Digital Transgender Archive

Our Team

Project Director

  • K.J. Rawson: K.J. is an Assistant Professor in the English Department at the College of the Holy Cross. His research and teaching interests include composition, rhetoric, digital media, and LGBT studies. His scholarship focuses on the rhetorical dimensions of queer and transgender archiving in both traditional and digital collections. With Eileen E. Schell, he co-edited Rhetorica in Motion: Feminist Rhetorical Methods and Methodologies (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2010) and with Aaron Devor he co-edited a special issue of TSQ on Archives and Archiving (Duke University Press, 2015). His scholarship has also appeared in Archivaria, Enculturation, Present Tense, QED, TSQ, and several edited collections.

Digital Archivist

  • Nikki Tantum: Nikki is an archivist currently living in the Boston, MA area. She earned her B.A. from Emerson College in Media Studies with a focus in Television Studies. From there, she went on to earn an M.S. from Simmons College in Library & Information Science with a focus in Archives Management. Specializing in audiovisual archiving, she has worked with analog and digital materials at both the Cambridge Room and the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum. She is currently working as the Digital Archivist for the Digital Transgender Archive and the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA. She is excited to follow her passion for LGBTQIA+ and grassroots archives with this project and throughout her career.

Lead Developer

  • Steven Carl Anderson (Digital Repository Developer, Boston Public Library and Owner, PHD Gaming LLC)

Holy Cross Development Team

  • Robert Allen (Applications Development Director, College of the Holy Cross)
  • Richard Nickle (Senior Technical Services Engineer, College of the Holy Cross)

Student Team

  • Alice Galvinhill (Team Leader)

Partner Institutions and Projects


In addition to the efforts of our current and former team members, our contributors, and our advisory board, we are also grateful to the following individuals who have offered tremendous support for this project:

  • Tom Blake 
  • Elspeth Brown
  • Margaret Freije
  • Ellen Keohane
  • Danny Pucci
  • Rebecka Sheffield
  • Lara Wilson


  • Mariel Aleman (Team Leader)
  • Carlito Beal (Team Leader)
  • Katie Bowles (Team Leader)
  • Emily Breakell (Volunteer)
  • Emily Brown Baker (Volunteer)
  • Anne Clarke (Research Assistant)
  • Galen Comerford (Volunteer)
  • Patricia Corey (Volunteer)
  • Adam Coshal (Volunteer)
  • Caitlin Daniels (Volunteer)
  • Michael DeSantis (Research Assistant)
  • Ryan Fay (Volunteer)
  • Sean Frebes (Intern)
  • Rachel Greenberg (Research Assistant)
  • Sarah Gullong (Intern)
  • Carson Harold (Volunteer)
  • Jeimy Hernandez (Research Assistant)
  • Clare Honan (Volunteer)
  • Lexi Hummel-Paez (Volunteer)
  • Hiro Imada (Volunteer)
  • Abigail Kehoe (Research Assistant)
  • Alexandra Larkin (Volunteer)
  • Katherine Lenahan (Volunteer)
  • Jazmin Lopez (Research Assistant)
  • Hannah Maguire (Volunteer)
  • Nathan D. Manna (Volunteer)
  • Courtney McColgan (Volunteer)
  • Timothy Mentzer (Senior Software Developer, College of the Holy Cross)
  • Victoria Mousley (Lab Supervisor)
  • Derek Murphy (Web Developer)
  • Koryna O'Besso (Volunteer)
  • Connor O'Brien (Research Assistant)
  • An Pham (Volunteer)
  • Keith Plummer​ (Outreach Coordinator)
  • Mithra Salmassi (Research Assistant)
  • Nora Springer (Volunteer)
  • Maddy Springfield (Volunteer)
  • Jason Steranko (Research Assistant)
  • Daniel Tallman (Volunteer)
  • Isabel Tehan (Volunteer)
  • Cecilia Wolfe (Research Assistant)

Thank you for your support!