Executive Board

Photo of manuscript detail
Detail from Book of Hours by Master of Guillebert de Mets, Belgium ca. 1450. Wikimedia Commons.

Digital Medievalist is overseen by an eight-member Executive Board of medievalists with considerable experience in the use of digital media in the study of medieval topics. Each year, four members of the Board are elected for a term of two years. Nominations and elections are normally held in late spring or early summer. All members of the Digital Medievalist community are encouraged to nominate candidates (including themselves) for the Board and to vote in the annual elections. See the Bylaws for more information.


Roman Bleier (2017-2021) studied History and Religious studies at the University of Graz and completed a Ph.D. in Digital Arts and Humanities (DAH) at Trinity College, Dublin, with a research focus on digital documentary editing of St Patrick’s epistles. He worked on the Saint Patrick’s Confessio HyperText Stack project at the Royal Irish Academy, was CENDARI Visiting Research Fellow at King’s College London and worked as a researcher on various projects at Maynooth University. In spring 2016, Roman became a DiXiT Marie Curie postdoc fellow at the Center for Information Modelling – Austrian Centre for Digital Humanities (ZIM-ACDH) at the University of Graz. His research in Graz focused on canonical reference, sustainability and persistent identifiers in digital editions. Currently, Roman works as a postdoc with the KONDE (Competency Network Digital Edition) project at the ZIM-ACDH, he is a member of the Institut für Dokumentologie und Editorik (IDE) and technical editor of the Versioning Machine (VM).

Els De Paermentier (2015-2021). Assistant Professor in Medieval Diplomatics and Palaeography at Ghent University (Belgium). In 2010 she completed her PhD on the organisation of the comital chancery in the counties of Flanders and Hainaut (1191-1244). For her research she elaborated a new computer-aided methodology to determine the editorial origin of charter texts. In 2012 she received a COST Action grant for a short term scientific mission (one month) at the Institut de Recherche et d’Histoire des Textes (IRHT) in Paris, where she examined the interoperability between the Belgian and French Latin source databases Diplomata Belgica and TELMA-databases (Traitement Électronique des Manuscrits et des Archives). Shortly afterwards she became a member of the COST Action Programm IS1005: Medieval Europe – Medieval Cultures and Technological Resources and joined the working group for the design of a virtual center for medieval studies (VCMS) (2012-2015). In September 2013 she co-organised, among other scholarly meetings, the three-days seminar Historical Documents, Digital Approaches. Mark-up, Analysis and Representation of Medieval Texts. Theory and Practice. She is currently a member of the academic board of the project Sources from the Medieval Low Countries (SMLC). A Multiple Database System for the Launch of Diplomata Belgica and for a Completely Updated Version of Narrative Sources (dir. Jeroen Deploige, Ghent University) and of the steering committee of the Ghent Center for Digital Humanities (GhentCDH).

Lisa Fagin Davis  (2017-2021) (Medieval Studies PhD, Yale University, 1993) has been Executive Director of the Medieval Academy of America since 2013. Previously, she spent twenty years cataloguing pre-1600 manuscript collections across the US and has been involved in the development of metadata standards for manuscript cataloguing. She serves on the Advisory Committees for Digital Scriptorium, the Schoenberg Institute of Manuscript Studies, and Fragmentarium, and is deeply engaged in using and promoting both Mirador and IIIF. Publications include: the Beinecke Library Catalogue of Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts, Vol. IV; The Gottschalk Antiphonary; the Directory of Pre-1600 Manuscripts in the United States and Canada (with Melissa Conway); numerous articles in the fields of manuscript studies and codicology; La Chronique Anonyme Universelle: Reading and Writing History in fifteenth-century France (a critical edition that includes a digital resource developed in collaboration with the Digital Mappaemundi project); and the Manuscript Road Trip blog. She regularly teaches an introduction to manuscript studies at the Simmons Graduate School of Library and Information Science.

Rose Faunce (2019-2021)  (Ph.D. University of Melbourne, 2017) is part of the Research Services division in the College of Asia and the Pacific, Australian National University, and manages the College’s collection of art and artefacts. She has a background in the study of the history of the illustrated book, working for several years in the rare book and antiquarian print trade, specialising in natural history illustration. An encounter with the 14th century fragmentary Cocharelli Codex, dispersed in collections in London, Florence and Cleveland, led to a PhD under the supervision of Emeritus Professor Margaret Manion, to reconstruct transcribe and translate its text, and analyse the rich profusion of illustration gracing every page. Now, an intrepid ‘fragmentologist’, she is always on the look out for fragments of medieval manuscripts. Working with Fragmentarium, University of Fribourg, Switzerland, she oversees a project to identify and catalogue manuscript fragments in Australian and New Zealand collections to improve access to them for pedagogical and research purposes.


Luise Borek (since 2020) is medievalist and digital philologist at TU Darmstadt, Germany. In her dissertation on Arthurian Horses (to be published as a supplement of the Zeitschrift für Deutsches Altertum, ZfdA) she combined medievalist content with Linked Open Data procedures.

Former research projects include an interdisciplinary collaboration on the Interaction between linguistic and bioinformatics procedures, methods and algorithms based at the Trier Center for Digital Humanities and several years of experience as a member of DARIAH-DE (part of the ESFRI-Project DARIAH-EU) where she coordinated a cluster on Digital Annotation. As a founding member of TaDiRAH (Taxonomy of Digital Research Activities in the Humanities), she has co-developed a taxonomy for the description and indexing of DH resources, which is widely used in the community and is currently being transferred as LOD to the Vocabs Service of DARIAH-EU.

Her fields of research include Arthurian Romance, Literary Animal Studies, Digital Editions, Lexicography, Manuscript Studies, Digital Curation, Historical Linguistics as well as Digital Humanities in general. She supports open science to help shape a sustainable foundation for the future, which not only connects the data, but also the researchers involved.

Tobias Hodel (since 2020) is assistant professor in digital humanities at the University of Berne. He is a medievalist by training and received a Ph.D. from the University of Zurich [Schriftordnungen im Wandel, Konstanz 2020], where he was responsible for the digital edition of Königsfelden abbey as well as the e-learning environment “Ad fontes”, introducing students to paleography and further auxiliary sciences. He was part of the Horizon 2020 project READ (“Recognition and Enrichment of Archival Documents”) for the state archives of Zurich and responsible for handwritten text recognition models for documents of pre-modernity.

Laura Morreale (since 2020) has a Ph.D. from Fordham University (2004) and is an Independent Scholar and Cultural Historian of the thirteenth- and fourteenth-century Italian peninsula, with particular interest in medieval French-language writings outside of the kingdom of France. She is the creator of the French of Italy and French of Outremer websites and a Lead Scholar on their associated web-based studies, including the Oxford Outremer Map, Exploring Place in theFrench of Italy, and the French of Outremer Legal Texts Translation Project. Laura is a co-editor of Middle Ages for Educators, an online resource for medievalists as they integrate digital approaches into their pedagogical practice. She is also the Project Lead on the Digital Documentation Process, a standardized citation and cataloguing system for born-digital projects, and Co-PI of the Documentary Archaeology of Late Medieval Europe (DALME) project based at Harvard University. Recent digital initiatives include the La Sfera International Challenge and the Deiphira Translation Project. Laura is currently the Chair of the Digital Humanities and Multimedia Studies Committee for the Medieval Academy of America (AY 2020-2021), where she also serves as a member of the CARA Executive Committee and one of the organization’s Councillors.

Lynn Ransom (2016-2022) is the Curator of Programs at the Schoenberg Institute for Manuscripts Studies at the University of Pennsylvania Libraries. Since 2008, she has directed the Schoenberg Database for Manuscripts, which is currently being redeveloped into an online, user-driven, community-maintained tool for the study of the movement of manuscripts across time and geography. She has also been the primary organizer for the Annual Schoenberg Symposium on Manuscript Studies in the Digital Age since 2008. Prior to coming to Penn, Dr. Ransom has held curatorial and research positions at the Free Library of Philadelphia and the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore and at the Index of Christian Art at Princeton University. She received her PhD in Art History from the University of Texas at Austin, specializing in 13th-century French manuscript illumination in 2001. She has published on the role of imagery in devotional practice from the 13th to the 16th century.

Claudia Sojer (since 2020), born in Kitzbühel, Tirol (Austria), studied at the University of Bologna, where in 2009 she received her master’s degree in archive, library, and information sciences with a focus on manuscripts and old books. Upon completing her studies in Bologna, Sojer moved to Rome, where in 2014 she received her doctoral degree in a sub-area of history and historical auxiliary sciences on medieval and byzantine Vatican manuscripts and their later inclusion in 17th century publications by the Vatican’s Propaganda-Fide press. Sojer has contributed to numerous manuscript projects at home and abroad, and is the recipient of several local and international stipends and prizes. She was most recently awarded a Scholarship for Transnational Access to Special Collections and Transnational Access to Archival Documents ReIReS (Research Infrastructure on Religious Studies) at the Fondazione per le scienze religiose Giovanni XXIII (FSCIRE) at the Biblioteca Giuseppe Dossetti in Bologna, Italy, as well as a Harvard-Research-Award at the Dumbarton Oaks Library and Research Collection in Washington DC, U.S.A.
Since October 2018, Sojer has been working on a Digital Humanities cooperation project at the Leopold-Franzens-Universität, Innsbruck between the Institute for History (Midde Ages) and the University and Provincial Library Tyrol in Innsbruck: https://www.uibk.ac.at/ulb/sondersammlungen/projekt-abgeloeste-fragmente.html. The project, which is funded by the Jubiläumsfonds der Österreichischen Nationalbank, aims to catalog and digitalize all detached manuscript fragments from the ULB Tyrol according to the latest scientific standards, and to make the data available on Fragmentarium (www.fragmentarium.ms), an international platform that was especially designed for fragments.