Who We Are


Dr. Laura Estill

Associate Professor of English

Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in Digital Humanities

Laura Estill explores the reception of drama by Shakespeare and his contemporaries from its initial circulation in print, manuscript, and on stage to how we mediate and understand these texts online today.  She is author of Dramatic Extracts in Seventeenth-Century English Manuscripts: Watching, Reading, Changing Plays (University of Delaware Press, 2015) and co-editor of Early Modern Studies after the Digital Turn (Iter, 2016), Early British Drama in Manuscript  (Brepols, 2019), and Early Modern Digital Review (ongoing).



Affiliated Faculty, Librarians, and Staff

Dr. Katie Aubrecht

Assistant Professor of Sociology

Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in Healthy Equity and Social Justice

Katie Aubrecht, PhD, is a Canada Research Chair Tier 2 Health Equity and Social Justice and Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at St.F.X. Aubrecht is interested in how digital humanities can be used to support creativity and collaboration within and among health, education, social care and community sectors.


Dr. Matea Drljepan

Academic Technologist

Matea Drljepan is the Academic Technologist for IT Services and adjunct professor in Earth Sciences at StFX University. Together with other IT Services staff, she assists faculty in incorporating new technology into their teaching.


Dr. James Hughes

Assistant Professor of Computer Science

James Hughes' research focuses on the application of artificial intelligence and machine learning to many domains, including biology, neuroscience, geology, finance, and music. James is principal investigator of the Convergence Lab, an interdisciplinary research group that focuses on AI algorithm development and the application of data science, AI, and unconventional computing to a variety of fields to emphasize different perspectives.


Dr. Rachel Hurst

Professor of Women's and Gender Studies

Rachel Hurst’s research is broadly concerned with the relationships between (visual) culture, embodiment, and power, from the perspectives of psychoanalysis, feminist theory, and decolonial thought.  She is the author of Surface Imaginations: Cosmetic Surgery, Photography, and Skin (McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2015), and co-editor of Skin, Culture and Psychoanalysis (Palgrave, 2013). 


Meghan Landry

Scholarly Communications Librarian

Meghan Landry is currently the Scholarly Communications Librarian at Angus L. Macdonald Library, StFX University. Her scholarly interests and projects include institutional repositories (Islandora software), open access, accessibility and Universal Design for Learning, and open educational resources. Before moving to Antigonish in September 2018, Meghan was working as a Digital Initiatives & Systems Librarian at UPEI in her home province


Dr. Ken Penner

Professor of Religious Studies

Ken Penner's research interests lie at the intersection of computers and biblical languages. He is co-director of the Online Critical Pseudepigrapha, with Ian W. Scott, and co-editor of Brill’s series Digital Biblical Studies, with Claire Clivaz. He just completed a 15-year project: a commentary on Greek Isaiah as represented in the Codex Sinaiticus. Last year he was general editor of the Lexham English Septuagint. Before that, he and Nick Meyer produced an eclectic edition of the Biblical Dead Sea Scrolls. He serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Biblical Literature and on the board of directors for the Text Encoding Initiative. He is now organizing a group of designers, text digitizers, and programmers to develop a free, unified set of tools for digital work on ancient texts. This comprehensive online collaborative platform is the Toolkit for Humanities Research and Editing Ancient Documents. The acronym THREAD is intended to evoke both connectedness (with texts as woven fabrics and this toolkit sewing them together), and sequence (with the workflow stringing one stage to the next).


Dr. Stephan Pigeon

Affiliate Researcher 

Stephan Pigeon is a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of History at Dalhousie University. His research project, "How News Transformed Empire: C. F. Moberly Bell and Britain's Global Journalism, 1865-1911," examines the development of Britain's political economy of news at the turn of the 20th century and investigates the relationship between the British empire and journalism as produced through foreign correspondence during those crucial decades. Stephan is also revising his doctoral thesis, "Scissors-and-Paste: The Labour, Law, and Practice of Circulating Journalism in the British Newspaper and Periodical Press, 1842-1911," (McGill University, 2021) into a book about the material practice of Victorian journalism. 


Dr. Donna Trembinski

Associate Professor of History

Donna Trembinski is currently working with students and other members of the StFX community to create a database and digitized exhibit of early texts about eye care that were written in Northern Italy between 1100 and 1300.  The goal for the project is to trace how knowledge about eye care was translated in various ways, from theory to practice, from practice to theory and across time and space. She is author of Illness and Authority: Disability in the Life and Lives of Francis of Assisi (University of Toronto Press, 2020).


Margaret Vail

Systems & Data Librarian

Margaret Vail is currently the Systems & Data Librarian at Angus L. Macdonald Library. Her scholarly interests and projects include digital humanities, institutional repositories, open access, and data. Margaret possesses a Bachelor of Computer Science and a Master of Library and Information Studies from Dalhousie University.


Dr. Kailin Wright

Associate Professor of English

Kailin Wright is an award-winning teacher whose research focuses on Canadian literature and theatre; she works on political theatre, feminism, race, indigenous performance, adaptation, the digital humanities, motherhood, pregnancy, and narratives of the future. She is the author of Political Adaptation in Canadian Theatre (McGill-Queen's Unviersity Press, 2020).


Research Assistants

Kate Beers

Human Kinetics major, '22


Chloe Walker

Public Policy & Governance major, '22