Digital Humanities Certificate

Doctoral Certificate in Digital Humanities

The graduate certificate is designed to provide students with rigorous training in digital humanities that is also tailored to their particular research interests and areas of specialization. The certificate offers students a depth and breadth of knowledge about computational approaches to humanities scholarship; the ability to clearly articulate their own methodological approaches to digital projects they complete; the ability to intervene in and discuss the larger theoretical debates that shape digital humanities scholarship; knowledge about multiple digital methods and tools that students can employ to answer research questions; and experience with project management and working in cross-disciplinary collaborative research teams. 

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Strengths in Digital Humanities

The University of Miami is recognized internationally for the Cuban Theater Digital Archive, an ongoing digital humanities project. The archive has been awarded three grants from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and is utilized by scholars, teachers, and students in Performance Studies, Cultural Studies, and History. Headed by Lillian Manzor in MLL, it has already proven to attract graduate students and researchers from around the globe to UM. Our digital collections in the University of Miami Libraries are also internationally known and provide rich sites for digital humanities projects.

The Modern Languages and Literatures Department, the English Department, and the University of Miami libraries have all made recent hires in the digital humanities, expanding the possibilities for DH work at the University. Furthermore, our faculty, with a particular interest in transcultural and transnational connections across the hemisphere and the Atlantic world, fills a gap in digital humanities scholarship at large by utilizing digital methodologies to approach literature, culture, and history from across the Americas and beyond.

Department of English

Lindsay Thomas publishes and teaches on contemporary US literature, cultural and media studies, and the digital humanities. She is a co-director of the WhatEvery1Says project, a digital humanities project that uses methods in machine learning to discover large-scale trends in contemporary public discourse about the humanities. WhatEvery1Says has received a 3-year grant from the Andrew W. Mellon foundation for $1.1 million (2017-2020) and is currently employing five graduate student research assistants from the Departments of English and History.

John Funchion is currently working on two digital humanities projects: [alt]periodicals, an online archive of 19th -century radical publications; and "CONNECT: Countering Online Networked Extremist Conspiracy Theories," a project funded through the U-Link program, which currently has an English PhD student serving as a full-time research fellow.

Department of Modern Languages and Literatures

Alongside Lillian Manzor's ongoing work on the Cuban Theater Digital Archive and her expertise in digital humanities scholarship, two recent tenure-track hires in the department have brought additional pedagogical and research training in digital humanities to UM.

Susanna Alles-Torrent specializes in Medieval and Early Modern Iberia, translation studies, textual scholarship and philology, and she has expertise in several aspects of digital humanities, especially, scholarly digital editions, electronic text analysis, and digital lexicography. She has already collaborated with several DH certificate programs in Digital Editing, at the Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia and at the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya. She has participated in multiple DH projects and secured two grants from the European Association for Digital Humanities, and, conjointly with prof. Thomas, has recently organized a Pedadogy Workshop on GIS in the classroom, supported by the College of Arts & Sciences at UM.

Allison Schifani has worked on developing curriculum in the digital humanities both here at UM and at her previous post as the Postdoctoral Scholar in the Digital Humanities at the BakerNord Center for the Humanities at Case Western Reserve University. She has incorporated GIS and StoryMaps projects specific to Miami in her undergraduate courses and has taught both digital humanities and media studies at the graduate level during her tenure here. Dr. Schifani also works in a collaborative she co-founded with architects and visual artists, SPEC, which is devoted to urban studies, and through which she employs several digital methods. She is a literature and media studies scholar and has published on digital literature as well.

Beyond the Departments of English, History, and Modern Languages and Literatures, students pursuing the graduate certificate will be able to take graduate courses in other departments that may be relevant to their research (see appendix B). The School of Communication has many courses in digital methods, design, programming, and data visualization that are relevant to practitioners of digital humanities, while the Department of Geography has courses in Geographic Information Systems relevant to students interested in geospatial humanities.


UM Libraries Resources in Digital Humanities

University of Miami Libraries have established a Digital Scholarship Unit consisting of Elizabeth Gushee (Associate Dean of Digital Strategies), Abe Parrish (GIS Librarian), and Dr. Cameron Riopelle (Data Services Librarian). Members of this unit work both individually and collaboratively to support students and faculty engaging with digital humanities research.

The UM Libraries are active participants in several ongoing national projects that support digital humanities research. They are active contributors to the Digital Public Library of America through the Sunshine State Digital Network and are part of the Hathi Trust Partnership. UM Libraries faculty members collaborate with the Department of Communications and the Center for Computational Science to host the Digital Humanities + Data Journalism Symposium each year. In spring of 2017, the Libraries released the La Gaceta dataset in conjunction with the Institute of Museum and Library Services-supported Collections as Data project.


Other Resources in Digtial Humanities at UM and in Greater Miami

Beyond the strengths of these CAS departments and the UM Libraries in Digital Humanities, other university resources plus our location in Miami make UM an ideal site for this graduate certificate. Graduate students will have the opportunity to take part in the work of the Florida Digital Humanities Consortium, which includes faculty and library staff from the University of Florida, Florida International University, and eight other institutions of higher education across the state, including UM.

Graduate students participating in the graduate certificate program will also have the chance to take part in lectures, workshops, symposia, and conferences sponsored by the Center for the Humanities and its Interdisciplinary Research Group in Digital Humanities.

The annual Digital Humanities and Data Journalism conference, hosted at the University of Miami, is an additional resource to students pursuing the graduate certificate and interested in digital scholarship. It brings leading thinkers and practitioners in both fields to UM under the direction of Alberto Cairo, the Knight Chair in Visual Journalism at the university's School of Communication.

The Center for Computational Science is also a resource which students and faculty may take advantage of as they engage in digital humanities scholarship, broadening possibilities for collaboration across not only humanities departments, but across the sciences as well. Through the College of Arts and Sciences’ UGrow (Graduate Opportunities at Work) Program graduate students have the opportunity to apply for nine-month placements in non-teaching units at the university or in off-campus organizations, in place of their regular teaching assistantship assignments. These placements provide training and experience in fields that will appeal to future employers both inside and outside academia, including librarianship and archive management; museum curation and collection development; and data analysis. Since 2015, students have worked on Digital Humanities projects in the University of Miami Libraries, through the Center for Computational Science, and in the History Miami Museum.

UM is also a partner institution with the Digital Library of the Caribbean, allowing students great access to digital materials specific to the Caribbean. Given our graduate students’ and faculty investment in the region, these collections and digital humanist approaches to them will prove fruitful resources and scholarship. UM will be hosting a UGrow fellowship at the Digital Library of the Caribbean in 2019-2020.
In addition, graduate students have the chance to take advantage of the rich permanent collections
of the Lowe Art Museum.

Our graduate students are also eligible to take courses at FIU — extending the digital humanities focused offerings available to them — and to take advantage of FIU’s rich library resources. There is also a long history of UM faculty and graduate student collaboration with institutions in greater Miami such as the Black Archives History & Research Foundation, HistoryMiami Museum, Little Haiti Cultural Center, Pérez Art Museum Miami, and the Wolfsonian-FIU. Students pursuing the graduate certificate will find that their opportunities for study and research extend well beyond campus borders, particularly as they will gain new skills and methodological approaches to a broad range of cultural texts.


Current Graduate Course Offerings in Digital Humanities in English and Modern Languages and Literatures

PhD students in English pursuing the doctoral certificate in Digital Humanities (DH) must take as part of their required course credit hours a minimum of three DH-focused and/or digital methods courses (9 credit hours) from the DH course offering below. All students pursuing the certificate must take and pass the DH practicum course (ENG 613) as part of these 9 hours of credit. Students must create and receive faculty approval for an online portfolio showcasing projects and research utilizing digital humanist methodologies.


● ENG 611: Introduction to Digital Humanities (same as MLL 771)  

● ENG 612: Topics in Digital Humanities and Media Studies (same as MLL 772)  

● ENG 613: Practicum in Digital Humanities (same as MLL 774)  

● ENG 682: Contemporary Criticism and Theory (when the topic is expressly under the realm of digital humanities)  

● ENG 695: Special Topics (when the topic is expressly under the realm of digital humanities

● MLL 714: Readings in Critical Theory  

● MLL 721: Special Topics in Literature  

● MLL771: Introduction to Digital Humanities (same as ENG 611)  

● MLL772: Topics in Digital Humanities and Media Studies (same as ENG 612)  

● MLL 773: Topics in Digital Humanities  

● MLL 774: Digital Humanities Practicum (same as ENG 613)  


Additional Courses in Digital Methods Applicable to the Certificate  

● GEG 691 GIS I  

● GEG 693 GIS II  

● GEG 692 Remote Sensing  

● GEG 680, Spatial Data Analysis I  

● GEG 681, Spatial Data Analysis II  

● GEG 645 Special Topics: Python for ArcGIS  

● CIM 613: Mobile Application Development  

● CIM 616: Building Virtual Worlds  

● CIM 624: Augmented Reality.  

● CIM 640: Intro to Creative Coding  

● CIM 661: 360 Immersive Storytelling  

● CIM 693: Dynamic Data  

● JMM622 - Introduction to Infographics and Data Visualization  

● JMM629 - Advanced Infographics and Data Visualization  

● JMM638 - Infographics and Data Visualization Studio 

 *Students may petition the Digital Humanities Faculty Committee to receive credit toward the certificate for a) non-DH courses for which they complete a DH project; b) non-credit training external to the University of Miami, (for example, students who have attended the Digital Humanities Summer Institute may petition the committee to have training they received there count toward the completion of the certificate).