Humanities Faculty Librarians Programmers Research Assistants

Over the years, many colleagues and students had a hand in building these various projects. Each day we gratefully remember their contributions as we build on their work for The Endings Project.

Humanities Faculty

Claire Carlin

Le Mariage sous l’Ancien Régime (Marriage in Early Modern France)

A specialist in Early Modern French studies, Claire Carlin (PhD, University of California) has been a faculty member at UVic from 1989-2015. Her major publications focus on the history of theatre and on representations of Early Modern marriage. Her specializations include 17th-century theatre, history of marriage in the 16th-18th centuries, digital humanities, and feminist theory.

Her research projects include the following:

Representations of marriage in early modern France Le Mariage sous l’Ancien Régime is an ongoing digital anthology and scholarly edition funded by SSHRC 2001-2004, 2007-2013. Besides numerous articles on this topic, she delivered keynote addresses to the Société pour l’Analyse de la Topique Romanesque (SATOR), Université de Paris VII, in 2007 and to the joint conference of the Société d’étude du XVIIe siècle, the British Society for Seventeenth-Century French Studies, the North American Society for Seventeenth-Century French Literature and the Centre international de rencontres sur le XVIIe siècle at Oxford University in 2006. She also edited Le Mariage sous l’Ancien Régime, special issue of Dalhousie French Studies, 56, fall 2001.

She has edited Pierre Corneille’s La Veuve and La Suivante for the Théâtre complet, vol. I. She has published monographs on Corneille’s theatre in 2000 (Women Reading Corneille: Feminist Psychocriticisms of Le Cid) and 1998 (Pierre Corneille Revisited).

History of MedicineImagining Contagion in Early Modern Europe (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2005) was the result of a project she led where each contribution was discussed in depth by the team in a meeting in 2003. This project was funded by SSHRC and the Hannah Foundation for the History of Medicine.

Representations of women in 17th-century France Ongoing work on préciosité, women as writers and readers.

Claire Carlin’s CV

Ewa Czaykowska-Higgins

The Nxa’amxcin Database and Dictionary

Ewa Czaykowska-Higgins (PhD, MIT) is a professor in the University of Victoria’s Department of Linguistics. Her research focuses primarily on Salish languages, and much of her work as a linguist has been as an ally supporting language revitalization efforts in several Salish communities.

Her current work includes participation in a project that examines patterns of intonation in four Salish languages: one project aim is the development of a toolkit for describing and teaching intonation effectively. She is also involved in the construction of a dictionary and online database of Nxaʔamxčín, an Interior Salish language. The digital component of that project additionally forms one of the case studies of Project Endings, a SSHRC-funded investigation of how to make digital projects in the humanities more sustainable.

Czaykowska-Higgins says languages have been an abiding interest, in part because she comes from an immigrant-settler family (her native language is Polish). “I just love patterns in language. Languages are so deeply interesting in and of themselves. It’s not something that most people realize because we use language unconsciously. But when you start to look deeper into how languages work, it’s just fascinating.”

And as a linguist, she understands that language is at the core of who we are and how we identify ourselves. “It’s connected to the land, it’s connected to our history, it’s key to a lot of political issues—even our spirituality is in language. It’s so central to who we are as human beings.”

Janelle Jenstad

The Map of Early Modern London

Janelle Jenstad (PhD, Queen’s University) associate professor in the department of English at the University of Victoria, is the general editor and coordinator of The Map of Early Modern London. She is also the assistant coordinating editor of Internet Shakespeare Editions. She has taught at Queen’s University, the Summer Academy at the Stratford Festival, the University of Windsor, and the University of Victoria. Her articles have appeared in the Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies, Early Modern Literary Studies, Elizabethan Theatre, Shakespeare Bulletin: A Journal of Performance Criticism, and The Silver Society Journal. Her book chapters have appeared (or will appear) in Performing Maternity in Early Modern England (Ashgate, 2007), Approaches to Teaching Othello (Modern Language Association, 2005), Shakespeare, Language and the Stage, The Fifth Wall: Approaches to Shakespeare from Criticism, Performance and Theatre Studies (Arden/Thomson Learning, 2005), Institutional Culture in Early Modern Society (Brill, 2004), New Directions in the Geohumanities: Art, Text, and History at the Edge of Place (Routledge, 2011), and Teaching Early Modern English Literature from the Archives (MLA, forthcoming). She is currently working on an edition of The Merchant of Venice for ISE and Broadview P. She lectures regularly on London studies, digital humanities, and on Shakespeare in performance.

Janelle Jenstad’s Personal Website

Elizabeth Grove-White

The Robert Graves Diary Project

Following the birth of the first of her four children, Elizabeth Grove-White (PhD Trinity College Dublin) worked as a researcher, writer, editor, and producer at the CBC where she won Canada’s Peabody Award for her documentary, “The Longest Journey.” She has taught in Toronto’s Ryerson University as well as working for a variety of print and broadcast media in Canada. Her travel pieces have appeared in a range of print and digital formats and she remains a frequent contributor to the Globe and Mail’s Books section.

A summer internship as a student reporter with the UK’s Computer Weekly newspaper, started Elizabeth’s career-long interest in digital media. She has been teaching and researching digital media since 1991 and received SSHRC funding for her digital edition of the Robert Graves Diary in UVic Library’s Special Collections.


Corey Davis, Systems Librarian

Corey Davis is a Systems Librarian at the University of Victoria and was also the Digital Preservation Network Manager from Council of Prairie and Pacific University Libraries until 2017. He is currently on the committees of several organizations including the Chair of the Web Archiving Group for the Council of Prairie and Pacific University Libraries and of the Digital Preservation Working Group at the University of Victoria. Also, in 2015 Corey was awarded the Digital Humanities Institute Resident Fellowship from the University of Rochester. Corey has a BA with Distinction in Greek and Roman Studies from UVic and graduated with a Masters in Library and Information Science from UBC in 2003.

Corey Davis’s CV

John Durno, Head of Library Systems

For the past eleven years, John Durno has been Head of Library Systems at the University of Victoria, where he manages the exceptional team responsible for building and maintaining the Libraries’ IT environment. John’s recent publications include Ddgital archaeology and forensics, which includes working with floppy discs from the 1980s and Building capacities in digital archaeology. John received a BFA, MFA, and MLIS all from the University of British Columbia. His research interests including digital forensics, digital archaeology, and any other excuse to muck about with old hardware and software.

Durno’s ORCID

Lisa Goddard, Associate University Librarian for Digital Scholarship and Strategy

Lisa Goddard is the Associate University Librarian for Digital Scholarship and Strategy at University of Victoria Libraries. She holds degrees from Queen’s, McGill, and Memorial University, and is currently completing an MA in Humanities Computing at the University of Alberta. Lisa’s research interests include open access publishing, semantic web technologies, digital publishing & preservation, and digital humanities.

Goddard’s ORCID

J. Matthew Huculak, Digital Scholarship Librarian

Dr. J. Matthew Huculak is Digital Scholarship Librarian at the University of Victoria. He is an Advisory Board Member of Project Muse at Johns Hopkins University Press, the Director of the Modernist Versions Project and co-founder of Open Modernisms, an open-source web-based resource to share open-access course packs. He co-teaches the PreDigital Book course at the [Digital Humanities Summer Insitute}( and is former Project Manger at the Modernist Journals Project. With degrees in both library science and literature he publishes and teaches at the intersections of archives, libraries, book history, modernism, and periodical studies.

Huculak’s ORCID.


Martin Holmes, Programmer Consultant

Martin Holmes has a B.A. (Hons) in English and an MPhil for research in Phonology, as well as the RSA/Cambridge Dip. TEFLA. He has taught English as a second/foreign language in Britain, Japan, Indonesia, Greece, Saudi Arabia and Canada. In the 1990s he moved from teaching into programming with an emphasis on creating online language teaching materials and has recently been focusing on both electronic and traditional print publishing using XML-based technologies. He is a founder and partner (with Stewart Arneil) in Half-Baked Software Inc., a company created with the university to commercially exploit software created by Stewart and Martin in the HCMC. He has also published several pieces of educational software independently. He was an elected member of the Technical Council of the Text Encoding Initiative 2010-2015, and Managing Editor of the Journal of the Text Encoding Initiative for three years. He is Technical Editor of the Scandinavian Canadian Studies Journal. His recent projects include the Map of Early Modern London, CodeSharing, the Colonial Despatches collection, the Robert Graves Diary project, and Le mariage sous L’Ancien Régime.

Martin Holmes’s CV

Stewart Arneil, Programmer Consultant

Stewart Arneil is responsible for: creating project specifications, supervising workflow for projects, and developing client and server software and websites. He also sits on the Digital Humanities committee and ensures that activities and operations in the HCMC are consistent with strategic priorities and policies set by the committee.

Stewart has 25 years of experience in both private and public sectors in design, management and development of software. He is particularly interested in project design and management, language learning, and training people in the appropriate use of technology in research, teaching, and learning.

He holds an M.A. in Computational Theory, certification as an Instructional Designer, and a Master’s Certificate in Project Management.

Stewart is a founder and partner (with Martin Holmes) in Half-Baked Software Inc., a company created with the university to take advantage of commercial opportunities for software created in part by Stewart in the HCMC.

In addition to his work on the Endings project, Stewart leads a research cluster and coordinates data integration for the Landscapes of Injustice project; he is a developer of the Great Unexplained Mysteries in Canadian History website; he maintains and upgrades the FrancoToile project; he wrote project specifications, coordinated developers and managed contractors on the VIHistory project, and maintains the codebase and databases; supervised development of the Capital Trials at the Old Bailey database.

Greg Newton

Greg Newton holds a B.A. (double-major) in English and History, as well as a post-degree diploma in Applied Linguistics and a Masters in Education (Educational Technology). He is responsible for developing client and server software and websites, managing hardware in the HCMC research lab, and maintaining Humanities server infrastructure in co-operation with Research Computing.

In addition to the Endings Project, Greg’s current projects include Myths on Maps and the Canadian Great War Project

Joseph Takeda, Programmer/Research Assistant

Joseph Takeda received his BA (Honours with Distinction) in English and Women’s Studies from the University of Victoria in 2016, and his MA in English (Science and Technology Research Stream) from the University of British Columbia in 2021. In 2016, Joseph was awarded the Department of English Medal of Excellence and the SSHRC CGS-M (UBC). His recent publications include “Making the RA Matter: Pedagogy, Interface, and Practices” written with Janelle Jenstad and “The MoEML Finding Aid to the Bills of Mortality”. He was a Programmer on The Endings Project, and is co-author of the staticSearch project. He is currently a User Interface Developer at the Digital Humanities Innovation Lab (Simon Fraser University).

Research Assistants

Emily Comeau, Researcher

Emily Comeau completed her MA in Linguistics in 2018 at the University of Victoria, where her research explored the role of literacy in Indigenous language revitalization and the implications of print literacy for decolonization. She also has a BA in Linguistics and International Studies from the University of Alberta. She will begin her doctoral program at UBCO in fall 2021. Emily has been working on the Endings Project and Le Mariage Sous L¹Ancien Régime since 2017.

Sarah Kell, Researcher

Sarah Kell has a BA in Linguistics and a MEd in Indigenous Language Revitalization, both from the University of Victoria. She has been co-editor of the Nxaʔamxčín Database and Dictionary since 2010. Sarah also assists UVic linguists with research on other Salish languages and consults on Indigenous language curriculum development with First Nations, school districts, and the BC Ministry of Education.

Daniel Martin, Researcher

Daniel Martin was an MA student in English. His research considered the relationship between creative pedagogy and first year composition courses - this project was supported by a teaching and learning scholarship from the Centre for Teaching and learning at UVic. He also holds a BA in English and Writing from the University of Leeds and a Post-Graduate Certificate in Education from the University of Teesside in the UK. Daniel worked on the Endings project from July to November 2018.

Tye Landels-Gruenewald, Researcher

Tye Landels-Gruenewald was an undergraduate at UVic studying for an English major (Honors with Distinction) and European Studies minor, and then went on to take an MA at Queen’s University. He is also a past President of the English Students’ Society and the 2014 3M National Student Fellowship Recipient. As an English Honours student, Tye turned his passion for geography and urban studies to helping create the Map of Early Modern London.

Jennifer Polack, Research Assistant

Jennifer Polack was an undergraduate student studying for her BA (English Major, Professional Communications Minor) at the University of Victoria. She worked as a co-op student for The Endings Project. Her previous co-op positions include a fundraising coordinator for the Victoria Native Friendship Centre and editorial assistant on the International Journal of Indigenous Health. She is also a social media and content developer for Animikii, Inc.