The Proud and Torn team.









Bettina Fabos.


Writer and Producer

The Proud & Torn team at a meeting (Left to right) Collin, Jacob, Bettina, & Dana

Bettina Fabos is a professor of Interactive Digital Studies and Visual Communications at the University of Northern Iowa. Her written and creative work revolve around digital culture, digital visualization, and digital photo archiving.

Fortepan Iowa Fortepan Iowa

Actively promoting the Creative Commons in her writing, teaching, and project work, Fabos routinely applies theory to practice: Proud and Torn is enormously reliant on the CC for digital images; Fortepan Iowa contributes thousands of amateur photographs to the CC and is the first sister site to the Hungarian Fortepan archive. With a background in media production and media literacy pedagogy, Fabos has written extensively about the role of the U.S. media in democracy and Internet commercialization.

Bettina and Hanga looking at images Bettina with Hanga Gebauer, Photo Collections Curator, Museum of Ethnography

A native of Amherst, Massachusetts, Fabos is a former print reporter and an award-winning documentary producer. She received a Ph.D. in Language, Literacy, and Culture from the University of Iowa, an M.A. in Telecommunications Arts from the University of Michigan, and a B.A. in English Literature from Oberlin College. As a Fulbright scholar in 2013, Fabos studied Hungarian history and researched in photo archives for Proud and Torn.

Dana Potter



Dana standing at a counter in a printmaking studio. Dana at the University of Northern Iowa Printmaking Studio

Dana Potter grew up in the small tourist town of Okoboji, Iowa, where she immersed herself in art-making with her mother, the manager of an art collective. Potter received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Printmaking with a minor in Interactive Digital Studies from the University of Northern Iowa in 2015, and is currently pursuing her Master of Fine Arts as a Tennessee Fellowship for Graduate Excellence recipient in the School of Art Printmaking program at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. She continues to combine her digital and printmaking work in unique ways.

Various icons. Icons for the Soap Factory, Minneapolis, MN

As a web designer, Potter has designed a vast array of web projects from interactive timelines for publishing companies to non-profit art galleries. She frequently works with the subjects of time, memory, data sets, and personal narrative to assist in organizations with clear and beautiful communication of complex information and stories.

An art print by Dana Potter Survey of Digital Actions, a print by Dana Potter

As a printmaker, Potter explores her daily digital interactions through analog tools. Between the computer and the studio, she investigates her actions as intuitive or programmatic, passive or active, incidental or planned. Her artworks ask viewers to both question and celebrate the digital tools that define their daily rhythms.

Jacob Espenscheid


Web Developer

Jacob working on Proud and Torn.

Jacob Espenscheid grew up on a cattle farm in Traer, Iowa, and studied Computer Science and Interactive Digital Studies at the University of Northern Iowa. He specializes in app development, and is currently living near Salt Lake City, Utah, perfecting his skills in parallax and timeline interface development.

Jacob working with the Proud and Torn team.

He developed most of the project's responsiveness and parallax functionality, and particularly loved making the project come alive with the JavaScript framework called "ScrollMagic."

Collin Cahill


Web Developer, Digital Sustainability

Collin and Dana standing together. Dana and Collin at a Budapest reception for Proud & Torn.

Collin Cahill is from Denver, Iowa, and studied Computer Science, Interactive Digital Studies, and Marketing at the University of Northern Iowa. He has developed expertise in optimization, asset management, and SVG design, and he has authored thousands of lines of code for Proud and Torn. His project work began with implementing the series of horizontal scrolling panoramas scattered throughout this project, building other interactive elements, and automating processes.

Collin sitting at his computer.

He currently works at a software development company called Banno, where he is thinking about new and exciting ways to use web technologies.

Isaac Campbell



Isaac working at his computer.

Isaac Campbell is a native of Ottumwa, Iowa. He received his undergraduate degree in Interactive Digital Studies and Electronic Media from the University of Northern Iowa. Today, Campbell is a freelance animator and video producer with expertise in After Effects. He has collaborated with leading Hungarian filmmaker Ferenc Török on documentary production, and has spearheaded multiple digital archiving initiatives in Ottumwa.

Isaac looking into a peek box in Budapest. Isaac peering through a peek box in Budapest.

Campbell's newfound interest in and respect for historical photography stems from his work with Proud and Torn. He hopes to explore new applications and unique ideas on how to utilize photography to inspire interest in historical learning and community heritage.

Leslie Waters


Historical Advisor and Editor

Students in Budapest.

(Far left) Leslie & Kristina as students in Budapest

Leslie M. Waters is a history professor at Randolph-Macon College in Ashland, Virginia. She grew up in Sacramento, California, and attended the University of San Francisco for her bachelor's degree. While she was an undergraduate, Leslie studied abroad in Budapest and immediately became fascinated with Hungarian history. Living and working in Hungary and Slovakia inspired her to pursue a Ph.D. in history at UCLA. Her work focuses on border conflicts, forced migrations, and identity politics in Central Europe.

Leslie speaking at a podium.

Leslie got interested in Proud and Torn when she heard Bettina give a lecture on how visual images can impact the way we learn about history. She wanted to be a part of a project that highlighted lesser-studied aspects of Hungarian history – rural history, women's history, history of everyday life – and did so through visual sources and digital humanities. Leslie has worked on the historical content of Proud and Torn, highlighting what the Fábos family's story tells us about Hungarian and European history more broadly.

Kristina Poznan


Historical Advisor and Editor

Leslie and a friend.

Kristina E. Poznan received her Ph.D. in History from William & Mary and earned her bachelor's degree from Vassar College. Her scholarly work focuses on migration from the Austro-Hungarian Empire to the United States from the 1880s to the 1920s, specifically how transatlantic migration accelerated separatist nationalism.

Kristina talking to Bettina. Kristina & Bettina

Kristina began advising on historical content for Proud and Torn in 2013, after being in the same cohort of Fulbright Scholars as Bettina Fábos. She particularly enjoyed testing early chapters of this project with her teacher education students and integrating their suggestions toward making the project an effective classroom tool. Kristina is the editor of the new Journal of Austrian-American History and teaches for NIAHD at William & Mary.

Trip to Hungary

During the summer of 2017, the creators of Proud and Torn traveled to Hungary to meet Ari and experience many of the historical landmarks that appear throughout the project. We would say, collectively, that our appreciation of Hungary and the Hungarian people is endless.