Staff, Students, and Visiting Scholars

Program Director

Prof. Dr. Gregory Ralph Crane
Alexander von Humboldt Professor of Digital Humanities

Email: crane (at)



Dr. Monica Berti
Akademische Assistentin (Assistant Professor)

Email: monica.berti (at)
Research Areas: digital scholarly editing of historical texts; text re-use; digital philology; digital epigraphy

Dr. Giuseppe G. A. Celano
Research Fellow

Email: celano (at)
Research Areas: treebanking; computational linguisitcs; digital philology

Dr. Thomas Köntges
Akademischer Assistent (Assistant Professor)

Email: thomas.koentges (at)
Research Areas: textual transmission; topic modelling; digital philology

Dr. Matthew Munson
Research Fellow

Email: munson(at)
Primary contact person for the Global Philology Project (), CapiTainS Toolkit (, and the Open Greek and Latin collections (


Dr. Maxim Romanov
Research Fellow

Email: maxim.romanov (at)
Research Areas: premodern Arabic historical, biographical and geographical literature; Arabic written tradition; social history of the Islamic world; text analysis; digital history; geospatial analysis


PhD Candidates


Maryam Foradi
MA, PhD (in progress)

Maryam graduated from Shahid Beheshti University, Tehran, as a Master of Teaching German as a Foreign Language, as well as with a bachelor’s degree in Translation Studies. Maryam’s working languages as a professional translator include Farsi (L1), German and English, in addition, she possesses basic proficiency in Arabic. Longstanding focus upon language instruction and translation led Maryam to her current position as a doctoral student; Maryam’s dissertation will draw upon her leading role in the development and testing of a digital learning environment for Ancient Greek customized for speakers of Farsi.

Marcel Mernitz

MA, PhD (in progress)

Marcel has a BA in history and an MA in Classical Studies from the University of Leipzig as well as a finished apprenticeship as management assistant in IT-systems. Before joining the Digital Hill Project at the Humboldt Chair of Digital Humanities, where he works on text annotation and text alignments, he worked in the digitization department of the university’s library. His PhD is about the contracts between Carthaginians and Romans before the first Punic War, using text mining, text annotation and text aligning programs.



Chiara Palladino
MA, PhD (in progress)

Chiara is a PhD candidate at the University of Leipzig and the University of Bari Aldo Moro (Italy) since October 2015. She is working on the first born-digital critical edition of an ancient Greek geographical text, Agathemerus’ ‘Sketch of Geography’, and on a dissertation about the textual tradition of the so-called Minor Greek Geographers from the Byzantine to the Modern age. Her current research focuses on the visualization of ancient geographical data, specific lexicon and measurements of distances in Greek and Latin geography, textual transmission, and re-use.


Masoumeh Seydi Gheranghiyeh
BSc, MSc, PhD (in progress)

Masoumeh received her Master in Information Engineering at the University of Konstanz, Germany. Before joining the Digital Humanities Team, she worked as a developer in BaseX team. Currently she is doing her PHD on computational methods of analysis and visualization of spatial and biographic data in pre-modern Arabic/Persian literature.  She uses automatic models and computations to extract the administrative and geographical information from various resources. The spatial data together with the biographic information are the primary sources which she uses for proper chronological visualizations.


Tariq Yousef
BSc, MSc, PhD (in progress)

Tariq has a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science (software engineering) from AlBaath University (Syria) and a master’s degree in Computer Science from the University of Leipzig (Germany). His main research interests are: natural language processing, data extraction, data cleaning, information retrieval, data mining, visualisation and web development.

Recently, he has written a MSc thesis studying parallel text alignment and named-entity recognition in bilingual corpora (Greek-Latin) of fragmentary authors and works (text reuse). Currently he is working on arabic morphological analysis and disambiguation using probabilistic classification, and automatic XML tagging of Arabic, Greek and Latin texts.

Visiting Scholars


Dr. Eleni Bozia
Assistant Professor of Classics and Digital Humanities – Department of Classics and the Digital Worlds Institute at the University of Florida

Eleni Bozia is an Assistant Professor of Classics and Digital Humanities in the Department of Classics and the Digital Worlds Institute at the University of Florida. She is currently pursuing a Dr. Phil. at the Universität Leipzig. Dr. Bozia also serves as the Associate Director of the Digital Epigraphy and Archaeology Project. She is the author of the book “Lucian and his Roman Voices: Cultural Exchanges and Conflicts in the Late Roman Empire.” Her research interests include Imperial Greek and Latin literature, Ethnicity and National Identity Issues, Literary and Cultural Theories, and Digital Humanities.

Dr. Bozia is the recipient of collaborative grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities and Le ministère de l’enseignement supérieur et de la recherche and several national and international awards including the Young Researcher Fellowship from La Fondation Hardt, the e-humanities award from the Universität Leipzig, the Mary A. Sollman Scholarship of the American Academy in Rome, and the CIEGL Bursary from the University of Oxford.



Sophia Baron
Project Assistant / Communication

Sophia takes care of communicative matters, both internal and external and supports organizing events and workshops. She has been working as a Creative in advertising and marketing for many years and is also qualified in European Project Management and Public Relations. Sophia is fluent in German and English, her native languages. Additionally she also takes care of some topics within the Erasmus internship programme.

Sylvia Frömmert
Secretary / Project Administrator


Student assistants

Annette Geßner
BA, MA, PhD (in progress)

After studying Latin, history and Ancient Greek at the Universities of Dresden and Leipzig, Annette worked at the University of Leipzig in the eAQUA-Project from 2008 till 2011. She was working in subproject 4.2 on automatically detecting Platonic secondary tradition in an Ancient Greek text corpus. The interest in textual re-use and its detection remained her focus when she worked at the GCDH in the Göttingen subproject of the project eTRACES (2011–2014), where re-use of important works of world literature (like the Bible) in the German text corpus of was explored. Since 2015 she is working in the department of Digital Humanities in Leipzig, preparing Latin works in an XML format to be integrated in the Open Greek and Latin Project.

Uta Koschmieder
BA, MA (in progress)

Uta has a bachelor’s degree in Classical and Ancient Studies and is currently doing a Masters in Indo-European Linguistics and Science of the Christian Orient at Martin-Luther-Universität, Halle-Wittenberg. A German native, she is also fluent in English, speaks conversational Spanish and Hungarian, and reads Classical Armenian.

She is currently working on the Digital Fragmenta Historicorum Graecorum (DFHG) project and she is writing her MA thesis on “Faustus von Byzanz – Eine “Geschichte der Armenier” in den Digital Fragmenta Historicorum Graecorum”

Filip Šarić

Filip has a BA in Communicology and Latin from the Centre for Croatian Studies. He is now obtaining an MA in Croatian Latinism and has been a teaching assistant at his University for the past 3 years in courses dealing with morphology, syntax and classical literature.

Tabea Selle

Tabea is currently studying Speech Science at the Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg. Her native tongue is German, but she is also fluent in English and knows some Modern Hebrew. She learned both Latin and Ancient Greek at school.

Peter Sprenger

Peter is studying at the Martin-Luther-Universität in Halle. While his native language is German, Peter also learned English, French, Latin, Arabic and Hebrew.

Caroline Stelzer
BA (in progress)

Caroline is currently finishing up her American Studies bachelor with a focus on American literature at the University of Leipzig. Before moving to Leipzig in 2012, Caroline worked for six months as a German teacher at a Russian School in Novosibirsk, Siberia and interned with newspapers in her hometown Berlin. In October 2015, Caroline returned from her second period abroad, two semesters as an exchange student at Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts and two internships in Chicago. Besides English and German, Caroline also speaks Russian and Italian. She has been working for the Digital Humanities Institute since April 2014.