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The Critical Digital Humanities Collective is a group of graduate students and faculty members of the University of California, Riverside who work on, and through, the complex materialities of digital networks.

Faculty Coordinator
James Tobias  – – Department of English

Graduate Student Coordinator
Sarah Whitcomb – Department of English

Graduate Students
Steven G. – Department of History
Rochelle – Department of English
Kimberly – Department of English

Undergraduate Research Assistant
Eric – Media and Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature



James Tobias is an Associate Professor in the Department of English at the University of California, Riverside. Before joining the department, he worked as an interaction designer and digital artist. He is the author of Sync: Stylistics of Hieroglyphic Time (Temple University Press, 2010) and many articles and essays on a range of topics in digital media studies, studies of musicality in cinema, studies of narrative networks, critical studies of gesture in the digital context, and autobiographical narrative.


Graduate Student Coordinator

Lozier_GSEA Profile PicSarah Lozier: I am working on my PhD in English at the University of California, Riverside. I’m interested in 20th century British and American literature, the intersection of material/print and digital cultures, and translation/remediation. I’m also finding myself more and more interested in literary forms that expose and challenge the visual/aural material/sensual aspects of language.  I will be presenting a paper on the mash-up of science fiction and and Tolstoy and the power of parody in the 2010 Quirk Classic, “Android Karenina” at the 2011 PAMLA conference.


Graduate Students

sga300Steve Anderson is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of History at University of California, Riverside. He also received his MA from UC Riverside, and he completed his Bachelor’s degree in History at the University of La Verne in Southern California. Steve’s primary research field is Twentieth-Century United States with an emphasis on the postwar era and digital humanities. | @sgahistory |

Rochelle GoldRochelle Gold is a PhD candidate in English at UC Riverside. Her dissertation research focuses on literary social media and transnationalism. Rochelle has recently presented research at Console-ing Passions, the Digital Humanities Summer Institute, the International Conference on Narrative, and the Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association. She is one of the coordinators of the Critical Digital Humanities research group, and she has previously served as Assistant Director of the University Writing Program at UCR.

Kimberly Hall is a third-year English PhD student at University of California, Riverside. She completed her MA at Georgetown University and wrote her thesis on forms of posthumanism in 19th century fantastic novels. Her current research focuses on the logics of authorship in machinima productions and new media forms of confession. She is one of the graduate co-founders of CDH.


Undergraduate Research Assistant

eric-romeroEric Romero
Eric Romero is a third-year Undergraduate Student majoring in Media and Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature. Before joining CDH, Eric has been a UC MEXUS Undergraduate Research Scholar and a California Arts Scholar for Film and Video. His research emphasis focuses on comparative film studies and the cultural conversations that countries have with each other through cinema, and his thesis work focuses specifically on Russian film director Sergei Eisenstein in Post-Revolutionary Mexico.



Previous Members

April Durham is a PhD candidate in the Comparative Literature and Foreign Languages department at UC Riverside. Her research investigates complex notions of subjectivity and action arising in creative collaborative practices, considering, for example, what collaborative aesthetic actions might contribute to contemporary understandings of “collective intelligence” and “distributed work.” She holds an MFA from Art Center in Pasadena and combines scholarly work with an ongoing art practice that includes collaborative projects with artists, curators, and other creative practitioners from the US and Europe. blog ; academia ;

Ian Ross is a PhD student in the English Department at the University of California, Riverside, where he also received is Masters of English and a joint US History/English Bachelors degree. He is engaged in research involving comic books both as media and narrative, Steampunk and “homage” literature, and Cyberculture studies. He recently presented his ongoing project “Biocomics: The Mapping of an Industry’s Evolution as an Illustration of Industrial Biocapital” at the 2011 Eaton Science Fiction Conference. His current research revolves around the emerging community of console video game hardware “modders”. He is also one of the two graduate student cofounders of CDH.