Gregory Waller is Professor in the Department of Communication and Culture at Indiana University, Bloomington and past Department Chair (2003-2010). In 2002, he was a Visiting Scholar at the University of Roma, La Sapienza (Appalachian-Rome Exchange Program). Waller is the recipient of a number of awards, most recently the Indiana University New Frontiers Grant and the College Arts and Humanities Institute Grant for the Orphans Film Symposium (2013). In 2007, he was awarded the Indiana University New Perspectives Grant for Film Conference (Film Indiana: Screening Shorts) and in 2005, the Toshiba Foundation Grant for Museum Exhibition (Japan-in-America, The Turn of the Twentieth Century). In addition to being the editor of the journal Film History since 2012, Waller is the author of Moviegoing in America: A Sourcebook in the History of Film Exhibition (2002) and Main Street Amusements: Movies and Commercial Entertainment in a Southern City, 1896-1930 (1995), which won the Theatre Library Association Award (1995) and the Katherine Singer Kovacs Award of the Society for Cinema Studies for outstanding scholarship in film and media studies (1995-1997). Additionally, Waller has published numerous book chapters (e.g., “Projecting the Power of 16mm, 1935-1945” in Charles Acland and Haidee Wasson’s Useful Cinema) and journal articles (e.g., “Narrating the New Japan: The Hero of Liao Yang (1904)” in Screen 47, 2006.) He is currently working on Theatrical Cinema in 1915: Sites, Sponsors, and Circulation, a study of non-theatrical cinema in the US before the advent of 16mm film. Waller will serve on the Advisory Board for Project Arclight.
Kit Hughes is a doctoral candidate of Media and Cultural Studies in the Department of Communication Arts at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She received her MA in Media Studies (Radio-Television-Film Department) from the University of Texas-Austin in 2009. Hughes has been the recipient of a number of honors, including a Chancellor’s Fellowship from the University of Wisconsin Madison and the Stephen P. Jarchow Digital Archive Fellowship from the Wisconsin Center for Film and Theatre Research (WCFTR). From 2011-2014, Hughes worked as an archives assistant at the WCFTR, where she also served as a project assistant on the NHPRC-funded project to reprocess the collection of documentary filmmaker Emile De Antonio. Her work on archival theory, workplace media, and digital aesthetics has been published in American Archivist, Media, Culture & Society, and Film Criticism, respectively. As part of Project Arclight, Hughes will assist Hoyt and Acland in publicizing the project’s milestones, producing technical documentation, and serving as a liaison between user experience and the core software developers.
Derek Long is a Film Studies PhD candidate at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Department of Communication Arts. He earned his MA in Film Studies from Emory University in 2010. In 2013, Long was the recipient of the Helen K. Herman Award for Academic Ability and earlier received a First Year McCarty Scholarship Award in 2010. He has presented conference papers and published articles on the industrial history of Hollywood (e.g., “Television Distribution of Low-Budget Independent Features in the 1950s: The Cases of United Artists v. Strand Productions and Eagle-Lion v. Bogeaus” in Historical Journal of Film, Radio, and Television (2013)). One of his recent projects involved creating the Quantitative Media History Database to collect information pertaining to budgets, revenues, and media circulation. Currently he is a member of the research team for the award winning (2014 Anne Friedberg Innovative Scholarship) Lantern Project as well as Project Arclight (2013 Digging into Data Challenge). As part of Project Arclight, he will serve as Data Curator in the US, working on topic modeling, named entity recognition, and the integration of QMHDB data into the Arclight application. In this capacity, Long will work alongside Peter Gorman, Head of Digital Collections for the University of Wisconsin Libraries and a leading figure in digital archives and text encoding. Long’s technical skills include web design (HTML, CSS, Dreamweaver, Photoshop), database work (MySQL, XML, and PHP), video editing (Adobe Premiere, Final Cut Pro, AVID), and digital photography and video production.
Elena Razlogova is Associate Professor in the History Department at Concordia University. She is a current researcher and former Co-Director of the Center for Oral History and Digital Storytelling as well as Director of the Digital History Lab. In 2004-2005, Razlogova was a Postdoctoral Fellow and served as webmaster for the Center of History and New Media at George Mason University. She was awarded the FRQSC’s New Researchers Grant (Quebec) (2007-2012) and the SSHRC Image, Text, Sound, and Technology Grant (2007-2008). Additionally, Razlogova received the Concordia University General Research Fund Grants (2006-2007) and a Concordia University Grant for the Digital History Lab (2005-2008). She is the author of The Listener’s Voice: The Cultural Economy of Radio, from the Jazz Age to the Cold War (2011) and has a recent book chapter, “The Past and Future of Music Listening: Between Freeform DJs and Recommendation Algorithms,” in Michele Hilmes and Jason Loviglio’s Radio’s New Wave (2013). One of her current projects involves an international history of surveillance in the US and the Soviet Union during the Cold War. Razlogova has participated in numerous Digital Humanities projects, including Vertov: A Media Annotating Plugin (Executive Producer); Gulag: Many Days, Many Lives (Executive Producer); and The Guantanamobile Project. As a team member of Project Arclight, Razlogova will serve as domain expert in American cultural history, media history, and Digital Humanities in Canada, devoting time to Project Arclight’s development and using its new web-based tool to conduct research.