About Us


Photo of Tia on Mont Royal in Montreal during fall time


Tia Sager is the interim Senior Research Associate at the Collaborative Digital Research Space (CDRS) replacing Dr. Tersigni while she is on leave. Tia is a PhD candidate in the department of Art History finishing her dissertation on Aegean Bronze Age architecture. In 2021/2022, Tia was a graduate fellow at the Critical Digital Humanities Initiative (CDHI) where she worked on a project that involved 3D scanning and modelling of Cretan Bronze Age architecture. She has worked with digital approaches to ancient architecture as part of her masters and doctoral research, and is involved with two excavation projects on the island of Crete where she has worked for over seven years.






Elisa Tersigni


(On leave until January 2024)

Dr. Elisa Tersigni is the Senior Research Associate at the Collaborative Digital Research Space (CDRS), University of Toronto Mississauga. Before joining CDRS, she held digital humanities postdoctoral fellowships at the University of Manchester, Folger Shakespeare Library, University of Toronto, and Northeastern University. Elisa completed her PhD in English and Book History & Print Culture at the University of Toronto. Her research spans digital humanities, early modern literature and history, food studies, book history, book arts, and DEI. She is currently writing a book on early modern women’s recipe books, Converting Cuisine: The Christianization of Jewish and Islamic Foods in Early Modern Europe, and is also a practicing book artist and musician. She’s available for consultations about digital humanities research and pedagogy. 





Winter 2023 CDRS Grad Fellow, Arun Jacob 


Headshot of Arun Jacob in front of University of Toronto college



Arun Jacob (he/him) is a doctoral candidate at the Faculty of Information, University of Toronto and the first recipient of the Stéfan Sinclair Memorial Scholarship from the Canadian Society of Digital Humanities. Arun’s work unites media genealogy, intersectional feminist media studies and critical university studies to explore how contemporary university data management techniques and information management systems shape our sociocultural relations, experiences, and knowledge. Arun’s publications have appeared in Interdisciplinary Digital Engagement in Arts & Humanities (IDEAH), Digital Studies/Le Champ Numérique, The College Quarterly and Alternative Historiographies of the Digital Humanities. Arun is managing co-writing sessions on Monday afternoons at CDRS. 






Summer 2022 User Experience Design (UXD) Co-Op Student Peter Luo

Peter Luo



Peter is a Master of Information Student at the University of Toronto studying User Experience Design. Having finished his first year in the program, he has joined the Critical Digital Humanities Initiative (CDHI) and CDRS for his summer co-op placement. During these 16 weeks, he is assisting four research teams with designing and building their digital platforms to disseminate their research to the public. Peter studied Digital Enterprise Management at the University of Toronto Mississauga during his undergraduate years where he wanted to pursue digital marketing. But sudden changes in his circumstances and career helped him discover his true passion of helping people and making a difference in society. This led him to his current career as a UX Designer where he seeks to create intuitive and pleasant digital experiences and products. You can see more of Peter's work in his digital portfolio



Steering Committee 2022-23