Meet Our Team

The CDLA is a hybrid team of librarians, technologists and disciplinary specialists with academic backgrounds.

We act as a touch point for the Oxy community in the integration of library and technology resources into teaching, learning, research and co-curricular experiences. Not sure where to start? Reach us at


Sam Alfrey

Sam Alfrey, MLIS

Instruction + Research Specialist for Arts and Humanitites
As the Arts & Humanities Specialist, Sam collaborates with students and faculty to develop topics and directions for research, with particular emphasis on visual resources and visual...
Yovanna Cifuentes

Yovanna Cifuentes-Goodbody, M.Ed., MSc.

Language Education Specialist
Yovanna works with language students and faculty in the creation and discovery of materials, strategies and new pedagogical approaches that enhance and promote language learning. Her interests...
Lilly Eluvathingal

Lilly Eluvathingal, Ph.D.

Instruction + Research Specialist for the Sciences
Lilly completed her BSc (Biochemistry, Microbiology, Zoology) and MSc (Zoology) in south India. Her interests in Herpetology lead to a PhD (Florida International University, Miami) studying...
Christopher Gilman

Christopher Gilman

Associate Director, Center for Digital Liberal Arts
Chris Gilman holds a Ph.D. in Slavic languages and literatures and a BA in Russian studies. He has worked for over a decade at the forefront of a nationwide movement to integrate new media...

Darren Hall, MLIS

Academic Technology Specialist
Darren works collaboratively with faculty to think through whether and how digital technologies can enhance pedagogy and improve learning outcomes.  A lot of that centers around the use of...
Andrew LaFave

Andrew LaFave, Ph.D.

Data and Information Specialist for the Social Sciences
Andrew holds a PhD in urban education policy from the University of Southern California, as well as a BA in music history and literature from St. Olaf College, and an MEd in curriculum and...
Jacob Alden Sargent

Jacob Alden Sargent, Ph.D.

Associate Director for Instruction & Research
Jacob Alden Sargent is Associate Director for Instruction and Research for the CDLA and affiliated faculty in the Cultural Studies Program. Jacob earned his BA in Music and Sociology from Bates...
Marsha Schnirring

Marsha Schnirring, MLIS

Interim Assistant Dean of the Library/CDLA and Secretary of the College
Currently serving as the Interim Assistant Dean of the Library/CDLA and Secretary of the College, Schnirring has previously held positions at Oxy as Chief of Administrative Affairs, Office of...


Past Mellon Post Doctoral Fellows

Past Mellon Post Bac Fellows

Dr. W.F. Umi Hsu
Dr. Suzanne Scott
Dr. Sue Tyson
Dr. Adrianne Wadewitz
Dr. Patty Ahn
Dr. David Kim

Sam Boland

Aneesah Ettress