Affiliates

Katherine Hepworth, Ph.D.

Co-Director

Katherine started working at the The Reynolds School in the summer of 2013. Prior to this she worked as a graphic designer and educator in Melbourne, Australia. Her interdisciplinary research combines traditional academic research skills with insights and techniques learned through professional visual communication design and media production. She has two communication effectiveness-related research tracks: firstly, I explore how visual communication mediates power relationships from discursive and rhetorical perspectives; secondly, she uses use this basic research as a solid and rigorous foundation for solving practical communication effectiveness problems in teaching and research contexts. Katherine earned her Ph.D. from Swinburne University of Technology in Australia.

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Christopher Church, Ph.D.

Co-Director

Christopher joined the History Department at UNR in 2014. He is a cultural historian and digital historian of the French colonial world who specializes in disasters, nationalism, and social movements in the 19th and 20th centuries. He employs new methods from data science and the digital humanities to answer age-old questions about the relationship between citizens, the public sphere, and the state. His first book, Paradise Destroyed: Catastrophe and Citizenship in the French Caribbean (2017, University of Nebraska Press), explores the impact of natural and man-made disasters in the late nineteenth-century French Antilles. Christopher earned his PhD in history from the University of California, Berkeley, and his intellectual interests include colonialism, citizenship, and environmental history, as well as databases, GIS, scripting, and web design.

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Kari Barber

Kari is an assistant professor of electronic media at the Reynolds School of Journalism at UNR. Her research interests lie in digital storytelling and nonlinear narrative. Her current project, Struggle & Hope, combines traditional documentary filmmaking and participatory web documentary in a project that explores the remaining historically all-black towns in her home state, Oklahoma. Prior to coming to UNR in 2013, Kari worked on numerous documentaries including two investigative documentaries for the PBS show Frontline. The web portion of Struggle & Hope was recognized with a “Best in Competition” award in the Interactive Media division of the Broadcast Education Association and “Curator’s Choice” at the International Digital Media and Arts Association. Kari holds an MFA in Film and Electronic Media from American University in Washington, D.C.

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Struggle & Hope

Amy Hunsaker, M.L.S., D.M.A.

Amy is the Fine & Performing Arts Librarian at the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR) where she serves faculty, students, and staff in the School of the Arts, specifically the Art, Music, and Dance and Theatre departments. She earned a Master of Library Science degree from the University of North Texas, and began her professional career managing and creating digital collections at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. In addition, Amy served as the Digital Initiatives Librarian for four years at UNR. Previously a professional musician, Amy holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from UNLV, and published an edition of Pauline Viardot’s Russian songs as part of her research into 19th Century women composers. She is the Northern Nevada representative for the Digital Public Library of America, and works closely with faculty and librarians to support digital humanities projects and technology in the arts.

Heather Holmes, Ph.D.

Heather started at UNR in 2014. Her research interests incorporate numerical weather prediction and chemical transport modeling with field experiments to investigate pollutant accumulation, transport and mixing and provide data for health and public policy assessments. She also has a pedagogical research focus on interdisciplinary approaches to improving science communication education.

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