Research and Development

The headquarters for the 18thConnect Research and Development team is located at Texas A&M University with support from the Advanced Research Consortium (ARC), also at Texas A&M.

Research and Development:

Dr. Laura Mandell is Director of 18thConnect and general editor of The Poetess Archive. She has published in the fields of 18th-century studies and digital humanities.

EMILY FRIEDMAN, Associate Director
Emily Friedman is Associate Professor of Eighteenth-Century Literature at Auburn University.

BRYAN TARPLEY, Project Manager
Bryan Tarpley is Lead Developer and Project Manager for the Advanced Research Consortium (ARC) and 18thConnect.

Rubria Rocha is the Global Outreach Director for 18th Connect and Director of the Spanish Language version of 18thConnect, to be released Fall 2018. She is a Ph.D. student in Hispanic Studies at Texas A&M University. Her interests include Hispanic Visual Culture, New Media and the Digital Humanities. Currently, she is working on developing two projects: Hispanic Muralism Digital Photographic Archive and The Carvajal Family Digital Archive.

ELIZABETH GRUMBACH, Former Project Manager
Liz Grumbach received an MA in English from Texas A&M University. She was the Project Manager for ARC and 18thConnect, as well as working for the IDHMC as a Research Associate, until she moved to NEXUS at Arizona State University in 2017.

MICHAEL SIMEONE, former Director of Development
Michael Simeone is a Ph.D. Candidate in English working for the NCSA.

Jennifer Lieberman was an OCR Project Manager (Univ. of Illinois) for 18thConnect. She received a Bachelors of Arts in English and a Bachelors of Science in Mathematics from the University of Florida, as well as a Masters of the Arts and Ph.D. in English at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Mike Behrens was an OCR Project Manager (Univ. of Illinois) for 18thConnect. He received his Ph.D. in English at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

Matt Christy was an OCR Project Manager and Lead Software Developer (Texas A&M) for 18thConnect. He was involved in the development of TypeWright, including the XSLT output of TypeWright-edited documents.

Timothy Duguid was the Research Fellow (Texas A&M) for 18thConnect’s parent organization, ARC. He holds a Ph.D. in music history from the University of Edinburgh, and is currently an Assistant Professor at the University of Glasgow.

We are also indebted to our previous project managers, Mary Farrington and Shawn Moore, who both  were major players in the development of TypeWright.