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Miriam Posner, Ph.D.

Current Position

Assistant Professor

Information Studies and Digital Humanities

University of California, Los Angeles

July 2017 – present


Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut

Ph.D., Film Studies and American Studies, 2011

Reed College, Portland, Oregon

B.A., History, December 2001

Previous Experience

Coordinator and Core Faculty, Digital Humanities Program

University of California, Los Angeles

February 2012 – June 2017

Administered and taught in UCLA's Digital Humanities minor and graduate certificate. Grew the program from its inception to enrollment of over 100 students.

Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow

Digital Scholarship Commons

Emory University Library

June 2010 – January 2012

Researched, designed, and co-wrote successful $695,000 Mellon grant to fund this fledgling, library-based digital humanities center. Performed outreach, offered workshops, and provided research consultations to faculty and graduate students.

Teaching Experience

University of California, Los Angeles

Selfies, Snapchat, and Cyberbullies: Coming of Age Online, Winter 2015

Digital Labor, Materiality, and Urban Space, Winter 2014

Introduction to Digital Humanities (undergraduate lecture), Fall 2013 and 2014

Digital Humanities Capstone: Databases, Spring 2013

Introduction to Digital Humanities (graduate seminar), Fall 2012

Web Design Intensive, Spring 2012


“Digital Humanities." In The Craft of Criticism: Critical Media Studies in Practice edited by Mary Celeste Kearney and Michael Kackman, 331-46. New York: Taylor & Francis, 2018.

Posner, Miriam, and Marika Cifor. “Generative Tensions: Building a Digital Project on Early African American Race Film."" American Quarterly 70, no. 3 (September 29, 2018): 709–14.

“Tracing a Community of Practice: A Database of Early African-American Race Film" (with Marika Cifor), Moving Image 17.2 (Fall 2017).

“The Early African-American Race Film Database" (with Marika Cifor, Hanna Girma, Wiliam Lam, and Shanya Norman), Journal of Open Humanities Data.

“Data as Media” (with Lauren Klein), Feminist Media Histories 3:3 (Summer 2017).

“What's Next: The Radical, Unrealized Potential of Digital Humanities," and “Here and There: Building Community in the Digital Humanities," in Lauren Klein and Matthew Gold, ed., Debates in the Digital Humanities (University of Minnesota, 2016).

“How is a Digital Project Like a Film?" in Charles Acland and Eric Hoyt, ed., The Arclight Guide to Media Studies and Digital Humanities (REFRAME, 2016).

“Khaki Fever, Charity Girls, and The End of the Road: Hostile Worlds of Sex and Commerce in an Early Sexual Hygiene Film," forthcoming in Communicating Good Health: Movies, Medicine, and the Cultures of Risk in the Twentieth Century (University of Rochester, 2016)

No Half Measures: Overcoming Common Challenges to Doing Digital Humanities in the Library,” Journal of Library Administration 53:1 (January 2013)

“Think Talk Make Do: Power and the Digital Humanities,” Journal of Digital Humanities 1:2 (June 2012).

“Communicating Disease: Germ Theory and Narrative in Thomas Edison's Red Cross Seal Films,” in Marsha Orgeron et al., Learning with the Lights Off: Educational Film in the United States (Oxford, 2011).

Digital Humanities (SPEC Kit #326) with Tim Bryson, Frances Maloy, Alain St. Pierre, and Stewart Varner, Association of Research Libraries, November 2011.

“Conventions of Display: Cultures of Exhibition in American Medicine,” Anastasia Filippoupoliti, ed., The Science Exhibition: Curation, Design, Communication (MuseumsEtc., 2010).

Book review. Stagestruck Filmmaker: D.W. Griffith and the American Theatre, by David Mayer, Historical Journal of Film, Radio, and Television 30:1 (Spring 2010).

Selected Presentations

“Humanities Data: A Necessary Contradiction”

Harvard Purdue Data Management Symposium, Cambridge, Mass., June 2015

“Fostering a Digital Humanities Project within the American Studies Paradigm”

Yale University, New Haven, CT, May 2015

“DH101” and “Head-and-Shoulder-Hunting in the Americas: Understanding Lobotomy’s Visual Culture”

New York University, May 2015

“How Did They Make That? Reverse-Engineering Digital Humanities Projects”

Middlebury College, April 2015

“Head-and-Shoulder-Hunting in the Americas: Understanding Lobotomy’s Visual Culture”

Amherst College, April 2015

“Head-and-Shoulder-Hunting in the Americas: Understanding Lobotomy’s Visual Culture”

University of Maryland, March 2015

“Building DH at a Big Public University”

Texas A&M University, College Station, September 2014

“Here and There: Creating a Digital Humanities Community” (keynote)

Digital Frontiers, University of North Texas, Denton, September 2014

“Digital Humanities and Film and Media Studies: Staging an Encounter”

Society for Cinema and Media Studies, Chicago, March 2013

“Digital Humanities in the Library”

Digital Library Federation Fall Forum, October 2011

“Sexual Commerce: Negotiating Sex in The End of the Road

Brocher Foundation, Geneva, Switzerland, June 2011

“Depth Perception: Surgical Film and the Problem of Anatomical Legibility”

Society for Cinema and Media Studies, New Orleans, Louisiana, March 2011

“Head and Shoulder Hunting in the Americas: Water Freeman and the Visual Culture of Lobotomy”

American Association for the History of Medicine, Rochester, Minnesota, April 2010

“Depth Perception: Narrative in American Surgical Films”

American Association for the History of Medicine, Rochester, Minnesota, April 2010

“Conventions of Display: Exhibition in Twentieth-Century American Medicine”

American Association for the History of Medicine, Cleveland, Ohio, April 2009

“Cut to Measure: Lobotomy's Visual Archive”

Society for Cinema and Media Studies, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, March 2008

“Freeman and Watts Make a Movie: Exploring the Visual Culture of Lobotomy, 1936 – 1950”

Joint Atlantic Seminar for the History of Medicine, Johns Hopkins University, October 2007

“Written on the Brain: Neurosurgery and the Documentary Endeavor”

Film and History Annual Conference, Dallas, November 2006

“Making Way for the Chain: The Struggle Over Grocery Chains, 1925 – 1935”

The History of Capitalism in North America, Harvard University, October 2006

“Six Edison Films About Tuberculosis”

Mephistos Conference, University of Chicago, April 2006

Awards and Honors

Joseph L. Daniels Fellow, 2009 – 2010

Yale University Dissertation Fellowship, 2008 – 2009

Digital Humanities Summer Institute (University of Victoria) Scholarship, Summer 2009

John F. Enders Research Grant, May 2008

Yale University Graduate School Conference Travel Award, May 2006 and December 2007


Executive Council Member, 2014-2017

Association for Computing and the Humanities

Peer Reviewer, Preservation & Access Research & Development Program, September 2014

National Endowment for the Humanities Office of Preservation and Access

Selection committee member, 2014

Council on Library and Information Resources Dissertation Fellowships

Peer reviewer, 2013 and 2014

Digital Humanities Annual Meeting

Peer reviewer, current

Routledge, Palgrave Macmillan, and the Digital Humanities Quarterly

Editor, 2012-Present

Programming Historian 2 (an open-access resource for teaching programming to historians)

Advisory Board Member, History Project, 2011-2012

Research Support Services for Scholars (An Ithaka S+R Program)

Evaluator, Start-Up Grants, 2011

National Endowment for the Humanities Office of Digital Humanities