CHCI Staff

Guillaume Ratel, Director of Programs, joined CHCI from the Wisconsin Center for Education Research at UW-Madison where he previously worked as Program Manager. Before that, he wrote a Ph.D. dissertation in History at Cornell, where his research focused on legal practices in early-modern French courts. Guillaume also holds a Diplôme d’Archiviste Paléographe from the Ecole nationale des chartes in Paris and an M.A. in History from the Sorbonne. While at Cornell, Guillaume served as the Assistant Director of the Clarke Program in East Asian Law and Culture, during which he created Meridian 180, a multilingual online forum for scholars, students, and policy makers in the Pacific Rim region. Guillaume also has extensive experience as a translator. Guillaume can be reached at

Craig Eley joins CHCI as Communications Manager, and will focus on social media and the web, meeting coordination, and membership. Most recently, he was a Mellon/ACLS Public Fellowship at Wisconsin Public Radio. In his fellowship, Craig worked as the Digital Producer at To the Best of Our Knowledge, a nationally syndicated program featuring interviews with leading scholars and artists. Craig received his Ph.D. in American Studies from the University of Iowa, where he undertook historical work in sound studies and the environmental humanities. In addition to his position here, he is also overseeing public humanities projects at the UW-Madison Center for the Humanities. Craig has previously been a graduate fellow at the Obermann Center at the University of Iowa and a postdoctoral fellow at the Institute for the Arts and Humanities at Penn State. His email is

Sylvia K. Miller, Senior Program Manager, has been with CHCI since April 2013, when she began coordinating our Mellon-funded collaborations. She came to CHCI from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, where she directed the Mellon-funded “Publishing the Long Civil Rights Movement” collaborative project for close to 5 years. Previously, she had a 20-year career in book publishing, specializing in encyclopedias and e-publishing in the humanities and social sciences as Executive Editor at Scribner and later as Publishing Director of Reference at Routledge. Numerous major reference works that she published won the prestigious Dartmouth Medal, including her most recent brainchild, the Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion(published online and in 10 vols. by Oxford U.P. and Berg Publishers, 2010). She holds a B.A. from UC Berkeley (Phi Beta Kappa) and an M.A. from Columbia University (summa cum laude), both in Comparative Literature. She is especially interested in multimodal forms of publishing and scholarly communications. You can reach her at