Stephen Rachman Appointed Interim DH Director

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June 20, 2016

Stephen Rachman, Department of English, has accepted an appointment as Interim Director of the Digital Humanities (DH) Program in the College of Arts & Letters.

Rachman is an Associate Professor of 19thCentury American Literature, Director of the American Studies Program, and Co-Director of the Digital Humanities Literary Cognition Laboratory at MSU. He came to MSU in 1993.

His appointment as Interim Director of the DH Program is in response to the recommendation of the Digital Humanities Steering Committee. It is a two-year appointment on a nine-month academic-year basis and will run from August 16, 2016, to August 15, 2018.

"I am honored and delighted to take on this position for the College of Arts & Letters,” Rachman said. “Digital Humanities is an exciting interdisciplinary endeavor in which our College has been and will continue to be a leader, and I am pleased to be able to participate in shaping its future and to aid in the cultivation of new areas of distinction and excellence.”

Intended to be collaborative, the leadership of the DH Program comprises a director and a steering committee. The steering committee consists of a faculty representative from each of the participating units – the EdTech office, MATRIX, and MSU Libraries.

Rachman will replace Sean Pue, former Director of Digital Humanities and Associate Professor of South Asian Literature and Culture, who recently was named one of only 12 faculty nationwide to receive a prestigious Mellon Foundation New Directions Fellowship. He is the first MSU faculty member to be so honored.

Mellon New Directions Fellowships assist faculty members in the humanities who seek to acquire systematic training outside their own areas of special interest. 

Pue stepped down as Director of Digital Humanities to focus his time and efforts on this fellowship, in which he will study the role of sound in modern South Asian poetry and pursue more than a year of coursework at MSU in statistics and probability, computer science, and data science programs.