Our Team

The CEISMIC team are part of the University of Canterbury's College of Arts. We work with consortium members and the people of Canterbury to build the CEISMIC archive.

Professor Paul Millar

Programme Director

Professor Paul Millar coordinates the University of Canterbury's English, Cinema and Digital Humanities programmes. He researches and teaches in the areas of New Zealand Literature and Literary Biography, and has published extensively on the poetry of James K. Baxter. His most recent book is the co-authored study The Snake-Haired Muse: James K. Baxter and Classical Mythology (VUP, 2011), and his acclaimed literary biography No Fretful Sleeper: A Life of Bill Pearson (AUP, 2010) was a finalist in the New Zealand Post Book Awards. Millar has twice judged the New Zealand Book Awards, and in 2000 he was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to teach and research at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Millar's long association with digital humanities projects dates back to 2001 when he co-founded the New Zealand Electronic Text Centre (www.nzetc.org).

Dr Christopher Thomson

Programme Office Manager

Research Associate, UC Digital Humanities Programme

Since completing a Ph.D in English at the University of Canterbury in 2008 Chris has taught there regularly as a fixed-term lecturer and teaching assistant, and has also worked in the fields of audio transcription and e-Learning. As a Research Associate in Digital Humanities he is working closely with the Macmillan Brown Library on projects involving the digitisation of archival collections, and is a collaborator on a digital edition of a bibliography of Māori writing in English.  His interests include the use of XML-based tools for representing literary and historical texts, digital bibliographies, eLearning, and twentieth and twenty-first century fiction (particularly the English and Irish novel). For more see www.christopherthomson.co.nz.

Jennifer Middendorf

Production Coordinator

Jennifer has been involved in the UC CEISMIC programme from its beginnings, at first on a part-time basis, but later appointed as the programme's full-time Production Coordinator. She has a BSc in Mathematics and a BA in Linguistics from UC, and is currently completing a Masters in Linguistics.  Her research compares syntactic structures in the spoken language corpus collected by the QuakeBox project with the written language of the Christchurch Press

Lucy-Jane Walsh

Digital Content Analyst

Lucy-Jane is a graduate of the English Department at the University of Canterbury.  She developed an interest in digital archiving in Paul Millar's Honours course on Scholarly Editing, following this up with her own digital project on the memoirs of a Canterbury doctor.  Lucy-Jane joined the CEISMIC team as a casual research assistant in February 2012, but was soon appointed as the programme's first Digital Content Analyst.

Rosalee Jenkin

Digital Content Analyst

Rosalee is a UC graduate with a Fine Arts degree in Graphic Design and an Arts degree in Psychology.  She is the co-founder of the Room Four art space, and carries out her own art projects in the form of socially engaging public events.  Joining the CEISMIC team in 2013, she is passionate about the opportunity to help rebuild a vibrant, interesting city.


Our CEISMIC Volunteers work alongside CEISMIC staff to help prepare material for the archive.  Our current volunteers are:

  • Dana Mageanu
  • Jane Ross
  • Brad McNeur
  • Aidan Millow
  • Piumini Bowatte
  • Ramandeep Sahota
  • Brooke Maslin