Post-Doctoral Appointment

March 21, 2012

The University of Alabama Libraries and the College of Arts and Sciences are pleased to announce the appointment of Frances “Franky” Abbott to the position of Post-Doctoral Fellow in Digital Humanities, a dual appointment in the University Libraries and the History Department / Summersell Center for the Study of the South. Ms Abbott is completing her doctoral work at Emory University’s Graduate Institute of Liberal Arts. Her dissertation is Black Migration to Atlanta: Popular Representation and Metropolitan Space, 1990-2011.

In this position Ms Abbott will be focusing on continuing her research and expanding the outreach of the Alabama Digital Humanities Center, established in 2010 to support faculty digital research in the arts and humanities. She will bring to campus visiting experts in the digital humanities, consult with faculty on specific projects, plan and lead discussions and training workshops, engage faculty and graduate students in the use of digital technology in research and pedagogy.

We are delighted to have Ms. Abbott join The University of Alabama family and look forward to working with her to advance the digital humanities at UA. She will begin her fellowship in early June.


I’m pleased to announce that the Alabama Digital Humanities Center is growing in two important ways:

  • We’ve added cassette audio and VHS video digitization equipment and are in the process of procuring a sheet-fed flat-bed scanner.
  • The College of Arts & Sciences and the Libraries are jointly sponsoring a Post-Doc Fellowship to serve in the ADHC and the History Department. We hope to have someone in place in Spring 2012.  We will see how this option pans out and may continue in the future working with other departments within A&S.  More details to come.