Research Affiliates

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Undergraduate Research Assistants

Amy Thiessen

Affiliation: The SpokenWeb Project

Amy holds a BA Hons. English and is currently pursuing her B.Ed. at UBCO. She has a particular interest in studying poetry, and its relationship with the digital audio world, as well as writing poetry herself. She is excited to be exploring the field of audio literary archives in her work on the SpokenWeb project and the SoundBox Collection.

Graduate Research Associates

Yasaman Lotfizadeh

Affiliation: AMP Lab Manager; Aga Khan Project Manager

Yasaman Lotfizadeh is an MA student in the IGS Digital Arts and Humanities Theme at UBC Okanagan. She is a professional graphic designer and art history enthusiast. Her current studies focus on applying Digital Humanities theories and tools in connection with the sixteen-century Persian illustrated manuscripts focusing on the representations of the natural world. She is interested in historiography through Data Visualization and Network Analysis.

Judith (Judee) Burr

Affiliation: The SpokenWeb Project

Judith (Judee) Burr is an MA student in the IGS Digital Arts & Humanities theme at the University of British Columbia (Okanagan). Her research uses audio media and storytelling tools to examine the complexities of human culture in fire-adapted landscapes, connecting to the rich world of the digital environmental humanities. She has worked as an environmental researcher and writer on projects including the Value of Rhode Island Forests report and the Forestry for RI Birds project. She also co-founded the live lit reading series Stranger Stories in Providence. She graduated with a BS in Earth Systems and a BA in Philosophy in 2012 from Stanford University, where she contributed to the podcasts Generation Anthropocene and Philosophy Talk.

Craig Carpenter

Affiliation: The SpokenWeb Project

Craig Carpenter is an MA student in the IGS Digital Arts & Humanities theme at the University of British Columbia (Okanagan). As a former literary editor, journalist, sound engineer and a foley artist he brings a diverse set of skills to the SpokenWeb project and his current positions as a Research Assistant and a student rep on the SpokenWeb governing board. His thesis explores the podcast as public scholarship and engages the SoundBox archive of West-coast poets from the 1960s-70s who employed magnetic tape recorders as compositional tools. With particular attention to Charles Olson’s 1950 essay PROJECTIVE VERSE, he is investigating the intersection of proprioceptive poetics, the embodiment of voice in performance and sound studies. He is a co-producer of Season 2 of the Soundbox Signals podcast.

Megan Butchart

Affiliation: The SpokenWeb Project

Megan is currently an MA student in English and Film Studies at the University of Alberta. She received her Bachelor of Arts at UBCO in 2020, majoring in English and History. She is interested in Archival Studies and is passionate about the preservation and conservation of artifacts, and the making available of such resources for public research and study. She is pleased to participate in The SoundBox Project, which merges literary, historical, and archival elements.

Ahlam Bavi

Affiliation: AMP Lab Graduate Fellow; The Aga Khan Gardens Project.

Ahlam Bavi is a visual artist, art researcher, and designer. She earned her BA in Industrial Design and her MA and Ph.D. in Art Studies from the University of Tehran, Iran. She has been a student and researcher at the University of Lucerne, Switzerland and the University of Calgary, Canada. Currently, she is a Ph.D. student in IGS Digital art and Humanities at UBC. Ahlam’s visual artworks consist of conceptual sonic sculptures, technologic remediation of artworks, 3D calligraphy, and algorithmic 3D printed sculpture. She has training in the Reggio Emilia Educational approach, as well as VR, AR and digital technology during her visiting U of Calgary and works with gifted students.

Saifullah Mahfuz

Affiliation: The Confluence of Religious Cultures in Medieval Historiography (Project Manager)

Saifullah Mahfuz is pursuing his M.A. in Interdisciplinary Graduate Studies in the ‘Power, Conflict and Ideas’ Theme. His research focuses on the representation of Muslims in Hollywood and Bollywood films. Back in Bangladesh, he was involved in different volunteering activities and was a certified trainer of ‘Social Entrepreneurship’. He also worked as a Radio Jockey and directed international award-winning short film ‘Invisible Line’. Before coming to UBCO to pursue his second Master’s degree, he completed his Bachelor of Social Science and Master of Social Science degree from the University of Dhaka and was appointed as the ‘Project Associate’ at British Council Bangladesh. He enjoys reading books, travelling, meeting new people and watching movies.

Sepideh Saffari

Affiliation: The Aga Khan Gardens Project

Sepideh Saffari is an award-winning artist and architect currently pursuing her IGS PhD in Digital Arts & Humanities at UBCO. In 2006, she started her academic education in Architectural Engineering in which she ranked third and first among students in her BA and MA programs respectively. Since then she has held artistic and architectural positions including teaching at universities and designing buildings such as Polyclinic Hospital Entrance and Greek Coffee Shop. She has also worked at game and animation companies.

Deanna Fong

Affiliation: The SpokenWeb Project

Deanna Fong recently completed her PhD in English at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, Canada, where her research focused on the intersections of auditory media, event theory, literary communities, and affective labour. She is a member of the federally funded SpokenWeb team, who have developed a web-based archive of digitized sound recordings for literary study. With Ryan Fitzpatrick and Janey Dodd, she co-directs the audio/multimedia archive of Canadian poet Fred Wah, and has done substantial cataloguing and critical work on the audio archives of Japanese-Canadian poet and artist Roy Kiyooka.

Carrie Karsgaard

Carrie Karsgaard is a doctoral student in the Department of Educational Policy Studies at the University of Alberta, Canada, specializing in Theoretical, Cultural, and International Studies in Education. She completed her MA-IGS in Cultural Studies at UBCO and is thrilled to be back on campus in the Amp Lab – to discuss big ideas, share technical knowledge, and explore research questions through digital methods. Carrie’s research interests include critical and anticolonial studies in international, intercultural, and environmental education. Holder of the Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship and the UofA’s President’s Doctoral Prize of Distinction, Carrie is currently exploring issue mapping via digital methods to explore the role of social media as public pedagogy.

Former Principal Investigators

Constance Crompton

Assistant Professor at the University of Ottawa.
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Former Research Assistants

SpokenWeb Project (PI: Dr. Karis Shearer)


  • Nour Sallam (2019-20)
  • Lauren St. Clair (2019-20)
  • Amy Thiessen (2018-20)
  • Megan Butchart (2018-20)
  • Evan Berg (2018-19)
  • Stephen French (2018-19)
  • Emma Smith (2018)


  • Caitlin Voth (2018-19)
  • Mathieu Aubin (2018-19)
  • Deserae Gogel (2018-19)

The Confluence of Religious Cultures in Medieval Historiography (PI: Dr. Francisco Peña)


  • Nyshaya Leck (2018-19)


  • Cassidy Acheson (2019-20)

Digital Reconstruction of Cultural Heritage (PI: Dr. Lindsay Der)


  • Shanneen Chiu (2019-20)
  • Jordanna Marshall (2018-20)
  • Haley Seven-Deers (2018-20)

Lesbian and Gay Liberation in Canada (PI: Dr. Constance Crompton)