Cogut Institute for the Humanities

Ashley Champagne

Director of the Center for Digital Scholarship, Lecturer in Humanities


Ashley Champagne is Director of the Center for Digital Scholarship (CDS), the University’s digital scholarship hub that provides inspiration, expertise, services, and teaching in digital scholarship methodologies, project development, and publication to Brown faculty, staff, and students. Dr. Champagne is also a Cogut Institute Lecturer in Humanities teaching courses in digital humanities and supporting the Doctoral Certificate Program in Digital Humanities. She is the Principal Investigator of the “New Frameworks to Preserve and Publish Born-Digital Art,” a project funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, and the co-Research Director on the “Stolen Relations: Recovering Stories of Indigenous Enslavement in the Americas” project, which is funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities. Her work has appeared in Interdisciplinary Digital Engagement in Arts & Humanities, JMIR Infodemiology, ITHAKA S+R, Digital Humanities Now. Dr. Champagne earned her Ph.D. in English from University of California, Santa Barbara in 2018.

Brown Alumni Magazine

Preserving Poetry, Byte by Byte

In spring 2023, the Library was awarded a $20,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to support “New Frameworks to Preserve and Publish Born-Digital Art.” Ashley Champagne and her team are developing methods for safeguarding works that originated as digital objects or live on the internet, are at risk of becoming inaccessible once our current platforms become outdated.
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This community based project, housed at Brown University, is a collaborative effort to build a database of enslaved and unfree indigenous people throughout time all across the Americas in order to promote greater understanding of the historical circumstances and ongoing trauma of settler colonialism.
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Brown University Digital Publications promotes innovative faculty scholarship by catalyzing both the practice and academic recognition of new scholarly forms.
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