The Carolina Digital Humanities Initiative is pleased to announce the next class of CHDI Graduate Fellows: Brad Erickson (Religious Studies) and Heather Suzanne Woods (Communications). Erickson and Woods were selected from among a competitive pool of candidates this year.

The CDHI Graduate Fellowship represents an opportunity to expand upon each fellow’s existing interest in the digital humanities. The CDHI Graduate Fellows Program features mentoring, participation in digital humanities courses, skills development, and project-based learning. Fellows receive $5,000 in summer funding and up to $5,000 in support of a digital humanities project that they will plan, execute, and evaluate over the fellowship year.

Brad Erickson

brad_-_huqoq_by_jim_habermanBrad Erickson is a Ph.D. student in Religious Studies whose research focuses on the archaeology of classical Israel. Brad received a BA in Religious Studies and a BA in History from Centre College in Danville, KY and an M.Div. from Duke University. Brad has worked for six seasons on the Huqoq Archaeology Project where he currently serves as a square supervisor and as the excavation’s technology coordinator.

Brad’s dissertation research focuses on the relationship between cosmic art and the night sky in ancient synagogues. For his CDHI fellowship, Brad is creating a series of 3D, navigable visualizations of ancient synagogues with accurate mosaic textures produced through photogrammetry. In addition to his main project, Brad is also producing a series of 360-degree photos of each synagogue and 3D printing ancient artifacts to help present his 3D visualizations. All 360-degree photos and navigable models will be accessible, as they are completed, through Brad’s website.


Heather Suzanne Woodsh-woods-2

Heather Suzanne Woods is a doctoral student in Communication who graduated with dual degrees in Political Science and Women’s Studies from Kansas State University as well as earning a master’s degree in Communication from Baylor University. Woods’ current research project investigates how people use new media environments to organize and act together politically. In particular, she analyzes cultural phenomena at the intersection of embodiment and the technological in the form of hashtag publics such as #BlackLivesMatter and #YesAllWhiteWomen; the political use of artificial intelligence; and how predictive algorithms and platforms influence the way people engage in political discourse and action.

Heather will use her CDHI fellowship year to support her work as Outreach and Assessment Coordinator for Project Vox, an online, open-access project working to acknowledge and integrate early modern women philosophers into Philosophy instruction and research. In the past, Heather has served as Co-Director of the NOW Retreat, an entirely online writing retreat for junior scholars and as Digital Media Coordinator of Feminism Here & Now, an interdisciplinary conference on the status of feminist theory and praxis hosted at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

CDHI Graduate Fellows are selected from graduate programs across UNC-Chapel Hill during each of the four years of the Carolina Digital Humanities Initiative. The CDHI Graduate Fellows Program is supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

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