PEOPLE

PROJECT DIRECTORS

segagliardiSusan Elizabeth Gagliardi, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Art History, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia
Project Director

A specialist of arts of West Africa, Susan Elizabeth Gagliardi has completed more than twenty-two months of fieldwork in Burkina Faso. She has also traveled to Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, and Mali. Gagliardi conceived Mapping Senufo while examining photographs in the archives of the Musée du quai Branly in Paris in April 2013. At the time, she was preparing to write Senufo Unbound: Dynamics of Art and Identity in West Africa, published in 2015 by the Cleveland Museum of Art (CMA) and 5 Continents Editions to accompany the CMA’s exhibition Senufo: Art and Identity in West Africa. When Gagliardi joined the Emory University faculty in August 2013, she launched Mapping Senufo with support from the Emory Center for Digital Scholarship.

cpetridisConstantine (Costa) Petridis, PhD
Curator of African Art and Chair of African Art and Indian Art of the Americas, The Art Institute of Chicago, Illinois
Co-Project Director

Constantine Petridis joined the Mapping Senufo project in April 2015 after curating the Cleveland Museum of Art’s exhibition Senufo: Art and Identity in West Africa. Arts identified as Senufo have long captured his attention. A specialist of the sculpture of Central Africa, he received his PhD in African art history from the Universiteit Gent in Belgium, where Belgian art historian Albert Maesen completed his 1946 dissertation based on path-breaking field research in Senufo communities of northern Côte d’Ivoire in 1939. Petridis has traveled to and initiated research projects in Burkina Faso and Ghana, and he has also visited Côte d’Ivoire and Mali. In November 2016, Petridis became Curator of African Art and Chair of African Art and Indian Art of the Americas at the Art Institute of Chicago, one of the three venues for the now-defunct Museum of Primitive Art’s 1963 exhibition Senufo Sculpture from West Africa.

SENIOR PROJECT STAFF

jdotyJennifer Doty, MSI
Research Data Librarian, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia

Jennifer Doty provides data management services to Emory University researchers as the Research Data Librarian in the Robert W. Woodruff Library. She has twelve years of experience supporting data-intensive research at higher education institutions in the US and the UK, including several projects in the humanities and social sciences.

jmundyJoanna Mundy
Emory Center for Digital Scholarship Digital Scholarship Specialist, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia

Joanna Mundy is a PhD candidate in Roman art history and archaeology. As a Digital Scholarship Specialist, she assists researchers with projects using mySQL databases, contributing to the design of databases to interact with geospatial data and network data as well as to work with network analysis software.

Michael PageMichael Page
Emory Center for Digital Scholarship Geographer and Lecturer of Geospatial Sciences & Technology, Department of Environmental Sciences, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia

Michael Page has advised geospatial development of Mapping Senufo since its inception at Emory University in 2013, and he created maps for the exhibition “Senufo: Art and Identity in West Africa” and accompanying publication. He has also contributed to the design of many digital projects in the humanities, including Atlanta Explorer and the American Expedition at Samothrace, Greece.

palmer_saraSara Palmer
Emory Center for Digital Scholarship Digital Text Specialist, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia

Sara Palmer received an MA in Film and Media Studies from Emory University in 2012. At the Emory Center for Digital Scholarship, she consults with researchers on creating online exhibits, designing databases, generating network visualizations, and performing textual markup and analysis.

Christopher Sawula, PhD
Visual Resources Librarian, Art History, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia

Christopher Sawula received his PhD in History from Emory University in 2014. He has five years of experience supporting digital mapping projects in the humanities, including the Battle of Atlanta and Likenesses Within the Reach of All. As the Visual Resources Librarian in Emory’s Department of Art History, he assists faculty with data preservation, digital exhibitions, and projects focused on spatial art history.

slemons_meganMegan Slemons
Emory Center for Digital Scholarship GIS Librarian, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia

Megan Slemons received an MS in Library Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2013. At the Emory Center for Digital Scholarship, she consults with researchers on using geospatial tools, finding and using data, and designing projects with spatial components.

CONSULTANT

hecht2_squareErin Hecht, PhD
Web Designer, Cogwheel Productions, Atlanta, Georgia

Erin Hecht designs scholarly websites as a consultant to the Emory Center for Digital Scholarship. She designed the test site for Mapping Senufo during the spring of 2015, and she continues to assist with the Mapping Senufo web design.

RESEARCH ASSISTANTS

Robyn Banton
Graduate Research Assistant (AY 2013-2014), Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia

Zhongyi Gao
Undergraduate Research Assistant (AY 2014-2015), Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia

Caitlin Glosser
Graduate Research Assistant (Summer 2016, AY 2016-2017, Summer 2017, Fall 2017), Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia

Riley Horne
Undergraduate Research Assistant (Fall 2017), Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia

Haley Jones
Graduate Research Assistant (Fall 2017), Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia

Xinyu Liu
Undergraduate Research Assistant (AY 2014-2015, Summer 2015, AY 2015-2016), Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia

Courtney Rawlings
Graduate Research Assistant (Spring 2016, Summer 2016), Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia

Jacqueline Veliz
Undergraduate Research Assistant (Spring 2016, Summer 2016, AY 2016-2017), Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia

Liu Yang
Undergraduate Research Assistant (AY 2014-2015, Summer 2015, AY 2015-2016), Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia

ADVISORY BOARD

Thomas Bassett, PhD
Professor, Department of Geography and Geographic Information Science
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Urbana-Champaign, Illinois

Suzanne Preston Blier, PhD
Allen Whitehill Clowes Chair of Fine Arts and of African and African American Studies, Department of History of Art & Architecture and Department of African and African American Studies
Harvard University
Cambridge, Massachusetts

Jennifer Foley, PhD
Director of Education and Community Engagement
Albright-Knox Art Gallery
Buffalo, New York

Barbara Frank, PhD
Associate Professor, Art Department
Stony Brook University
Stony Brook, New York

Barbara Hoffman, PhD
Professor, Department of Criminology, Anthropology, and Sociology
Cleveland State University
Cleveland, Ohio

ADDITIONAL ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

A long-term collaborative project benefits from an ever-expanding list of colleagues and institutions. Special thanks to the Emory Center for Digital Scholarship as well as the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Samuel H. Kress Foundation. Additional thanks to the Emory College Program to Enhance Research and Scholarship (PERS) and the Emory University Research Committee (URC).

For access to important archival material, we thank many individuals and institutions, including the Archives nationales d’outre-mer in Aix-en-Provence, France; médiathèque André Malraux in Strasbourg, France; Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, USA; Musée africain in Lyon, France; Musée des civilisations de Côte d’Ivoire in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire; Musée du quai Branly in Paris, France; Société des missions africaines in Strasbourg, France; and Société des missions africaines in Rome, Italy.

And thanks, too, to the many people who have provided feedback, shared insights, or supplied other critical information, including participants of the Kress Summer Institute on Digital Mapping and Art History at Middlebury College in August 2014 as well as Nicholas Bauch, Ken Cohen, Herbert Cole, Nicole Coleman, Michael Elliott, Till Förster, Ann Gagliardi, Marcia Gagliardi, Anita Glaze, Manuela Husemann, S. Wright Kennedy, Melanie T. Kowalski, Emily McGinn, Sheila Rabun, John Russell, Erik Steiner, Janet Stephens, Daniel Thompson, and Gabriel Wolfenstein.