Meet the Team


Marika Cifor
Marika is a doctoral student in Information Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles, where she is also pursuing Certificates in Gender Studies and the Digital Humanities. Her research interests include archives, gender and sexuality, affect, cultural, queer and feminist theories, bodies and emodiment, and memory. She is working on a critical archival studies dissertation that examines nostalgia, representation, and the records of HIV/AIDS activism




Shanya Norman
Shanya is a 4th year student at UCLA who will be graduating in June 2016 with a major in Sociology and a minor in Digital Humanities. Shanya served as the Project Manager for particular project, while also having a hand in coordinating publicity and other miscellaneous assets. After graduation, she plans to travel during summer, and will begin her job search when she returns in the fall. Shanya hopes to utilize the skills and attributes used in her studies at UCLA to pursue a career in public relations and marketing in the Los Angeles area.




William Lam
William was born and raised in the San Gabriel Valley of Southern California. He will be graduating from the University of California Los Angeles in June 2016 in Sociology and a Digital Humanities minor. In his free time, he enjoys dancing, cold brew coffee, wake surfing and hiking. For this project, he served as both the publicity coordinator and one of the web designers. He plans to utilize the skills he attained from UCLA’s Digital Humanities coursework (including in this project) in his postgraduate plans, as he pursues a career in digital marketing and digital media planning.




Hanna Girma 
Hanna is studying World Arts and Cultures (WAC) at UCLA, with a minor in Digital Humanities (DH). She studies Non-Western counter narratives, focusing mainly on community-based arts activism, studies of visual culture, and critical ethnographies. As a DH minor, she is interested in the cultural and social impacts of new media and information technologies. For her senior thesis she is curating a show at As It Stands titled Lost Wax, featuring black female artists who re-appropriate, or re-cast, imagery that has been historically weaponized against non-normative bodies. She was the web designer for this project.




Karla Contreras
Karla is a 4th year, Applied Linguistics and Spanish Community and Culture double major and Digital Humanities minor.  Karla was the metadata specialist for this project. She is currently employed at UCLA Housing’s IT department. Her post grad plan is to land a full time job in a technical or entertainment business. After a year gap she will be striving to obtaining an MBA on a graduate level.




thumbnailMonica Berry
Monica is a 3rd year, World Arts and Cultures major and Digital Humanities minor. She focused on creating data visualizations for this project with the hopes of making our data more accessible.  Monica plans to continue her studies in both departments at UCLA before her early graduation next winter.






Aya Grace Yoshioka
Aya is a 4th year, Sociology major and Digital Humanities minor. Aya focused on web design and publicity for this project. She is currently a marketing intern for Awaken Arts, a non-profit organization, and is a New Student Advisor for UCLA’s New Student and Transition Programs. She is also a part of the Central Valley Project at UCLA and the Transfer Student Alliance. Aya hopes to pursue a career in marketing or public relations in entertainment after graduation.





Miriam Posner

Miriam Posner is the Digital Humanities program coordinator and a member of the core DH faculty at the University of California, Los Angeles. As a digital humanist, she is particularly interested in the visualization of large bodies of data from cultural heritage institutions, and the application of digital methods to the analysis of images and video. She is very proud to work with such talented students.