Academics and Staff

Davide Tanasi, PhD

Professor of Digital Humanities, USF History Department, IDEx Director

Davide is an archaeologist specializing in Mediterranean civilizations. His main research tracks are archaeological science, digital archaeology and cultural interrelations in the Prehistoric Mediterranean region. His specialization field is 3D Digital Imaging applied to archaeology and heritage study.

Kaitlyn Kingsland

Lab Manager, Doctoral candidate (History)

Kaitlyn holds a B.A. in Anthropology. Her research interests include the digital humanities, history, 3D archaeology and archaeology in (and of) games. Her specialization field is digital photogrammetry, 3D scanning and LiDAR. She is also and is the editor and manager for

Stephan Hassam

Project Manager, Doctoral candidate (History)

Stephan holds a MSc in Anthropology (Wisconsin – Milwaukee). His research interests include the archaeology of Roman Sicily and North Africa, funerary archaeology, and applications of 3D technologies to archaeology. His specialization field is close range 3d scanning and digital photogrammetry.

Madeleine Kraft

Assistant Lab Manager. MA student (History)

Madeleine holds a BA in History as well as a minor in Classics from the University of South Florida. Her research interests include the ancient Mediterranean, funerary archaeology, digital archaeology and digital applications in history and cultural heritage.

Lisa Shorts

Staff Member, Database specialist,
MA Student (History)

Lisa works toward a Masters in the field of Digital Humanities and looks forward to combining her undergraduate education in History with her extensive IT experience to help expand the vital preservation and curation work that the IDEx team is doing. 

Lindsay Ryan

Staff Member, MA Student (History)

Lindsay holds a BA in Art History, as well as minors in Anthropology and Gender Studies from West Virginia University. Her research interests include Classical Art and Archaeology, museum studies, public archaeology, and
digital archaeology.

Brontë Phillips

Staff Member, MA student (History)

Brontë holds a dual BA degrees in Art History and Humanities & Cultural Studies, as well as a certificate in Visualization and Design from the University of South Florida. Her research interests include museum studies, conservation and preservation of material culture, and digital archaeology.

Jonathan Rodriguez

External Collaborator (PhD Anthropology)

Jonathan's research interests include transnational and borderlands history of Modern Latin America and the Caribbean, digital humanities, historic archaeology, and utilizing digital media for research, dissemination, and preservation of cultural heritage.

Angela Costello

Staff Member, PhD Student (History)

Angela holds a BA in History (Classical Civilization minor) from the University of Rhode Island and an MA in History - Museum Studies from the University of New Hampshire, Her research interests are clothing and textiles, experimental archaeology, and museum studies.

Lisa Diaz

Staff Member, MA Student (History)

Lisa holds a BA in History from the University of South Florida. Her research interests include Archaeology, Historic Preservation, Classical Art and Digital Archaeology.

Juliana Whittinglow

Staff Member, MA Student (History)

Juliana holds a BA in Anthropology from USF. Her research interests include Greek and Roman Archaeology, ancient pottery, and digital archaeology

Kylie Dillinger

Staff Member, MA Student (History)

Kylie holds a BA in Anthropology and a minor in Emergent Digital Practices from the University of Denver. Her research interests include Digital Archaeology, Virtual Historic" Reconstructions, and Museum Studies.

Kerri Klein

External Collaborator (PhD Anthropology)

Kerri is a commercial archaeologist specializing in collections management, including data curation. She works extensively with backlogged collections and attempt to bring them into the Digital Age. Her PhD employs a comparative analysis of zooarchaeological remains from two sites in Florida to determine the effect climate change had at the Late Archaic to Early Woodland transition.

Dario Calderone

Visiting Scholar, PhD student (Tourism Science). University of Catania, Italy.

Dario holds a M.A in Archeology (University of Catania). After specializing in Geotechnology applied to Archeology at the University of Siena, he improved his skills in the field of topography, GIS applications, and 3D modeling.

Paolo Trapani

3D Specialist for Sicily and Malta operations,
PhD Student (Sciences of Cultural Heritage and Production). University of Catania, Italy 

Paolo holds a M.A, in Archaeology (University of Catania) with a focus on Mediterranean prehistory. His scientific areas of interest are ceramic studies, digital technologies for excavatation data recording and public outreach of cultural heritage. 

John Northrop

External Collaborator, GIS specialist (MA UPenn)

John is a West Point graduate and holds a Master of Engineering Management from Northwestern, as well as several law degrees (Chicago-Kent, Georgetown). His research interests include Geographic Information Systems and Data Science as applied to history and archaeology, as well as military history in general. He also holds a commercial pilot's license, as well as a UAV license.

USF Affiliate Faculty

Michael Celestin, PhD

Senior Lab Manager, USF College of Engineering

Michael Celestin He is a chemical engineer and chemist by trade, but currently works with AutoCAD design in 2D/3D, solid modeling, photo-realistic rendering, C programming and embedded systems development, rapid proto-typing and much more

Denise Cali, PhD

Instructor of Classical Archaeology, USF History Department

Denise is an archaeologist specializing in Roman archaeology. Her research interests include Roman North Africa, architecture as medium of Roman propaganda, production and circulation of Late Roman pottery in central Mediterranean, Roman villas in Sicily and Malta, 3D visualization of Roman mosaics.

Research Associates

Francesco Gabellone

USF IDEx Research Scholar
Institute of Nanotechnology, Italian National Council of Researches (CNR), Italy

Francesco holds a M.A. in Architecture (Universty of Pescara) with a focus on conservation of historical and architectural heritage. He is a world-renowned scholar specializing in Digital Heritage studies and an influential author and 3D artist with hundreds of publications and projects in his portfolio.

Maria Chiffi

Courtesy Visiting Adjunct Professor, USF History
Techne SAS, Italy

Maria holds a B.A. in Architectural, Archaeological and Environmental Heritage (University of Lecce). Her research interest include digital reconstruction of archaeological landcscapes, production of digital multimedia products in computer animation 3D and virtual museums

Elisa Bonacini, PhD

Courtesy Visiting Adjunct Professor, USF History
Universidad de Cordoba, Spain

Elisa holds a PhD in Humanities and Cultural Heritage. She is author of severals and articles on museums and social media, digital communication of cultural heritage. Her research interest include virtual museums and participatory projects on digital humanities and digital literacy 

Roberto Miccichè 

Courtesy Visiting Adjunct Professor, USF History
University of Palermo, Italy

Roberto has a B.A. in Archaeology and a M.A. in Forensic Science from the University of Palermo where is Research Fellow in Anthropology. His research interest includes the application of CT scan technologies for 3D imaging and geometric morphometrics analysis on archaeological cases study