kotch photoSeth Kotch (sethkotch@unc.edu) was a co-founder of the CHW and is assistant professor of digital humanities in the Department of American Studies–the first faculty hire under the Andrew Mellon Foundation supported Carolina Digital Humanities Initiate.  He works at the intersections of a number of fields, most prominently modern American history (specifically the social and cultural history of criminal justice), digital humanities, and oral history. His digital projects include “Playback Station,” a public-facing interactive sound curation project funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities that shares and contextualizes historic radio broadcasts and “Mapping the Long Women’s Movement,” an experiment in empowering researchers to explore oral histories in new ways. He is developing two other digital projects, one which will digitize and present archival material on criminal justice in North Carolina, the other of which will use oral history and documentary material to explore racial geographies in the rural South.

He served as Co-Principal Investigator of “Media and the Movement,” an NEH sponsored project exploring the role of journalists and the media in the civil rights movement; and of Digital Civil Rights Radio, which is digitizing and curating historic radio recordings. He served as PI and Project Supervisor on the Civil Rights History Project, a nationwide oral history research endeavor administered by the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture and the American Folklife Center in the Library of Congress.