BIOGRAPHY AND RESEARCH INTERESTS

Assistant Professor at Drexel University’s College of Computing and Informatics, Alex H. Poole received his PhD from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His dissertation dealt with digital curation in digital humanities; his committee included Drs. Helen R. Tibbo (Chair), Christopher A. Lee, Ryan B. Shaw, Sandra Hughes-Hassell, and Costis Dallas.

Poole recently established the Diversifying Digital Curation (DDC) lab at the College. The lab’s work centers on STEM and digital humanities data produced by diverse scholars working at diverse institutions. His research interests include digital curation, digital humanities, archives and records management, and diversity and inclusivity.

Poole’s most recent articles include “Harold T. Pinkett and the Lonely Crusade of African American Archivists in the Twentieth Century” (American Archivist, forthcoming), “Pinkett’s Charges: Recruiting, Retaining, and Mentoring Archivists of Color” (American Archivist, forthcoming), “The Conceptual Ecology of Digital Humanities,” (Journal of Documentation 73, no. 1 (2017): 91-122), “‘A Greatly Unexplored Area’: Digital Curation and Innovation in the Digital Humanities” (Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology, 2017), and “The Conceptual Landscape of Digital Curation” (Journal of Documentation 72, no. 5 (2016): 961-986). He received the Theodore Calvin Pease Award from the Society of American Archivists for “The Strange Career of Jim Crow Archives: Race, Space, and History in the Mid-Twentieth-Century South” (American Archivist 77, no. 1 (spring/summer, 2014): 23-63).

Poole currently teaches courses in archives at Drexel University. As a Teaching Fellow at the University of North Carolina  (2013-2015), he taught Introduction to Archives and Records Management (spring 2015), Introduction to Digital Humanities (fall 2014), and Information Resources and Services (fall 2013 and spring 2014).

From 2010 to 2013, Poole worked under the aegis of the Institute of Museum and Library Services-funded DigCCurr II project (PIs: Helen R. Tibbo and Christopher A. Lee).