Criss is a 2014 graduate of Amherst College. He was an English major with an interest in African American literature and American literary history; he wrote his senior thesis on Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man. His foray into digital humanities comes from his interest in creative writing and various forms of storytelling. Because of its potential to expand (explode) the ways in which we think about the relationship between language, history, and storytelling, DH seemed like a natural and exciting place for him to go. This coming year, he will continue working in the field as the Post-Baccalaureate Fellow in digital humanities for Amherst College.
Victoria graduated from Amherst College with a BA in Neuroscience, class of 2014. She spent her last halcyon days at Amherst working with Digital Programs as a summer intern. Her interest in using digital tools in unexpected ways started with a seminar taught by Mary Harrington at Smith College called Neuroscience and the Public Eye, which exposed the students to science media. She plans to take a position as a project officer in a neuroscience lab at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. Besides behavioral neuroscience and neuroscience methods, her other interests include fiction, typography, and science/technology/society studies.
Matt is a current Amherst College student, class of 2016, from the Baltimore, MD area who intends to graduate as a double major in History and Spanish. During his high school years, he first developed an interest in studying the past as a volunteer at Baltimore’s Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African-American History and Culture. In 2014, through the Digital Scholarship Summer Internship at Amherst’s Frost Library, Matt brought his passion for history into the dynamic, revolutionary field of the digital humanities. In particular, he is interested in the potential for digital scholarship to illuminate the stories and legacies of Black-Americans and other underrepresented communities. Matt expects that his summer internship of exploring and creating digital scholarship projects will enhance his experience as a historian at Amherst and beyond.