Looking Forward in the Rearview

When I applied to the PhD program in history at George Mason University, I did not know about the Digital History Fellowship. I had researched PhD programs that might offer a chance to work in digital history, and identified GMU and the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media as the best option for […]

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Save All The Things

This post is a straightforward and shameless endorsement for the Camscanner app. Not all tools are made for everyone. I wouldn’t recommend the tools I use to everyone. But this is different. I can find no reason that any scholar should avoid Camscanner. It’s amazingly easy to use, it has a host of useful features, […]

Spreadsheets for Historians

Historians’ Spreadsheet Many scholars, even historians, use spreadsheets for tasks such as grading or accounting. Some might use programs such as Microsoft’s Excel Spreadsheets, while others use Google Spreadsheets or even Open Office. Regardless of which program we use, spreadsheets are powerful tools that allow us to collect and query information. In most tasks for […]

Two values in one column. Imagine trying to sort by last name.

That Doesn’t Count

Today, on the final day of Rebuilding the Portfolio: Digital Humanities for Art Historians, we are discussing scholarly communication. I think it’s the most important topic we’ve covered. One of our guest instructors is Joan Fragaszy Troyano, who opened the day with a discussion of communication in art history. When Joan asked our participants to […]


What Can Digital Humanities Do?

In his chapter for Debates in the Digital Humanities, Matthew K. Gold asks the following questions Can DH provide meaningful opportunities to scholars seeking alternatives to tenure-track faculty employment? Can it save the humanities? The university? That got me wondering: what are people saying that DH can do? The answers are sometimes surprising and always […]

Making Risky Moves

On the second night of DHSI 2014, as I sat with a colleague discussing my intended dissertation topic, I said something outrageous: “I want to produce a dissertation that cannot be printed out to produce a coherent and linear document.” For some time, I’ve entertained the idea that my final project, though hosted on the […]

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 […]

Let the Music Play

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 […]

Cheney Westminster Phonograph, 1923


The Closest Reading?

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 […]