Digital Humanities Faculty at Mills College

Rebekah Edwards is the Digital Humanities fellow at Mills College, working with the Digital Working Committee, Writing Director and Department Head to support critical digital pedagogy for faculty, graduate and undergraduate students. Dr. Edwards is also Associate Professor in Critical and Digital Pedagogies at California College of the Arts. She is a hyrbrid theorist, artist, and poet. As a consultant ( she provides curriculum development and assessment, facilitates pedagogy workshops, provides teaching mentorship and project, thesis and dissertation coaching. Dr. Edwards received her PhD from the University of California at Berkeley.
Ajuan Mance, Professor of English and Member of DIgital Humanities Working Group, is the author of three books, Inventing Black Women: African American Women Poets and Self-Representation (Tennessee, 2007); Proud Legacy: The Colored Schools of Malvern Arkansas and the Community that Made Them (Henson Benson Foundation, 2013); and Before Harlem: An Anthology of African American Literature from the Long Nineteenth Century (Tennessee, 2016). Her research interests include early African American print culture, the literary history of the Black nineteenth century, visual art production, and graphic novels. She is the Co-Director of the Mills College English Department Digital Working Group.
Micheline Aharonian Marcom is a professor of Creative Writing at Mills College and an award-winning novelist. She has received fellowships and awards from the Lannan Foundation, the Whiting Foundation, and the US Artists’ Foundation. Her first novel, Three Apples Fell From Heaven, was a New York Times Notable Book and Runner-Up for the PEN/Hemingway Award for First Fiction. Her second novel, The Daydreaming Boy, won the PEN/USA Award for Fiction. In 2008, Marcom taught in Beirut, Lebanon on a Fulbright Fellowship. She is also on faculty at Goddard College in the MFA program in Creative Writing. She recently completed a novel, The New American, which chronicles the journey of a young Guatemalan-American college student, a “Dreamer,” who is deported from California to Guatemala and who decides to make his way back home to Berkeley.
Meredith May, Mills alumna and longtime San Francisco Chronicle reporter, is an Assistant Adjunct Professor of Digital Journalism, where she teaches courses on news reporting, video production and podcasting. She has won numerous awards for her narrative feature writing, including a PEN USA Literary Award for a multimedia series about a war-wounded Iraqi boy and first place honors from the Associated Press for an investigation into sex trafficking in San Francisco massage parlors. Her work is included in the book, Best Newspaper Writing 2005. She is a fifth-generation beekeeper with hives in a San Francisco community garden; and a competitive rower, first learning the sport on the Mills College crew team. She is currently writing a book for Regan Arts: My Enemy, My Brother, about two young soldiers on opposite sides of the Iran-Iraq War who risked their lives to save each other.
Sarah Pollock is , Professor of English and Member of DIgital Humanities Working Group, directs the undergraduate  Journalism  at Mills College, where she also teaches nonfiction writing in the Program MFA program. She has worked as an editor, writer and teacher for 30 years, including stints as senior editor at Mother Jones magazine and editor-in-chief at the California Academy of Sciences’ natural history magazine (then called Pacific Discovery). She began her writing career as a daily newspaper reporter, and has written many articles, essays and book reviews for magazines and newspapers.
Kirsten Saxton, Professor of English and Chair of Digital Humanities Working Group, is also  Director of the M.A. Degree in English Literature at Mills College. Scholarly Editor, ABO: Interactive Journal for Women in the Arts, 1640-1830. Dr. Saxton’s most recent book is Narratives of Women and Murder in England, 1680-1760: Deadly Plots; she is currently working on little known mystery author Lois Austen-Leigh (ancestor of Jane Austen) and on a book about 19th-century writer and spirtualist Catherine Crowe.
Juliana Spahr  edits the book series Chain Links with Jena Osman and the collectively funded Subpress with nineteen other people and Commune Editions with Joshua Clover and Jasper Bernes. With David Buuck she wrote Army of Lovers. She has edited with Stephanie Young A Megaphone: Some Enactments, Some Numbers, and Some Essays about the Continued Usefulness of Crotchless-pants-and-a-machine-gun Feminism (Chain Links, 2011), with Joan Retallack Poetry & Pedagogy: the Challenge of the Contemporary (Palgrave, 2006), and with Claudia Rankine American Women Poets in the 21st Century (Wesleyan U P, 2002). Her most recent book is That Winter the Wolf Came from Commune Editions.
Stephanie Young's books of poetry and cross genre writing include Ursula or University (2013), Picture Palace (2008), and Telling the Future Off (2005). She is founding editor of the online archive Deep Oakland and edited the anthology Bay Poetics. With Juliana Spahr, she coedited A Megaphone: Some Enactments, Some Numbers, and Some Essays about the Continued Usefulness of Crotchless-pants-and-a-machine-gun Feminism (2011). She is a current member of the Krupskaya editorial collective.
Audrey Calefas-Strebelle's Mapping Early Modern French Orientalism project aims to study how images and ideas surrounding the Orient came to be and how they circulated. The French were among the first to widely travel the Orient and to write about their experience. By gathering data about these travelers and scholars, and by visualizing them, Mapping Early Modern French Orientalism aspires to address the following questions: who were the French Orientalists? What were their networks of communication, of relationship, and of education? How did they exchange information? How did ideas circulate and how was knowledge created and transmitted? What was the influence of their social networks in the circulation of knowledge and objects and in the shaping of the idea of the Orient first in France and then in the West? Mapping Early Modern French Orientalism seeks to answer these questions, using the spatial visualization capabilities of Palladio, by producing interactive maps, graphs, lists, tables, and galleries that reveal correlations, trends, and magnitude in the data that had remained hidden hitherto, such as travel patterns, time frames, frequencies, and degrees of separation between orientalists.