Meet the people who make Digital Matters possible. We are a team of researchers, librarians, staff, and students coming from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds to make for a vibrant culture of learning.

David Roh


Associate Professor of English

I’ve been at the University of Utah since 2015, and was appointed to a four-year term as director of Digital Matters in 2018. My research and teaching interests lie in digital humanities, new media studies, and Asian American literature. As director, I’m responsible for communicating with upper administration and our campus stakeholders, building policy and programming, and raising our profile on a national level through projects, grants, and teaching.


Rebekah Cummings

Digital Matters Librarian

I’ve been a librarian at the Marriott Library since 2013 and have served in a variety of roles, first as the Assistant Director of the Mountain West Digital Library (2013-2015) and later as the Data Management Librarian (2015-2018). In March 2018, I started my new position as the Digital Matters Librarian where I work closely with the Digital Matters Director and Postdoc to coordinate digital humanities research, instruction, and support at the U. My research interests are data management, digital humanities, intellectual property, and digital libraries, with particular interest where these areas of study overlap. I completed my MLIS from the University of California, Los Angeles where I was a graduate student researcher on Dr. Christine Borgman’s Knowledge Infrastructures Team.


Marisa Snyder

Digital Matters Program Assistant

I am the Digital Matters Program Assistant. As the Program Assistant I schedule Digital Matters events, coordinate the creation and dissemination of promotional content for the Digital Matters, and help with with the logistics of events. I am also a graduate student of the U in the International Affairs and Global Enterprise (MIAGE) program and am concurrently pursuing a certificate in Geospatial Information Systems.


Max Schleicher

Digital Matters Fall 2020 Graduate Fellow

Max Schleicher is a PhD student in English, where he studies poetry and creative writing. He’s interested in the places the digital and poetic intersect. He is currently working on a manuscript of poems that treats the 18,000 hyper-specific Netflix categories (e.g., “Dark Mysteries with a Strong Female Lead”) as the setting for pastoral poems. While at the Digital Matters Lab, he will be using natural language processing to study poetry book blurbs as a way to gauge what readers expect from contemporary poetry—and provide a window into the sociology of contemporary poetry.


John Flynn

Digital Matters/American West Center Graduate Fellow, Fall 2020 - Spring 2021

John Flynn is a PhD student in history. His research focuses on environmental history and the American West. Before coming to Utah, he worked as a journalist in Austin, writing about science and the environment. He graduated with a master's in history from Brown University, where he worked on digital humanities projects at the John Nicholas Brown Center for Public Humanities and Cultural Heritage. As a graduate fellow at the American West Center, he works with Professor Gregory Smoak on Native Places, an Indigenous maps project in conjunction with Digital Matters.