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Program Creators

Garron Hale, Director of CASIT

Garron directs CASIT is responsible for determining the strategic direction of IT within the College of Arts and Sciences. He works with CAS leadership to establish operating policies, and defines and delivers information technology services supporting CAS research, instruction, and administrative missions by overseeing the implementation and evaluation of technologies.


Heidi Kaufman, Associate Professor of English 

Heidi specializes in nineteenth-century British literary and cultural studies. Her first book, English Origins, Jewish Discourse, and the Nineteenth-Century British Novel (2009), examines novelistic responses to Jewish and Christian religious and historical affiliations. Her articles and essay collections focus on nation formation, religion, race, and imperial culture in nineteenth-century Britain. Currently, Heidi is co-editing an essay collection on Caribbean Jewish Literary Intersections. She is also working on a series of linked projects that focus on archives of nineteenth-century East End writing. Heidi is excited to work alongside colleagues at UO to develop digital and public humanities iniatives across campus and beyond.

Rachel Rochester

Rachel Rochester is currently a doctoral candidate at the University of Oregon. She specializes in the literature of South Asia, postcolonial theory, the environmental humanities, and how new medias and emerging technologies impact how we interact with these literatures. She is interested in interdisciplinarity, specifically examining how literary rhetorical strategies that have impacted political movements might inspire real action in response to climate change and environmental degradation. Rochester has published on the role of podcasting technology in climate change research and the rhetoric of proposed interplanetary colonization efforts. She is very excited to be involved in building DH programming at UO.