (2018). It offers the first cultural history of stamp collecting through closely examining the Post Office’s commemorative stamp program. Designed to be saved as souvenirs, commemoratives circulated widely and stood as miniature memorials to carefully selected snapshots from the American past that also served the political needs of small interest groups. I began my career working in public museums, and served as the Director of Education and Public Programs at the U.S. Navy Museum in Washington, DC for seven years before I came to RRCHNM in 2005. At the Center, I directed and managed 30+ projects. The first project that I managed and worked on from start to finish was the Hurricane Digital Memory Bank. After HDMB, I became part of the original Omeka team (2007-present), and continued to work on many other digital humanities and cultural heritage projects. In collaboration with colleagues at RRCHNM, I wrote many successful grant applications to public agencies (NEH, IMLS, and NSF) and private foundations (Mellon, Getty, Sloan, and Kress) that funded our work, and was an ACLS Digital Extension Fellow. My dissertation, “Stamping American Memory: Stamp Collecting in the U.S. 1880s-1930s,” earned the Moroney Prize for Scholarship in Postal History. I was awarded the University of Michigan Press-HASTAC Prize for Digital Humanities to write and publish, Stamping American Memory, as an open peer-reviewed, open access digital publication. I write and present on topics in digital humanities, public history, memorials and memorialization, museums and technology, and collecting practices. I am an experienced teacher and leader of digital humanities workshops designed for scholars, GLAM professionals, and graduate students.