Digital Humanities combines the methods of traditional humanities with the tools provided by computing. In my research and my classes, I focus on how digital media can allow us to create a dynamic, multimedia environment for interdisciplinary scholarship. I am particularly interested in how students can use digital tools to explore what it means to curate and create their own exhibits related to material culture and how digital platforms can allow scholars to provide the public with greater access to their research.
The vast majority of my work in Digital Humanities has been with digital archives. Ideally the archives not only serve as a way to share data, but also allow me to make comparisons across time and space that would otherwise be difficult. Although I have used Omeka, FileMaker, and other software, my current databases are in CONTENTdm. For a great discussion of the pros and cons of different archiving software, see the degree paper and companion archive of my MALS student Jenna Berthiaume.
Shout Out: A small selection of my current favorite digital archives by other scholars:
Television & Multimedia
I am deeply interested in advancing public humanities and exploring how print and media can academia best share information with the American public and teachers. I have had the privilege of collaborating on several integrated media projects on American literature and American studies.
The two major television/multimedia projects I have worked on are as the Academic Director of American Passages: A Literary Survey (OPB, Annenberg/CPB) and as the Lead Advisor for Artifacts and Fiction. A Professional Development Series for Secondary Teachers of American Literature OPB, Annenberg/CPB).
For me, blogs are a powerful way to allow a wider public to access historical studies and ideas.
Contributions to Group Blogs