Meet Our 2017-2018 Fellows:


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Aaron Alvarado
DRM Fellow 2017-2018

Aaron Alvarado is a fourth year graduate student in the Department of Ethnic Studies at UC Riverside. He is a transplant to the Riverside area from his agricultural hometown in California’s San Joaquin Valley. His research focuses on space making processes that affect rural and agricultural communities of color in the United States and the various ways these communities contested the consolidation of big agribusiness in the late 20th century. In order to do this, Aaron utilizes an interdisciplinary methodology that draws from the fields of Ethnic and Feminist Studies. This last summer, Aaron was able to take a course at the Digital Humanities Summer Institute that focused on Geographic Information Systems (GIS) in the humanities. He’s using his newfound appreciation of GIS software to map and visualize disparities that exist in rural/agricultural communities of color.


Kelly Bowker
DRM Fellow 2017-2018

Kelly Bowker is a fourth-year Ph.D. student in Critical Dance Studies at the University of California, Riverside, where she is a Chancellor’s Distinguished Fellow and a Gluck Fellow. She completed her M.A. in Choreography at Trinity Laban and her B.F.A. in Dance at the University of Michigan and has received grants from Zellerbach Foundation in San Francisco and the DCASE in Chicago for the development of her choreography.

Bowker’s research uses critical race studies to examine the way that technology is represented and utilized in both popular and concert dance. As a UCR Digital Research Methods Fellow Bowker attended the Feminist Digital Humanities course at the Digital Humanities Summer Institute. The course’s focus on the way that technologies are presented as neutral when often maintaining and even accentuating hierarchies has been incredibly useful to her research.


Madeleine St. Marie 
DRM Fellow 2017-2018

Madeleine is a Ph.D. student in the history department, working under Professor Michele Salzman. She holds a B.A. in Religious Studies from the University of Rochester, an M.A. in Religious Studies from Claremont Graduate University (Thesis: Apocalypse Nowish: Rethinking Christian Apocalyptic Discourse in Late Roman Gaul), and a certificate in Classics from UCLA. She is primarily interested in the 4th and 5th centuries of the western Roman Empire. Her prospective dissertation topic examines attitudes towards power and authority in the work of Sidonius Apollinaris, a 5th century Gallo-Roman bishop. She is also interested in the digital humanities, especially approaches to digital pedagogy and methods for visually modeling data.


Robert Wright
DRM Fellow 2017-2018

Robert is currently a Ph.D. candidate in the Psychology Department with a concentration in health psychology. He earned his BA from Sacramento State majoring in psychology, and his MA in sport psychology from San Jose State. Robert’s research focuses on how individuals with physical pain disclose their pain to others. At the Digital Humanities Summer Institute, Robert attended the Machine Learning workshop. He has used the skills from the workshop to explore how support and misinformation flow through health related online social networks.