LEADR Staff (Fall 2021-Spring 2022)

Alice Lynn McMichael, Director

A.L. McMichael is a specialist in late antique architecture and digital humanities, focusing on public scholarship and digital archaeology. Her current research explores spatial relationships in late antique and medieval rock-cut architecture in Turkey. Alice Lynn holds a PhD from The Graduate Center of the City University of New York (CUNY), where she also completed an interdisciplinary Medieval Studies Certificate. She earned an MA in art history from Brooklyn College and a BFA in graphic design from Auburn University. She has taught at Hunter College, Montclair State University, City College of New York, and Baruch College. Email Alice Lynn at mcmich17 [at] msu [dot] edu.

Jen Andrella, Graduate Assistant

Jen Andrella is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of History. Her current research explores Montana Territory as a case study to connect late 19th-century territorial development in the American West, the sovereignty of Native nations, and the politics and policies of the Reconstruction Era. She utilizes ethnohistorical approaches that incorporate non-traditional documentary evidence like art, literature, and material culture which allows stronger representation of Indigenous culture and memory within US history. She is also pursuing the graduate certificate in Digital Humanities and her interests include text mining, digital mapping, spatial relationships, and large data analysis and visualization. In LEADR, she specializes in content management systems like WordPress and Omeka, data visualization tools, and DH pedagogical approaches.

Daniel Fandino, Graduate Assistant

Daniel Fandino is a PhD graduate student in the History Department. Daniel specializes in U.S. cultural history. His academic interests focus on the relationship between national identity, popular culture and technology. His other interests include digital history, the virtual and real world histories of computer games and the relationship between the Americas and East Asia. His most recent academic work is a chapter entitled “Remembering Fictional History and Virtual War in Eve Online” in Virtual Dark Tourism: Ghost Roads, published by Springer in 2018. Contact Daniel at fandinod [at] msu [dot] edu

Zach Francis, Graduate Assistant

Zachary Francis-Hapner is a PhD student in the Anthropology department. His current research interests include the paleoethnobotany and environmental archaeology of the Midwest, Indigenous studies, and digital research. There are many aspects of digital research that he is interested in, but principle interest is the application of digital research menhods and skills tot he indgenous managment of cultural resources. Feel free to email Zach at franc230 [at] msu [dot] edu, and check out his website at

Alumni and Former Staff

  • Brandon Locke (Director from 2014-2019)
  • Jack Biggs, Graduate Assistant (2018-2019)
  • Sara Bijani, Graduate Assistant (2015-2017)
  • Joey Bradshaw, Graduate Assistant (2016)
  • Brian Geyer, Graduate Assistant (2014-2019)
  • Grant Gliniecki, Graduate Assistant (2019-2020)
  • Jorge Felipe Gonzalez, Graduate Assistant (2015-2016)
  • Alyssa Lopez, Graduate Assistant (2016-2017, 2018-2019)
  • Dawson McCall, Graduate Assistant (2016-2017, 2019)
  • Autumn Painter, Graduate Assistant (2016-2018)
  • Justin Rowe, Graduate Assistant (2014-2015)
  • Liz Timbs, Graduate Assistant (2014-2015)
  • Dani Willcutt, Graduate Assistant (Summer 2020)