Former Visitors, Staff, and Students

Former Visitors

Christine Roughan
Christine graduated from the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts with a bachelor’s degree in Classics and a minor in Physics. Christine has worked on digital classics projects (such as the Homer Multitext project) since 2010. Her interests include textual transmission, ancient mathematics and science, and the digital representation of texts. Christine was a Fulbright scholar at the University of Leipzig from 2014 to 2015.

Ryan Cordell
ACLS Digital Innovation Fellow

Ryan Cordell is Assistant Professor of English at Northeastern University and Core Founding Faculty in the NULab for Texts, Maps, and Networks. Prof. Cordell visited Leipzig through Spring 2016 on an ACLS Digital Innovation Fellowship. He is working to internationalize the Viral Texts Project to include European newspapers, with a particular focus on German-language newspaper.

Former Staff

Sophia Baron
Project Assistant
With her professional background in Copywriting, Marketing and European Project Management Sophia assisted Professor Crane and his guests and some colleagues in organisational, individual and administrative matters.
She grew up bilingually  and is fluent in English and German.

Frederik Baumgardt
Frederik graduated from the University of Leipzig with a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, focussing on natural language processing and data visualization. He has since been working on graph visualization, graph mining, and OCR post-processing at the university’s NLP department as well as the German Central Library for the Blind, Leipzig. His interests include evolutionary & cognitive linguistics, symbol grounding, statistics, and functional programming.

Giuseppe G. A. Celano

Giuseppe holds a degree in ‘Lettere classiche’ and a PhD in Classical Philology. Before moving to Leipzig University, he was a postdoctoral researcher at the Section of Theoretical and Applied Linguistics at the University of Pavia, where he worked on a German-Italian project on argument structure in Ancient Greek and Yucatec Maya.

Thibault Clérice
MA, PhD (in progress)
Thibault has a bachelors degree in Classics from the Sorbonne and a masters degree in Digital tools applied to history from the Ecole Nationale des Chartes (France) as well as significant experience as a freelance developer. Before joining the Digital Humanities Humboldt Chair, he worked at Kings’ College London Centre for E-Research as a research developer, for the EHRI and DASISH projects. He is currently working on his PhD in Leipzig studying the automatic classification of words in the lexical field in Latin on large corpora. His engineering work focuses on making the Canonical Text Service protocol easier to integrate with any DH project through the Capitains project.
Twitter: @PonteIneptique

Stella Dee
Stella completed her masters in Digital Humanities at King’s College London, examining the pedagogical construction of online resources for TEI XML encoding. Stella studied international comparative studies at Duke University, with a focus on Fulfulde literary history. Through the Robertson Scholars Program, Stella completed a second major in archaeology at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. Stella’s interests include the intersections and shaping forces of language, power, and education.

Greta Franzini
MA, PhD (in progress)

A Liceo Classico graduate, Greta completed her Classics BA and Digital Humanities MA degrees at King’s College London. Greta is currently doing a PhD at the UCL Centre for Digital Humanities where her research will ultimately produce a digital edition of the oldest surviving manuscript of Augustine’s De Civitate Dei. Greta’s interests lie within the field of electronic editing of Classical authors. She is fluent in Italian and English, her native languages, speaks Spanish as well as conversational Modern Greek and French. She is currently learning German.

Twitter: @GretaFranzini

Emily Franzini

Emily graduated from University College London with a bachelor’s degree in Classics and a master’s degree in Management Science & Innovation. She has since worked at a London-based Strategy Consulting firm in close collaboration with high profile clients such as the OECD. Emily has also worked for FAI, an Italian non-profit organization for the preservation of cultural heritage. She is fluent in her native English and Italian, speaks conversational French and Spanish and is currently learning German.

Twitter: @EmilyFranzini

Simon Frazier

Simon received his bachelor’s degree from Austin College, Texas, with a triple major in mathematics, computer science, and Classical Civilization. His areas of interest include computational complexity theory, number theory, the Classics, and the relationships between mathematics and language. Simon is fluent in English with elementary proficiency in Classical Latin, and is currently studying German.

Dr. Uta Kremer
Research Fellow

Email: uta.kremer (at)
Primary contact person for additional information or questions about our courses and proposed BSc.

Maria Moritz
MSc, PhD (in progress)

Maria joined the work of the Natural Language Processing (NLP) Chair at the University of Leipzig after following up her Bachelor of Computer Science with a master’s thesis concerning the language processing of Ancient Greek text. Maria’s interests involve the application of computational algorithms to research questions in the humanities, and e-Learning in particular. She is fluent in German and English, with elementary proficiency in French.

Simona Stoyanova
MA, PhD (in progress)

Simona completed Classical high-school and her bachelor’s degree in Classics in Sofia, Bulgaria. She has a master’s degree in Classics from King’s College London where she also trained as a Greek and Latin epigrapher. Simona is currently doing a PhD at King’s College London on the relationship between the Greek and Latin epigraphic traditions in the Roman province of Thrace. Her native language is Bulgarian. While fluent in English and Italian, she also speaks conversational Hebrew and can use Russian, French and Spanish for research purposes. She is currently studying German and Arabic.

Twitter: @SimonStoyanova

Former Student Assistants

Sebastian Chudoba
Student of History and Science of Music

Sebastian is currently doing his BA in History at Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg. He’s fluent in German (native) and English, speaks conversational French and reads Latin.

Elinor Daniel

Ellie is pursuing her undergraduate degree in History with a minor in Ancient Greek and Roman Studies at Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina (US). She became introduced to the Digital Humanities work at University of Leipzig through working with Dr. Chris Blackwell in the Classics Department at Furman. This summer she worked on text reuse in the Open Philology Project on Digital Athenaeus with Dr. Berti.

Kimbell Dobbins

Kimbell is pursuing an undergraduate degree in Classics at Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina (USA) and worked as an intern on the Digital Athenaeus Open Philology Project with Professor Monica Berti during the summer of 2015.

Jordan Hawkesworth

Jordan is a Greek major at Tufts University in Boston in his junior year. During his stay in Leipzig he has worked at treebanking projects with Dr Celano.

Ana Katarina Goricki

Ana Katarina holds a BA in Latin and Greek language and literature from the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Zagreb. She has been working on translation alignments for GHLH corpus project and on “Greek myths and Adriatic coast” student project. As an Erasmus+ programme student she is currently working on transcriptins of Plato manuscripts.

Katharina-Luise Kittler
MA (in progress)

Katharina-Luise holds a degree in American Studies with a focus on German-American relations and American foreign policy. Before moving to Leipzig in 2012, she worked as an Au Pair near Boston and attended English and Journalism classes at several universities. Katharina-Luise worked for the Digital Humanities Institute from October 2014.

Anastasia Mellano

Anastasia Mellano holds a BA and a MA from Turin University in Latin and Greek Philology. Since 2015, she has been working on the growth and the development of the Latin Treebank Project. Her main interests focus on the study of linguistic change from the classical period to Late Antiquity and on the computational treatment of the syntactic and lexical data.

Barbara Pavlek

Barbara is a Graduate student in Roman and Greek Archaeology and in Greek language and literature at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Zagreb, Croatia, currently writting her Masters thesis. A native Croatian, fluent in English and French, with conversational Modern Greek and is currently learning German, Spanish and Italian.

Josip Parat

Josip graduated from the University of Zagreb with a master’s degree in Roman and Greek Archaeology and Ancient History. His interests are written sources in the service of archaeological research and Greek and Roman historiography. Josip speaks Croatian, English, French, Italian and modern Greek fluently, and is currently learning German.

Samantha Strickland

Sami is an undergraduate student from Furman University, a university in Greenville, South Carolina in the United States. Sami is pursuing History and Political Science and has minors in Ancient Greek Studies and the Humanities. She was first introduced to the Digital Humanities department at the University of Leipzig through Dr. Christopher Blackwell from Furman University. Sami worked as an intern for Dr. Monica Berti on the Open Philology project Digital Athenaeus. Her contributions to the project included identifying and documenting Homeric text reuse in Athenaeus’ The Deiphnosophists.

Maja Tabak

Maja graduated from the University of Zagreb with a bachelor’s degree in Latin and History. There, she is also currently finishing her Masters degree in Latin and History with a thesis in Medieval Studies.

Polina Yordanova

Polina has graduated from the National Lyceum of Ancient Languages and Cultures in Bulgaria and has finished her BA degree in Classics in the University of Sofia, where has actively participated in many of the projects conducted by the Department of Classics. She has taught Latin and Ancient Greek in the National Lyceum and in the University’s Department of Archaeology. She is now working on her Masters degree in the “Ancient culture and literature” program.

Saman Rezaei
MA (in progress)

Saman has BA in Translation Studies from University of Arak, Iran. Currently, he is MA student in Translation Studies at University of Tehran. His main interests are discourse analysis, hermeneutics, pragmatics and semantics as well as cultural studies. This summer he worked on Open Persian project and finished the manual alignment of Divan, which contains 500 poems of Hafiz.