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Faculty for the Migration, Mobility, and Sustainability: Caribbean Studies and Digital Humanities Institute 


Laurie TaylorLaurie N. Taylor is UF’s Digital Scholarship Librarian. Her work focuses on socio-cultural (people, policies, technologies, communities) needs for collaborative programs and scholarly cyberinfrastructure. She works heavily with the Digital Library of the Caribbean (dLOC) where she is the Digital Scholarship Director and LibraryPress@UF where she is the Editor-in-Chief, with work geared towards enabling a culture of radical collaboration that values and supports diversity, equity, and inclusivity. Website | Twitter: @laurien



Helene HuetDr. Hélène Huet is the European Studies Librarian at the University of Florida. She holds a Ph.D in French and Francophone Studies from the Pennsylvania State University. At UF, Hélène oversees many international collections and collaborates on a variety of projects from creating exhibits to organizing conferences. She also helps facilitate undergraduate and graduate students’ research through library instruction sessions and workshops. As a digital humanist and the Vice-Chair of the Florida Digital Humanities Consortium (FLDH), a collective of institutions in Florida that seeks to promote an understanding of the humanities in light of digital technologies and research, she is particularly interested in studying how digital tools can help facilitate students and faculty’s research. Finally, as the Chair of the Collection Development Working Group of the Collaborative Initiative for French Language Collections (CIFNAL), she is currently overseeing the creation of a list of French and Francophone Digital Humanities projects. This list showcases the various digital projects on which scholars are working in the US as well as in France and Francophone countries and help foster new collaborations between scholars and institutions.

Paul Ortiz, Associate Professor of History and Samuel Proctor Oral History Program Director

Leah RosenbergLeah Rosenberg is associate professor of English at the University of Florida. She is the author of Nationalism and the Formation of Caribbean Literature and co-editor with J. Dillon Brown of Beyond Windrush: Rethinking Postwar West Indian Literature. She is co-chair of the dLOC advisory board.‚Äč







In-Person Institute Faculty {Those also Leading Virtual Sessions, Noted (*)}

  • Miguel Asencio, MS, is the Director of Digital Library of the Caribbean (dLOC) based at Florida International University (FIU). He has an MS in Curriculum and Instruction, is pursuing a PhD in Learning Technologies, and is an expert on international collaboration and classroom technologies.
  • Sharon Wright Austin, PhD, is Director of the African American Studies Program and Associate Professor of Political Science at UF. Her most recent book is, The Caribbeanization of Black Politics: Race, Group Consciousness, and Political Participation in America (SUNY 2018).
  • Bess de Farber, MNM, is the Libraries Grants Manager at UF and a Certified Professional Facilitator. She is author and co-author of two books on collaboration processes among libraries for the public good and translating work into the public sphere.
  • Schuyler Esprit, PhD, is dean of Academic Affairs at Dominica State College; director of the Create Caribbean Research Institute; scholar of Caribbean literature and cultural studies; and DH project and training leader at the K-12 and College levels, including linking US and Dominican students.
  • Crystal Felima, PhD, is the CLIR Postdoctoral Fellow in Caribbean Studies Data Curation at UF. She consults with researchers and scholars on emerging trends and best practices in DH, data curation, and e-scholarship in Caribbean Studies.*
  • Mirerza González, PhD, is Director of the English Department and Assistant Dean for Student Affairs in the College of Humanities at the University of Puerto Rico, co-founder of The Diaspora Project, exploring migration, bilingual education, and communication in St. Croix, USVI, with oral histories and other materials presented with DH methods and tools.
  • Margo Groenewoud, PhD, is Faculty of History at the University of Curaçao (UoC) where she researches and teaches DH, drawing upon her experience as the Director of Libraries at UoC and her own research with oral histories and storytelling for digital pedagogy.*
  • Melissa Jerome, MS, is Project Manager for the Florida & Puerto Rico Digital Newspaper Project (FPRDNP), responsible for overall project management, including overseeing outreach and publicity efforts for the public and specifically for teachers and classes.
  • Debbie McCollin, PhD is Lecturer in the History Department at The University of the West Indies, St. Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago. She has taught a Digital History course since 2012. Her most recent co-edited publications is World War II and the Caribbean (UWI Press 2017).
  • Mary Risner, EdD, develops and manages initiatives that integrate area studies across the curriculum. She has taught various K–16 levels and corporate environments. Her research focuses on emerging technologies for intercultural competence and foreign language skills for the workplace.*
  • Nadjah Rios Villarini, PhD, is Associate Professor at the University of Puerto Rico and co-founder of The Diaspora Project, exploring migration, bilingual education, and communication in St. Croix, USVI, with oral histories and other materials presented with DH methods and tools.
  • Margarita Vargas Betancourt, PhD, is UF’s Latin American & Caribbean Special Collections Librarian, LACCHA’s award-winning webinar series co-organizer, archivist collaborator on Caribbean DH courses, and Director of an ARL Fellow for Digital & Inclusive Excellence.*