Humanities in a Digital World Council

Peter C. Mancall, Principal Investigator

Peter C. Mancall is a historian of early North America, the early modern Atlantic World, and Native American history. He has written five books, edited ten others, and has written for American Heritage and the Chronicle of Higher Education, as well as historical journals, and his work has been featured on NPR's “All Things Considered” and “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.” Current projects include American Origins, which will be volume one of the Oxford History of the United States, and Lord of Misrule: Thomas Morton and the Tragic Origins of New England, which is under contract with Basic Books. In 2012 he delivered the inaugural Mellon Distinguished Lectures in the Humanities at the University of Pennsylvania; a revised version of his lectures will be published by the University of Pennsylvania Press in 2015.  He is Andrew W. Mellon Professor of the Humanities, Linda and Harlan Martens Director of the USC-Huntington Early Modern Studies Institute, Professor of History and Anthropology, and Divisional Dean for the Social Sciences at USC Dornsife.

Philip J. Ethington

Philip J. Ethington is Professor of History, Political Science, and Spatial Sciences in the Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, Chair of the History Department, and Faculty Master of New North Residential College, at the University of Southern California.   An interdisciplinary historian, Ethington is completing a multigenre global history to be published in 2017 by University of California Press in online and print formats: Ghost Metropolis: Los Angeles from Clovis to Nixon. Ethington, in collaboration with Tara McPherson, et al, and the Alliance for Networking Visual Culture, has been a lead developer of the Mellon- and NEH-funded scholarly publishing platform, Scalar.

Lisa Pon

Lisa Pon specializes in early modern European art, architecture, and material culture, focusing on the mobilities of art, artistic authority and collaboration, and the Renaissance concept of copia or abundance.  Her first book, Raphael, Dürer and Marcantoni Raimondi: Copying and the Italian Renaissance Print, was published with Yale University Press in 2004; Cambridge University Press published her most recent monograph, Printed Icon: Forlì’s Madonna of the Fire, in 2015; and she is co-editor or co-author of three additional volumes.  Her articles havappeared in venues including Art Bulletin, Art History, Word & Image, Print Quarterly, Renaissance Studies, Journal of the Warburg and Courtauld Institutes, Boletín del Museo del Prado, and Journal of the Acoustical Society of America. 

Cavan Concannon


Cavan Concannon is an associate professor of religion. He specializes in the New Testament, Early Christianity, Pauline Studies, Historical Jesus, Greek and Roman Archaeology, Theory and Method in the Study of Religion, Continental Philosophy.

Former Council Members

Lisa Bitel
, Dean's Professor of Religion and Professor of Religion and History

Alice Gambrell, Associate Professor of English

Akira Mizuta Lippit, T.C. Wang Family Endowed Chair in Cinematic Arts; Vice Dean of Faculty; Professor of Cinema and Media Studies, East Asian Languages and Cultures, and Comparative Literature

Daniel Richter, Associate Professor of Classics

Vanessa R. Schwartz, Professor of History, Art History and Critical Studies; Director, Visual Studies Research Institute; Courtesy Appointment in the Department of French and Italian

Banner Image: Ka Lee Wong, “Hong Kong: Protests, Censorship and the Everyday” (香港:示威、審查與日常生活), 2019.

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