Political Science Grad Student Corran Recognized by Center for Digital Humanities

Posted on 10/29/2013 2:53:28 PM

Political Science graduate student Matt Corran was one of three graduate students recently honored by IUP’s Center for the Digital Humanities and Culture (DHC). Corran was selected by the DHC to be a 2014 HASTAC Scholar.

As a HASTAC scholar, Corran will develop a graduate research project in concert with fellow scholars from across the U.S. and the world. In addition to networking and mentoring, the HASTAC scholars will have the opportunity to participate in IUP DHC initiatives and receive a monetary award to assist in their research. The awards are funded by the College of Humanities and Social Sciences and the Department of English.

HASTAC, or Humanities, Arts, Science, and Technology Alliance and Collaboratory, was created to promote “research that extends across traditional disciplines, across the boundaries of academe and community, across the ‘two cultures’ of humanism and technology, across the divide of thinking versus making, and across social strata and national borders,” according to the DHC’s website.

Corran, a graduate student in the Master’s in Public Affairs program, has been building computers since he was a kid. He’s particularly interested in the open-source movement to empower the underserved, and in using social media to give agency to people in Mexico in combating crime. His research includes connected learning, community, and open-access. He is participating in the IUP DHC initiative to create an “open source toolkit.” Corran was nominated by Political Science Professor Sarah Wheeler.

The DHC Mission includes “facilitat[ion of] conversation, collaboration, and resource sharing amongst specialists within the disciplines ... [and making] connections between new technologies and traditional knowledge areas, as the academy navigates the ‘print-to-digital’ paradigm shift.”