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The Charles W. Chesnutt Archive team

Directed by Stephanie P. Browner, Matt Cohen, and Kenneth M. Price

We invite you to send your comments to the Chesnutt Archive team.

Antje Anderson, Ph.D., research assistant, is an English professor emerita who taught for many years at Hastings College, a small liberal-arts school in rural Nebraska. She has recently completed an M.A. in Art History at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a certificate in the Digital Humanities. Her interdisciplinary background in (British) Victorian Studies has broadened to an interest cross-cultural and transatlantic relationships between European and American novelists and visual artists, especially with respect to Black writers and artists and their reception. She serves as an editorial assistant to the Charles W. Chesnutt Archive.

Chaun Ballard, research assistant, is a doctoral student of poetry, an affiliate editor for Alaska Quarterly Review, an assistant poetry editor for Prairie Schooner, an assistant poetry editor for, a graduate teaching assistant, and a graduate research assistant for the Charles W. Chesnutt Archive. His poems have appeared in Narrative Magazine, Oxford Poetry, The New York Times, and other literary magazines. His chapbook, Flight, was the winner of the 2018 Sunken Garden Poetry Prize and is published by Tupelo Press.

Brett Barney, senior associate editor, is Research Associate Professor in the Center for Digital Research in the Humanities at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. A senior associate editor of the Walt Whitman Archive, he edited a comprehensive collection of Whitman interviews and recollections for the Archive and co-edited Encyclopedia of American Literature, Volume II: The Age of Romanticism and Realism, 1816-1895 (Facts on File, 2008). He also serves as a senior associate editor of the Chesnutt Archive and assisted in the development of the encoding schema for Chesnutt's galley proofs.

Stephanie P. Browner, co-editor, is a University Professor at The New School in New York City. She teaches courses on Chesnutt, African American Literature, textual editing, and archives. She is the founder and editor of The Charles W. Chesnutt Archive and the General Editor of a multi-volume print edition of Chesnutt's complete writings with Oxford University Press.

Matt Cohen, co-editor, teaches English at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and is affiliate faculty in Native American Studies and a fellow in the Center for Digital Research in the Humanities there. He co-directs The Walt Whitman Archive, and is the author of Whitman's Drift: Imagining Literary Distribution. Cohen joined the Chesnutt Archive as an editor in 2019, and served as the PI for its initial NEH grant.

Karin Dalziel, digital development manager and designer in the Center for Digital Research in the Humanities at UNL, received a B.F.A. in Art from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2006 and an M.A. in Library Science from the University of Missouri at Columbia in 2010. Dalziel has created interface designs and search features for many digital humanities research sites, including sites such as NEH-funded projects Civil War Washington ( and the William F. Cody Archive ( She served as the lead designer for the new Chesnutt Archive site and will assist with developing the user experience for the project as new materials are added.

Will Dewey is a web developer for CDRH, helping CDRH collaborators share their fascinating research in engaging digital formats. Hobbies and interests: Will is interested in history, genealogy, reading, traveling/local exploration, tabletop board games, and listening to music or seeing it live (rock, jazz, classical, soul, indie, folk, etc.)

Nicole Gray is a digital archivist and an assistant professor in the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Libraries. She has a Ph.D. in English from the University of Texas at Austin and a M.A. in Library and Information Science from the University of Arizona. She has contributed to a number of digital editorial and archival projects, including the Walt Whitman Archive and the Genoa Indian School Digital Reconciliation Project. Her work for the Charles W. Chesnutt Archive has involved building the technical framework for the correspondence catalog.

Kevin McMullen, project manager, is a Research Assistant Professor in the Department of English at UNL. He is a long-time staff member of the Walt Whitman Archive and also currently serves as its project manager. Kevin is also the editor and co-creator of Fanny Fern in The New York Ledger, a digital edition of the newspaper columns of the 19th century writer Fanny Fern. He was a past president and currently serves on the board of the Digital Americanists society, and occasionally teaches courses in American literature.

Lauren Millhorn, research assistant, is a master's student focusing on Literary and Cultural Studies at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She completed her B.A. in English at Westminster College (PA), where she was a Teacher's Assistant for a Native American Literature and Film course. Her paper From Receptors to Revisors: Readers in the Cruso(e) Narrative" appeared in the 2022 issue of Johns Hopkins University's Macksey Journal. Lauren's research interests include hip-hop literature, Indigenous Literature of North America, Black Literature, and Queer Theory. At the Archive, Lauren transcribes and encodes reviews of Chesnutt's work. She is originally from Rogers, Ohio.

Kenneth M. Price, co-editor, first began publishing on Chesnutt in 1995 with "Charles Chesnutt, the Atlantic Monthly, and the Intersection of African-American Fiction and Elite Culture." Since then his scholarly efforts have mainly focused on Whitman studies and on issues in digital humanities—he is a founding co-director of the Center for Digital Research in the Humanities at University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He is also a past president of both the Association for Documentary Editing and the Society for Textual Scholarship. Price became a co-editor of the Chesnutt Archive in 2017.

Bianca Swift, research assistant, is a 22-year-old African American Omaha Native, and recently graduated from UNL with an English degree. She is an editorial assistant at the Charles W. Chesnutt Archive, working on transcription and encoding of Chesnutt's correspondence.

Greg Tunink is a developer in the Center for Digital Research in the Humanities (CDRH) and community manager for the Open Online Newspaper Initiative (Open ONI). He has helped create and support open source research tools such as Annotonia and sites including The Willa Cather Archive, Nebraska Newspapers, The Journals of the Lewis and Clark Expedition, Nebraska Authors, and the Salmon Pueblo Archeological Research Collection. He has overseen numerous server migrations and streamlined server software deployment, configuration, and administration. Greg received his Bachelor's in Computer Science with minors in Mathematics and Business from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) in 2009.

Laura Weakly, metadata encoding specialist, offers expert insights on the TEI P5 encoding for the Chesnutt Archive, and is responsible for the project's metadata schemas. She also supervises student employees and interns in the CDRH working on the Chesnutt Archive. She has a B. A. in Journalism and History, and an M.A in Journalism & Mass Communication. At the CDRH she is responsible for development of metadata schema and training of faculty and graduate students in text encoding. She has worked NEH-funded projects such as the Journals of the Lewis and Clark Expedition Online (, the Omaha Ponca Digital Dictionary (, and O Say Can You See: Early Washington D.C. Family and Law (


Kat Wiese

Kat Wiese is a multimedia artist exploring the intersections of race and identity. You can find more of her work at her website,

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