Faculty Projects

Hear UR

Hear UR is a student-centered digital project based in the Department of History at the University of Rochester.


Collections, Provenance, and TEI with the William Blake Archive

As part of my duties as an Andrew W. Mellon Fellow in the Digital Humanities, I am required to serve as a Research Assistant for one of the many digital humanities projects at the University of Rochester.

Blog Teaching

Digital Storytelling for the 21st Century

Over the course of the semester the students of Professor Thomas Fleischman’s Earth, Wind, Water, Fire: An Environmental History of Everywhere class have challenged the “traditional” homework assignment.

Fellow Projects

Ornament of Empire

The Ornament of Empire is a history-based digital humanities project that explores the economic and ecological significance of plant nurserymen during the nineteenth century. Nurserymen, in the age of empire, carried tremendous weight. Their business enabled Americans to settle and replicate systems of agricultural systems across North America. A study of plant nurserymen is a study of the development of American capitalism and the ecological effects of American empire. The project integrates big-data management, GIS mapping, and JS visualizations to track the economic and ecological impact of plant nurserymen in nineteenth-century America. Using nineteenth-century nursery catalogues, business ledgers, and correspondence between nurserymen, The Ornament of Empire maps networks of trade as well as the physical movement of plants across the continent.

PI: Camden Burd, Department of History, Andrew W. Mellon Fellow (2016-2018)

Blog Research

Research Report: The Family We Thought We Knew

How Digital Annotations Challenge Historians’ Assumptions


Michael Phelps Lecture

The University of Rochester will host a featured speaker, Michael Phelps, in the Humanities Center Conference Room D on Thursday, March 22, at 5 p.m. Phelps directs a multi-spectral imaging project at St. Catherine’s Monastery in the Sinai Peninsula, Egypt.


Chris Patrello

1477383_10201248644514011_1075797394_nEducation: BA, College of Wooster, Art History, 2008; MA, Brandeis University, Cultural Production, 2010.

Bio: Chris Patrello is a fourth-year PhD student in the Graduate Program in Visual and Cultural Studies at the University of Rochester.


Eitan Freedenberg

AvatarEducation: BA, Philosophy, University of Maryland, 2009; Certificate, LGBT Studies, University of Maryland, 2009

Bio: Eitan Freedenberg is a fourth-year PhD student in the Graduate Program in Visual and Cultural Studies and a 2014 – 2016 Andrew W. Mellon Fellow in Digital Humanities.


Eric Loy

Education: MA, Creighton University, 2012. BA, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, 2010

Biography: Eric C. Loy is a third-year PhD student in the Department of English and a 2014-2016 Andrew W. Mellon Fellow in Digital Humanities.