About: Digital Humanities Innovation Lab (DHIL)

About the Lab

The DHIL assists SFU researchers with the development of digital scholarship by providing consultations, training, mentoring, research software development, and technical support. We foster collaboration and interdisciplinarity across faculty and promote the development and dissemination of high-quality research that positions SFU as a world leader in digital scholarship.  

Located in the W.A.C. Bennett Library at SFU Burnaby and utilizing meeting space at the Vancouver and Surrey Campuses, the DHIL leverages the Library’s expertise in digital initiatives, unique special collections, and research skill-development programming.

See Contact the DHIL for ways to reach the Lab.

Our work in the lab is guided by a collaboratively written Charter and Code of Conduct.

Lab team

Rebecca Dowson (on leave until May 2023) is the Digital Scholarship Librarian and Library Collaborator at the DHIL. In her role, Rebecca supports researchers at all levels who are engaged with digital humanities through project consultations, digital skill development workshops, and coordinating the Library's resources in digitization and project hosting. Her research interests include the intersection of libraries and digital humanities, with a particular interest in digital cultural heritage projects, digital skill building, and new forms of scholarly publishing.

Brenda Luies is a Digital Fellow, Textual Editing in the DHIL. Brenda is an MA student in the SFU department of English, and she has a BA from SFU (honours in English and History). Brenda has worked as a TA in the department of English and was the chair of the English grad caucus as well as TSSU Steward over this past year. Brenda’s research focuses on Late Medieval material and print culture, and she has experience with transcription and TEI from her time as a seminar participant in the Documentary Archaeology of Late Medieval Europe project. 

Ali Moore is covering the role of Digital Scholarship Librarian in the DHIL until May 2023. Ali supports the DHIL projects, in addition to offering consultations and facilitating workshops on DH projects and tools. Ali has an MLIS from McGill University, and since joining SFU Library in 2015, she has worked in a variety of roles, most recently as the Assistant Head of the Research Commons and Manager of the SFU Knowledge Mobilization Hub. Ali has expertise supporting student and faculty researchers with scholarly communications, knowledge mobilization, research impact, online presence, and data visualization. Ali's research interests include library assessment and scholarly publishing.

Sulan R. is the Digital Fellow, Digital Pedagogy in the DHIL. 

Joey Takeda is a Developer in the DHIL. He has worked as a programmer for a number of DH projects, including The Map of Early Modern LondonLandscapes of InjusticeLinked Early Modern Drama Online, and The Winnifred Eaton Archive. He has an MA in English from the University of British Columbia, where his research focused on Indigenous and diasporic literature, textual and editorial approaches, queer theory, and ecocriticism.

Julianna Wagar is a Digital Fellow, Communications & Textual Editing in the DHIL. Julianna is currently working towards her MA in English at SFU. She is a Research Assistant for two digital humanities projects at SFU: "The Lyon in Mourning" Project and The Women's Print History Project, 1700-1836. Her MA Project centres around mapping Scottish woman travel writer Elizabeth Isabella Spence and her journey through the North Highlands of Scotland in 1816. Her broader research interests include eighteenth-century Scottish literature, Gothic women’s literature, and Scottish women’s travel writing. 

Past team members

Saba Akhyani Digital Fellow (2020–2022)

Rémi Castonguay Digital Scholarship Librarian (2019–2021)

Kenny Chakola Digital Fellow (2020)

Colette Colligan Founder & Faculty Co-Director (2016-2020)

Dogan Erisen Digital Fellow (2017–2018)

Deanna Fong Digital Fellow (2016–2017)

Sophia Han Digital Fellow (2020–2022)

Erik Hanson Digital Fellow (2017–2019)

Hannah Holtzclaw Digital Fellow (2018–2020)

Julie Jones Digital Scholarship Librarian (2021)

Michael Joyce Developer (2016-2022)

Michelle Levy Founder & Faculty Co-Director (2016-2020)

Kimberly O’Donnell Digital Fellow (2017–2019)

Kandice Sharren Digital Fellow (2018–2019)

Catherine Winters Web Developer (2018–2019)

Alex Xanthoudakis Digital Fellow (2019–2020)

Abdul Zahir Digital Fellow (2017)