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Welcome AADHum's newest
scholars & residents!

The AADHum Residencies provide humanities-centered scholars and artists with financial, conceptual, and technical support toward the implementation of an especially hybrid or experimental #BlackDH project, event, or intervention. AADHum Residents are invited to apply, or are drawn from applicant pools for our other programs.
Seren Sensei is a filmmaker, writer, and artist. Her writing has been printed in such publications as NAACP’s The Crisis Magazine, NYLON magazine, Kweli Journal, and Riot Material, and referenced in Jacobin, Vulture, Complex, Newsweek, AJ+, People, Netflix, Vice, Walker Art and more. Specializing in race, culture, and sociopolitical theory, she has released three seasons of the web series ‘The [Black] Americans’ to explore and archive Black American cultural narratives. She was a 2016- 2017 cohort with ‘at lands edge’ pedagogical program to combine art and activism, and in 2020 was named an Indie Memphis Black Filmmaker Resident for her screenplay, ‘Kitt.’ She was also named a 2020-2021 “Time, Space, Money” HRLA Resident, exhibiting a video installation on police brutality protests at Actual Size Gallery in Los Angeles. The first chapter of her speculative fiction novel, Blue Zone, was published digitally through Arch Street Press, winning the 'Meet Me @ 19th St.' literary award.

// Click here to learn more about Sensei's project on Black play as a form of healing and collective witness, {unhurried} [witness].
Allie Martin explores the relationships between race, sound, and gentrification in Washington, DC. Utilizing a combination of ethnographic fieldwork and digital humanities methodologies, Allie considers how African-American people in the city experience gentrification as a sonic, racialized process. Currently an Assistant Professor of Music and the Cluster for Digital Humanities and Social Engagement at Dartmouth College, Martin's work has been supported by the Ford Foundation, the Smithsonian Institution, the Society for American Music, and the American Musicological Society. She is currently working on her first book, entitled Intersectional Listening: Gentrification and Black Sonic Life in Washington, DC.

// Click here to learn more about Martin's interactive project on sound and care in Black D.C. communities, "Black Covid Care."

The Graduate AADHum Scholars Program (tGASP) is specifically designed to support local students whose digital work is or might become an element of their graduate coursework, MA thesis, or dissertation. Applications are open to University System of Maryland and regional HBCU graduate students.
Christiana McClain is a black queer writer from Houston, Texas. She graduated from Spelman College in 2018 and received her MFA from Southern University Illinois in 2021. She is currently enrolled in the MLIS program at University of Maryland where she is aiming to combine her love of literature, archives, and museum studies into a unique career path. 

// Click here to learn more about Christiana's virtual literary gatherings project, "How Fingers Make Cherries Sing."

Renee Nishawn Scott is a PhD student in the Harriet Tubman Department of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at University of Maryland. With research interests in post-Civil Rights girlhood, African American Culture, and play, Renee investigates Black Girl Play and Joy as mechanisms for promoting racial health among Black girls. Prior to pivoting to academia, Renee was an administrator, teacher, and curriculum designer for various DC Public Schools, Charter Schools and educational organizations.

// Click here to learn more about Scott's digital exhibition and exploration project, "The Museum of Black Girl's Play."
The AADHum Scholars Program is a digital and experimental production fellowship that provides humanities-invested post-docs,  faculty, artists, programmers, GLAM  professionals, and independent scholars with support toward the implementation of a #BlackDH project.
Cienna Benn’s research explores the modern development of Black aesthetic theory and its disciplinary logics practiced by Black photographers and filmmakers during social movements and initiatives throughout the twentieth century. Her work utilizes the Unbroken Genealogy approach to explore the meaning-making practices of contemporary visual artists and activists along the lines of visuality, gender and sexuality, temporality, and the Black Radical Tradition. As a Mellon Mays and CAMRA Mellon Fellow, Cienna makes use of multimodal methods to fill apertures between the humanities and visual culture through the creation of visual and digital scholarship. She earned her Bachelor’s Degrees in Africana Studies and Sociology from Howard University and is currently a doctoral student at UC Irvine.

// Click here to learn more about Benn's exploration of memory, textiles, and physical computing, Archival Assemblages.

Roopika Risam is Associate Professor of Film and Media Studies and of Comparative Literature and part of the Digital Humanities and Social Engagement Cluster at Dartmouth College. She is the author of New Digital Worlds: Postcolonial Digital Humanities in Theory, Praxis, and Pedagogy. Her most recent co-edited volume, The Digital Black Atlantic, with Kelly Baker Josephs, was published in the Debates in the Digital Humanities series at U. Minnesota Press in 2021. Along with Jennifer Guiliano, Risam is founding ⇢ 
keondra bills freemyn is a writer and archivist whose work centers digital archives, social movements, and Black cultural production. keondra is founder of the Black Women Writers Project, an independent digital initiative highlighting the legacies and archival collections of Black women and gender-expansive creatives. keondra is author of the poetry collection Things You Left Behind and is a contributor to the anthology Black Librarians in America: Reflections, Resistance, Reawakening. An alumna of Fordham University (BS), Columbia University (MPA), and University of Maryland (MLIS), keondra is an SAA Digital Archives Specialist and holds a Graduate Certificate in Museum Studies from Harvard University.

// Click here to learn more about freemyn's speculative and archival mapping project, "Mapping Black Literary DC."

co-editor of Reviews in Digital Humanities, a journal offering peer review of digital scholarship. She is also director of the Digital Ethnic Futures Consortium, a Mellon Foundation-funded initiative supporting teaching and research at the intersection of ethnic studies and digital humanities. With Quinn Dombrowski, Risam is co-president of the Association for Computers and the Humanities.

// Click here to learn more about Risam's linked open data project, "Linking the Black Diaspora with Open Data to Visualize the Void."
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