Peter Christensen is Assistant Professor of Art History at the University of Rochester. His teaching and research center on modern architectural and environmental history, particularly of Germany, Central Europe, and the Middle East, with a focus on their transactional contexts. His theoretical interests include the intellectual manifestations of geopolitical and multiculturalist thought since the nineteenth century. He maintains a strong interest in the role of infrastructure in the construction of visual culture. He explores critical applications of the digital humanities in his research and teaching, including this major research project, Architectural Biometrics. His current book project examines the cultural aspects of the German construction of the Ottoman railway network from 1868 to 1919.

Gaurav Sharma is a professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Department of Computer Science, Department of Biostatistics and Computational Biology, and Department of Oncology at the University of Rochester. From 2008-2010, he served as the Director for the Center for Emerging and Innovative Sciences (CEIS), a New York state supported center for promoting joint university-industry research and technology development, which is housed at the University of Rochester. From 1996 through 2003, he was with Xerox Research and Technology in Webster, NY, first as a member of research and technology staff and then as a Principal Scientist and Project Leader.


Joshua Romphf is the programmer for the Digital Humanities Center. Originally from London, Ontario, he holds an MA in Film and Media Preservation from the George Eastman Museum and The University of Rochester. His interests include fabrication, computer vision, video encoding, and electronics.

Graduate Students

Li Ding is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Rochester, under the supervision of Prof. Gaurav Sharma. He received his B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from Harbin Institute of Technology (HIT) in 2015. His research interests span the field of image processing and computer vision.

Eitan Freedenberg is a PhD student in Visual and Cultural Studies and Andrew W. Mellon Fellow in Digital Humanities at the University of Rochester, and a curatorial assistant at the Buffalo Architecture Center. His dissertation analyzes connections between open-air museums, World’s Fairs, garden cities, and other “themed landscapes” that reflect changing notions of space and place in the early twentieth century. In 2014, he was the curatorial assistant for Technicolor 100, George Eastman House’s online exhibition about Technicolor’s centennial, and in 2015, he curated The Glory of Old Monroe, a gallery exhibition at the University of Rochester that explored Rochester’s involvement in the Civil War.

Alana Wolf-Johnson is a third-year Ph.D. student in Visual and Cultural Studies at the University of Rochester. Driven by her interest in sonic representations of space, her dissertation will examine aural mediations of the built environment in twentieth and twenty-first century North American works of art. Prior to beginning her graduate education, she was an arts and culture journalist and worked at the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center and the North Carolina Museum of Art and also served as artistic director of Public Acts of Art. Currently a board member for the Museum of Portable Sound, she is developing two curatorial projects for 2016, one addressing the materiality of photography in cinema and the other focusing on sonic mobility and migration.


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