Staff

HASTAC has had a great number of dedicated, talented, and thoughtful staff members pass through our ranks throughout the years. Our co-directors and current staff members are listed below. Our staff alumni continue to have a profound influence on the network; learn more about them here.

HASTAC Administrative Leadership Team


photo of cathy davidson, with tan jacket and smileCathy N. Davidson

HASTAC Co-Founder and Co-Director

Cathy N. Davidson co-founded HASTAC in 2002, served as Director until 2017, and continues to serve as Co-Director. Davidson is Distinguished Professor of English and Director of the Futures Initiative at the Graduate Center CUNY and Ruth F. DeVarney Professor Emerita of Interdisciplinary Studies at Duke University. She is also Co-Director of the CUNY Humanities Alliance in partnership with LaGuardia Community College and funded by the Mellon Foundation. Davidson is a renowned scholar of cultural history and technology, has published over twenty books and is the author, most recently, of The New Education: How To Revolutionize the University to Prepare Students for a World in Flux (Basic Books. 2017).


photo of jacque wernimont, smiling in front of a leafy treeJacqueline Wernimont

HASTAC Co-Director

Jacqueline Wernimont, Co-Director of HASTAC beginning in July 2017, is an anti-racist, feminist scholar working toward greater justice in digital cultures. She writes about long histories of media and technology—particularly those that count and commemorate—and entanglements with archives and historiographic ways of knowing. She is a network weaver across humanities, arts, and sciences. This work includes co-directing HASTAC and ASU’s Human Security Collaboratory. She also runs the Nexus Digital Research Co-op and is a fellow of the Global Security Institute at Arizona State University.


Katina Rogers

Katina Rogers is Director of Programs and Administration at HASTAC and The Futures Initiative at The Graduate Center, CUNY. The Futures Initiative advances equity and innovation in higher education through student-centered teaching and learning, and promotes reinvestment in higher education as a public good. Rogers's research focuses on higher education reform, including scholarly communication practices, professionalization and career development, public scholarship, and advocacy for fair labor policies. Her forthcoming book, Putting the Humanities Ph.D. to Work: Theory, Practice, and Models for Thriving Beyond the Classroom, is in contract with Duke University Press. Rogers holds a PhD in Comparative Literature from the University of Colorado, Boulder.


HASTAC Staff, Graduate Fellows, and Student Workers

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Position: PhD Student
Bio: software engineer & open-source contributor thinking about engineering ethics and the politics of open source participation
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Position: Administrative Coordinator, Editor of the HASTAC Newsletter
Bio: Jackie Cahill graduated from Hunter College in 2020 with bachelor's degrees in English, Classical Studies, and Interdisciplinary Studies. She also completed minors in Latin and Art History. She is currently working...
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Position: Doctoral Student in Geography
Bio: Shaun is pursuing a Ph.D in geography at the CUNY Graduate Center, where his research interests include immigrant communities, food and foodways, and abolition geography. He is an adjunct lecturer in Urban Studies at...
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Position: Research fellow
Bio: I am a Mellon Humanities Alliance Research Fellow at the Futures Initiative at the Graduate Center, City University of New York. The Futures Initiative promotes both doctoral education and community college education in...
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Bio: Brinker works as the program manager of Digital Humanities and Social Engagement at Dartmouth College and HASTAC and teaches in the Anthropology Department at Dartmouth College.   
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Position: Student
Bio: Doctoral Student at CUNY Graduate Center
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Position: Communications Director at The Futures Inititative & Ph.D. Candidate in Latin American, Iberian and Latino Cultures
Bio: Gustavo Jiménez is a current Ph.D. Candidate in Latin American, Iberian and Latino Cultures at The Graduate Center, CUNY. His doctoral work is on the significance of Latin America in the formation of modern Basque...
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Position: University Grants Manager at Transformative Learning in the Humanities
Bio: Christina Katopodis is University Grants Manager at Transformative Learning in the Humanities, a three-year initiative at CUNY supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. 
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Position: College Assistant
Bio: Celi Lebron recently graduated from City College of New York with a Bachelor in Computer Engineering and a minor in English creative writing. Along her studies, Celi discovered her interest in Finance and she started...
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Position: F.I. Leadership Fellow Director and Admin Specialist
Bio: Lauren Melendez is a graduate student at Hunter College pursuing a Master of Science in Education degree and Leadership Director & Administrative Specialist of the Futures Initiative at The Graduate Center, CUNY
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Position: PhD Student/Futures Initiative Fellow
Bio: Adashima Oyo is a PhD Candidate at the CUNY Graduate Center. She earned a MPH degree before pursing her doctoral studies. Adashima has two research interests, and both intersect with the minority-majority demographic...
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Position: PhD Candidate // Assistant Director
Bio: I am a PhD Candidate in Anthropology at the Graduate Center, City University of New York. I am also a Graduate Fellow at the Futures Initiative, where I serve as Assistant Director. My research examines the political...
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Position: Ph.D. Student
Bio: Nik Valdez (they/them/theirs) is a queer Chicane writer, learner, & teacher siempre making trouble at CUNY through the PhD program as a third year in English Lit. They focus mostly in queer of color theory – Black,...