DASH Lab Co-Founding Members


W. Mark Colvson

Dean, Library

In his role as the Sojourner Truth Library dean, W. Mark Colvson is responsible for providing strategic leadership for the library. He works with faculty, staff and students to build connections collegewide, integrating library resources and services with academic departments and support services; supporting students and faculty in personal and collaborative research and scholarship; working closely with staff to improve library services including the continued integration and use of information technology; and supporting and initiating regional partnerships.


Melissa Yang Rock, Director

Geography, Asian Studies, WGSS

Melissa Y. Rock is an Assistant Professor in the Geography Department and Asian Studies Program at SUNY New Paltz. She received a dual-PhD in Geography and Women’s Studies from The Pennsylvania State University. Melissa’s research centers on the social and spatial implications of urban redevelopment in Beijing, China–paying particular attention to the ways in which shifting urban and economic policy prompts a reformulation class identities and gendered divisions of labor. She teaches courses on human, cultural, urban and feminist geographies, as well as courses on contemporary China and geopolitics. Melissa integrates digital video essays, podcasts, blogs and other digital technologies into her courses.

DASH Lab Student Interns and Scholars

Amanda Simmonds

Undergraduate, Geography

Amanda Simmonds is an undergraduate student majoring in Environmental Geography, she transferred to SUNY New Paltz in the Fall of 2015. Her skills include working with Google Maps, SketchUp, and ArcGIS. Most of her time is spent in the GIS lab (Science Building) or the DASH Lab (STL); however, when she is not there you can find her reading and studying at local coffee shops or hiking.



Amy Mackin

Undergraduate, Digital Media & Journalism

Amy Mackin is an undergraduate student majoring in digital media production with an interest in pursuing library sciences in graduate school. She is experienced in using Adobe Premiere, Audacity, After Effects, Final Cut Pro, and Avid. She has a basic (self-taught) proficiency in photoshop and graphic design. She is a firm believer in the attitude of “I don’t know that yet“.



Andrea Guilbo

Undergraduate, Visual Arts (minor in Fabrication)

Andrea Guilbo is an Undergraduate student majoring in Visual Arts and minoring in Computer Fabrication (3D Modeling).  She is experienced in Photoshop, Illustrator, and a little in coding software like Brackets and in 3D modeling like Rhino.  When she’s not reading a good mystery book, Andrea can be found working on her own art pieces using some of these programs.



Erin Johnson

Undergraduate, Digital Media and Journalism

Erin Johnson is an undergraduate student majoring in Digital Media Management who hopes to pursue entertainment management after graduation. She has a basic level of experience with Photoshop, Adobe Premiere, Audacity, and Avid. Erin is a quick learner and is always open to learning new skills. When she’s not doing schoolwork, you can find her listening to her favorite music or binge watching one of her favorite shows.




Hannah Phillips

Graduate Student and HASTAC Scholar, English

Hannah Phillips is an English MA student at SUNY New Paltz. She works as a Composition Teaching Assistant and is a 2017-2019 HASTAC Scholar, two pedagogical roles which she hopes to merge together during her time at the DASH Lab. When she is not reading, Hannah can be found grading papers, looking at 19th-century houses, or speed learning something new.



Meagen Stone

Undergraduate, Geography

Meagen Stone is an undergraduate student majoring in Geography with a concentration in Urban Planning. Her research focuses on how the spatial arrangements of and within cities affect communities and social behavior, and vice versa. Her skills include work with Adobe Photoshop and digital mapping software (ArcGIS, Google Maps, Mapbox, StorymapsJS, and QGIS).


DASH Board

Anne Deutsch


Anne Deutsch is a reference and instruction librarian at SUNY New Paltz. She administers the library’s information literacy instruction program. Her expertise lies in supporting online teaching and learning, blended learning, effective practices, research, web 2.0, web-enhanced teaching and learning.




Joshua Korenblat 

Graphic Design

Joshua Korenblat is an Assistant Professor of Graphic Design at the State University of New York at New Paltz. Prior to joining the Art Department faculty at SUNY New Paltz, Joshua worked as an art director, artist, writer, and educator. Joshua has an MFA in Interdisciplinary Visual Art from the Maryland Institute College of Art, an MA in Teaching from Brown University, and an MA in Writing from Johns Hopkins University. Also, Joshua has a dual-degree BFA and BA from Washington University in St. Louis in Printmaking/Drawing and Comparative Literature (Italian). From 2007 until 2014, Joshua was on the Graphic Design faculty of the Boston University Center for Digital Imaging Arts, Washington, DC campus, a certificate program offered by the Boston University College of Communication.

Professionally, Joshua has seven years of experience in the Art Department at National Geographic Magazine and Science News. Joshua is also a cofounder and Art Director at Graphicacy, an information graphics and data visualization firm. Graphicacy makes complex data more human and understandable for wide audiences, and specializes in educational topics, including interactives, animated explainer videos, illustrations, and canonical data visualization posters. At the DASH lab, Joshua wishes to explore the convergence of design, illustration, animation, art, writing, and data visualization with digital humanities topics.


Kristine Harris


Kristine Harris is an Associate Professor and Deputy Chair in the Department of History and a member of the Asian Studies Program.  A China specialist with a research focus on twentieth-century film and media, visual culture, and gender studies, Harris has also served twice as Visiting Associate Professor of Cinema and Media Studies at the University of Chicago.  Her recent publications have appeared in the Harvard New Literary History of Modern China, the Oxford Handbook of Chinese CinemasHistory in Images: Pictures and Public Space in Modern ChinaThe New Woman International: Representations in Photography and Film from the 1870s through the 1960s, and Opera Quarterly, among others.

Kristy Lee 

Information Services

Kristy Lee is Head of Information Systems at the Sojourner Truth Library, State University of New York at New Paltz (SUNY New Paltz). She holds an MSc in Library and Information Studies from Robert Gordon University of Aberdeen, Scotland. She is currently working towards her second master degree in Information Design and Technology at the State University of New York Institute of Technology (SUNYIT).

Kristy serves as the team leader of the library’s Computer/Technology Support, the chair of library web design team, and the library liaison to campus IT, Teaching and Learning Center, Instructional Media Services and Academic Computing departments. An active member on campus central committee of education technology, Kristy participates in mobile device exploration projects and pilot programs. She has a strong interest in emerging technology and mobile learning. For the past few years, she presented multiple topics of mobile technology, e-readers & e-books, and mobile library website design/implementation at various statewide library and librarians’ conferences. After serving on the SUNY consortial Discovery Search Task Force, Kristy is currently in-charge of the new discovery search implementation and customization at SUNY New Paltz library.


Cyrus Mulready


Cyrus Mulready’s research and teaching focus on Shakespeare and the literature and culture of early modern England. He has published essays on dramatic romance, book history and Philip Sidney’s Defense of Poesy; these materials form the basis of his book, Romance on the Early Modern Stage: English Expansion Before and After Shakespeare (Palgrave, 2013), which indentifies a tradition of romance on the early modern stage that was shaped by England’s overseas ambitions.



Jessica Pabón

Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Dr. Jessica N. Pabón is engaged in digital ethnography for her current book project Graffiti Grrlz: Performing Feminism in the Hip Hop Diaspora. She also utilizes social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter in her courses. Students in Pabón’s Gender and Sexuality in Hip Hop course also edit existing Wikipedia pages in addition to writing their own.



Amy Papaelias

Graphic Design

Amy Papaelias is an Assistant Professor in the Graphic Design program at SUNY New Paltz.She teaches a variety of coursework, ranging from basic 2D design principles to advanced interaction design. In her creative research, Professor Papaelias develops experimental typography and visual representations of speech that challenge the arbitrary relationship between visual and verbal communication. Her work has been recognized in a variety of online and print publications (including Print, Communication Arts, DesignObserver.com, Typographica.org). She has presented her creative and pedagogical work at Theorizing the Web, TypeCon, AIGA Design Educators Conference, and UCDA Education Summit, among others. In 2013, she participated in One Week One Tool, an NEH-funded Summer Institute in the Digital Humanities and co-authored the paper, “Play as Process and Product: On Making Serendip-o-matic,” presented at Digital Humanities 2014 in Lausanne, Switzerland. She is currently a co-editor of “Critical Making: Design and the Digital Humanities”, a special issue of the design journal Visible Language, to be published in Fall 2015.

Madeline Veitch


Madeline Veitch is a Research, Metadata & Zine Librarian at the Sojourner Truth Library. In her cataloging and metadata work, she strives to increase access and discoverability of materials in the Library Catalog and to New Paltz scholarship in the SUNY Digital Repository (DSpace). She serves as a departmental Liaison to Art, Art History, Art Education, and Biology, and loves providing library instruction and research support to all library users. She founded the New Paltz Zine Library in 2014, and co-manages it with librarian Lydia Willoughby and the support of an all-star cast of interns. The Zine Library supports the creation and circulation of zines, which allow readers to become authors who speak beyond the confines of the traditional publishing model. In the Zine Library’s collection-building, classroom workshops, and other programs, we further campus values of creativity, critical social inquiry, and interdisciplinary research through the promotion of student expression on social and political issues.

When not at the library, Madeline can be found hiking or making zines. Her research interests include user experience, information-seeking behavior, and zines and critical pedagogy.

Lydia Willoughby


Lydia Willoughby (MA, MSLIS) is a Research and Education Librarian at the Sojourner Truth Library at SUNY New Paltz, where she focuses on teaching critical research skills, information literacy, and zines. She is a liaison to the following campus departments: Anthropology, Black Studies, English, Geography, and Sociology; she is also a member of the DASH Board, as well as the steering committee for the Sylvia Rivera Living and Learning Community. In 2013, Willoughby was selected as one of Library Journal’s “Movers & Shakers” in the community builder category for her advocacy work with rural public libraries in Vermont. She loves living in the Hudson Valley with her wife and two dogs, hiking and cooking.