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About Me

I practice digital public humanities, bringing my love for museums and my interest in digital tools together. I think about how community building, engagement, and development in relation to the humanities can be augmented or transformed for the better with technology. My passion is for collaborating on public projects that think critically about audience, content, and method. I'm an ardent supporter of #MuseumsAreNotNeutral, a campaign that urges museum professionals to acknowledge and address social realities, and believe museums are most responsive when we bring people ad collections together to benefit our communities.

Digital Projects

Digital Projects
Scribes of the Cairo GenizaProject Manager. 2019-Present.

Scribes of the Cairo Geniza aims to sort and transcribe Cairo Geniza fragments using new technological approaches in partnership with a community of citizen humanists using the Zooniverse platform.

Mapping ViolenceResearcher & Collaborator. 2017-2018.

Mapping Violence recovers lost and obscured cases of racial violence in Texas from 1900 to 1930, a period of now largely forgotten bloodshed. Making these histories public is a crucial step towards reckoning with the long legacies of violence.

Visualizing the Crystal PalacePI with Steven Lubar, Steffani Gomez, Brian Croxall, Patrick Rashleigh. 2017–18.

Geographic visualizations in Tableau, Google Maps, and D3 to discuss historical significance of museum catalogs, supplemented by two co-authored Medium posts with Steven Lubar. Data hosted on GitHub.

Exhibitions

Exhibitions
Wheelhouse Technology from Sounding Leads to SatellitesResearcher. 2019.

Over the past century, new technologies have allowed New Bedford’s fleet to arrive on the grounds faster, fish safer, and communicate more easily. But at what cost? This exhibit considers the evolution and impact of technological change on the industry, the community, and the fish. In addition to considering the science behind devices such as EPIRB, SONAR, and LORAN, the exhibit and programs will consider topics such as Technology & Privacy, Dependence on Technology, and Technology & Sustainability.

2018 U.S. Senate Election MapTechnical Lead. 2018.

This technology-driven projected display immersed visitors in the 2018 U.S. Senate Elections, where at total of 35 seats are up for election. Of the 35 seats up for election, 23 are held by Democrats, 8 by Republicans, and 2 by Independents. Projected onto the institute’s exhibit hall walls and available on tablets, visitors explore the races allowing the candidates and races in each of the 33 states, and learned about how the balance of power shifts between political parties each election.

Senate Staff OfficeTechnical Lead. 2018.

The Senate Staff Office exhibit features the exemplary work of Senator Kennedy’s staff, and what is involved in working in a United States Senator’s office. Through a mixture of hands-on activities, video features, and office artifacts, visitors have the opportunity to hear firsthand stories from Senator Edward M. Kennedy’s staff and take on the role of those assigned with completing daily Senate office responsibilities. The interactive exhibit highlights some of the key roles in the Washington, D.C. office and the home state office, including the jobs of scheduler, chief of staff, legislative assistant, and press secretary.

University

2019–Present
Judaica Digital Humanities Coordinator
Penn Libraries.

Mangaging the research and development of Judaica Digital Humanities at Penn, I deepen public and scholarly engagement with Penn's Judiaca materials.

Museums and Cultural Institutions

2019–Present
Site Designer
Contingent Magazine.

Developed Contingent Magazine Theme for Wordpress and coordinated social media roll-out for launch of Contingent Magazine

2018
Exhibition Researcher
New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center.

I volunteered at the New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center on an upcoming exhibition exploring the evolution of wheelhouse technology and vessel design in the fishing industry from 1900-present, and the impact of these changes on fishermen, their families, and their communities. I researched the Center’s extensive oral history collection to find references to uses and changes in wheelhouse technology, providing a foundation for initial exhibition research. I also selected key segments oral history segments and clipped/converted them for use in digital exhibits and audio stations throughout the Center.

2018
Humanities Scholar
New Bedford Ballet Foundation.

Served as Humanities Scholar on Mass Humanities-funded initiative with New Bedford Ballet to introduce fifth grade students to local history story of exploration, travel, and cultural exchange in 19th-century Massachusetts. Read coverage of the ballet performance and program at {{http://www.southcoasttoday.com/news/20180323/from-japan-to-southcoast-enduring-bond |SouthCoast Today}}

2018
Digital Humanities Fellow
Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate.

As the Digital Humanities Fellow at the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate, I consider how technology could amplify narratives about the Kennedy family, the Senator’s work in the Senate, and current issues in the US government. In addition to planning out future experiences in VR, AR, and digital exhibit content, I develped two iPad applications and one digital projection/web display regarding the 2018 U.S. Senate elections.

2016
Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access
Evaluation Assistant.

Led evaluation case studies of institutional use of Smithsonian Learning Lab, a digital collections platform that allows users to discover Smithsonian Institution digital resources, and use them to create and share collections tailored to their needs and that of their target audiences. I conducted and transcribed interviews; developed data collection questionnaires, consent forms, and rubrics; and drafted summaries of case study data for internal and public consumption.

2016–2018
Volunteer
New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park.

Shared stories of New Bedford's community and whaling industry by providing the public with information about the park through formal and informal interpretation

2016
Collections and Curation Management Intern
Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate.

Processed clothing and archival collections

2015
Visitor Services Intern
Rhode Island Historical Society.

Engaged visitors with 18th-19th-century social history of Providence, RI, by developing curriculum packets and leading tours

2014
Archival Intern
New Bedford Whaling Museum.

Updated identification of archival collections by creating and coding six manuscript collection inventories and finding aids

In Public

Conference Talks
“Digital Public Humanities for Historians”
Nov. 2018 • American Studies Association • Atlanta, Georgia,
“Courage, Perseverance, and Trust: The Manjiro Story”
May 2018 • UMass Graduate History Association • Amherst, Massachusetts,
Roundtables & Panels
“Mapping Segregated Histories: Digital Research and Visualizations for the Public”
Nov. 2018 • American Studies Association • Atlanta, Georgia, Roundtable, ASA2018
“Public Humanities: Mapping Violence”
May 2018 • Brown University, Department of American Studies • Providence, Rhode Island, Poster, Brown University American Studies Graduate Student Conference
“Meeting in the Middle: Community Engagement in a Digital World”
April 2017 • National Council for Public History • Indianapolis, Indiana, Working Group, NCPH 2017

Service

Membership
MemberMuseum Computer Network. 2019-Present.
MemberNational Council for Public History. 2016-Present.
Service
Board MemberSomerset Cultural Council. 2016-2018.