Lab Members

Alexandra Bolintineanu is an Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream, in Medieval Digital Studies, at the University of Toronto.  She is cross-appointed to the Centre for Medieval Studies and Woodsworth College.  Her current project, Technologies of Unknowing, is a study of medieval wonders in digital environments.  She holds a Ph.D. in Medieval Studies and a B.Sc. in Computer Science (University of Toronto).  Her research interests include digital humanities, Old and Middle English narrative, marvels, monsters, and imaginary geographies.

Lawrence Evalyn is a PhD student in English at the University of Toronto. He completed his Master of Arts in English at the University of Victoria. He is interested in the modelling of literary texts and the relationship between canonical and non-canonical works in the eighteenth century. Previous projects have involved corpus linguistics, social network mapping, and statistical analysis of bibliographical records. Connect with Lawrence on @lawrenceevalyn.

Cai Henderson is a PhD student at the University of Toronto’s Centre for Medieval Studies and holds an MA in Medieval Studies from the University of York. In addition to work for OBNS, Cai is part of the Henry Daniel Project, and does palaeography and translation for Records of Early English Drama. Cai currently works on cognition and theories of the mind in late medieval English literature and text technology and tweets from @cemhend.

Jessica Lockhart is Project Manager of the Book and the Silk Roads: Phase I and a sessional instructor at the Department of English and Drama, University of Toronto Mississauga with teaching interests in global literatures of the premodern world, as well as medieval literatures of the British Isles. Jessica is a graduate of the University of Toronto’s Centre for Medieval Studies PhD program; working primarily in Latin, Old and Middle English, her research investigates the place of everyday wonder in riddles and other sapiential and imaginative literatures. As Project Manager, Jess helps ensure that the Book and the Silk Roads: Phase I achieves its research goals. Find her on Twitter @lockhartjj.

Merium Khan is the OBNS Lab Manager and an administrative assistant for The Book and the Silk Roads project. She received her BA in English from the University of Toronto, Mississauga where she focused in early modern natural philosophy and devotional poetry, and her MA from the University of Western Ontario.

James Malinowski is a Research Administrator for OBNS and is responsible for budgeting and finances as well as human resources for the current research project The Book and the Silk Roads. He received both his BA in English Literature, History and Philosophy, and his MA in English Literature from the University of Toronto. James’ research interests include religion and imperialism in the 19th century novel, postcolonial theory, and global literature and history.

J. D. Sargan is a postdoctoral fellow in the Old Books, New Science Lab. Before coming to Toronto he studied at Queen Mary University of London (BA), and the University of Oxford (MSt, DPhil), and taught for Magdalen College, University of Oxford, and The Warburg Institute. James is now working on his first book, ‘Reading Early Middle English Books’. His current research project, ‘Space-Time and the Manuscript: 4D Modelling in Medieval Book Design’, which is based in the lab, is funded by the Leverhulme Trust. He can be found tweeting on behalf of the lab @oldbooksnewsci.

Una Creedon-Carey researches contemporary queer and feminist posthumanisms and their potential relevance to Old English literary studies. Her other academic interests include medieval medicine and medieval reception in the digital age. She is a RA for the Henry Daniel Project, where she assists in editing a transcription of Daniel’s Herbal. Una founded and is currently running an English palaeography reading group that is an offshoot of the OBNS lab.

J. R. Mattison is a PhD Candidate in the Department of English at the University of Toronto. She holds a BA from Yale and an MPhil from Oxford. Her work focuses on the reading and circulation of French manuscripts in fifteenth-century England. 

Jessica Henderson is a PhD candidate at the Centre for Medieval Studies, University of Toronto. Her doctoral work focuses on the codicological contexts, textual forms and literary implications of Middle English medical verse texts. As a part of this work, she in the process of producing editions of several of these previously-unedited verses: two lengthy texts in particular, a herbarium and receptarium. Jess is also a member of the Henry Daniel Project whose reading edition of the 14th C medical compendium, Liber Uricrisiarum, is forthcoming in 2020 with the University of Toronto Press.

Julianna Chianelli is a Direct Entry PhD student at the University of Toronto’s Department of English. Her dissertation project, ‘Middle English Literature and Premodern Technologies of Identity’ is funded by SSHRC. She is interested in literary texts of the late fourteenth and early fifteenth centuries that use seals and the language of sigillography to explore inherited ideas about identity, and generate powerful and enduring new ones. At OBNS, Julianna is involved in several digital humanities projects, including Book of Fame and The Book and the Silk Roads.

Lab Partners

Suzanne Conklin Akbari is Professor of English and Medieval Studies at the University of Toronto. She has written books on optics and allegory (Seeing Through the Veil) and European views of Islam and the Orient (Idols in the East), and edited collections on travel literature (Marco Polo), Mediterranean Studies (A Sea of Languages), and somatic histories (The Ends of the Body), plus How We Write (2015) and How We Read (2019). Akbari is finishing up a monograph called Small Change: Metaphor and Metamorphosis in Chaucer and Christine de Pizan, and working on another one, The Shape of Time, on premodern ideas of periodization. She is also an editor of the Norton Anthology of World Literature and does a literature podcast called The Spouter Inn. She can be found on both and

Sian Meikle is Associate Chief Librarian for Digital Strategies and Technology, and oversees planning and implementation of library technology and digital services at the University of Toronto Libraries. Her background lies in the development of web services for the library, digital scholarly resources in the humanities, and digitization. She holds a BSc in applied mathematics and zoology, and a MLS from the University of Toronto.