Over the last three decades, the research workflow for disciplines in the humanities has been transformed. While collections still constitute the foundation of primary resources that support humanities research, they present themselves in new forms. At every point in the research workflow, from assemblage to cataloging, from transcription to interpretation, from peer review to publication, these new digitized and born digital forms have presented new challenges. Numerical methods can be applied to collections once strictly alphabetical and, in applying these quantitative methods, we can envision see how a reciprocal exchange might occur and how collections once firmly ensconced in the humanities might also inform research in STEM fields.
In this environment, galleries, libraries, archives and museums must position themselves for these new types of research formed by cross-disciplinary communities. Successful collaborations bring together computer scientists with scholars in comparative literature, statisticians and early modernists, art historians and mathematicians. Success can also be measured by how participants transform their respective pedagogies, providing students multiple itineraries to and through unique and distinctive collections.
Principal investigator for this Mellon-funded initiative (a $50,000 sub-grant through the University of Nevada Las Vegas Collections as Data – Part to Whole)
Ad hoc committee chair for 700th anniversary commemoration
course design and instruction with Lauren Tilton (University of Richmond)
“Beatrice in the Tag Cloud,” Approaches to Teaching Dante’s Divine Comedy, 2nd ed. MLA, 2020
A digital edition of medieval manuscript rolls, scrolls, and manuscript fragments at the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library. Project manager and strategic planning.
“De nostri temporis studiorum ratione and the digital humanities” Northeastern Modern Language Association, Italian Studies, vol. xxxix, 2017
This customized WordPress site developed with the Digital Humanities Lab uses the extra-illustrated volume as an organizational principle to foreground the material transmission of Dante’s poetry at the turn of the twentieth century. Principal investigator.
New England Consortium in Digital Humanities
Boston DH Academic Task Force
Practical Pedagogy in the Second Language Classroom, Scalar edition
A series of symposia held at the Yale University Library which examined how scholarship and its supporting institutions might face the upcoming opportunities and challenges of an open, digital, and networked environment. Administrators, librarians, and graduate students also participated in a half-day workshop with leaders in the field of digital scholarship, exploring themes surrounding stakeholders, institutions, and infrastructure. The ideas discussed shaped strategies to promote digital scholarship at Yale. Project manager.
In collaboration of the Instructional Technology Group and ITS Academic Technology at Yale, an Omeka exhibit drawn from digitized lantern slides of an academic’s early 19th century trip to Italy. Principal investigator.
A timeline currently in development of significant events in the history of one of the oldest scholarly societies in North America for the Society’s website. Editor, strategic planning consultant.
- The Digital Humanities Working Group at the Whitney Center for Humanities
HASTAC scholar 2012-13
- Dante Working Group at the Whitney Humanities Center, Yale University
founder and coordinator 2008-2012
course design and instruction