Fenwick McKelvey



Fenwick McKelvey is Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication Studies at Concordia University. After receiving his PhD from the Joint Graduate Program in Communication and Culture at Ryerson University and York University, McKelvey was appointed Visiting Scholar in the Department of Communication Studies at the University of Washington, Seattle (2012-2013). From 2006 to 2012, he worked at the Infoscape Centre for the Study of Social Media where he developed software to archive, analyze, and represent electoral politics online. McKelvey was the recipient of a SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellowship (2012) and a Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship (SSHRC) (2009). His first book, The Permanent Campaign: New Media, New Politics (co-authored with Greg Elmer and Ganaele Langlois), was published in 2012. He has also written a number of book chapters and articles for refereed journals and presented papers at national and international conferences (e.g., “Coding ‘Good Technology’ for Winning Campaigns” at the Society for Social Studies of Science in Copenhagen, 2012). As a team member, McKelvey brings to Project Arclight methodological and theoretical expertise on Internet data-mining and computational analysis. He will serve as Data Analytics Expert in Canada, developing Arclight’s analytic features and collaborating with domain experts for testing early versions of the tool.


Louis Pelletier

Louis Pelletier is a SSHRC postdoctoral fellow at Université de Montréal and Concordia University and an instructor in the Département d’histoire de l’art et d’études cinématographiques at Université de Montréal. He earned both his MA and PhD at Concordia. Identifying as a Digital Humanist, he has expertise in early cinema and database management and has coded search engines, built databases, and designed visualizations. In addition to Project Arclight, Pelletier is a member of the research team for the Canadian Educational, Sponsored and Industrial Film Archive project at Concordia where he is currently a research coordinator. His previous work as a research coordinator involved developing numerous online film resources, such as co-designing the Silent Cinema in Quebec, 1896-1930 and Sound Cinema in Quebec: The Talkies and Beyond, 1930-1952 websites. Pelletier co-edited (with Marta Braun, Charlie Keil, Rob King and Paul S. Moore) Beyond the Screen: Institutions, Networks and Publics of Early Cinema (2012) and has a recent book chapter, “Early Quebec Actualities and the Ephemeral Meanings of Moving Images,” in Zoë Druick and Gerda Cammaer’s Cinephemera: Moving Images at the Margins of Canadian Cinema History (2014). As part of Project Arclight, Pelletier will serve as a Data Curator in Canada, working on topic modeling, named entity recognition, and the integration of CESIF data into the Arclight application.


Tara McPherson


Tara McPherson is Associate Professor of Critical Studies at the University of Southern California’s (USC) School of Cinematic Arts. She is an affiliated faculty member in the American Studies and Ethnicity Department, serves on the Gender Studies Advisory Board at USC’s Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, and is the Founding Editor of the journal Vectors as well as the International Journal of Learning and Media. McPherson is the recipient of numerous awards, honors, and grants. The Mellon Foundation in particular has been a major funder for her current research project, the Alliance for Networking Visual Culture project. Her book Reconstructing Dixie: Race, Gender, and Nostalgia in the Imagined South (2003) won the John Cawelti Award for Outstanding Book of 2003 from the American Culture Association. McPherson’s most recent book is Transmedia Frictions: The Digital, the Arts, and the Humanities, co-authored with Marsha Kinder (2014). Currently, she is preparing the manuscript, The Vectors of Vectors, for Harvard University Press. McPherson is also the lead PI for the software development of Scalar, a new platform for multimodal publication, which moved to open beta in March 2013. Scalar is in process with the Vector’s development team and is supported by the Mellon Foundation. McPherson will serve on the Advisory Board for Project Arclight.

Paul Moore


Paul Moore is Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology at Ryerson University and serves as Ryerson Director of the Joint Graduate Program in Communication and Culture with York University (2012-2015). His research interests include media history, urban studies, newspapers, and film exhibition. In 2010, he received the Provost’s Experiential Teaching Award and in 2009, the Canadian Communication Association awarded his book, Now Playing: Early Moviegoing and the Regulation of Fun, the Gertrude J. Robinson Prize for Best Book Published in 2008. Moore has published several book chapters, most recently “The Flow of Amusement: The First Year of Cinema in the Red River Valley” in Conway and Pasch’s Borderlands and Breaking Points: Tension Across the 49th Parallel (2014) and has written articles for the Canadian Journal of Film Studies and the Canadian Journal of Communication. His book (co-authored book with Sandra Gabriele), The Sunday Paper: The Print Circulation of Magazine, Film, and Radio Features in North America, 1888-1922, is forthcoming from the University of Illinois Press. Moore will serve on the Advisory Board for Project Arclight.