I am a digital scholar, a public humanities practitioner, and public historian.


Hi, I’m Emily Esten. I’m interested in technology and communities, especially as it relates to public humanities work. I want to build innovative digital projects that engage audiences with objects, stories, and ideas.

I believe that using new media in cultural institutions can bridge communities, ignite excitement, and reinvent cultural spaces. My passion is for collaborating on public projects that think critically about audience, content, and use of technology. 

Broadly speaking, I’m interested in digital humanities, public history, public humanities, and digital culture. Check out the rest of my site to learn about the projects I’ve worked on and the organizations with which I’ve collaborated.

I am pretty easy to find on Twitter (@sheishistoric). You can also email me at estenemily[at]gmail[dot]com. Feel free to check out my Experience or Projects to learn more about my work!

Current Projects:

  • Collaborating on Mapping Violence, a Refusing to Forget project
  • Researching oral histories at the New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center
  • Assisting visitors at New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park
  • Building Twitter bots