Our Staff

Sean Takats, General Editor

Sean Takats is Professor and Chief Scientist in Digital History at the University of Luxembourg and formerly Associate Professor of History at George Mason University and Director of Research Projects at the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media. His research focuses on early modern France, the Enlightenment, and the digital humanities. At the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media, Takats directed Zotero, PressForward, and Tropy. He has also led other projects on text mining and the history of science. Takats is also currently co-director of The Encyclopedia of Diderot and D’Alembert Collaborative Translation Project, hosted at the University of Michigan. Takats is author of The Expert Cook in Enlightenment France (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2011). His current research extends his interest in occupational expertise to the colonial world, where he explores the practices of collecting and synthesizing a wide range of exotic knowledge, ranging from botany to commerce to medicine. Takats received his bachelor’s degree from Yale and his doctorate from the University of Michigan. He has received fellowships and research grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Mellon Foundation, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, and the Social Science Research Council.

Brandan P. Buck, Managing Editor/Site Manager

Brandan P. Buck is a Ph.D. student in in history at George Mason University and a Graduate Research Assistant at the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media (RRCHM). In addition to managing Digital Humanities Now, he provides geospatial information systems support for various projects at RRCHNM. Before continuing his education at GMU, Brandan earned his B.A. in history from the University of Denver in 2009 and worked in the intelligence community. His research interests are 20th century U.S. military and diplomatic history, U.S.-Afghan relations, digital history, the national security state, postwar conservatism and isolationism.

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