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Mackenzie Cooley

Principal Investigator Mackenzie Cooley is an Assistant Professor at  Hamilton College, where she teaches the history of science. She earned her  doctorate from Stanford University and is a member of the Cornell University  Society of Fellows as a Presidential Postdoctoral Fellow.


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Student Researchers

The Digital Humanities Initiative at Hamilton College is a humanities-based  collaboratory supporting long-term faculty-led interdisciplinary research  projects involving students.

Antton De Arbeloa

Antton De Arbeloa (’21) majors in history with a double minor in government and art. He has pursued his study of colonial Latin American history through research in Spanish archives in addition to work on a structured database of the sixteenth century Relaciones Geográphicas.

Thomas Anderson

Thomas Anderson is a double major in history and French  and francophone studies. His work focuses on island-based  medicines and herbals, with a particular emphasis on  poisons and their antidotes. Thomas recently completed a transcription and translation of Jean-Baptiste Ricord’s  extensive Mémoire sur le Mancenillier vénéneux, in addition  to conducting archival research in the Canary Islands and  France.

Elizabeth Atherton

Elizabeth Atherton (‘22) intends to major in history with a  minor in French. She has carried out research into indigenous  languages sources, primarily the Matricula de Huexotzinco, as  part of her study of colonial Latin America.

Kate Biedermann

Kate Biedermann (’22) plans to double major in history and  French. As a CLASS Fellow in the Digital Humanities, she  is attending courses in the digital approaches at the DHSI  to continue her research on the intersections of race and  animality with Professor Mackenzie Cooley. At present, she  is developing a multilingual database of race in European  discourse from 1350 to 1800.

Kayla Self

Kayla Self (’21) is a sophomore concentrating in World Politics  in Latin American and the Caribbean. She has contributed to the Relaciones Geográphicas database and is conducting  on-site research in Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic  to understand how the Spanish Caribbean served as a  precedent for inland Iberian empire. Self is using ArcGIS to  develop an interactive timeline of how animals, plants, and  peoples arrival to islands transformed these nature-cultures

Alexa (Ali) Zildjian

Alexa (Ali) Zildjian (‘19) graduated in literature major at  Hamilton College with minors in both History and Theatre.  Her academic interests land mostly in Medieval and  Renaissance topics, which led to her employment as an  Assistant Documentarian in the Burke Library’s Special  Collections. She collaborated on the “Seeing New World  Nature” Vikus Viewer Platform.

Edsel A.R. Llaurador

Edsel A. F. Llaurador (‘19) is a history major with a minor in  public policy. He pursued his interest in the intersection of  race, polity, and law through his research on the relationship  between native knowledge and the Spanish Empire, and  research on sixteenth-century mestizo Diego Muñoz  Camargo’s Historia de Tlaxcala.