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Beverley Park Rilett

Beverley Park Rilett, editor and inaugural director, is an Associate Research Professor at Auburn University in Alabama, home of the George Eliot Archive and its sister projects, the George Eliot Review Online and George Eliot Scholars since 2021.

Until August, 2021, she was Assistant Research Professor in English and a Faculty Fellow in the Center for Digital Research in the Humanities at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where these projects started. “Dr Bev” specializes in digital humanities and in 19th- and early 20th-century British literature and culture. Her edition of British Poetry of the Long Nineteenth Century: A Selection for College Students was re-issued in 2019 with an international Creative Commons 4.0 license, which means the digital edition is now free. She has published several articles on aspects of George Eliot's life and works, and is completing a revisionist biography. She is honored to be a vice president and North American representative of the George Eliot Fellowship and the digital editor of the Fellowship’s George Eliot Review journal. 

Brad Hughes (2021-present)

Brad Hughes (2021-present), a web developer at Auburn University Libraries, has assumed the position of Head Developer of the three George Eliot digital projects. Brad also supervises the web development team of student research assistants, including the Computer Science and Software Engineering department's Senior Design project. Recently, he programmed "George Eliot's England," an interactive geo-spacial exhibit.

Current Research Assistants

Mavis A. Adam-Moses (2022-present)

Mavis A. Adam-Moses(2022-present) is a first-year Master's in English student. She helping to build the Alabama Authors project and processes files and metadata for the George Eliot websites.

Olivia Ainooson (2022-present)

Olivia Ainooson(2022-present) is a first-year Master's student in AU's department of Geosciences. She helping to build the Alabama Authors project and processes files and metadata for the George Eliot websites.

Hailey Fischer (2020-present)

Hailey Fischer(2020-present) is completing her Master of Arts in English at UNL, advised by Dr. Rilett. Her thesis explores George Eliot's relationships with her siblings, especially her sister and half-sister. Hailey developed the content for "George Eliot's England," the Archive's born-digital geo-spacial exhibit.

Jorryn "Jojo" Hensley (2021-present)

Jorryn "Jojo" Hensley (2021-present) is a junior Public Relations Major in the Honors Program at AU. Jojo will be completing and launching the project's first TweetDeck combining quotations, illustrations, and news--an extensive subproject started by previous team members.

Wesley Lowman (2022-present)

Wesley Lowman (2022-present) is a sophomore Computer Science major who is collaborating with the CSSE Senior Design students to create and adapt software for the Archive.

Chaohui(Jennie) Ren (2022-present)

Chaohui(Jennie) Ren (2022-present) is a Computer Science and Software Engineering graduate student, whose expertise is UI and UX design and front-end development for the George Eliot websites.

Xianming Tang (2022-present)

Xianming Tang (2022-present) is a graduate student in Data Science and Engineering who is curating, extracting, and cleaning the data of open-access journal articles to be added to the George Eliot websites.

Jacob Walker (2021-present)

Jacob Walker (2021-present) is a Junior Finance major and History minor in the Honors Program at AU. He is creating a multi-media presentation on the George Eliot Archive and sister projects for the Liquid Galaxy immersive display in RBD Library.

Minh Smith (2022-present)

Minh Smith (2022-present) is a graduate student in Computer Science at Auburn University who is working to implement natural language processing techniques into the digital humanities project of George Eliot.

Former Research Assistants

Dr. Antje Anderson, 2019-21: created interactive maps of George Eliot's trips to Italy as part of MA thesis in Art History.

Sydney Baty, 2018-19: drafted short biographies summarizing Eliot's relationships; mined periodicals databases to find previously unknown contemporary articles on GE; presented research at academic conference

Susannah Boyer, 2018-19: located public domain sources of Eliot-related images and verified information for the relationship web summaries

Michaela Brown, 2020, located and added documents to the Archive's Commentary by Contemporaries section; developed content and metadata for its sister site, George Eliot Scholars

Mackenzie Burch, 2019-20, collected data and researched terms and accessibility for our new sister site, George Eliot Scholars, which was integral to her Honors thesis; presented research at academic conference and poster sessions

Bryan Christman, 2020-21, assisted with the revisions of the Social Network summaries and researched books Eliot read for a new subproject, "George Eliot's Library" 

Shane Clegg, Summer 2019, improved website functionality; created (with Riley Jhi) the  interactive Chronology section of the George Eliot Archive; poster session presentation

Sara Duke, 2017-18, researched grant opportunities, developed the early database of contemporary reviews, presented posters and conference papers 

Megan Ekstrom, 2017-2019, database development and document preparation; researched Eliot's female friendships; presented posters and conference papers.

Grace Erixon, 2019-2020, helped build interactive maps of George Eliot's trips; contributed to the relationship web; general website maintenance.

Rachel Gordon, 2017-19, curated the initial George Eliot portrait gallery; developed the Published Writings database, presented at conferences and poster sessions

Sarah Guyer, 2020-21, transitioned the George Eliot Review files to a new metadata and file storage system, organized and transcribed unpublished manuscript correspondence, and processed George Eliot Scholars submissions

John Harkendorff, 2019-20, web developer with a focus on the GE Scholars site; improved the website's functionality,  developed the site's contribution interface, and facilitated email outreach to potential contributors.

Abby Heinzen, 2022, helped to develop the George Eliot Archive's Twitter account; also tracked metadata for open-access articles for the Scholars project.

Riley Jhi, 2017-2020, our first web developer, designed and developed the first iteration of the George Eliot Archive, created the social network data visualization model and, with Shane Clegg, the interactive chronology; conference and poster presentations.

Bailea Kerr, 2016-18, a founding team member, developed the earliest project databases, processed images, researched comparable digital projects and the GEF history, presented at conference and poster sessions

Rose Kottwitz, Summer 2020, prepared metadata for the 896 "Cross Letters" and uploaded them to the Omeka platform; compared a sample set of the Cross letters with Gordon Haight's George Eliot Letters

Mckenzi Marlow, 2021-22, compiled and added articles to the Commentary by Contemporaries section of the Archive and new open-access materials to George Eliot Scholars 

Breanna Martin, 2022, redesigned brochures reflecting the projects' new home at Auburn; also helped launch the Archive's new Twitter feed of compiled quotations.

Kaylen Michaelis, 2020-21, developed the Commentary by Contemporaries section including metadata standards; led the team as assistant editor

Thara Michaelis, 2020-21, developed the Commentary by Contemporaries section; prepared the Journals and Notebooks section for publication, and added George Eliot-related information and links to Wikipedia

Anne Nagel, 2019-20, transposed the "George Eliot Portrait Gallery" section to the Central Online Victorian Educator (COVE) site; researched and co-authored (with BPR) the editorial introduction, "The George Eliot Portrait Gallery: Perspectives on the Writer." 

Harrison Patten, 2021-22, created the first dataset of Alabamian authors for the Alabama Authors project, prior to its launch, modeled on the George Eliot Archive.

Lindsay Roberts, 2020-21, proofread and added to the Social Network summaries; monitored contributions and prepared them for publication on the George Eliot Scholars site.

Maxwell Robeson 2020-21, edited and contributed to the biographical commentary for "George Eliot's Social Network;"  also helped to edit "George Eliot's Library" 

Kayleigh Ryan, 2020-21, primarily responsible for developing the Image Gallery's Illustrations collection depicting scenes and characters from George Eliot's works

Devyn Sanderson, 2021, collected and processed illustrations of George Eliot's works and scanned fragile primary documents

Tanima Shrivastava, 2020-21, maintained and improved the functionality of the three websites, especially enhancing the navigation options available in Omeka 

Hannah Stefancik, 2021-22, cleaned and standardized Dublin Core metadata for numerous collections within the Archive.

Alexis Stoffers, 2020-21, redesigned our logo to add Eliot's signature; helped develop an early version of the "George Eliot's England" image gallery (completed by Hailey Fischer), designed a print edition of George Eliot in England 

Libo (Donald) Sun, (2022) developed GitHub resources and used React to create a mirror site, ensuring we always have a backup and a sandbox for developers; also updated and debugged the Social Network data visualization.

Rosamond Thalken, 2016-17, a founding team member, scanned and processed documents and images, developed the first databases, and helped organize the initial project; conference and poster presentations

Hollie Tucker, 2021-22, reorganized the Trello team task board, streamlining the website's tagging system, reworking metadata for the Beinecke Letters project, and editing "George Eliot's Social Network."

Brandon Unverferth, 2020-21, prepared a new digital edition of the George Eliot Character and Scenes dictionary for the website.

Derek Wagner, 2016-18, a founding team member, located and digitized many of the reviews of George Eliot's works by her contemporaries.