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Jeffrey Tharsen

Associate Technology Director, Digital Studies of Language, Culture, and History

As the Associate Technology Director for Digital Studies, Jeff (PhD ’15) works closely with humanities faculty and researchers and serves as research and computing expert for digital and computational approaches to humanistic inquiry. He is experienced in a range of programming languages, database and archival systems architecture, and customized application development. His primary interest lies in developing computational methods for philological and linguistic research, advanced methods for information storage and retrieval, and data visualization.

Jeff recently earned his doctorate from the University of Chicago’s East Asian Languages & Civilizations department, primarily working in the fields of Chinese philology, poetics, and paleography. During his graduate studies, Jeff received a Fulbright award for his Digital Etymological Dictionary of Old Chinese, a software suite which facilitates the analysis of Chinese historical phonology. He has also consulted on grant applications for a variety of digital humanities projects and regularly presents at various national and international conferences.

Heading photo: Digital reconstruction of “Raided Village” mural, Temple of the Warriors, Chichen Itza, by Magdalena Glotzer, AB ’19 (2019), based on a 1931 reconstruction by Ann Axtel Morris and diagrams from Morris, Earl Halstead. The Temple of the warriors at Chichen Itzá, Yucatan. Washington: Carnegie Institution of Washington, 1931.