Curriculum Vitae

Academic Employment

Assistant Professor

Department of Information Studies, University of California, Los Angeles, 2017–

Coordinator and Core Faculty Member

Program in Digital Humanities, University of California, Los Angeles, 2012–2017


Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut

Ph.D., Film Studies and American Studies, 2011

Dissertation: Depth Perception: Narrative and the Body in Medical Filmmaking

Reed College, Portland, Oregon

B.A., History, December 2001

Phi Beta Kappa


Peer-Reviewed Journal and Book Articles

 “Digital Humanities.” In The Craft of Criticism: Critical Media Studies in Practice, edited by Mary Celeste Kearney and Michael Kackman, 331–46. New York: Taylor & Francis, 2018.

Khaki Fever, Charity Girls, and The End of the Road: Hostile Worlds of Sex and Commerce in an Early Sexual Hygiene Film,” Communicating Good Health: Movies, Medicine, and the Cultures of Risk in the Twentieth Century (University of Rochester, 2018)

Posner, Miriam, and Marika Cifor. “Generative Tensions: Building a Digital Project on Early African American Race Film.” American Quarterly 70, no. 3 (September 29, 2018): 709–14.

Tracing a Community of Practice: A Database of Early African-American Race Film” (with Marika Cifor), Moving Image 17.2 (Fall 2017).

The Early African-American Race Film Database” (with Marika Cifor, Hanna Girma, Wiliam Lam, and Shanya Norman), Journal of Open Humanities Data.

“Data as Media” (with Lauren Klein), Feminist Media Histories 3:3 (Summer 2017).

“What’s Next: The Radical, Unrealized Potential of Digital Humanities,” and “Here and There: Building Community in the Digital Humanities,” in Lauren Klein and Matthew Gold, ed., Debates in the Digital Humanities (University of Minnesota, 2016).

“How is a Digital Project Like a Film?” in Charles Acland and Eric Hoyt, ed., The Arclight Guide to Media Studies and Digital Humanities (REFRAME, 2016).

 “No Half Measures: Overcoming Common Challenges to Doing Digital Humanities in the Library,” Journal of Library Administration 53:1 (January 2013).

Think Talk Make Do: Power and the Digital Humanities,” Journal of Digital Humanities 1:2 (June 2012).

SPEC Survey on Digital Humanities Services in Libraries (with Tim Bryson, Frances Maloy, Alain St. Pierre, and Stewart Varner), Association of Research Libraries, March 2011.

“Communicating Disease: Germ Theory and Narrative in Thomas Edison’s Red Cross Seal Films,” in Marsha Orgeron et al., Learning with the Lights Out: An Educational Film Reader (Oxford, 2011).

Grant Awards

Principal investigator, Beyond the Digitized Slide Library Summer Institute on Digital Humanities and Art History, Getty Foundation, $181,972 (2014, UCLA)

Principal investigator, Beyond the Digitized Slide Library Summer Institute on Digital Humanities and Art History, Getty Foundation, $185,677 (2013, UCLA)

Co-principal investigator, Advancing Project-Based Learning through Apprenticeships and Capstone Courses in the Digital Humanities Minor, UCLA Office of Instructional Development, $37,500 (2012, UCLA)

Co-author, The Digital Scholarship Commons: A New Approach for Digital Scholarship, Mellon Foundation, $694,053 (2011, Emory University)

Co-author, Online Access to the Silent Film Era Collection, National Endowment for the Humanities, $250,000 (2008, Museum of the Moving Image)

Selected Invited Presentations


Utah Digital Humanities Symposium, February 2019

Chicago Colloquium on Digital Humanities and Computer Science, November 2018

Archivists and Librarians in the History of the Health Sciences, Los Angeles, May 2018

Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities Annual Meeting, Los Angeles, March 2018

Netherlands American Studies Association, Middelburg, Netherlands, September 2016

Australasian Association for Digital Humanities, Tasmania, Australia, June 2016

Making Meaning with Data in the Humanities and Social Sciences, Grinnell College, June 2016

Digital Pedagogy Institute, University of Toronto-Scarborough, August 2015

Public Knowledge Project Conference, Simon Fraser University, August 2015

Keystone Digital Humanities Conference, University of Pennsylvania, July 2015

Harvard Purdue Data Management Symposium, Cambridge, Mass., June 2015

Digital Frontiers, University of North Texas, September 2014

Recent Invited Talks

Ohio University, March 2019

UC Riverside, March 2019

University of Colorado, Boulder, February 2019

Albright College, November 2018

University of Wisconsin-Madison, October 2018

Australian National University, Canberra, August 2018

University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, May 2018

County of L.A. Public Libraries Emerging Technology Think Tank, April 2018

University of Chicago, March 2018

University of Southern California, February 2018

UC San Diego, January 2018

Loyola Marymount University, January 2018

University of Shenzhen, China, December 2017

University of Texas at Austin, June 2017

Stanford University, April 2017

Rochester Institute of Technology, April 2017

University of Colorado, Boulder, February 2017

Northwestern University, September 2016

UC Berkeley, History and Theory of New Media Lecture Series, September 2016

Claremont College Digital Humanities Symposium, May 2016

National Library of Medicine, April 2016

Reed College, April 2016

University of San Francisco Data Visualization Speaker Series, March 2016

New York Academy of Medicine, New York, NY, February 2016

Bard College Experimental Humanities Series, February 2016

UC Irvine Data Science and Digital Humanities Symposium, February 2016

University of Kansas Institute for Digital Research in the Humanities, January 2016

UC Merced Center for the Humanities, November 2015

UC Santa Cruz Institute for Humanities Research, November 2015

Yale University American Studies Department, New Haven, CT, May 2015

New York University Library, May 2015

Concordia College, Moorhead, Minnesota, November 2014

Middlebury College, April 2015

Amherst College, April 2015

Fordham University Department of American Studies, April 2014

City University of New York, Graduate Center, April 2014

Recent Conference Presentations

Society for the Social Studies of Science, Sydney, Australia, August 2018

Command and Control Conference, New York University, April 2018

Digital Humanities Annual Conference, Mexico City, July 2018

Organization of American Historians, April 2018

Society for Cinema and Media Studies, March 2018

Related Professional Experience

Emory University Libraries, Atlanta, Georgia

Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow, Digital Scholarship Commons

June 2010–January 2012

Key in researching, designing, planning, and managing a new center for digital scholarship. Co-wrote successful grant ($694,053) to the Mellon Foundation to fund the center. Supervised student and full-time employees. Conducted outreach and offered consultations to graduate students and faculty members.

Museum of the Moving Image, Astoria, New York

Associate Curator of the Collection

January 2007–January 2008

Curated, maintained, and developed MMI’s collection of 125,000 artifacts. Organized digital and physical exhibitions. Co-wrote successful $250,000 NEH grant. Managed interns, researched artifacts, and coordinated incoming donations.


Editorial Board Member, 2019–present, The Moving Image: The Journal of the Association for Moving Image Archivists

Member, Digital Strategy Roundtable, 2019–2022, The Library of Congress

Advisory Board Member, 2018–present, American Philosophical Society Center for Digital Scholarship

Advisory Board Member, 2018–present, Humanities, Arts, Science, and Technology Alliance and Collaborative (HASTAC)

Digital Visiting Committee Member, 2019, The Getty Trust

Advisory Board Member, The Eugenic Rubicon: California’s Sterilization Stories, 2016

Advisory Board Member, Digging Deeper, Reaching Further: Libraries Empowering Users to Mine the HathiTrust Digital Library Resources, 2016–2019

Editorial Board, Digital Project Review, 2016–2019,American Quarterly

Executive Council member, 2014–2017, Association for Computing and the Humanities

Peer Reviewer, Preservation & Access Research & Development Program, September 2014, National Endowment for the Humanities Office of Preservation and Access

Selection committee member, 2014, Council on Library and Information Resources Dissertation Fellowships

Peer reviewer, 2013–Present, Digital Humanities Annual Meeting

Peer reviewer, current, Routledge, Palgrave Macmillan, and the Digital Humanities Quarterly

Special advisor, 2012–2013, National Institute for Technology in Liberal Education

General editor, 2012–2016, The Programming Historian (an open-access resource for teaching programming to historians)

Program committee member, 2012, Society for Cinema and Media Studies

Advisory board member, History Project, 2011–2012, Research Support Services for Scholars (An Ithaka S+R Program)

Peer reviewer, Start-Up Grants, 2011, National Endowment for the Humanities Office of Digital Humanities