MemberTawnya (Ravy) Azar

I am a Term Assistant Professor of English at George Mason University. I have been an instructor of composition and literature in higher education since 2009. I created the Salman Rushdie Archive. I am currently working on designing a digital literacy service learning course and redesigning my online advanced composition courses (focusing on public scholarship and multimodal composition). I am also researching Wikipedia and social media in the context of teaching first-year writing. 

MemberLincoln Mullen

I am a historian of American religious history and nineteenth-century United States history, often working with computational and spatial methods. I am an associate professor in the Department of History and Art History at George Mason University, where I teach digital history, American religious history, and the nineteenth-century United States. I am also affiliated faculty at the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media.

MemberAnne Ladyem McDivitt

…PhD, History–George Mason University, 2018

MA, History–University of Central Florida, 2013…

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

MemberChristopher Jenks

Christopher Jenks received his graduate degrees from George Mason University and Newcastle University (England).  Before arriving at the University of South Dakota, he taught at the City University of Hong Kong, Newcastle University, and Konkuk University (Seoul, South Korea).  He specializes in the political and cultural implications of the global spread of English.  His research interests include multiculturalism, critical race theory, translingualism, postcolonialism, neoliberalism, and national identities.  His eight published and forthcoming books cover a range of topics, including chat room interaction, intercultural communication, and second language acquisition. His 2010 edited collection on second language acquisition was runner-up for the 2011 British Association for Applied Linguistics (BAAL) Book Award. He is currently working on a project that examines how roadside billboards of the Midwest represent discursive spaces for national identity construction.

MemberSharon Leon

…tion of existing work on mobile technologies for cultural heritage institutions, provides a set of recommendations for moving forward with mobile work, and a set of implementation prototypes.
Director, Object of History: Behind the Scenes with the Curators of the National Museum of American History, <>. Object of History is a cooperative project between the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History and George Mason University’s Center for History and New Media. The project was conceived of in an effort to find a low cost way for students and teacher of U.S. History to have access to the museum’s collections and the expertise of the curators. As a result the materials on the site are designed to improve students’ content knowledge of standard topics in U.S. History and to improve their ability to understand material culture objects as types of histo…

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.

MemberPatrick-André Mather

Patrick-André Mather specializes in the study of language contact and diversity, including pidgins and creoles, sociophonetics, and language policy and planning. Trained at McGill University (Canada), the Université Paris 7 Denis-Diderot (France) and the University of Pittsburgh (USA), he conducted fieldwork in Moselle (France), where he studied French-German language contact, and more recently in New York City where he investigated the acquisition of English phonetics and phonology by Puerto Rican and Dominican immigrants. His current research focuses on the acquisition of phonetics by adult learners of French (with Vincent Chanethom, George Mason University) and on language policy and planning in Québec and Puerto Rico. Mather has published articles and book chapters in various edited volumes and peer-reviewed journals, including Language Sciences, the Journal of English LinguisticsStudies in Language and the Journal of Pidgin and Creole Languages.