Digital Humanities

I began my DH work in a Mellon Foundation-supported “Graduate Concentration in the Digital Humanities” at Yale (2015-16), where I received introductory training in text analysis, topic modeling, network visualization, GIS, and other tools and methods. This year-long seminar, led by Professors Inderpal Grewal and Laura Wexler and organized around the theme “(En)Visualizing Knowledge,” focused on DH scholarship engaging explicitly with questions of race, gender, sexuality, and equity.

Since then, I’ve participated in a Folger Shakespeare Institute seminar on text analysis, organized by the Visualizing English Print project, as well as a week-long course on the Text Encoding Initiative (TEI) run by the Humanities Intensive Learning and Teaching program (HILT 2017).

I was selected as a DH Teaching Fellow by the Yale Digital Humanities Lab for my role as an instructor in the literature survey course “ENGL 136: Vampires, Castles, & Werewolves” (Spring 2017). Here, I designed a series of assignments in which students used digital tools to explore Gothic texts from The Castle of Otranto to Buffy the Vampire Slayer. These tasks integrated a focus on close reading and argumentative writing with DH techniques like distant reading, textual analysis, and online curation.

As a graduate organizer for the Yale Program in the History of the Book, I helped design and run “Inevitabilities of the Book” (Sept. 2016): a two-day symposium in which book historians and DH scholars considered the scroll, the codex, and their many offshoots as technologies and cultural objects.

I’m currently conducting an ongoing project that uses DH tools to map the cultural significance of water and waste management in early modern London. Early stages of this research have been presented at the conferences of the Renaissance Society of America (2017) and HASTAC (2015)—see my Presentations page for more. I’m also a former co-convener (2015-17) and current member of Yale’s Digital Humanities Working Group.