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Sharon Leon

Michigan State University
Associate Professor of History & Digital Humanities
East Lansing, MI
Sharon M. Leon is an Associate Professor of History and Digital Humanities at Michigan State University. Dr. Leon received her doctorate in American Studies from the University of Minnesota in 2004. Prior to joining the History Department at MSU, Dr. Leon spent over thirteen years at George Mason University’s History Department at the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media as Director of Public Projects, where she oversaw dozens of award-winning collaborations with library, museum, and archive partners from around the country. She is the principal investigator of the On These Grounds project, an Andrew W. Mellon Foundation funded initiative to create and disseminate a linked data model to describe the historical events arising from the participation of colleges and universities in slavery. Dr. Leon directs the Omeka web-publishing platform project, which provides a number of open-source options for digital scholarly communication and public engagement work: Omeka Classic, Omeka S (for linked data work), and Omeka.net (for a hosted solution). In conjunction with this work, Dr. Leon serves as the Vice President of the Corporation for Digital Scholarship, the non-profit organization dedicated to the development and sustainability of software and services for researchers and cultural heritage institutions. Digital Scholar is the sustainability home of Zotero, Omeka, Tropy, and other open source software.