Academic Steering & Advocacy Committee

David ArmitageDavid Armitage

David Armitage is the Lloyd C. Blankfein Professor of History and Chair of the Department of History at Harvard University, where he teaches intellectual history and international history. David Armitage is the author or editor of twelve books. His articles and essays have appeared in journals and collections around the world and his books have been translated into Chinese, French, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese and Spanish.


Twitter: @DavidRArmitage

Marguerite Avery

Marguerite Avery is a senior acquisitions editor at The MIT Press where she acquires scholarly, trade, and reference work in Science and Technology Studies, Information Science, Communications, and Internet Studies. She works closely with these scholarly communities s and these interactions inform her thinking as to the value of scholarly publishers as well as the severe limitations they place on rapidly changing models of scholarship. She is the Digital Publications Chair of the Society for the Social Studies of Science (4S), a member of the Digital Public Library of America’s Content & Scope group, on the advisory board for E. J. Safra Center’s ebook publication program, and is a fellow at metaLAB@harvard.

Twitter: @iceskatingbears

Leslie Chan

Leslie Chan is a Senior Lecturer in the department of Arts, Culture and Media Studies and the Centre for Critical Development Studies at the University of Toronto Scarborough, where he serves as the Associate Director. An early practitioner in the use of the Web for scholarly exchange and online learning, Leslie is particularly interested in the role and design of network in the flow of knowledge and their impact on local and international development. As one of the original signatories of the Budapest Open Access Initiative, a historical and defining event of the global open access movement, Leslie has been active in the experimentation and implementation of scholarly communication initiatives of varying scales around the world. The Director of Bioline International, a trustee of the Electronic Publishing Trust for Development, and a passionate advocate for knowledge equity, Leslie has been invited to speak at workshops and conferences around the world, and he has been asked to serve as advisor to numerous projects and organizations, including the Canadian Research Knowledge Network, the American Anthropological Association, the International Development Research Centre, UNESCO, and the Open Society Foundation.


Twitter: @lesliekwchan

Bob Eaglestone

Robert Eaglestone is Professor of Contemporary Literature and Thought at Royal Holloway, University of London, where he has been Deputy Dean of Arts and Humanities and Director of the Holocaust Research Centre. He works on contemporary literature and literary theory, contemporary philosophy and Holocaust and Genocide studies, and is the author of five books including: Ethical Criticism: Reading after Levinas (EUP 1997), Doing English (Routledge 3rd ed 2009), The Holocaust and the Postmodern (OUP 2004) and Contemporary Fiction (OUP 2013), and the editor or co-editor of six books including Derrida’s Legacies (Routledge 2008), J. M. Coetzee in Theory and Practice (Continuum 2009), Volume 2 of the Blackwell Encyclopaedia of Literary and Cultural Theory (2010) and Salman Rushdie (Bloomsbury 2013). He is the Series Editor of Routledge Critical Thinkers, which has 42 volumes so far. His work has been translated into five languages and he has spoken widely at universities and conferences in the UK, the USA and Europe and at many public events. He is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, sits on two UK exam boards and is on the academic committee of the Forum for European Philosophy.


Twitter: @BobEaglestone

Michael Eisen

Michael Eisen is Associate Professor of Biology at UC Berkeley and an Investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. He works primarily on flies and his research encompasses evolution, development, genetics, genomics, chemical ecology and behaviour. Michael is a strong proponent of open science and a co-founder of the Public Library of Science (PLOS).


Twitter: @mbeisen

Steven Engler

Steven Engler is Professor of Religious Studies at Mount Royal University in Calgary and Affiliate Professor of Religion at Concordia University in Montréal. He works on Brazilian religions and theories of religion. He is the North-American editor of the journal Religion (Routledge), a co-editor of Brill's Numen book series, Studies in the History of Religions, and the founding editor of the book series Key Thinkers in the Study of Religion (Acumen/NAASR). He recently co-edited, with Michael Stausberg, The Routledge Handbook of Research Methods in the Study of Religion (Routledge, 2011).


Twitter: @sjengler

Kathleen Fitzpatrick

Kathleen Fitzpatrick is Director of Scholarly Communication of the Modern Language Association, Professor of Media Studies (on leave) at Pomona College, and Visiting Research Professor of English at NYU. She is author of Planned Obsolescence: Publishing, Technology, and the Future of the Academy, published in 2011 by NYU Press and previously made available for open peer review online, and of The Anxiety of Obsolescence: The American Novel in the Age of Television, published in 2006 by Vanderbilt University Press. She is co-founder of the digital scholarly network MediaCommons.


Twitter: @kfitz

David Gauntlett

David Gauntlett is Professor of Media and Communications at the School of Media, Arts and Design, University of Westminster, UK. He is Co-Director of the Communications and Media Research Institute (CAMRI), which was ranked #1 in the UK for media research in RAE 2008. David writes and teaches about the ways in which digital media gives people new opportunities to create and connect, and the social implications of this ‘everyday creativity’. He is the author of several books, including Making is Connecting (2011), and Creative Explorations (2007), which was shortlisted for the Times Higher Young Academic Author of the Year Award. He has produced the website for 15 years, and made several popular YouTube videos. He has conducted collaborative research with a number of the world’s leading creative organisations, including the BBC, Lego, and Tate.


Twitter: @davidgauntlett

Catherine Grant

Catherine Grant is a Senior Lecturer in Film Studies in the School of Media, Film and Music at the University of Sussex, UK. She runs the Film Studies For Free, Filmanalytical and Audiovisualcy websites and she is the founding editor of REFRAME, a digital platform for multimedia research and practice in media, film and music, as well as co-editor of its peer-reviewed journal SEQUENCE: Serial Studies in Media, Film and Music. Grant also serves on the editorial advisory boards of Screen, Studies in Hispanic Cinemas, the JISC MediaHub archive, and the Open Access publications TOMA UNO and Frames Cinema Journal. For the inaugural issue of the latter, in 2012, she commissioned and guest-edited a collection of more than forty contributions by international scholars on the topic Film and Moving Image Studies Re-Born Digital?.


Twitter: @filmstudiesff

Eve Gray

Eve Gray is an Honorary Research Associate in the Centre for Educational Technology and a Senior Research Associate in the Intellectual Property Law and Policy Research Unit, both at the University of Cape Town, where she works on donor-funded projects related to open access and Access to Knowledge from an African and developing country perspective. She was previously a university press director at the Witwatersrand University Press and the University of Cape Town Press. In 2002 she was the consultant responsible for developing a publishing strategy for the Human Sciences Research Council, helping set up the HSRC Press as an open access humanities and social sciences publisher. It became the largest scholarly press in South Africa and a successful case study of open access book publishing. She is a regular conference speaker across the world. 


Twitter: @graysouth

Cable Green

Cable Green is Director of Global Learning at Creative Commons. He works with the global open education and access communities to leverage open licensing, open educational resources, and open policies to significantly improve access to quality education and research resources so everyone in the world can attain the education they desire. Cable has 15 years of academic technology, online learning and open education experience in higher education and recently led a project to build and share a general education curriculum under the CC BY license.


Twitter: @cgreen

Jean-Claude Guédon

Jean-Claude Guédon is Professor of comparative literature at the Université de Montréal. He is a specialist of digital culture, internet studies and electronic publishing and has published three books and well over a hundred articles in these fields. Jean-Claude delivers more than a dozen lectures on average all over the world each year, which he has done for the last twenty years. He has been awarded several prizes including the Canadian Society for Digital Humanities and the Francophone Charles-Hélou Prize. One of the original signatories of the Budapest Open Access Initiative (2002) and of BOAI10 last year, he is also a Trustee of the Nexa Research Centre at Turin's Politecnico. He is former Chair of CRKN's Advisory Board (Canadian library consortium), a former member of the Board of the Information Programme of the Open Society Foundations and the Board of the Electronic Information for Libraries (eIFL), and a former VP of the Canadian Federation of the Humanities and Social Sciences.


Gary Hall

Gary Hall is Professor of Media and Performing Arts in the School of Art and Design and Director of the Centre for Disruptive Media at Coventry University, UK. Author of Culture in Bits (Continuum, 2002) and Digitize This Book!: The Politics of New Media, or Why We Need Open Access Now (Minnesota UP, 2008), and co-editor of New Cultural Studies: Adventures in Theory (Edinburgh UP, 2006) and Experimenting: Essays with Samuel Weber (Fordham UP, 2007), he is also founding co-editor of the open access journal Culture Machine, co-founder of the Open Humanities Press and co-editor of OHP's Culture Machine Liquid Books series. In 2010 he was Visiting Fellow in The Centre for Research in the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences (CRASSH) at the University of Cambridge. Together with Clare Birchall and Joanna Zylinska he published the JISC-funded project Living Books about Life (Open Humanities Press, 2011), a sustainable series of over twenty open access books about life – with life understood both philosophically and biologically – which provides a bridge between the humanities and the sciences. 


Robert Judd

Robert Judd has served since 1996 as Executive Director of the American Musicological Society, a constituent member of the American Council of Learned Societies with 3,500 members. He holds degrees from Kent State University, Rice University, and a Ph.D. in musicology from the University of Oxford and has published on topics in sixteenth-century Spanish and Italian keyboard music and notation. He has taught at Oxford, the University of Melbourne, California State University, Fresno, and the University of Pennsylvania. He has published articles, essays, and editions in the field of Renaissance and early Baroque Italian and Spanish keyboard music and its notation.


Twtter: @AMS_Musicology

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Robert Kiley is Head of Digital Services at the Wellcome Library. Robert is currently taking a leading role in the implementation of the Wellcome Trust’s open access policy and as such is responsible for liaising with publishers with regard to the Trust’s OA policy, and overseeing the development of the Europe PubMed Central repository. Robert also acts as the Trust’s point of contact for eLife, the new top-tier, open-access research journal launched in 2012 with the support of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the Max Planck Society and the Wellcome Trust. Away from open access related activities, Robert is also responsible for developing the infrastructure to support the Wellcome Library’s strategy to provide free, online, universal access to the Library’s unique and important collections. Robert has written a number of books including Medical information on the Internet: a guide for health professionals (Churchill Livingstone, 3rd edn. 2003), The Doctor’s Guide to the Internet (RSM, 2001), The Patient’s Internet Handbook (RSM 2002) and the Nurses Internet Handbook (RSM, 2005). Robert is a qualified librarian and an Associate Member of CILIP.


Twitter: @robertkiley

Vicky Lebeau

Vicky Lebeau is Professor of English at the University of Sussex, where she works within the Centre for Visual Fields and the Centre for the Study of Sexual Dissidence. Vicky has published widely in the fields of psychoanalysis and visual culture. She has particular interests in the topics of spectacle and terror, sexuality, fantasy and representation – and in popular culture as a form of critical thought. She has recently published Childhood and Cinema (Reaktion and Chicago University Press, 2008). In psychoanalysis, she has interests in Freud, Winnicott, Andre Green, Jean Laplanche, Serge Leclaire, Michael Eigen, Joyce McDougall and Christopher Bollas. She is currently writing a book on Michael Haneke, The Arts of Seeing: The Cinema of Michael Haneke (forthcoming, Reaktion) and researching a book-length project, Visions of Security.


Twitter: @VickyLebeau

Martin McQuillian

Martin McQuillan is Professor of Literary Theory and Cultural Analysis and Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at Kingston University, London, where he is also Co-Director of The London Graduate School. Martin works in the spaces between literary theory, art theory, cultural studies and continental philosophy, and writes on the work of Jacques Derrida, Hélène Cixous and Paul de Man. He was the editor of The Year's Work in Critical and Cultural Theory for Oxford University Press (2003-05), the journal Parallax for Routledge (2000-10), and has edited volumes of the Oxford Literary Review and Derrida Today. He is the editor of The Frontiers of Theory series for Edinburgh University Press. The author of numerous books, articles and chapters, Martin's monographs include: Roland Barthes: or the Profession of Cultural Studies (Macmillan, 2011), Deconstruction after 9/11 (Routledge, 2009), Paul de Man (Routledge, 2001), and Deconstructing Disney (Pluto Press, 1999), with Eleanor Byrne. Martin has been a member of AHRC Prioritization Panel B, from October 2009, the AHRC Peer Review College since 2006, was a member of the Executive of the International Association for Philosophy and Literature (2002-05), and the Executive Board of the English Association (2002-05).


David Palumbo-Liu

David Palumbo-Liu is the Louise Hewlett Nixon Professor and Professor of Comparative Literature at Stanford University. His fields of interest include social and cultural criticism, literary theory and criticism, East Asian and Asia Pacific American studies; he has published numerous books and articles in each of these areas. His most recent publications include a volume on world-systems analysis co-edited with Bruce Robbins and Nirvana Tanoukhi entitled Immanuel Wallerstein and the Problem of the World: System, Scale, Culture (Duke University Press, 2011), and The Deliverance of Others: Reading Literature in a Global Age (Duke University Press, 2012). David is the founding editor of the e-journal, Occasion: Interdisciplinary Studies in the Humanities and a Contributing Editor for the Los Angeles Review of Books. He blogs for Truthout‘s Public Intellectual Project and Arcade, and writes occasionally for The Boston Review.


Twitter: @palumboliu

Peter Suber

Peter Suber is the Director of the Harvard Open Access Project, Faculty Fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society, Special Advisor at the Harvard Office for Scholarly Communication, Senior Researcher at the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC), Research Professor of Philosophy at Earlham College, and a non-practicing lawyer. He writes the SPARC Open Access Newsletter, was the principal drafter of the Budapest Open Access Initiative, and sits on the boards of many groups devoted to open access, scholarly communication, and the information commons. His most recent book is Open Access (MIT Press 2012).


Twitter: @petersuber

Melissa Terras

Melissa Terras is Co-Director of UCL Centre for Digital Humanities and Reader in Electronic Communication in UCL's Department of Information Studies. With a background in Classical Art History, English Literature, and Computing Science, her doctorate (Engineering, University of Oxford) examined how to use advanced information engineering technologies to interpret and read Roman texts. Publications include Image to Interpretation: Intelligent Systems to Aid Historians in the Reading of the Vindolanda Texts (Oxford University Press, 2006), Digital Images for the Information Professional (Ashgate, 2008), and Digital Humanities in Practice (Facet, 2012). She is the General Editor of Digital Humanities Quarterly journal, the secretary of the Association of Literary and Linguistic Computing, and  on the board of the Alliance of Digital Humanities Organisations. Her research focuses on the use of computational techniques to enable research in the arts and humanities that would otherwise be impossible.


Twitter: @melissaterras

Sanford G. Thatcher

Sanford G. Thatcher spent twenty years as Director of Penn State University Press. His twenty-two year career earlier at Princeton University Press, culminating in his appointment as Editor-in-Chief in 1985, resulted in the acquisition of over 800 titles. Along the way he gained expertise in copyright law and served as a member of the Copyright Committee of both the Association of American University Presses (which he chaired for twenty-one years) since 1972 and the Association of American Publishers since 1974, as a member of the Association for Copyright Enforcement from 1986 to 1995 (overseeing the landmark suit against Texaco), and as a member of the Board of Directors of the Copyright Clearance Center since 1992, the same year he joined the Editorial Advisory Board of the Journal of Scholarly Publishing where many of his writings on copyright and the publishing industry have appeared. In February 2007 the AAUP released its Statement on Open Access, which he drafted.


Sara Upstone

Sara Upstone is Principal Lecturer in English Literature at Kingston University, UK, where she specialises in contemporary British and postcolonial literatures.  She is the author of two monographs: Spatial Politics in the Postcolonial Novel (Ashgate, 2009), and British Asian Fiction: Twenty-first-century Voices (Manchester University Press, 2010), as well as (with Andrew Teverson) the edited collection Postcolonial Spaces: the Politics of Place in Contemporary Culture (Palgrave, 2011).  She is currently involved in two editorial projects: one on race in Postmodern literature, the other on mobilities, and is coterminously leading a Higher Education Academy funded project on black and minority ethnic achievement and its relationship to curriculum design.  She is also completing a monograph on the utopian politics of race in contemporary British fiction.


Patricia Waugh

Patricia Waugh is Professor of English Studies at the University of Durham, where she was Head of Department from 2005-2008. She teaches widely in nineteenth and twentieth-century literature and literary theory and criticism and her special interests are in twentieth-century literature, relaitons between modernism and postmodernism, women's writing and feminist theory, utopianism, literary criticism and theory, and literature, philosophy and science. She has been a member of the Northern Arts Literature Panel (now North-East Arts) since 1979 and is a founding fellow of the English Association. She is also a member of the English panel for RAE2008. 


Peter Webster

Peter Webster is an historian of religion in twentieth century Britain, and has published widely on issues including the interactions of church and state, conservative religion, and the religious arts. His study of Michael Ramsey, archbishop of Canterbury, will be published in 2014. Until recently at the Institute of Historical Research (University of London), he is now engagement and liaison lead for the web archiving team at the British Library. He was manager of SAS-Space, the institutional repository for the School of Advanced Study (University of London), and of SAS Open Journals, its open access journal platform. He is also a founding co-convener of the IHR’s Digital History seminar.


Twitter: @pj_webster

John Willinsky

John Willinsky is Khosia Family Professor of Education at Stanford University and Director of the Public Knowledge Project, which is run by Stanford University, the University of British Columbia and Simon Fraser University. His research focuses on scholarly communication, information literacy, intellectual property, learning, John Locke and the sociology of knowledge. John is responsible for developing the open source software Open Journal Systems (V 2.2), Open Conference Systems (V 2.0), and Open Monograph Press. John's work on the Public Knowledge Project is focused on extending access to, and the accessibility of, knowledge through online sources. The project's research investigates student, professional, and public access to research and scholarship, while development continues on designing systems to improve the public and scholarly quality of peer-reviewed journals. He also works in partnership with the International Network for the Availability of Scientific Publications (INASP) for the development of the Asia Journals Online system, and with the Scientific Electronic Library Onlinc (SciELO) and Redalyc in supporting online scholarly publishing initiatives in Latin America.


Twitter: @JohnWillinsky

James WIlsdon

James Wilsdon is Professor of Science and Democracy at the University of Sussex. From 2008 to 2011, James was the founding Director of the Science Policy Centre at the Royal Society, the UK’s national academy of science. He also led the Royal Society's evidence gathering and advocacy for investment in research through the 2010 UK General Election and subsequent Spending Review. Prior to this, James was Head of Science and Innovation (2004-2008) and Head of Strategy (2001-2004) at the think tank Demos, and Senior Policy Adviser (1997-2001) at the sustainability NGO Forum for the Future. At Demos, he was also director of The Atlas of Ideas, a two-year study of science in emerging economies, described by the Financial Times as "the most comprehensive analysis yet of science and innovation in China, India and South Korea." From 2006 to 2008, he was a part-time Senior Research Fellow at Lancaster University's Institute for Advanced Studies.


Twitter: @jameswilsdon

Jane Winters

Jane Winters is Head of Publications & IHR Digital at the Institute of Historical Research (IHR), University of London. She is responsible for the IHR's publishing and scholarly communications strategy, including the management of a range of research projects focusing on the provision of digital resources for historians. Current and past projects include British History Online, Connected Histories, Early English Laws, Analytical Access to the Domain Dark Archive (AADDA), InScribe and the Social Media Knowledge Exchange. Jane has a longstanding interest in peer review, and was a co-investigator on the AHRC-funded ‘Peer review and evaluation of digital resources in the arts and humanities’ project. She is also Publishing Editor of the Bibliography of British and Irish History, on the editorial board of the open-access journal Reviews in History, and on the board of the Porta Historica European research network.


Twitter: @jfwinters