On Being an Activist and a Churchgoer

Trigger Warning: This article contains mention of violence and abuse In this post, I will be diverging from my usual separation of personal and professional life. My recent experiences in those two circles have overlapped, and I’d like to address the consequences here. Some of my friends at church might be startled by the following […]

Cheney Westminster Phonograph, 1923

Let the Music Play 1

This article has been submitted to American History Now, and should appear on their site soon. My first experience with vinyl records was entirely mediated. I didn’t touch or even see the record. I chose it with a keypad, punching in the two numbers that would direct the jukebox to the correct 45rpm disc. Unlike […]

The Closest Reading? 1

Just before the holidays, I agreed to a short-term contract for a set number of hours to complete a specific task. Then the term ended and holiday travels began. My car broke down, winter storms arrived, and the contract was pushed to the back burner. But then I found out that the deadline was fast […]



Reading Series: Part 5, History in the Digital Age 2

The year is 1959, and as a graduate student in history, I’m currently studying the approaches that are emerging from the Annales School in France. My doctoral supervisor is familiar with the topic and uses similar approaches in her own work. As we discuss the themes and recent publications, she asks me to write regular […]

Reading Series: Part 4, Historical Mapping

Think about your hometown, that peculiar and unique arrangement of open spaces, thoroughfares, domiciles, and workplaces. In an older town, streets might twist and contort in defiance of regular angles, remnants of an age in which transportation was defined by hooves and wooden spokes. I grew up in a Victorian oil boom town with streets […]


Tiber Island in Virtual Forms

Reading Series: Part 3, Changing Narratives/Values in History 2

Upon completing my latest readings about the changing theories of history, I began to imagine how I could create a visualization in the place of my usual response article. I was inspired by David Staley’s argument that historians should open their scholarship to the possibilities afforded by visual representation. Staley suggests that visualizations offer new […]

Reading Series: Part 2, Theorizing History Software

Imagine that you are standing on the edge of a field; to your left and right, the treeline extends beyond your sight. You have come to the field because you know that it contains information or a story or an experience that you desire, but no signpost directs you.



When Graduate Work Comes Together

The Digital History Fellows occupy a fairly unique role amongst the many graduate students currently studying in the humanities. We have been given research stipends to support the growth of our research capabilities, with particular emphasis on digital research methods. Because we are attached to the RRCHNM, our concentrated efforts are focused on specific projects, […]

Reading Series: Part 1, Enacting Digital Humanities 3

Upon entering the employment of Dr. Kevin Kee in the final months of 2009, I unwittingly stepped into a rabbit hole that would descend deeply into a field of study about which I had no previous knowledge: digital humanities. Although I was firmly seated in the English literature and history departments, I was given the […]

Augmented Reality Glass

Points to Remember about JDH and the Recent “Kerfluffle”

In the interest of full disclosure, I should note that I work at the RRCHNM alongside the editors for JDH and the PressForward staff. I do not, however, work on the PressForward or JDH projects. Furthermore, I cannot comment on their whereabouts or vacation time. In the past two days, the Journal of Digital Humanities […]