Director of Programming
Director of Digital Library and Archive Projects
Outreach & Development Liaison
Head of Design
Lead Kora Developer
Jackie Belden Hawthorne
Director of Photography
Data Integrity Assistant
Quilt Index Data Manager
Dean Rehberger is the Director of Matrix, and also Associate Professor in the Department of History at MSU. Dean specializes in developing digital technologies for research and teaching. He has run numerous faculty technology and workshops and given presentations for educators and cultural heritage workers from local, national and international audiences.
Dean oversees Matrix project planning, research and development, and coordinating many of the grant-funded projects for the center. His primary areas of research include: high performance computing and big data; digital history, humanities, and social sciences; digital libraries, museums and archives; Internet technologies in the classroom; and hybrid learning environments.
Dean teaches a variety of courses at MSU for History and Museum Studies. He also helps to design and develop a number of online course for the Department of History.
Candace M. Keller is Associate Director of Matrix and Associate Professor of African Art and Visual Culture in the Department of Art, Art History, and Design at Michigan State University. Teaching several arts and humanities courses in the College of Arts & Letters, her research centers on photographic practice in Mali, West Africa, during the 20th and 21st centuries. As Director of the Archive of Malian Photography (amp.matrix.msu.edu), since 2011, she has also specialized in cultural heritage preservation and accessibility with an emphasis on ethical practice, partnerships, and project management.
Supporting the director and staff at Matrix, Candace helps to oversee the Center’s project planning, research, and development; the coordination of its many grant-funded projects; and the facilitation of its interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary partnerships within and beyond the University. Specializing in photography, aesthetics, and social practice in Mali, her primary areas of expertise are digital art history, humanities, and social sciences, and digital archives, libraries, and museum projects, particularly in West Africa.
Associate Professor, Anthropology
Associate Director, Matrix
Director, Cultural Heritage Informatics Initiative
Director, Digital Heritage Imaging & Innovation Lab
Adjunct Curator of Anthropology, MSU Museum
An anthropological archaeologist who has worked in Canada, the United States, Egypt, and the Sudan, Ethan Watrall is Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology and Associate Director of Matrix: Center for Digital Humanities & Social Sciences at Michigan State University. Ethan also serves as an Adjunct Curator of Archaeology at the Michigan State University Museum. In addition, Ethan is Director of the Cultural Heritage Informatics Initiative and the Digital Heritage Fieldschool in the Department of Anthropology at Michigan State University. He is also Director of the Department of Anthropology’s Digital Heritage Imaging & Innovation Lab (which is a partnership between the Department of Anthropology and The Lab for the Education and Advancement in Digital Research).
Ethan’s scholarship focuses on the application of digital methods and computational approaches within archaeology and heritage. This focus expresses itself broadly in three domains: (1) publicly engaged digital heritage and archaeology; (2) digital documentation and preservation of tangible heritage and archaeological materials; and (3) building capacity and communities of practice in digital heritage and archaeology. The thematic thread that binds these domains together is one of preservation and access – leveraging digital methods and computational approaches to preserve and provide access to archaeological and heritage materials, collections, knowledge, and data in order to facilitate research, advance knowledge, fuel interpretation, and democratize understanding and appreciation of the past.
Alicia M. Sheill is Assistant Director at Matrix. She has over ten years of project management experience that includes leading the National Endowment for Humanities’ project What America Ate, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation’s Public Philosophy Journal, the Hutchins Center for African & African American Research’s Liberated Africans project, and The Quilt Index. She has considerable experience working with metadata standards and specializes in pre-database metadata cleaning and standardization along with mass upload of data and records into KORA, the online digital repository application for complex multimedia objects created by Matrix. She has extensive experience in pre-award and post-award grant administration and holds a certification in research administration from MSU.
Seila Gonzalez Estrecha manages and oversees the design and development of all software at Matrix, including all frontend and backend aspects of web applications, designing databases architecture, decision made for tools and technologies to be implemented, roadmap of software development of any Matrix products, identifying issues and common patterns, and developing standard operating procedures. She has experience implementing semantic web-based systems and standards for ontology-centered knowledge graphs, including work on knowledge graph modularization, ontology design patterns, interdisciplinary knowledge graph development, ontology alignment, data integration and implementation of SPARQL queries. Gonzalez directs the work of developers to ensure the adherence to best practices. She has experience in multiple programming languages and types of databases. Prior to coming to MSU, Gonzalez worked in the private sector as a java software engineer and GIS software developer.
Jeff Goeke-Smith is Matrix's System Administrator. A graduate of Michigan State University’s Computer Science program, Jeff Goeke-Smith has spent 15 years architecting and operating the MSU campus-wide network, including core network services on a variety of platforms. Jeff has architected the infrastructure for the campus-wide virtualization and storage systems. Prior assignments have included the operation of large scale network security devices, load balancers, and web services. His expertise lies in all forms of advanced infrastructure.
Catherine Foley is Matrix’s Director of Digital Library and Archive Projects. She is a digital librarian with expertise in metadata standards. She manages several digital repository projects with cultural heritage resources from Africa, including the Archive of Malian Photography, an NEH-funded project to digitize, catalog, preserve, and render freely accessible 100,000 rare images from the original archives of four professional photographers in Mali, the Community Video Education Trust digital archive, African Oral Narratives: life histories, interviews, folklore & song from sub-Saharan African, and Biographies: Atlantic Slave Data Network.
Michael Green is the Outreach & Development Liaison and the Director of the Digital Media Lab at Matrix. He has worked on production of the Africa Past & Present (Afripod) podcast, Viewing the Masquerade Dance: An Audial and Visual History of the Nigeria-Biafra War, Exploring Africa, Gorée Island Archaeological Digital Repository, among others. His extensive work in Senegal has included technological workshops and trainings to empower partners and foster mutually beneficial collaborations. He is an Associate Member of the African Studies Center Core Faculty at MSU.
Austin Truchan is Head of Design at Matrix. Austin translates complex user flows into simple and intuitive visual user interfaces and develops high-fidelity prototypes in order to facilitate a collaborative design vision among project managers, clients, and developers. Austin works closely with development teams to ensure that the visual design and experience is properly implemented from concept to reality.
Anthony D’onofrio is the Assistant Director of Programming at Matrix and the lead developer on the KORA Digital Repository platform. A graduate of Michigan State University, and former student developer intern of Matrix, Anthony returned in 2015 to head up development on the 3.0 release of KORA. His responsibilities also include the supervision and recruitment of student developer interns at Matrix. In addition to KORA 3, Anthony worked on the development and launch of the educational research projects, the Narrative Assessment Protocol and the Access to Literacy (IPAAR) project.
Jackie Hawthorne is a Visual Communications Coordinator for the College of Social Science and Director of Photography at Matrix. She holds a Master of Arts in Visual Communication from Ohio University and has received national awards for her work. In addition to holding numerous positions as a photojournalist for newspapers, she also teaches courses on photography and media in the MSU College of Communication Arts and Sciences.
Kayla Van Dyke is the Matrix Business Manager and Grant Administrator. She earned a Bachelor's Degree in Management from Cornerstone University and a Research Administration Certification from Michigan State. In 2014, she left the State University of New York at Buffalo to join MSU in East Lansing. Kayla manages the financial and administrative activities of Matrix and participates in the development of goals, objectives, policies, and procedures. Additionally, Kayla is responsible for planning, directing, and managing the budget process. She works with Matrix, Matrix Partners, and the MSU Office of Sponsored Projects for all Matrix grant activities, both pre-and post-award.
Joshua Christ is the lead developer on Matrix’s Archaeological Resource Cataloging System (ARCS) project. He is a recent graduate of Michigan State University’s Department of Computer Science and Engineering. He interned as a student at Matrix and IBM.
Andrew is a Lead Developer at Matrix. Andrew graduated from Oakland University in 2012 with his Bachelors in Computer Science for the College of Computer Science and Engineering. After graduating he worked in the private sector as a software developer until 2018 when he joined Matrix. At Matrix Andrew works on a variety of projects including Kora, Public Philosophy Journal, and Enslaved; working on the full-stack with a specialization for database and API development.
Duncan Tarr is a Data Integrity Assistant at Matrix and the managing editor of Journal of Slavery and Data Preservation. He finished his undergraduate studies at Michigan State University in 2016 with a degree in History and Jazz Studies. He has worked full time on the Enslaved project since March 2018.
Beth Donaldson has been with the Quilt Index since it launched in 2003. Donaldson specializes in data cleaning, ingestion, and association and manages KORA users from around the US. Donaldson is an accomplished quilter and quilt book author. Her quilt knowledge is invaluable in managing the data and resources of the Quilt Index. Donaldson also is the Data Manager for the Michigan Stained Glass Census.
Endowed Professor of History
Professor of History
Interim Head of Special Collections at MSU Libraries
Professor of English
Steve M Cohen
Professor of English and Museum Studies
Associate Professor of Theatre Studies
Associate Professor of Art, Art History, and Design
CLIR Postdoctoral Fellow in Dara Curation for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Haverford College
Associate Provost for Teaching, Learning, and Technology
Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Education, College of Arts & Letters
Associate Dean for Academic and Student Affairs, College of Social Science
Associate Professor of History
Dean, College of Arts & Letters
Professor of Art and Art History
Associate Director for Strategic Partnerships at the National African American Museum of History and Culture, Smithsonian Institution
Associate Professor of History, The College of Wooster
Associate Professor of Music
Project Manager, African Activist Archive Project
Associate Professor of Graphic Design
Director of Anthropology at Institut Fondamental d’Afrique Noire/University Cheikh Anta Diop of Dakar, Senegal
Helen Zoe Veit
Associate Professor of History
Associate Professor Emeritus of History
Associate Professor of History, University of Maryland