Work With Me

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’m looking for a full-time position, and I am open to temporary positions or contract work.  I recognize that a lot of the projects I want to work on are grant-funded, and that digital projects are still a new investment for a lot of institutions. That’s okay for me! I can’t promise to completely change your institution, but I can promise good work in the short time we’ll be together.

I’m applying broadly, and position titles are hard to define for these jobs. Think titles like…

  • project manager
  • interactive experience designer
  • online community manager
  • digital humanities/scholarship specialist
  • digital strategy manager
  • curator of digital collections

I am looking to relocate from Providence, Rhode Island, where I’m currently based. I’d like to be in an urban environment. I’ve targeted my search in Boston, New York, Philadelphia, and Washington, DC, but I’m open to other cities.

I would like to work for a museum, cultural institution, or university. I am committed to building collaborative public-facing projects, and I’d like to find ways to do that in these institutions.

Download a pdf version of my resume.


I am…

  • An experienced, well-rounded public historian with a focus on education and technology
  • An effective collaborator, having worked with faculty, staff, students, community partners, and core contributors.  
  • Adept at learning new technologies as needed in order to get the job done.
  • Good at translating material between technical and non-technical folks.
  • Able to evaluate, select, and implement digital tools.
  • Adept at breaking complex projects down into manageable steps in order to keep us on track.
  • Proficient in web design and development, content management systems, and social media.
  • A self-starter who knows when to stop and ask for guidance and is also able to delegate when appropriate.
  • Knowledgeable about current trends in digital humanities, public history and humanities, and museums

Working inside museums, cultural institutions, and universities have prepared me for a variety of professional positions. In my undergraduate and graduate work, I collaborated on exhibits, researched historical events, built digital projects, and even assisted in teaching a course. My public humanities work includes roles in education, information technology, interpretation, communications, collections management, evaluation, and archival processing.

My passion is for collaborating on public projects that think critically about audience, content, and use of technology.

Download a pdf version of my resume.


I’ve experimented with a lot of tools, technologies, and software. Here are some I’ve worked with on previous projects:

  • Web Development: HTML, CSS, Python, Swift (basic), XML (basic)
  • Social Media & Branding: Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Tumblr, HootSuite, TweetDeck
  • Office: Microsoft Office, GSuite, Dropbox
  • CMS: WordPress, Drupal, Wikipedia, Wikia, Scalar, Omeka
  • LMS: Blackboard, Canvas, Moodle
  • Project Management: Slack, Trello, Zotero
  • Graphic Design: Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator (basic)
  • Audio/Video: Adobe Audition, Garageband, iMovie, Audacity
  • Other: Tableau (Public)


I am most likely to succeed on a team and within an organization where:

  • Communication is clear, specific, direct, and honest.
  • I am able to give meaningful input about what I’m working on and how.
  • Leadership provides clear, consistent information about the goals we are collectively working towards.


Got leads? Got jobs? Got questions? Get in touch! You can visit my website at You can drop me a line directly: estenemily[at]gmail[dot]com. You can also find me on Twitter @sheishistoric (


This whole post is modeled after Christie Koehler’s “Hire Me” page (now defunct), and the “Where Am I Most Likely to Succeed?” section is taken directly from her website. Give credit where credit is due.