Our People

Our collaborators span many academic fields and technical specialties.

Our team includes scholars, researchers, developers, programmers, designers, project managers, educators, multimedia producers, and graduate and undergraduate students. Our backgrounds include history, museum studies, computer science, graphic design, teaching, and journalism.

RRCHNM is part of the Department of History and Art History at George Mason University. Center directors are faculty in the department. Students from GMU work as research assistants on faculty-led projects, and may also undertake their own digital history research projects as graduate affiliates.

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Hernán Adasme

Graduate Research Assistant

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Jim Ambuske

Senior Producer of R2 Studios

Jim Ambuske is a Historian and Senior Producer at R2 Studios, the podcast division of RRCHNM, where he develops narrative history podcasts. A historian of the American Revolution, Scotland, and the British Atlantic World, Jim’s research explores the imperial politics of emigration from Scotland to North America in the era of the American Revolution, how Americans, Scots, and others used the law on both sides of the Atlantic to defend their interests in the aftermath of the War for Independence, and how digital technology can be used to reconstruct the past and recover voices often hidden in the archives. He is currently at work on a book tentatively titled, The Fury of Emigration: Scotland, the American Revolution, and the Fate of Empire. Before joining R2 Studios, Jim directed the Center for Digital History where he designed and executed several digital research and public history projects In addition to co-creating and co-writing the eight-part podcast docuseries Intertwined: The Enslaved Community at George Washington’s Mount Vernon, he also hosted and produced the podcast Conversations at the Washington Library. As the Farmer Postdoctoral Fellow in Digital Humanities at the University of Virginia Law Library, Jim co-directed the 1828 Catalogue Project, which reconstructs and interprets the legal texts that Thomas Jefferson selected for the university’s original library, and the Scottish Court of Session Digital Archive Project, a multi-institutional transatlantic effort to explore everyday life in early America and the British Atlantic world of eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries through the printed records of Scotland’s supreme civil court. A former Georgian Papers Programme Fellow, Jim spent a month in 2015 rummaging through the papers of King George III in the Royal Archives at Windsor Castle with Queen Elizabeth II’s kind permission. Jim received his B.A. and M.A. from Miami University in Ohio and received his Ph.D. in History from the University of Virginia.

Laura Brannan Fretwell

Graduate Research Assistant

Laura is a graduate research assistant and a fourth year PhD candidate in the History Department at George Mason. She is currently a project coordinator and Omeka S trainer for the HBCU History Culture and Access Consortium project with the Smithsonian’s Office of Strategic Partnerships. She received a Master’s in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies from Georgia State University
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Bridget Bukovich

Engagement Coordinator
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Caroline Greer

Graduate Research Assistant
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Christopher Hamner

Senior Scholar

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Jason Heppler

Senior Web Developer

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Matt Karush

Senior Scholar

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Mills Kelly

Executive Director

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Joy Khatra

Graduate Research Assistant

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Alexandra Krebs

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

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Timmia King

Graduate Research Assistant

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Alison Langford

Studio Administrative Associate

Alison is an Administrative Associate at RRCHNM, where she helps keeps things running smoothly. She has a BA in English from George Mason University.
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Amanda Madden

Research Assistant Professor

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Hayley Madl

Graduate Research Assistant

Hayley Madl is a Ph.D. student and a Graduate Research Assistant at the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media. Hayley received her bachelor’s degree in History and Political Science from the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford. Her research interests include early American history, focusing on 17th and 18th century indigenous history of the eastern woodlands.
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Douglas McRae

Postdoctoral Research Fellow
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Deepthi Murali

Research Assistant Professor

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Lincoln Mullen

Director of Computational History

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Mike O'Malley

Current Principal Investigator

Michael O’Malley received his Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley. He has taught at GMU since 1994. Publications include Keeping Watch: A history of American Time (1994) and The State of Cultural History (forthcoming 2008). He is at work on a book on the history of money and value in 19th century America. As Associate Director of the Center for History and New Media he has done extensive work in digital media, including publications and presentations on web design and digital pedagogy as well as the production of video and audio for web based educational projects. An amateur musician, O’Malley is also interested in the history of recorded sound and recorded sound technology.
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Jessica Otis

Director of Public Projects

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Amber Pelham

Graduate Research Assistant
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Jeanette Patrick

Head of R2 Studios

Jeanette Patrick is the Producer of R2 Studios, the podcast division of RRCHNM. She holds an MA in Public History.
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Stephen Robertson

Senior Scholar and Former Director

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Roy Rosenzweig

Founder and Director (1950–2007)

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Kelly Schrum

Former Director of Educational Projects

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Nate Sleeter

Research Assistant Professor

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Brandon Tachco

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

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Rachel Whyte

Graduate Research Assistant