Board of Directors
Michelle S. James, Ph.D - Sophie Project Director (Brigham Young University)
Dr. James has been involved in research on early German women's texts for a number of years, including several publications/ works in progress relating to early German women authors, and several years of developing and coordinating the Sophie project. Her current research focusses on the life of Elisa von der Recke.
Robert McFarland, Ph.D - Associate Director (Brigham Young University)
Dr. McFarland adds to the Sophie project a wealth of ideas and suggestions for upgrading the Sophie site services. He has developed and now guides the mentoring program through which students are becoming actively involved in the processing and preparation of Sophie texts.
Cindy P. Brewer, Ph.D - Associate Director (Brigham Young University)
Dr. Brewer adds her expertise in 18th- and 19th-century women's writing, and innovations on how to use Sophie research in the classroom starting as early as second semester German language courses. She is currently researching German colonial texts from Africa and directs the corresponding section of the Sophie site.
Sarah Clement Reed, Ph.D., ABD. - Collection Curator (University of Wisconsin, Madison).
Sarah Clement Reed is currently completing her doctoral dissertation about representations of Mormons in German literature and film. She is a long-time collaborator with the Sophie Digital Library, starting with a research project in Vienna in 2002. She is currently curating Sophie's collection of literature by women who were German-American Immigrants. She has been a staff member of the prestigious German Studies journal Monatshefte and has worked as part of the Max Kade Institute in Madison.
Richard Hacken, Ph.D. - Director of the Sophie Scholars Archrive Project (Brigham Young University).
Richard Hacken is a Senior Librarian who specializes as the European Studies and Linguistics LIbrarian for the Harold B. Lee Library at Brigham Young University. He has published on a number of topics relating to the German Literature, European Studies and Literature, and Digital Libraries and Web Services. He is currently overseeing the transition of the Sophie Digital Library database into the Sophie Scholars Archive.
Gavin Grant - Associate Editor (Brigham Young University)
Gavin oversees the preparation of and addition of content to the Sophie Digital Library. He is currently enrolled in the Manufacturing Engineering Technology undergraduate program, and is interested in developing his skills in many areas such as advanced techology and process efficiency.
Emeritus Sophie Staff
Joseph O. Baker, Ph.D - Textbase Editor (Brigham Young University)
Dr. Baker brings several years of experience with German women's texts. In addition to thirty years of teaching and researching literature from the late 18th and 19th centuries, he has also been deeply involved in the production of electronic educational media courses, and possesses wide administrative and organizational experience.
Jeannine Blackwell, Ph.D - Consultant (University of Kentucky)
Dr. Blackwell brings to the project extensive experience in research on and the teaching of early women's texts, as well as membership on the editorial boards of several journals, and numerous publications relating to early German women authors and their works.
Sophies: Student Researchers Since 2001