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ASU appoints interim director for Nexus Lab


Susan Anderson

Arizona State Univeristy's Institute for Humanities Research has appointed Jacque Wernimont as interim director of the institute's Nexus Lab for Digital and Computational Humanities.

Wernimont comes to the Nexus Lab with more than a decade of experience in digital humanities and digital cultures, which began at the long-standing Women Writers Project at Brown University. She is a nationally recognized leader in digital archives, feminist digital media, histories of quantification, and technologies of commemoration.

In addition to teaching and working on her forthcoming book titled "Quantified Lives: Histories of the Media of Measure," Wernimont directs ASU's new Graduate Certificate in Digital Humanities. She is also currently a Fellow of the Lincoln Center for Applied Ethics, working on new civil rights in digital cultures, is a founding member of the international FemTechNet collective, and is an assistant professor of English in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. 

Wernimont foregrounds collaborative and transdisciplinary work, and works closely with colleagues in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts and the School for Social Transformation as part of the Human Security Collaboratory.

Wernimont will be filling the vacancy left by Nexus Lab founding director Michael Simeone, who created new research collaborations and pathways both on campus and off, played a key role in several major research grants, and brought the lab to national prominence through activities such as hosting the 2016 HASTAC conference — all in under three short years. Simeone is now employing his considerable vision and energy in a new capacity as director of Data Science and Analytics for ASU Libraries.