About AADHum

The African American History, Culture, and Digital Humanities (AADHum) Initiative brings African American studies and digital humanities together in order to support scholars and expand upon both fields, making the digital humanities more inclusive of African American history and culture and enriching African American studies research with digital methods, archives, and tools.

Generously funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the initiative draws on the remarkable faculty, staff, and centers—in the College of Arts and Humanities and across the University of Maryland—with internationally recognized expertise in the digital humanities and in African American literature, history, and culture. The initiative is co-directed by the Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities (MITH) and the Arts and Humanities Center for Synergy.

Launched in January 2017, AADHum has hosted a robust program of events, digital skills trainings, and workshops, as well as facilitated numerous scholarly talks and reading groups. In October 2018, AADHum was proud to host a national conference that convened scholars and practitioners from across the nation and the globe to share and engage with research that is Intentionally Digital, Intentionally Black. AADHum has also undertaken an expansive digitization venture in its partnerships with:

Through this work, AADHum’s community has grown well beyond its geographic location in the DC metropolitan area. We hope you’ll join us!

AADHum Team

  • Dr. Aleia Brown, Assistant Director of AADHum

  • Dr. Bonnie Thornton Dill, Principal Investigator; Dean of ARHU

  • Dr. Daryle Williams, Co-Investigator; Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs of ARHU

  • Dr. Marisa Parham, Director of AADHum, Associate Director of MITH, Visiting Professor of English

  • Purdom Lindblad, Assistant Director of Innovation and Learning at MITH

  • Trevor Muñoz, Co-Investigator; Director of MITH