Research Associates in Digital Humanities

Carla Barger is the New Co-Director of the Digital Humanities Initiative 2020-2021

Carla Barger

Carla Barger attended the PhD program at SUNY Binghamton and is currently finishing coursework and teaching in the Program for Writers at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Her work has appeared in decomP magazinE, Green Hills Literary Lantern, The Light Ekphrastic, MidAmerica  and elsewhere. She has received the 2019 David Diamond Writing Prize from the Society for the Study of Midwestern Literature and the Malcolm Sedam Writing Award for Poetry from Miami University; she has been nominated for the AWP Intro Journals Project Award.

Carla uses digital tools to facilitate an interdisciplinary approach to writing that marries poetics and research in various fields.  At the Institute, her work will primarily focus on designing digital humanities workshops and consulting with students and faculty individually on their plans for digital projects. Carla can be reached at cbarge2@uic.edu and will have an office in the Institute for the Humanities when the building is approved for reopening. Until then please welcome Carla virtually, and watch for announcements about workshops for faculty and students.

Hannah Huber, Postdoctoral Research Associate in Digital Humanities at the Institute for the Humanities and Main Library, 2019-2020

Hannah Huber

Hannah Huber earned her doctorate in English from the University of South Carolina, and her dissertation utilized digital repositories to reveal how U.S. literature exposed an important shift in cultural sleep patterns at the onset of modernity. An excerpt from her dissertation, an essay on pathological restlessness in Edith Wharton’s The House of Mirth, was published in the Winter 2016 issue of Studies in American Literary Naturalism and awarded the Robert H. Elias Essay Prize by the International Theodore Dreiser Society. Her research specialties include nineteenth- and twentieth-century U.S. Literature, women’s and gender studies, digital humanities, and medicine and literature. She is currently working on an interdisciplinary, digital history website that will enable visitors to visualize trends in U.S. sleep culture. Such interactive tools will illuminate the chronological and geospatial developments of sleep terminology and cultural practices by bridging fictional representations of insomnia, historical sleep debates, and contemporary sleep science. In making these common threads more visible, Hannah’s website will underscore environmental and social factors that have historically affected individuals’ access to and quality of sleep, as well as the dangers that sleep deprivation continues to pose to marginalized populations.

The UIC Digital Humanities Initiative, a new collaboration between the Institute for the Humanities and the Library, is designed to expose faculty and students to research in digital humanities and new research methods in that field. This initiative is generously supported by a University of Illinois Presidential Grant to Celebrate the Impact of the Arts and the Humanities.