UCF's Center for Humanities & Digital Research

The mission of the UCF Center for Humanities and Digital Research (CHDR) is to serve as an engine for cross-disciplinary collaboration, multi-institutional partnerships, sponsored research and publication, community engagement, and public humanities programming. It facilitates the exchange of ideas and the sharing of knowledge through the co-hosting of workshops, consortia, and conferences.

The Center for Humanities and Digital Research at the University of Central Florida was founded in 2007, and succeeded the Humanities Center Initiative, which has hosted conferences and speakers and supported research projects since 2005. In 2020, it received an NEH Challenge Grant to expand facilities and equipment, build community partnerships, and further develop public programming and outreach.

The CHDR provides space, resources, expertise, programming, and digital research support both for individuals and scholars who seek to collaboratively address issues of central concern to our time and place, to connect history to the present, and to explore new ways of understanding, and educating others about, the diversity of cultures and ideas in our society and around the globe.

The “humanities” are understood in a broad sense to include the traditional disciplines such as History, Philosophy, English, Languages, and Rhetoric, area studies such as Women's Studies, African American Studies, Latin American Studies, and Judaic Studies, as well as the fine and performing arts, and also scientific, social scientific, technical, and professional disciplines that have humanistic components within them.

1. connecting faculty working on similar issues or problems within and beyond the College of Arts and Humanities,
2. providing tangible support for research in the form of grant writing assistance, exhibition funding, a distinguished lecture series and forums, and scholarly conferences,
3. interpreting and promoting faculty and student work in public venues that benefit the University of Central Florida community and the larger Orlando metropolitan area, and
4. connecting with scholars and projects in Florida, across the US, and throughout the world.

The humanities center has a special mandate in the digital humanities, that is, to provide students opportunities for high impact learning experiences with tools and techniques based in computing for creating, archiving, cataloguing, investigating, and disseminating material related to human experience and representation, as well as in the investigation of the impact of the digital world on human meaning. As the digital environment has evolved into both a research and an authoring space, digital humanities blurs the boundary between scholarship and creative work. Digital technology allows the study of traditional and recent material in new ways, and it also provides new paradigms of scholarship as the tools for research become new environments for study and new sites for human expression.


Bruce Janz
Mark Kamrath
Scot French
Associate Director
Amy Giroux
Associate Director
Connie Harper
Software Developer
Mike Shier
Publications Coordinator &
Research Specialist

Affiliated Scholars

Rosalind Beiler
History Department
Sai Deng
UCF Libraries
Will Dorner
Lee Dotson
UCF Libraries
Marcy Galbreath
Dept of Writing
& Rhetoric
Mark Heinrich
Computer Science
Emily Johnson
GaIM Lab
Richard Leinecker
Computer Science
Connie Lester
History Department
Rudy McDaniel
Sarah Norris
UCF Libraries
Yovanna Pineda
History Department
Lori Walters
Institute for Simulation
& Training
Beth Young
English Department

Current Graduate Research Associates

Jesslyn Parrish Daria Sinyagovskaya Mia Tignor Evan Wallace Chris Foley

Former Graduate Research Associates

Robert Clarke Mark Kretzschmar Rachel Winter


The Center for Humanities and Digital Research helps support the College of Arts and Humanities digital humanities curriculum at the graduate and undergraduate levels:

Texts and Technology Ph.D. program
Digital Humanities Minor