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, Co-founder and Coordinator 

Geography, Asian Studies, WGSS

Melissa Y. Rock is an Associate Professor in the Geography Department and affiliate faculty in the Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (WGSS) Department as well as the 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 (SP21)

Kimberly Li

Undergraduate, Geography, History (minor)

Kimberly Li is a Geography major with a minor in history. She taught herself multiple software programs since middle school and joined the DASH Lab to improve her skills and learn more from the experience. She enjoys using GIS programs to pursue her interests in the field.

Zachary Reifschneider

Undergraduate, Finance & Business Analytics, Mathematics (minor) & Environmental Studies (minor)

Zach Reifschneider is a Business Analytics and Finance major with a minor in Environmental Studies and Mathematics. He joined the Dash Lab to enhance his GIS and Adobe skills and learn more about the emerging PFAS contamination crisis. He hopes to work in Sustainability Management and Environmental Analytics.


DASH Board

Crystal Donkor


Crystal Donkor is an assistant professor of English at SUNY New Paltz. Crystal’s research interests include 19th– and early 20th-century Black women’s literature, post-emancipation fiction, African American print culture, queer theory and Black feminist theory. Dr. Donkor has been selected as a Junior Fellow of the Andrew W. Mellon Society of Fellows in Critical Bibliography at Rare Book School for the 2020-22 term. In earning this distinguished fellowship, Donkor joins a community of scholars working to advance the study of texts, images, and artifacts as material objects. The Society of Fellows in Critical Bibliography is a collective of researchers who study material texts in cultural contexts around the globe, crossing geographical and disciplinary boundaries.

Morgan Gwenwald


Morgan Gwenwald is head of special collections at SUNY New Paltz. She is a photographer who’s work has appeared in many publications. Before coming to the Sojourner Truth library Morgan was the Executive Director of In the Life, the LGBTQ television program, carried on PBS. She also volunteers as a co-coordinator at the Lesbian Herstory Archives in Brooklyn, which is the oldest and largest collection of its kind.

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.



Joshua Korenblat 

Graphic Design

Joshua Korenblat is an Assistant Professor of Graphic Design at the State University of New York at New Paltz, where he teaches courses about data visualization, art direction, and the Designed World, a liberal arts course about design thinking and making. At SUNY New Paltz, Joshua serves on the Digital Humanities Board and is a Sustainability Faculty Fellow. Joshua has an MFA in Interdisciplinary Visual Art from the Maryland Institute College of Art, and masters’ degrees in education and writing from Brown University and Johns Hopkins University. Professionally, Joshua has seven years of art direction experience at National Geographic Magazine and Science News Magazine. Joshua is also a cofounder and Art Director at Graphicacy, an information graphics and data visualization firm, based in Washington, DC.


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.

Adrianna Martinez


Adrianna Martinez (she/her/hers) is a Research & Education Librarian in the Sojourner Truth Library at SUNY New Paltz. She has gained a Masters in Library and Information Science as well as a graduate degree in Digital Humanities from Pratt Institute. Her research and praxis focus on critical librarianship with theoretical influences from critical race theory, and culturally sustaining pedagogy. She identifies as latinx and queer.


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.


Chrissy O’Grady


Chrissy O’Grady is a Research and Education Librarian at the Sojourner Truth Library. Chrissy has a BA in History from The College of Wooster and a MSLIS from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. While at the University of Illinois, she worked in the Research & Information Services, and Digitization Services units of the University Library. She has a background in special collections/archives, digital history and genealogy. She has experience teaching citation management software including Zotero, Mendeley and Endnote, and creating digital projects using platforms like Omeka.



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.

Jennifer Rutner


Jen Rutner started her career in academic libraries working in lab similar to the DASH Lab as a student employee. Since then, she has served as the Assessment and Marketing Librarian at Columbia University Libraries and as an Analyst at ITHAKA S+R (a higher education consulting group). Today, she is thrilled to be a part of the Reference and Instruction Team at Sojourner Truth Library. Jen specializes in studying information seeking and production behaviors, and answering the most random questions at the Help Desk at STL.


Megan Sperry

Digital Media & Journalism

Megan Sperry (MFA) is an Assistant Professor in the Digital Media and Journalism Department at SUNY New Paltz. She is documentary filmmaker & educator whose work ranges from documentary films to published news articles, still photography and multimedia installations, all with a focus on current social issues. In addition to creating multimedia messages, Megan is interested in educating people in film production, non-linear editing and integrated media studies.