MemberMolly Mann

…Ph.D. English, St. John’s University (In Progress); M.L.S. Library and Information Science, St. John’s University, 2013; B.A. English Literature (summa cum laude), Adelphi University, 2009…

the novel, literature and other arts, cultural studies, gender studies, higher education administration, alternative academic careers

MemberJeremiah Mercurio

I currently serve as Head of Humanities & History in the Columbia University Libraries. Previously, I held positions as a librarian and faculty member at Fairfield University and Haverford College. My doctoral dissertation, completed at the University of St Andrews, Scotland, focused on the role of language and fantasy in Anglophone Decadent fiction and illustration. My scholarly interests include Decadent literature and art, book studies, literary doodling, comparative media studies, and Appalachian literature.

MemberMolly Des Jardin

I am currently serving as a data integration specialist (aka data wrangling) on a 2020 U.S. election research project at the Annenberg Public Policy Center. My background is interdisciplinary, and I formerly combined my expertise in book history, fluency in Japanese, and background in information science in a career as a librarian (primarily at the Penn Libraries, working with the Japanese and Korean collections). While data science and area studies librarianship may seem unrelated, the same drive brought me to both: doing socially impactful work using computer and information science. In addition to my work as a librarian, I taught the seminar East Asian Digital Humanities (EALC111/511) (living work-in-progress syllabus PDF at at Penn in Spring 2018. (Please feel free to reuse my related documents because I don’t plan on offering the course again, and there is certainly a need and interest on the part of students!) In 2014, I also co-founded WORD LAB, a library-based text analysis learning community, and served as an organizer for over five years.

MemberBrea Henson

Brea (Breanne) Henson is the Administrative Specialist for the Public services Division of University of North Texas Libraries. Ms. Henson assists librarians by assessment, event, instruction, and research support. Current projects that she is assisting with include an annotated bibliography on Liaison Pedagogy with Julie Leuzinger; The UNT Libraries Information Fluency Initiative Curriculum Mapping Project with Greg Hardin; Management Workshop Series for Public Services Librarians with Mary Ann Venner. She is currently working on an extensive research project, titled “Moving Toward a Praxis of Zen Librarianship: Expanding Librarianship with Mindfulness.” She presented a poster on this topic at the 2017 Texas Library Association Conference. She also continues research on Irish mythology and Celtic spirituality; pagan decadence in weird and Gothic literature; and theories related to linguistic othering, power, violence. Her aim is a humanities faculty-librarian position in the next few years.

MemberAmy Chen

Amy Hildreth Chen currently is the English and Communications Librarian at the University of Iowa. Previously, she served as Iowa’s English and American Literature Librarian (2018-2018) and Special Collections Instruction Librarian (2015-2017) as well as a Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) Postdoctoral Fellow for the University of Alabama (2013-2015).

MemberAlan Galey

Alan Galey is Associate Professor in the Faculty of Information at the University of Toronto, where he also teaches in the collaborative program in Book History and Print Culture. He is currently working on two primary research projects: a set of open-source digital prototypes titled Visualizing Variation, for which he holds a Folger Shakespeare Library fellowship, and a book-length study titled The Veil of Code: Studies in Born-Digital Bibliography. He is also co-editor of the digital book history project Architectures of the Book ( He has published in journals such as Book History, Shakespeare Quarterly, Literary and Linguistic Computing, College Literature, and Archival Science, and has co-edited the book collection Shakespeare, the Bible, and the Form of the Book: Contested Scriptures (with Travis DeCook; Routledge, 2011). His article “The Enkindling Reciter: E-Books in the Bibliographical Imagination,” published in Book History in 2012, was awarded the Fredson Bowers Prize by the Society for Textual Scholarship. He was also given the Outstanding Instructor Award by the Master of Information Student Council for 2013-2014. His first monograph book, The Shakespearean Archive: Experiments in New Media from the Renaissance to Postmodernity, was published in 2014 by Cambridge University Press.

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MemberChristine Yao

Christine “Xine” Yao is a SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of British Columbia in the Department of English. She works on intersections of affect, race, gender, and sexuality in relation to science and law through long 19th century American literature. Her research has been published in J19: The Journal of Nineteenth-Century Americanists and American Gothic: An Edinburgh Companion. She is an award-winning instructor of literature, culture, and writing. She completed her Ph.D.  in English at Cornell University in 2016 with minors in American Studies and Feminism, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. Dr. Yao’s postdoctoral, PhD, and MA work has been funded by competitive national grants from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. Her archival research has been supported by travel grants to the American Antiquarian Society, the Massachusetts Historical Society, and the College of the Library of Physicians of Philadelphia. Additional training thanks to the Center for American Visual Culture, the Futures of American Studies Institute at Dartmouth College, and the LGBT Leadership Academy at Cornell in Washington. For further information and CV, please see