Digital Humanities

I began my DH work in a Mellon Foundation-supported Graduate Concentration in the Digital Humanities, where I received introductory training in text analysis, topic modeling, network visualization, geographic information systems (GIS), and other tools and methods. This seminar focused on DH scholarship that engaged explicitly with questions of race, gender, sexuality, Indigeneity, and equity—topics which remained central to my work as a Postdoctoral Fellow for the University of Toronto’s Critical Digital Humanities Initiative (CDHI; formerly the Digital Humanities Network, or DHN). Here, I worked to expand the CDHI’s reach across the university’s three campuses by designing events that explored the links between DH and disciplines such as book history, queer theory, and surveillance studies.

I also introduced students to similar methods through my University of Toronto Mississauga course, “Introduction to Digital Humanities: The Archive in the Anthropocene” (Fall 2019). Assignments for the class combined a focus on historical scholarship with DH techniques like distant reading, textual analysis, and digital curation. In one assignment, students collaborated to create their own timelines of the emergence of the Anthropocene: the idea, endorsed by many climatologists, that human impact on the earth’s environment has created a new geological era.

Excerpt of one history of the Anthropocene created by students using TimelineJS (Fall 2019)

More broadly, my research and teaching explore the intersections between DH and book history. I have discussed these connections with Whitney Trettien (Assistant Professor, University of Pennsylvania) and Catherine DeRose (Manager, Yale Digital Humanities Laboratory) for the Yale Program in the History of the Book. A recording of the panel can be found here.