As a scholar of historical as well as contemporary technology and media, I define technology quite broadly to include everything from crochet to the book to cyber physical systems and AI. What that means, practically speaking, is that (1) my engagements with technology are many and varied, and (2) I am interested in the way various technologies intersect with sociopolitical issues as well as personal wellbeing.
In the nineteenth century, makers like William Morris strategically turned to "old" and "outdated" technologies not only to make political statements (Morris was an outspoken socialist, for example) but also to push back against the encroachments of new technology upon day to day life. Although they made use of what were then cutting edge technologies (such as photographic printing), they were wary of mass production, mass media, automation, and homogeneity. In this context, something like crochet or embroidery becomes a revolutionary technology with which to mediate one's lived experience of the world.
All of which is to explain that I include items like "learning to sew" alongside "learning to code in Python" because, I contend, both are creative-critical activities which make use of technology.
- Audio Editing
- Digital Composition
- Project Management
- Corpus Analysis
- Text Analysis
- Web Design
- Web Accessibility
- Bicycle Maintenance
- Paper jewelry making
- Community Management via Social Media
Tools and Languages
WordPress, Omeka, Audacity, Voyant Tools, Sonic Visualiser, Palladio, CSS, HTML, SAGE2, high resolution audio-visual displays, Github, Jekyll, Google Analytics, Canvas, Blackboard, Collab, Confluence, Asana, Slack, Jira
Python, Garment Sewing, Sewing Machine Maintenance
- “Inclusive Design,” a summer course offered by Digital Pedagogy Lab at the University of Mary
- “UDL 2.0: Expanding UDL Adoption,” a two-day training event focused on implementing and
supporting universal design at the university level, University of Virginia, 2019
- “Text Encoding Fundamentals and their Application,” a summer course held at the University of Victoria’s Digital Humanities Summer Institute, 2017
- DH Communications Committee, DH@UVa, 2019-Present
- Teaching with Technology Summit Program Committee, 2019-Present
- Teaching and Learning Technology Committee, 2019-Present
- Faculty Engagement and Support Working Group
- University Committee for Information Technology, 2019-Present
The Fergus Hume Bibliography and Corpus is a website and Github repository I built in 2019 in an attempt to gather bibliographic information about Hume's various works in one place and begin compiling a corpus of his public domain works. Fergusson "Fergus" Wright Hume (8 July 1859 – 12 July 1932) was a British novelist, playwright, and song writer who grew up in New Zealand and authored more than 140 novels during his lifetime. His most famous work was The Mystery of a Hansom Cab (1886), a novel which did a lot to popularize the mystery genre. Despite his initial popularity and prolificity, Hume has been largely forgotten by the public and overlooked by scholars. The website includes a sortable bibliography, nineteenth- and early-twentieth-century reviews of Hume's work, and twenty-first century reference works about Hume and his writing. The GitHub repository contains Python scripts to automatically download plain text files of the novels, collections, and short stories of Hume's which have been made freely available online via Project Gutenberg, Hathitrust, and/or the Internet Archive; plain text files of those works; and a .csv bibliography.
Victorian Scribblers is a biography and literature podcast about the nineteenth-century writers time forgot. It’s a public and digital humanities project that’s equal parts recovery- and accessibility-oriented. What I mean by that is that it’s my goal to bring public attention to Victorian writers (from fiction to nonfiction, canonical novel to ephemeral advertisement) in a way that is approachable, understandable, and useful to a wide-ranging audience, from our academic colleagues to students studying for exams to enthusiasts out in the wild, as it were.
In 2017, I organized and ran MEBAread, the inaugural Mary Elizabeth Braddon Association digital read-along (Twitter and WordPress).