Ethan Watrall

How do you Define DH?

To me, Digital Humanities involve the creative application of information, communication, and computing technologies to humanities content, data, and questions


Michigan State University


An archaeologist who has worked extensively throughout North America and the Near East, Ethan Watrall is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology and Associate Director of MATRIX: The Center for Digital Humanities & Social Sciences ( at Michigan State University. In addition, Ethan is Director of the Cultural Heritage Informatics Initiative ( and the Cultural Heritage Informatics Fieldschool at Michigan State University ( Ethan is primarily interested in digital cultural heritage and digital archaeology, with particular focus on serious games & meaningful play, mobile & geospatial for cultural heritage, and linked open archaeological data. Ethan is PI of the recently completed, NEH funded “Red Land/Black Land: Teaching Ancient Egyptian History Through Game-Based Learning” project. Ethan is founder and editor of Play the Past (, a collaborative authored, scholarly blog dedicated to exploring the intersection between games and cultural heritage. In addition, Ethan is co-editor of Archaeology 2.0: New Tools for Communication and Collaboration, an open access volume published by the UCLA Cotsen Institute of Archaeology Press ( In addition to his scholarly work, Ethan has written trade books on web and interactive design, including Head First Web Design published by O’Reilly.