Digital Humanities

I began my DH work in a Mellon Foundation-supported “Graduate Concentration in the Digital Humanities” (2015-16), where I received training in text analysis, topic modeling, network visualization, geographic information systems (GIS), and other tools and methods. This seminar focused on DH scholarship engaging explicitly with questions of race, gender, sexuality, and equity—topics which remained central to my work as the Postdoctoral Fellow for the University of Toronto’s Digital Humanities Network (DHN). Here, I worked to expand the Network’s reach across the university’s three campuses by designing events that explored the links between DH and disciplines such as queer theory, book history, 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.” Assignments for the class combined a focus on close reading and argument with DH techniques like distant reading, textual analysis, and digital curation. In one assignment, students collaborated to create a set of historical accounts 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)

I recently discussed the intersections between DH and book history 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.