My role is to coordinate public humanities data initiatives and technology infrastructure to meet the needs of our UH research community. This coordination is supported by an agreement between the UH Libraries and the Hewlett Packard Enterprise Data Science Institute (HPE DSI). I am housed in the Research Services Department at the University Libraries alongside my accomplished Digital Research Commons, Data Science and Digital Humanities colleagues.
García Merchant holds a PhD in Chicana/Latina Literary and Cultural Studies and Digital Humanities from the University of Nebraska - Lincoln. García Merchant is also the co-founder (with Maria Cotera) of the Chicana por mi Raza Digital Memory Collective at the University of Texas-Austin. García Merchant is a Digital Humanities Consultant on the Afro-Chicanx Digital Humanities Project: Memories, Narratives, and Oppositional Consciousness of Black Diasporas, a cross-institutional and cross-regional comparative research project funded through Crossing Latinidades, an Andrew C. Mellon Foundation initiative. An award-winning documentary filmmaker García Merchant has directed and produced eleven films including Las Mujeres de la Caucus Chicana, Palabras Dulces, Palabras Amargas, Thresholds, and Yo Soy Eva. Her most recent work, the autobiographical short, No Es Facil 2020, will be part of the exhibit, “Two Cultures, One Family: Building Family, Finding Home” which opens September 2022, at the Marjorie Barrick Museum of Art, at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.