Our Team

Have a question for us? Contact the Sherman Centre team at scds@mcmaster.ca.

Andrea Zeffiro, Academic Director – Andrea’s approach to digital scholarship has been shaped by over a decade of experience working within collaborative and interdisciplinary research networks engaged in the creation of technological artifacts and immersive experiences (i.e. mobile and locative media, artificial-life, virtual reality). It was in those research contexts when she first started thinking methodologically about, with and through emerging technologies. Andrea is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication Studies and Media Arts.

Jay Brodeur, Administrative Director – Jay brings to the Centre years of experience working with data in a wide variety of formats and interdisciplinary contexts. A scientist by training, he’s comfortable working and advising on all kinds of data-related activities, ranging from data wrangling and integration to analysis and mapping to research data management. Jay’s also keenly interested in the application of digital approaches to support experiential learning opportunities within and outside of the classroom.

Jeffrey Demaine, Bibliometrics and Research Impact Librarian – Jeffrey worked for a dozen years at the National Research Council, as a researcher in a German think-tank, and as the Bibliometrics librarian at the University of Waterloo. His recent publications reveal forgotten “Sleeping Beauty” articles, the changing gender distribution of Canadian researchers, and the effect of increased collaborations on the research impact of universities around the world. Beyond simply counting citations, Jeffrey parses the metadata of academic publications, examines the changing structure of science, and reveals the patterns that underly the work of McMaster’s researchers. He also co-organizes a Canadian conference on Bibliometrics.

John Fink, Digital Scholarship Librarian – John’s talents lie in complex and innovative systems administration and project management. He also has an interest in the maker/hacker element in digital scholarship, and is frequently spotted tinkering with esoteric hardware. If you are interested in having the Sherman Centre support your project, John is an excellent first contact.

Christine Homuth, Spatial Information Specialist – Christine draws on her wide range of experiences to provide support for teaching and research to students, researchers, and faculty members working with Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and geospatial data. Some of her more recent work includes georeferencing historical maps and developing web map indexes as finding aids to make the Lloyd Reeds Map Collection’s resources more readily accessible.

Vivek Jadon, Data Specialist – Vivek provides research support in the use of numeric research data. As part of his role, Vivek is McMaster University’s official representative for Statistics Canada’s Data Liberation Initiative (DLI) program and Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR). Both of these programs provide researchers with vast archive of research data from various disciplines for high quality research and instruction. Vivek is also involved in building awareness and promoting RDM activities/services at McMaster.

Veronica Litt, Digital Scholarship Coordinator – A literary scholar by training, Veronica’s professional background includes academic and corporate work in editing, writing, event planning, social media, and podcasting. Across all her appointments, she strives to make scholarship accessible and interesting to anyone who wants to learn. As the SCDS Coordinator, she handles communications including social media and the website, provides administrative support, and organizes and promotes a diverse slate of programs including the graduate residency, community partnerships, and 30+ workshops. 

Amanda Montague, Postdoctoral Fellow – Amanda received her PhD from the University of Ottawa. Her dissertation, Mobile Memories: Canadian Cultural Memory in the Digital Age, considers the impact of mobile technologies and locative media narratives on everyday experiences of memory and place. She is an award-winning teacher and has developed several technology-based experiential learning projects, specifically ones that foster collaboration and partnerships within and outside the university.

Isaac Pratt, Research Data Management Specialist – Isaac is a research scientist by training, and has a PhD in Anatomy & Cell Biology. He leverages nearly a decade of interdisciplinary research experience to help support students, staff, and faculty. His expertise lies in questions surrounding data storage, security, planning, archival, and sharing. Isaac also provides support and curation services for McMaster Dataverse. His other interests include reproducible research methods, open science, and data science.

Subhanya Sivajothy, Data Analysis and Visualization Librarian – Subhanya brings a background of research in data justice, science and technology studies, and environmental humanities. She is currently thinking through participatory data design which allow for visualizations that are empowering for the end user. She also has experience in Research Data Management—particularly data cleaning and curation. Do not hesitate to reach out to her if you would like to talk more about data analysis and visualization as they evolve throughout the research process. 

SCDS Affiliates

Katie Harding, Learning Support Librarian – Katie works with the Faculty of Engineering to help engineering students learn how to understand, find, read, interpret, and create different types of information sources. She has spent the last decade teaching and providing research support to students and researchers in science and engineering. Her recent projects have focused on the development of some exciting new open educational resources. 

Krista Jamieson, Digitization Services Manager – Krista is an archivist by training and has worked with digital preservation, legacy metadata, and long-term appropriate access for born digital and digitized archival records. She brings this background, along with specialty training in AV digitization, to her role overseeing Digitization for the Library. Krista’s research interests lie in the impact of digitization on scholarship and ethics in archival decision making, as well as teaching archival literacy to students of all ages.

Gabriela Mircea, Digital Repository Librarian – Gabriela’s portfolio includes institutional repository, journal publishing, and digital preservation. She works to promote and advance the adoption of the University’s institutional repository, MacSphere. In collaboration with students, faculty, and librarians, she supports two journal publishing services: McMaster University Library Press and Publishing System for Student Journals. She develops and implements workflows and policies for preserving digital special collections in Digital Archive. She is currently exploring grey literature and publishing as pedagogy.

Devon Mordell, Educational Developer (MacPherson Institute) – Devon draws on her experience in media art, hobbyist programming and instructional design to teach workshops for the Sherman Centre. Her areas of interest in digital scholarship include data visualization, computational analyses of texts, sonification and critical digital humanities. Her research practice explores the algorithmic culture industry and platform psychogeography.

Research Associates

Emily Goodwin – Emily received her BA and MA from Brock University and is currently a PhD candidate in the department of English and Cultural Studies. With a wide range of research interests spanning food cultural studies, digital media, and archival and reproductive labours, Emily supported the Sherman Centre’s Do More With Digital Scholarship series by developing remote modules on social media research ethics and methodologies. She was also a Sherman Centre resident in 2019-20, with her current project tracking the demographic data and adjudication patterns of 10+ years of food blog awards.

Sil Hamilton – Having received his B.A. from McMaster University, Sil is a current graduate student of the Digital Humanities at McGill University. His academic interests touch many domains, ranging from the Anglo-Frisian language family to early English Internet culture. His primary pursuit lies in designing digital tools for revealing implicit bodies of knowledge in lesser explored subjects, such as text-generating neural networks. An ardent defender of software freedom and digital rights, Sil has had the opportunity to compose and conduct a series of educational workshops in association with the Sherman Centre. These workshops have engaged with subjects including digital cryptography, LaTeX, and internet privacy.

S M Mukarram Nainar – Currently pursuing a Bachelors in Mathematics and History, Mukarram enjoys using computers as a form of expression and tool of thought, and would like to make this more approachable to the general public. As part of this, he has a large interest in software freedom, and took the opportunity to help start the Software Freedom Series at the Sherman Centre, a series of educational workshops to help normal people gain more software freedom without too much effort.

Sarah Whitwell – Sarah is an educational developer with the MacPherson Institute for Leadership, Innovation, & Excellence in Teaching. Previously, she completed her PhD in History at McMaster University where she explored how black men and women experienced racialized violence during the transition from slavery to freedom and in the decades immediately following emancipation. With the support of the Sherman Centre, Sarah also created a relational database and a series of data visualizations containing information on incidents of racialized violence – the victims and perpetrators, geographic locations, forms of violence and methods of resistance. This work highlighted the importance of digital scholarship for reaching broader audiences. Now, in her capacity as an educational developer, Sarah seeks to help graduate students and instructors navigate the world of digital pedagogy, especially in a remote learning context.