Digital Transgender Archive

Our Team

Project Director

  • K.J. Rawson: K.J. is an Associate 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.

Project Archivist

  • Nikki Tantum: Nikki is currently working as the Project Archivist for the Digital Transgender Archive, as well as the Digital Archives Project Strategist for the College of the Holy Cross. 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 (Senior Software Engineer, Akamai Technologies 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

  • Hanna Ballantine (Volunteer)
  • Galen Comerford (Volunteer)
  • Adam Coshal (Volunteer)
  • Carson Harold (Volunteer)
  • Hannah Maguire (Volunteer)
  • Trishala Manandhar (Volunteer)
  • Yulianna Ocampo (Volunteer)
  • Mithra Salmassi (Research Assistant)
  • Isabel Tehan (Research Assistant)


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


  • Mariel Aleman (Team Leader)
  • Carlito Beal (Team Leader)
  • Katie Bowles (Team Leader)
  • Emily Breakell (Volunteer)
  • Emily Brown Baker (Volunteer)
  • Anne Clarke (Research Assistant)
  • Patricia Corey (Volunteer)
  • Caitlin Daniels (Volunteer)
  • Michael DeSantis (Research Assistant)
  • Ryan Fay (Volunteer)
  • Sean Frebes (Intern)
  • Alice Galvinhill (Team Leader)
  • Rachel Greenberg (Research Assistant)
  • Sarah Gullong (Intern)
  • 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)
  • Nathan D. Manna (Volunteer)
  • Courtney McColgan (Volunteer)
  • Victoria Mousley (Lab Supervisor)
  • Derek Murphy (Web Developer)
  • Koryna O'Besso (Volunteer)
  • Connor O'Brien (Research Assistant)
  • An Pham (Volunteer)
  • Keith Plummer‚Äč (Outreach Coordinator)
  • Nora Springer (Volunteer)
  • Maddy Springfield (Volunteer)
  • Jason Steranko (Research Assistant)
  • Daniel Tallman (Volunteer)
  • Cecilia Wolfe (Research Assistant)

Thank you for your support!