Staff, Students, and Visiting Scholars

Program Director


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. Thomas Köntges
Akademischer Assistent (Assistant Professor)

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

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.

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.

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.


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”

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.