Who We Are

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Claire Potter
Director of the Digital Humanities Initiative 
Professor of History
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Claire Bond Potter received her BA in English Literature from Yale University and her Ph.D. in History from New York University. She has been Professor of History at The Schools of Public Engagement since 2012. She is the author of War on Crime: Bandits, G-Men and the Politics of Mass Culture (Rutgers University Press, 1998) and an editor, with Renee Romano, of Doing Recent History: On Privacy, Copyright, Video Games, Institutional Review Boards, Activist Scholarship, and History That Talks Back (University of Georgia Press, 2012). Her collection of essays on academia in the digital age, Digital U: Why Crowdsourcing, Social Media, Word Press and Google Hangouts Could Save the Humanities is under contract to the University of North Carolina Press, From 2007 to 2015, she wrote Tenured Radical, a blog that moved to The Chronicle of Higher Education in July 2011, and is now archived at the Schlesinger Library, Harvard University. She is a co-director of Outhistory.org, and is working with her students to launch a teaching site about the history of AIDS activism, The United States of AIDS.

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Chris Howard-Woods
Manager of the Digital Humanities Initiative and Managing Editor at OutHistory.org.

Chris Howard-Woods is from Roanoke, Virginia and graduated from William Byrd High School in 2014. A member of the class of 2018, Chris is focusing on literature and philosophy at Eugene Lang College, The New School for Liberal Arts. In 2014, he won the George F. Kettle scholarship, and his future plans include pursuing a career in writing. Chris began his work at the Schools of Social Engagement in the Humanities Action Lab (HAL), where he helped to develop and implement social media strategies for HAL and for OutHistory.org in 2014-2015. He lives in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn.



Will Enders
Senior Digital Fellow and Director of Special Projects.

From Rochester NY, William Enders is currently in his junior year and is pursuing an undergraduate Design and Technology degree at Parsons The New School for Design. In addition to his web design and programming skills, Will is a specialist in interactive storytelling and gaming, something that can be a useful teaching tool in a variety of classroom settings. Will has received recognition online for various games and animations, which combine his technical and artistic skills to create interactive artworks. His current interests lie in virtual reality, cyber security, and multimedia interactive storytelling.  Will lives in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn.


James Cooper
Research Fellow

Originally from Baltimore, MD, James Cooper is a junior undergraduate in the joint BA/MA program at Eugene Lang College and the New School for Social Research. He is pursuing his BA in history with a minor in museum and curatorial studies, simultaneously with an MA in historical studies. Currently a research fellow for the DHI, James manages social media outreach for Eugene Lang’s history department, as well as Outhistory.com. James has worked in non-profit arts outreach, but his main passion is archival research. His recent projects include transcribing oral histories for OutHistory.org and widening access to the world of history academia through social media outreach. His current research surrounds the intersections between capitalism and food politics since the industrial revolution. He lives in Flatbush, Brooklyn.


Lina Landstroem
Research Fellow

Lina Landstroem is a research fellow at the Digital Humanities Initiative: her project this semester is to develop and edit the OutHistory Activism Timeline. Originally from Gavle, Sweden, where she worked as a Personal Trainer and a High School teacher, she has a background of many years in political activism: among other things, she was the founder of the Centre Party Youth National LGBTQ Network in Sweden. Lina graduate from Santa Monica College, CA, in 2016 with an Associates Degree in Liberal Arts: Social and Behavioral Sciences. Class of 2018, Lina is currently studying at Eugene Lang, majoring in Sociology, double-minoring in Gender Studies and Religious Studies. Lina lives on Upper West Side, Manhattan.


Sofia Thompson
Digital Fellow

Sofia Maame Thompson received her BA in Africana Studies from the University of Maryland Baltimore County. She is currently studying for her MS in Creative Publishing and Journalism at The New School For Social Research. Sofia is the founder and host of WSMT Podcast, offering commentary on culture and race. She has worked on feature stories for Inc.com, Forbes Women, and Essence magazine. In 2015 she was commissioned to interview women Shea producers on the benefits and dangers of producing Shea during the Global Shea Alliance Conference in Accra, Ghana. Spending her time between Washington D.C and New York City, Sofia has dedicated her career to the advancement of black voices in the media industry.


Jake Lavin
Social Media Fellow

An undergraduate film student concentrating on screenwriting at The Schools of Public Engagement at The New School, Jake has appeared in feature films, on national television and Off-Broadway as an actor before stepping back from the acting world to focus on the study of story. To date, he has written three feature film screenplays and one one-act play. His photographic work has appeared in Megawords magazine and shown in New York City. At present he is developing a new episodic pilot script as well as producing an amazing new play with playwright, Gil Kofman. Jake’s interests lie in the direction of combining edgy, challenging stories with unexampled, sharp visual aesthetics. He lives in Bushwick, Brooklyn.