Project Creators

Tarez Samra Graban is Associate Professor of English at The Florida State University, where she teaches rhetorical theory, historical methodologies, archival practice, feminist theory, and advanced composition. She also leads an interdisciplinary Digital Scholars reading and discussion group for students, faculty, and professionals across campus. Her research interests include redrawing disciplinary boundaries in the face of new and/or emergent digital historical practices. In 2010, Graban began investigating metadata ecologies for feminist recovery work. During 2011-2012, Graban was a faculty fellow at the Institute for Digital Arts and Humanities at Indiana University, where she consulted with the Digital Libraries Program to develop the concept for what is now the MetaData Mapping Project (MDMP) prototype. She is MDMP's original project creator and author. Contact at:

Richard J. Urban is Assistant Professor of Library and Information Studies at The Florida State University, with research interests in cultural heritage informatics. He has a range of experience with metadata aggregation projects (Digital Public Library of America, IMLS Digital Collections and Content, and Colorado Digitization Program) with similar technical goals as the MDMP. Urban has participated in digital humanities activities at the University of Illinois, Florida State University, and as instructor at the 2013 Digital Humanities Winter Institute at the Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities (MITH). From 2013 to 2014, Urban contributed to MDMP as a Project Advisor, helping to articulate connections between MDMP and emerging Linked Open Data practices. He joined the project in 2015.

Stephen J. McElroy is Director of the Reading-Writing Center and Digital Studio at The Florida State University, where he also teaches in the College Composition Program and the Editing, Writing, and Media track. His research interests include digital rhetoric, writing center and multiliteracy center theory and practice, and assemblage theory in composition. McElroy is a co-founder of the FSU Card Archive. He joined the project in summer 2015.

Project Advisors

Patricia Sullivan is Professor of English and Director of the Rhetoric and Composition graduate program at Purdue University, whose research interests involve archival and historical methodologies, and digital historiography. Sullivan has gathered extensive metadata consisting of citational references to women’s pedagogical activities through the Progressive Era and was influential in the earliest conception of this project.

Victor Raskin is Distinguished Professor of English and Linguistics at Purdue University with special interests in ontological semantics and computing, as well as Professor of Computer Science, founding chair of the interdepartmental graduate program in Linguistics, and a charter advisory board member on the CERIAS (Center for Education and Research in Information Assurance and Security) project at Purdue University. Raskin specializes in the construction of topic-specific ontologies and was influential in the earliest conception of this project.

Alli Crandell is the Digital Content Coordinator at Coastal Carolina University and part-time independent digital designer. She was one of MDMP’s Project Creators from 2013 to 2014 and achieved the vital task of designing an interface that would accommodate several back-end functions, resulting in the original MDMP site. She has worked with various NSF and IMLS-funded projects, including The Hollins Community Project, PlaceMark and The Lowcountry Foodways Project. Her design and consulting work focuses on creating theoretically-informed and reflexive work plans and digital solutions for academics, artists and para-academics, such as punctum books, smudge studio, Trident Technical College, and the Coalition of Women Scholars in the History of Rhetoric and Composition. In 2014, Crandell stepped away from project development to become a Project Advisor.

Dina M. Kellams is current Director of the Office of Archives and Records Management at Indiana University, with a specialization in archival informatics. Kellams has consulted with Graban on archival management and archival data processing and has opened up various administrative and pedagogical collections housed at IU to help seed the prototype, including the Cecilia Hennel Hendricks Family Papers and the presidents’ correspondence files.

Philip C. Bantin is former Director of the Office of University Archives and Records Management at Indiana University, as well as Director of the Archives Specialization and Associate Professor of Information and Library Science at Indiana University. Bantin specializes in archives and museum informatics. Bantin has consulted with Graban on archival management and archival data processing and has opened up various administrative and pedagogical collections housed at IU to help seed the prototype, including the Cecilia Hennel Hendricks Family Papers and the presidents’ correspondence files.

About LWP

The high mobility, institutional status, and programmatic shifts experienced by women pedagogues over a century of activity (roughly 1890 to 1990) make it challenging to trace the influence they exerted over their institutions. Evidence of their contributions often lies between or outside the bounds of traditional information spaces, or it presents too nuanced a combination of factors to be quickly understood. In the absence of women’s published or publicly circulating texts, how else can rhetorical historians recover the reach of their pedagogical activity in the interstices of usual spaces? Moreover, what can interstitial recovery teach us about disciplinary histories and our evolving assumptions of what topics and themes are central to Rhetoric and Composition? The Linked Women Pedagogues (LWP) Project answers both questions by tracing women’s intellectual influence through the migration of people, motives, texts, curriculum, and ephemera—all as reflected in institutional and archival metadata and in the ways that researchers take up or historicize that metadata.


September 1, 2016
The LWP project team is pleased to host Prof. Julia Flanders of Northeastern University, founder and Director of the Women Writers Project, for a workshop on "Invigorating the Digital Humanities at FSU," in April 2017.

February 1, 2016
LWP welcomes Sarah Stanley of the Office of Digital Research and Scholarship, who will provide input on the project this year.

December 11, 2015
In support of LWP, project creators Tarez Samra Graban and Richard Urban, in collaboration with Stephen J. McElroy, have been awarded a Council on Research and Creativity (CRC) Multidisciplinary Support (MDS) grant through the Florida State University.


The Linked Women Pedagogues project is a continuation of (and departure from) the MetaData Mapping Project, or MDMP ([mid-map]). MDMP began in 2011 as a concept for moving feminist historiography in rhetoric and writing studies beyond digital exhibits and recovery models that favored static locations, figures, and texts—even complex associations among them. From 2012 through 2014, it became the non-working prototype for a digital historical tool that would use crowd-sourcing and data integration in order to trace trans-historically the critical locations of women’s intellectual work in rhetoric and writing studies through the Progressive Era. The archived website for that project can be accessed by clicking here.