The McGraw Center is pleased to announce the appointment of Daniel Claro to the position of Academic Computing Consultant in the McGraw Digital Learning Lab (DLL).

Dan comes to us from the School of Architecture at Princeton, where he served as Archives and Digital Initiatives Manager. In that role, he oversaw the SoA Drupal website and social media, the Exhibition Gallery, the Visual Resources Collection (including AV equipment loans and a photo studio), and the School’s archival collections c. 1920-present.

Working collaboratively with faculty, students, and staff, Dan managed several educational technology initiatives in the SoA, including the new exhibition space and program, classroom technology upgrades to facilitate video recording/streaming, and the digitization and cataloging of historic multimedia collections. As resident photographer, he also contributed creatively to the School’s publications.

Dan has been at Princeton since 2009. He holds a Ph.D. and M.A. in the History of American Civilization from the University of Delaware, where he completed a dissertation on material culture in 2013. He holds an additional M.A. in the History of Textiles and Dress from the Winchester School of Art, and received his B.A. in History and English Literature from the University of Connecticut.

Dan’s chief duties will be in overseeing the daily operation of the Digital Learning Lab. This year’s tasks will include transitioning the Lab into a teaching-centric space, training and managing student staff, and promoting the use of the Lab through outreach and social media. He will also assist other ECT staff in overseeing educational technologies in teaching and learning at Princeton, and in implementing faculty projects supported by the McGraw Center.

Dan’s hobbies include playing and studying the electric bass guitar (of which he has just built an historic replica of Leland Sklar’s famous instrument, “Frankenstein”), bicycling and photography. He and his wife Lyndsey (who works at Princeton University Press) have a daughter, Josie, who just turned 4.